The Jets’ decision to not have owner Woody Johnson, head coach Rex Ryan, recently fired GM Mike Tannenbaum or any member of the Jets staff hold a post-season press conference – as is customary around the league – did not sit well with the New York media.
The media fired back at the Jets yesterday, filing a grievance via the Pro Football Writers Association, a, who then filed a complaint with the NFL, citing a “violation of league policy.”
League policy dictates that the head coach must be made available within one week of the last game of the season.
Rich Cimini writes in his latest entry, “The rule clearly states the head coach and a team official must be made available within a week after the season.”
According to a statement from PFWA’s Mark Gaughan, the rule really isn’t all that clear. The PFWA has ruled in favor of the Jets and is “satisfied” with their conduct on this matter.
“The PFWA is satisfied that the New York Jets are following the spirit of the rules in making their executives available on Tuesday. There is good reason for the NFLs rule requiring teams to make a top executive available to communicate with the fans through the media within seven days after the end of the season. After discussing the circumstances with the Jets, we look forward to hearing from owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday.”
I am just speculating here, but I suspect part of the reason that the PFWA is satisfied with extending the one week rule to nine days is because the future of the Jets staff is so uncertain, including the head coach.
The Jets will hold a press conference next Tuesday, likely after a new GM is hired.
I asked the good people of Twitter to help me out with some Meme’s to celebrate this occasion. Gosh I love Twitter.
- If you had strength and conditioning coach Bill Hughan in the “next guy to be fired” pool, you are pretty happy today, as an ESPN report indicates the team has parted ways with Hughan, who has been with the team for the past two years. While the strength and conditioning coach is not mostly responsible for the Jets’ various problems this year, the team did have an especially high number of injuries this season, particularly with the wide receiver group
- Reports continue to indicate that the Jets are very interested in adding former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator.
- The Jets will begin interviewing general manager candidates on Friday.
- The team has signed several players to reserve/future contracts, including long snapper Travis Tripucka. QB Matt Simms was also signed earlier in the week.