New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson & General Manager John Idzik, 1.24

 Opening Statement…

WOODY JOHNSON: This is a very important day for the New York Jets. We’ve just finished an exhaustive process. Maybe exhaustive is not the right word, but we finished the process where we interviewed a number of very qualified people to assume the job of general manager of the New York Jets. (With) that process, we wanted to be very thorough and careful because of the importance of this decision, so we hired Korn/Ferry. They led it and I think Jed Hughes was very helpful in establishing a process that really gave everyone a fair look and set out the criteria that we were looking for. We went through the process and after interviewing John Idzik, it became apparent to us that he was head and shoulders the best fit for the New York Jets. It’s not only his demeanor and the way he speaks, it’s also his experience. He’s a second-generation football guy. His father was here as an offensive coordinator in the 1970s, a successful one. His 20 years in every facet of the football business, from personnel to the (salary) cap to the weight room, he’s done it all. He’s been around some great coaches and great people and general managers. I think if you go back to Tampa, the Arizona Cardinals or anyone at the Seahawks, they will confirm the kind of person John is and that fact that he is the right person to do this job for the New York Jets in 2013. I think (he) will add so much to what we’re collectively trying to do, and that’s put a championship football team on the field. I think he’ll do a great job. I know I am very excited and I think the fans, as they get to know John, will be excited as well. With that, I would like to introduce the new general manager for the New York Jets, John Idzik. 

JOHN IDZIK: Thank you. Welcome, I appreciate your attendance and I appreciate your patience. (I’ve) been across the country a little bit, took a little detour to Mobile, Alabama and finally landed here in my new home in Florham Park. I’m happy to be here. It’s a very special day for me, my family and the New York Jets. I owe all of that to Woody Johnson. I’m very appreciative of the time we’ve spent together. We’ve had several talks over the last couple of weeks and you’ve made me feel right at home. I’m also very appreciative of Neil Glat, Ira Akselrad (and) Rex Ryan. Again, we’ve had several in-depth conversations and every step of the way I gravitated more towards the New York Jets, I felt like a member of the New York Jets. I’m very appreciative of that. The last three days I took a little hiatus down to Mobile and spent a little time with our personnel staff down there, Terry Bradway, Scott Cohen and company, and our pro and college guys and it was a great introduction. It’s challenging enough to go through the Senior Bowl dual day practices, so for them to make time in a very jam-packed schedule to let us get to know each other was very valuable to me, so we can hit the ground running when they come back. Once you start looking at players and start talking about players in that environment, it’s like riding a bike. We felt very comfortable together. It hasn’t taken me long to feel like a New York Jet. I’m certainly happy to be here. I share this day with four new Jets that have a temporary layover out in Seattle. My wife of 27 years, Carol - living in a football family, I’ve grown up in a football family as Woody said, it’s very rewarding and very unique and it has it’s challenges on family members. We spend a lot of time away from home. For me, to have the peace of mind that Carol has taken care of everything at home with our children and raised them to be fine individuals that we’re very proud of, means everything. She has responsibilities far greater than I will ever have and I’m very grateful for her. Our three kids, Bryant, your sense of adventure, your creativity, Bradley, your dedication, work ethic and desire on and off your fields and Holly, your compassion and quick wit, they all inspire me. We’re very proud and I welcome you to the Jets. As Woody mentioned, my dad was here. It took me a little time, but I made it back. I’m very happy to be back. Just like Carol, my mom was the bedrock for our football family growing up for my two sisters, Cindy and Joy. She has provided stability along the way. When my dad was away for long stretches of time, I was the lucky one out of the three because I got to spend a lot of time with my father going to camps and on the sidelines. I was in Hempstead and Shea (Stadium) as a skinny high school receiver. I treasure those times. Not only for observing my dad in different environments and how he worked, but more importantly he taught me life lessons that extend well beyond football. I think you get a sense from me that family, cohesion and teamwork are at my core. They’re at the core of the New York Jets. That’s been my experience in the league, too. Whenever you can build a cohesive unit, it’s trustworthy and they’re dedicated to a common cause, to each other and you can fight through difficult times and support each other and, more importantly, you know how to handle success. You know how to handle success over an extended period. The most recent example of that was in Seattle. We had a tremendous building led by Paul Allen, Peter McLoughlin, Pete Carroll and John Schneider. John is a special guy to me. We’ve known each other since I’ve been in the league for 20 years, first as divisional foes. We joke about that a little bit, but I really treasure our last three years getting to work alongside each other. There is a building there that is special and they are all in and I feel that here in New York. We’re going to be all in and work together and that’s how we’re going to develop a sustainable winner. It’s something that our fans and our community are going to be proud of. I would like to digress for just one second and say that it’s a special day for my mom and dad. I would like to wish them a happy 60th anniversary. Beyond Seattle, I had the good fortune to work alongside many people that had a profound influence on me both professionally and personally. Just to mention a few, Tony Dungy, Tod Leiweke, Rod Graves, all of these folks, I count as lifelong friends. We’ve been through a few battles together. We’ve built things together. It’s been very rewarding. In Tampa, Rich McKay, Jerry Angelo, Tim Ruskell, Ruston Webster, we went on quite a journey in Tampa. We saw it from the bottom to the top. It was very special. To me, all of those experiences have solidified the power of “we”, the power of “we” over “me”. That’s something that is going to be very strong here in New York. As it goes there, it goes here in New York too. It will be based on a collaborative effort. It will be inclusive, it will be well thought out and researched. It will be the power of “we”. Our immediate plans, I have criss-crossed the country and I don’t know what time or day it is, so Rex (Ryan), you are going to have to help me out that way. We’re going to continually develop, maintain and enhance a roster here that is grounded in competition. There will be a constant influx of competition. When you’re in football, you relish competition. It gets everybody better. By that, I mean we’ll explore every measure to bring in talent and continue to compete. The draft will be very important to us. That will be a lifeline for us, year-in and year-out. We will use free agency. Again we will be very thoughtful, do our research and be judicious in free agency. We will use trades. We will use waiver claims. We’ll work our practice roster. We’ll have numerous tryouts throughout the year in search for guys that “Play like a Jet.” That will be a constant hum in the background of what we do. The most immediate business item that we have to address is a thorough and comprehensive review of our current roster. I come from the outside as an opponent. Rex, you’ve lived with these players. Our pro and college department, they’ve lived with these players. They know them not only as players on game day, but they know how they eat, sleep, practice, they prepare. They know their families, so I want to get to know them in depth. We’re going to do a thorough review of our roster. From there, we will be able to develop short-term plans going into free agency. We’ll be able to develop our plans as far as the salary cap is concerned going into the 2013 league year. Of course, there will be countless hours spent in preparation for the 2013 draft. That’s it in a nutshell and I’m happy to be here. I’m elated and it’s a special day for me. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each one of you over the years. I’m proud to be a Jet.

On his level confidence in making the final personnel decisions…

When making the final personnel decisions, when I say a collaborative effort, that’s genuine. I think my role as a general manager is to provide some direction and develop a consensus in the building, so that when we make decisions, they’re Jet decisions. I may be that person that hands in the card, but what’s on that card is a Jet decision. That’s going to be genuine here in New York. As far as my background, I’ve been around NFL players since I was “young,” since I was six years old, in various capacities. As I started my professional career, I’ve had a myriad of different perspectives. So I think that’s something that I can lend to the New York Jets, various perspectives, and that’s inclusive of personnel. It’s inclusive of management, administration (and) operations. It’s inclusive of, obviously, contract and (salary) cap, so I think that will be a help for the New York Jets.

On there will be any initial changes in the personnel staff…

No, I can say that in my initial days I’ve realized this, I’ve only been on the job for three days, this is my fourth, (and) three of them have been out of state, I’ve been very impressed with my initial impressions. I had the opportunity to spend some time with (Head Coach) Rex (Ryan) down in Mobile, (AL). I had a chance to talk with and meet with all of our personnel staff down there: Scott (Cohen), (Senior Personnel Executive) Terry (Bradway), (Assistant Director, Player Personnel) JoJo (Wooden), (Director, College Scouting) Jeff (Bauer), (Assistant Director, College Scouting) Mike (Davis), (Director, Football Administration) Ari (Nissim), all those people. My initial expressions are we have a really strong group here and I look forward to working with them in these days and nights to come.

On Coach Ryan…

I look at Rex Ryan as a very accomplished coach. He’s very energetic. He’s optimistic. He’s engaging as we all know. He engages our players and he gets them to play hard. I can speak to that from the opponents’ side. I look forward to our time together. I really do. I’m excited about it, so that, to me, was a plus.

On if being the son of a former NFL coach gives him more credibility around the league…

I think your credibility really comes from within. I think, a lot of people, there (are) perceptions, or should I say misperceptions out there, and you are who you are. The people in the building are going to feel who you are. It’s more that than where your roots are from family-wise. That said, yes, I had a tremendous advantage. As I said, before grade school I was going to NFL training camps. I may be a little bit biased here, but my dad was a heck of a coach. To be able to sit in camps with him, sit alongside with him in the coach’s booth (and) grow up around that, (was) a tremendous advantage for me. But I think ultimately it’s how you handle yourself in your job (and) how you relate to your people in the building. That’s your credibility.

On how he plans to handle the current salary cap…

Every year, as you enter into a new league year, you’re always going to, much like you do in free agency with your own players, the draft, you’re going to develop a plan for the salary cap. We’re going to develop a plan in the days to come. I never saw the cap situation here as a hindrance or anything like that. It’s something that you research, you work through (and) you evaluate, just like we evaluate our roster. We make the moves we think are best for the Jets. I’m fully confident we’ll be able to do that and we’ll have a fruitful offseason.

On the thoroughness of the interview process…

I think the interview process was very thorough. I commend Woody (Johnson) and his team. Really, there’s a lot of pressure in the NFL to answer the question who, and when? The sense I got was we’re going to take a step back, we’re going to do this thing right and we’re going to talk to as many people as we have to. The same held through with our conversations. We had very open, candid (and) informative conversations. Through that, the more we talked, the better I felt, the more I felt that if I was given this opportunity, I would be happy to be a New York Jet.

On the challenge of getting back to the playoffs…

Every year is a challenge. Whether you’re in the playoffs or not, and we’ve experienced it here in New York. You can go as far as the conference championship game (or) you can go to the Super Bowl. We did it in Tampa (Bay). We went to the Super Bowl one year and the next year we weren’t as fortunate. So every year is a challenge and you really wipe the slate clean and see what you have as a base going in, and you build off that and try to improve daily. In that vein, it’s not different than years that will go by when we are a perennial playoff team. We’ll look at it the same way. How can we improve? It’s a challenge, yes, but it’s a challenge that we’re all up to.

On Mark Sanchez’s role going forward…

Obviously with Pete Carroll, we have a little bit of background there on (Sanchez) coming out of school. I can’t comment really. I’m literally hours into the building. Rex had to show me my office (laughter), so I don’t want to drill down too deep. That, we’re going to save for our evaluation process in the days and weeks to come, but in looking at Mark, even evaluating him as a draft prospect, he’s an athletic guy (and) he was accomplished at USC (Southern California). He’s done some nice things here, but I think we just need to take our time and evaluate Mark with everybody else on the roster and see how we can move forward and improve.

On if anything gave him pause about accepting the general manager job…

Really, nothing. I think as soon as I got to know the people better, you just get a sense. You get a sense they’re talking the same language as you (and) they have the same makeup. Again, when we talked about teamwork, togetherness, cohesiveness, there’s going to be integration within the building (and) we’re going to make collective decisions. When we talked those through, they made me feel very comfortable. We’re all in this together. I’m glad, I’m going to be grateful, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

On the perception of that no one wanted the Jets general manager job…

Everyone is going to have their opinions and I don’t deal with much in perception to be honest. I deal with reality. The reality here is I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures anyone can ask for. For one, we have some of the most fervent, passionate fans in the National Football League. I’ve experienced what an advantage that can be in Seattle, Tampa (Bay) and Arizona. I feel that here. We have a state-of-the-art stadium to play in. We have a state-of-the-art facility. The people in this building are tremendous. That’s reality to me. The more I got to know about the people here, the fans here, the environment here, the facilities, I think the football infrastructure is second to none. My personal opinion is, (it is) one of the best opportunities that you could have.

On whether he sees the Jets as a “win now” opportunity…

I don’t know that you can put a timetable (on it). Like I said, every year is different. I don’t know that you can put a timetable (on it, but) I can assure you of this, Rex, myself (and) everyone in the building, every single day we’re going to look to improve. We’re going to see improvement and we’ll work as hard as we can to do that. I don’t know that you can put a discrete timetable on it. We’re going to have a competitive team. That’s going to be the center of everything we do, competition, and that’s going to make us better. It’s going to make us a force in the league.

On whether he would be open to the possibility of trading Darrelle Revis…

I think it’s way premature to say anything specific. Again, I haven’t even had the chance to sit down and thoroughly vet through our roster with Rex, his staff (and) with our personnel staff. I think it would be presumptuous to say anything like that.

On the level of priority associated with addressing Revis…

Not that one specifically, but I’d say very important. One of our first steps is to go through our roster in detail. That includes (Darrelle), that includes everybody on the roster. Then develop a comprehensive plan off of that. But it’s still a little bit premature to say.

On reports that he asked the Seahawks to go on more scouting trips the last two years and how comfortable he is handling personnel…

Yes, I’m completely comfortable in that area. To address the first question, whatever I do in football, I do for our team. I don’t do it for personal gain or anything like that. I have a very broad background and a very extensive background in personnel and evaluation, so if my team needs me to go out on the road, I’ll go out on the road. If my team needs me to stay in house and do more pro, I’ll do that. If my team needs me to do cap management, that’s been kind of my general take over the years. Nothing is prefab or anything like that. Again, it’s in the vein of chipping in in a collective effort and what you can lend. I think I can lend a lot in various aspects of football operations.

On describing the draft as a “lifeline” and if he’d trade a prominent player for multiple picks…

First off all, when I say lifeline, no matter if we have all of our picks as we do this year, if we don’t have our full complement of picks, or we attain additional picks via trades, we’re going to place an emphasis on the draft from rounds one through seven and the (undrafted) college free agents. We will be well versed in who we think is going to help our squad through the draft. Then on an individual basis, once we evaluate our roster, the baseline will always be our current roster. Everything we do will be compared to what we have in the building. That will always be the baseline. We will charter our course based on all these evaluations. Some of it will be draft-oriented. Some of it will be free agent-oriented. Some of it will be trade-oriented. It’s a little bit premature to get specific about it, but I just think that to us, every draft choice that we turn in is going to be precious to us.

On his general philosophy for building a winning team…

Hopefully you got a sense of it from my comments before. It has to start from the people in the building, the players, coaches, scouts, football operations (and) business operations. We will develop a Jet profile and you develop that profile that they “Play like a Jet.” That’s first and foremost. And of course you start to evaluate their football acumen and everything else pieces together. In terms of a more specific football philosophy, that’s for Rex and I to sit down and (talk about). We’ve already begun that, but we will continue to do that in the days to come, to be very discrete in what we want to do to win games and mesh that up to the types of players that we want to bring in.

On this being a new beginning…

Of course, it’s a new beginning for me because this is my first day in Florham Park, but beyond that you can always look at it like every day is a new beginning, every month is a new beginning, every season that we go through, be it (the) offseason, draft, post-draft, mini-camp, training camp, we have new beginnings throughout the entire year. Yes, I look at this year as a burst of energy. It certainly is for me. I’m excited about it and from what I’ve heard, Rex is to. I’m very enthused about it.

On if there is a playoff mandate for the coaches…

No, I think what you do is you push the envelope, as far as competition, and you make sure you’re doing the best you can to improve every day. The byproduct of that is sustainable success. A byproduct of that is winning football games, going into the post season and eventually bringing championships back to New York.

On if he was aware of the negative perception and believes that he has to repair the organization…

No, I don’t think I ever got the perception. Again, there seems to be a lot of misperceptions. I had a brief breakfast with the entire building. The entire building showed up to shake my hand. That’s pretty impressive that people go out of their way to introduce themselves to me and make me feel at home. When I sense that, I don’t look at it as repair. I look at it as fostering what we have here. We have a good group of people here. They’re good at what they do and it’s up to me and everybody here to join together. That’s the sense I get. I don’t sense dysfunction or anything like that.

On his strength in player evaluations…

I know this is probably one of the most resourceful groups of journalists in the world, so if you want to answer perceptions, I would ask you just to go back to the numerous people that I’ve worked alongside in my NFL career. They can own up to that. As far as evaluations, football is at the root of who I am. I’ve been a football guy, so to speak. I don’t know exactly what that means, but (I’ve been in football) since I was a six-year-old. Once I got into the league, I got into the league purely as a scout. That’s always been in the background of what I do. Again, if there are any perceptions or any questions, there are plenty of resources out there to ask the people that I’ve worked with.

New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody Johnson, 1.24

On trading Darrelle Revis…

I’m going to go right back to (what John Idzik said). I think he had the answer, the same answer that I would have. First of all, we don’t discuss contracts, but second of all, you have to give John (Idzik) a chance to really do what he talked about. He has to go through, evaluate what he has and how that plays into what he and Rex (Coach Ryan) talked about in terms of the strategy for the future.

On the report that he would be open to trading Revis…

I don’t know where that came from. But I have never, for the 10 years that I’ve been talking to you guys, I’ve never said anything about comments about contracts or anything like that.

On whether he would like to sign Revis long term…

I think that’s something that once again, I think we’re going to have to wait. Darrelle’s a great player, he’s very well known in the league and rightfully so. But I think we’re going to go through, just as John said in his press conference, we’re going to carefully go through the roster and evaluate it and look at it strategically as we move forward.

On if it’s fair to say they will explore all avenues pertaining to Revis’s future…

I think I’d just go back to what I just said. John, this is his first day in the building, he’s going to be in charge of making those decisions. Until he has a chance to go through and really evaluate, we’re not going to make any statements or comments.

On if the report on Revis is untrue…

I don’t know where it came from. I would never say anything about a contract or a trade or anything like that. That’s not what I normally do.

On his frustration level regarding sources from within the confines of the building…

First of all, I’m not frustrated. I’m a very optimistic person, so I’m not really frustrated. I just want what’s the best for the team and helping build the team going forward. And things that contribute to, like John was talking about, contribute to the “we” in the building, are what we’re looking for. And if we don’t have a lot of “I’s” in this building or “me’s” that’s simple and straightforward. But that’s really the heart of it.  How you do that and how you get that culture going was really important to me and it was an important factor in who I selected (as) general manager, somebody that understood that.

On what led him from interviewing general manager candidates with a personnel background to candidates with more of a contract and cap management background…

I know that question’s been asked a lot, but that’s actually not the case. I think that if you go back and you look at what John said, I think he does have the requisite, executive experience and football experience to make the important decisions on personnel or on any of the other myriads of questions and decisions he’s going to have to make. The interview process, you have to get permission, so a lot of it, the order and so on was determined by when we got the permissions rather than our ranking. We never did that. We had candidates that we thought could do the job. That’s why we brought them in and we just did it that way.

On if he expects the team to contend in 2013 or if he will allow Idzik time to rebuild the roster…

I think you build, as John said, the team is different every year. You can come off of a Super Bowl year and not make the playoffs the next year and vice versa. So I think you have to be, if everybody in the building is pulling toward putting a quality team on the field, a competitive team on the field. I think John was right on when he was talking about that. That’s the best way to do better. There’s no timeline saying that because I do these three things I’m going to be a championship team. I think you have to look, you have to have a really good vision of where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. Then, you use those resources, like the draft, free agency, college free agents, etc. And you have to be smart and lucky because you’re evaluating talent, but you don’t (know), they haven’t played in the NFL yet so everything is a projection somewhat.

On whether Idzik will have final say on the head coach after the 2013 season…

Well, that’s a collaborative decision between John and I. John will certainly have something to say. We’re going to be a collaborative. We are collaborative, but we will be even more collaborative as we go forward.

On why he believes Idzik will direct the Jets toward the “we” culture…

Based on interviews, we did an extensive (interview process), we talked to all those guys that he worked for. The organizations that have been successful that he’s worked for, and each one of them had been successful, they talked about that. So that’s just a part of who he is, his DNA.

On if he’s seen the “me” and “I” culture in the organization…

It’s not that we saw it a lot but I think part of the challenge of building a great organization is having a great culture. I think the culture comes from talking about what you believe in each and every day. You really have to talk about it and I think we have to do more of that and we are going to do more of it.

On if he feels the Tim Tebow trade was forced on him…

No. No, that was, when we make decisions and decisions are made, we’re all in. It’s a Jets decision. We don’t go back and say, ‘Well, this guy or this guy had more influence or less influence.’ We go by what we did and then it’s our decision.

On if there was something in the previous administration that didn’t sit well with him…

No, not really. I just think you always have to work for collaboration and make it part of your culture. You have to know what you believe in, the process you believe in, you have to reinforce that. That’s really all I meant by that.

On if Coach Ryan will have more say in decisions…

No. I think just collaboration means, when you’re making a player choice, I think you make sure you have a wide array of opinions that you’re looking at.

On if he would like to see more emphasis on the draft…

I think he emphasized the draft. That’s the way you build your team long term. The draft is a very important part of it.

On if it does not appear that there will be many front office changes…

I think John sounded like he’s been here how many hours? He’s talked to a lot of the guys that work in scouting pro (and) college. Terry (Bradway), who’s going to do our draft, so from what he said, from what he told me, he was confident, comfortable with him.

On whether the front office staff could change after the draft…

You evaluate every year. Of course things can change, but he sounded like he was pretty comfortable so far.

On if Revis’s injury complicates any financial commitment the team is willing to make to him…

I saw Darrelle the other day and if you looked at Darrelle, I think he’s going to come back and be 100 percent. I don’t think there’s any question.

On if he needs to see Revis on the field in a regular season game to know if he will be 100 percent…

That’s really up to our evaluators. But yeah, I’m confident he’ll be good. This is an injury you can come back from today that maybe 20 years ago you couldn’t, but now you can.

On if he will definitively say Revis will be a Jet in 2013…

You can’t say anything definitive about anybody really, until we make sure we go through our roster and do what John talked about. We have to evaluate it and look at it both now, medium and long return.

On when it became apparent that Idzik was his choice…

I’m not going to tell you exactly when, but he really did stand head and shoulders above. Not saying we didn’t have great candidates, we did. But in terms of this organization and what we were looking for, John was exceptional.

New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, 1.24

On his initial impressions of John Idzik…

It was outstanding. I think having three days in Mobile, (Alabama), with John, was great. You realize how similar our backgrounds are (and) even with his dad being a former Jet, my dad being a former Jet. As John mentioned, being six years old and going to the practices and all those types of things and being around football his whole life, very similar to mine. But really, it was great. The fact, in Mobile, the way it was set up - I thought Phil Savage by the way, did an outstanding job leading the Senior Bowl- we actually had interviews with players we sat side by side, and (seeing) the way he would talk to the players, all those type of things. It was great for me to sit in there. After you listen to John and being around him, it’s exciting for me because you see the direction he wants this team to go to. Everything, as a coach, what you want to hear is this man’s goals are the exact same as my goals and Mr. Johnson’s. We want to build a championship-caliber team. John mentioned it several times about having a team that can be a perennial contender basically, perennial playoff team, that’s what you want. You want sustainable success and that’s really what John’s always talked about, the days that I was with him. That’s really what he’s looking to do and obviously, as a coach, that’s what certainly I’m looking to do.

On how working with Idzik will be different…

I’m not sure how different.

On whether it will be different working with Idzik and evaluating talent…

Well, I know it’s going to be a, as John mentioned, a collaborative effort I think. But he’s trying to involve really everybody, lean on everybody and I think that’s going to be great. Not just for me, but for a lot of people in this building. Obviously, he has the last say in this is who we take and all that and personnel decisions and probably many decisions. But I like the fact that he’s going to involve several people, including myself and our coaches as well, as scouts working together and building this team with those goals in mind.

On if it was a collaborative effort previously…

I guess to say well, how different it’s going to be? It’s probably a little too early to say that exactly but I just sense that he’s really going to take in the information, collect information, and then make the decision (based on) what’s best for this organization. Is it different? I’m sure it’s going to be a little different, I don’t think there’s any doubt it’ll be a little different.

On whether he foresees any possibility that Darrelle Revis may not be on the team in 2013…

Well, I’ll tell you what, on the way in today, I heard about all this and things and I just kind of laughed about it because I’m like, ‘It’s John’s first day.’ It’s his first day in the building and this is what comes up and things. But I will say this, I think he hit it right on the head, to say anything, he’s here, he’s not here, all that type of stuff, it is way to premature for that. Let’s give the man an opportunity to get with everybody and to go over our personnel. So again, you guys know how I feel about Darrelle and things. But again, as John mentioned, all decisions will be made in the best interest of our football team and trying to attain the goals that he talked about. The man hasn’t even been here (a day), he hasn’t opened up a tape yet, he hasn’t looked at any tape yet and things.

On if Idzik needs to watch tape on Revis…

Well, I think you have to look at your entire roster and things and certainly, we’re all looking forward to getting that process started.

On his opinion on trading Revis…

Again, I’m not going to get in to any of those specifics right now. I think let’s let the process run its course and I’m confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes) will be without question in the best interest of this football team with the goals that John had mentioned.

On if he was taken aback by hearing the report on Revis possibly being traded…

No, I just thought it was interesting that on the (day of Idzik’s) press conference, he waited all his life to get this opportunity and obviously deserved this opportunity. John’s really well thought of throughout this league and this is his day that he looked forward to and to put something out there like this when the man hasn’t even had a chance to evaluate a roster I thought was pretty interesting.

On if he’s worried about his long term future with the Jets due to having a new general manager…

I’m not. And the reason I say that, and I’ve said it before, I’m confident in myself but I’m confident in the direction that this football team’s taken. I think we have a lot of great people in this building, in this organization and I’m confident we can get things done. But as far as the long term deal, what I can affect is doing the best job I possibly can do and I’ve had success, maybe not to the extent that everybody looks at, like winning Super Bowls every single year. I haven’t had that success yet as a head coach but I have had some success throughout my career and the best thing I can do is focus on doing a tremendous job here and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll never forget when Mike Nolan took the defensive coordinator job over with the Ravens and I was passed over.  And Mike was the receiver coach at that time, even though he had an extensive background on defense, and I thought I was the right man for the job. And I sat there, and I told him, I said, ‘You know, it’s going to take me a day or two to get over this decision, that Brian (Bilick) made and Ozzie (Newsome) made, but I’m going to be the best coach you ever had.’ That’s how I approached it. And right now, I’m going to be the best coach that he’s seen and that’s the way I’m going to look at it and I’m excited about that because it energizes me. Some of the decisions that we’ve made on the coaching staff, I guess it wasn’t official that we hired Marty Mornhinweg, I think that’s just out now, I’m going to break that story to you guys that Marty Mornhinweg is our offensive coordinator. Dennis Thurman, which I held it and held it, but yes, we’ve decided to go with Dennis Thurman as the defensive coordinator. Tim McDonald will be our secondary coach. Brian Smith is being elevated to the assistant secondary position. We’ve hired David Lee as our quarterbacks coach. Obviously, and we’re still in the process of hiring a linebacker coach but that’s still going on. We have a couple guys, one guy scheduled Friday another one scheduled on Monday but that’s been something obviously each decision you make is important and that’s something that we’re looking at. But really, when you look at it, when I said that it’s kind of like hit the reset button, that I’m starting over, that’s how I look at it. The same kind of enthusiasm and energy and all that and I think a lot of that stems from, and not saying Mike (Tannenbaum) didn’t have it, but when John came in, it’s hard not to get excited when you listen to John talk about what he looks at as the future of the organization and things and the direction on how he’s going to build it, how he’s going to lean on the people here. I can’t wait to start really getting into the personnel part of it and everything else and working side by side with him.

On if having a family member in the NFL gives you an advantage…

That’s an interesting question. I think honestly at the end of the day, it’s going to be about you and what you’ve done. You’re going to have to stand on your own in what you’ve done and your own merits and things. I think it gives us a huge advantage. Part of that is that it’s different. The National Football League is a lot different than college football and anywhere else. I think the fact is that I know myself, I’m not intimidated by anything. I think part of that was that I grew up in NFL locker rooms from when I was this big. The same thing with John, I think it’s the same thing. For me, I hadn’t had experience as a head coach before and you think you’re ready. I’m a better head coach now, in my opinion, than when I first came in from those experiences. I think going into it, I was more prepared for it than others because I had been around this game all of my life. I’d been around Joe Namath when I was a young guy, some of the greats, (like) Walter Payton. I do think it’s a huge advantage.

On hiring Marty Mornhinweg…

It’s true and I think the ground and pound, as I’ve stated before, stuck with me forever. My goal was that I wanted that all weather offense, where you can win in any condition and be successful, but the ground and pound really fit our football team that first year. We might have been second in the history of the league in rushing attempts. We thought that was the best way to get it done. Now, when I look at it, and I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t want to be the guy that held us back but I thought it was important to get a guy with a proven track record as a quarterback developer, a proven track record statistically, a guy who has been there and done it, a proven track record of a play caller and we got all of those with Marty. I brought in several candidates, a lot of great coaches, but for us, I thought Marty was the guy that I thought was the best fit for us. I’m excited to see the quarterback and what happens here. You have Marty and David Lee, a guy who has an outstanding reputation. I recall Bill Parcells hired him in Miami before he hired the head coach. That’s what he thought of him. He has a background in Buffalo. He’s been around. He was a guy that is a frontrunner in the new style of offense as well as things you are seeing in the league with the pistol and those types of things, so I think that was a great hire. He’s a great fundamental coach. I can’t wait to get out there and see how our offense looks. Will it look different? Yes, it will.

On Mark Sanchez…

I just saw him in the hallway actually, but I said hello. I will see him. I know he is in town and I will talk to him. He has to be popping out of his skin. I think as any quarterback would. You have the combination of Marty Mornhinweg and David Lee as coaches. That’s a heck of a start. I believe Mark needs to erase his hard drive. I think it’s new. He has to be excited about it. The fact that he’s reaching out to Jeff Garcia to get an idea about all of it tells you how much he wants to (get better). Will there be competition?  There’s going to be as John mentioned, competition at every spot. He obviously is excited about this. He’s probably just trying to get a head start.

On evaluating Darrelle Revis…

I’ll stand by anything that I’ve ever said about Darrelle when I said that you guys know how I feel about Darrelle Revis.

On if Revis will be a Jet this season…

I think you have to understand that our situation is that it’s John’s first day on the job. He’s the general manager. There’s going to be a process where we’re going through Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or whoever, we’re going through no matter the great players, maybe not as great players, everybody is going to be going through the same process. Anytime you’re a new general manager coming in, you obviously get everybody’s opinions and, at the end of the day, he will formulate his own opinions. That’s with everybody.

On how he feels about next season…

The gun has been taken away? I’m all for that. (joking) Again, as a coach, my job is to go out and we all are, with enthusiasm and everything else that hadn’t been matched. That’s how I’m going to approach it. My job ultimately is to win. That’s what we’ll plan on doing.

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

QB Sam Darnold (elbow) appeared on Wednesday's Jets injury report, but head coach Todd Bowles told reporters he isn't worried about the rookie.

Darnold fully participated in practice and is not expected to miss any playing time.

However, DL Leonard Williams (back), WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) and RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) highlighted a long list of Jets who did not practice.

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Joe Namath talks Sam Darnold 00:02:45
Jets legend Joe Namath talks about Super Bowl III, advice from Bear Bryant, and his thoughts on Sam Darnold's chances with the current team

Ahead of the Jets honoring the 50th anniversary of their Super Bowl III victory, Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to reflect on that upset win, how he prayed "run clock," and what he thinks of today's QB Sam Darnold...

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) celebrates with cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) in front of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) celebrates with cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) in front of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

 

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Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) looks to catch a pass for a first down against Houston Texans defensive back Robert Nelson (32) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) looks to catch a pass for a first down against Houston Texans defensive back Robert Nelson (32) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

The Jets are bringing in free agent WR Rishard Matthews for a workout Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 29-year-old veteran was cut by the Titans last month after he requested a release due to his unhappiness with his playing time. He registered just three catches and 11 receiving yards over the first three weeks of the season.

But with Quincy Enunwa out between three and four weeks with a high-ankle sprain, the Jets are looking for a stopgap at wide receiver.

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fumbles the ball in the second quarter after a hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fumbles the ball in the second quarter after a hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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Quincy Enunwa had developed into Sam Darnold's most reliable receiver early in the season. He was the player Darnold threw to the most and turned to when he needed a third-down catch.

So what is Darnold going to do without Enunwa, who suffered a high-ankle sprain and will probably be out for about a month?

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Sam Darnold wasn't just twiddling his thumbs while waiting to get drafted this past spring. Like all fans of his future NFL team, the Jets quarterback was keeping a close eye on the Kirk Cousins free agency saga before the Redskins QB signed with the Vikings.

"I was definitely following it," Darnold said Monday ahead of his Week 7 matchup with Minnesota Sunday at MetLife Stadium, per the New York Daily News. "During the draft process, there's nothing really else to pay attention to. Because I'm not on a team. We're not trying to dial up anything. I'm not at USC trying to figure out what we're going to do the next year. And I'm not on an NFL team trying to figure it out."

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) scrambles during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) scrambles during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Six weeks into the season, all four of the rookie quarterbacks taken in the Top 10 of the NFL draft have at least three starts on their resume. They've had a chance to get rid of their first-game jitters, or to catch the NFL by surprise, and they're starting to settle in to their rookie seasons.

It will take years, of course, to determine which of the four is the best. It might even take that long for one of them to lead a team to the playoffs. But now that they've all settled down, it's easy to determine which ones are off to the best start.

Here's a look -- and a ranking -- at how the Fab Four are faring so far...

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the heels of a strong performance in Week 5, Sam Darnold was tremendous in the Jets' Week 6 win over the Colts. And his Pro Football Focus grades bear that out.

According to PFF, Darnold has the second-best passing grade (89.8) in the NFL over the last two weeks. Over that same span, his 71.4 deep accuracy percentage is third and his accuracy percentage with a clean pocket (87.2) is fourth.

Things opened up for Darnold in Week 5 due in part to the record-breaking game running back Isaiah Crowell had. But in the win over the Colts, he picked apart the Indianapolis defense without the benefit of being able to fall back on a red-hot ground game. 

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The Raiders are awful again, and are reportedly ready to trade some of their most valuable assets -- including WR Amari Cooper. Should the Jets have interest?

Cooper -- the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 Draft -- left the Raiders' Week 6 loss due to a concussion and has had a down 2018 so far after having just 48 receptions for 680 yards in 2017. But he was highly productive during his first two years in the league when the Raiders were actually competitive. 

He had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season in 2015 as the Raiders went 7-9. During Oakland's 12-4 season in 2016, Cooper reeled in 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch against the New York Giants during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch against the New York Giants during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss around three to four weeks with a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Colts, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Enunwa, who did not play in the second half on Sunday, suffered a sprained ankle but did not reveal its severity.

The three-to-four-week timeframe is typical for high-ankle sprains, although it could vary.

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (26) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (26) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jets S Marcus Maye suffered a broken thumb during Sunday's win over the Colts, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

According to Vacchiano, the team is still evaluating the extent of the injury. Maye missing three-to-four weeks is a reasonable estimate, adds Vacchiano, but is far from a certainty. 

Vacchiano adds that there is some hope that if Maye heals quickly and can tolerate the pain, he may be able to play with a cast on (Maye was wearing a cast after Sunday's game)...

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Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers received some good news on Monday.

Rodgers, who has been battling a serious undisclosed medical condition the last two weeks, was cleared to slowly return to his coaching duties and will be the defensive play-caller again this Sunday.

Head coach Todd Bowles, who had taken over the defensive play-calling responsibilities in Rodgers' absence, revealed the good news in a conference call on Monday calling it a "big relief."

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In Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts, Jets QB Sam Darnold put together his most complete performance as a pro, completing 24 of 30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions...

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The presence of all those Super Bowl III heroes on Sunday wasn't just a celebration of the Jets' greatest achievement, it was a painful reminder of why it's so hard to believe in this year's team. There have been too many years of heartache, too many seasons of disappointment, too many times the rug was pulled out from under everyone's feet.

So when these Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34 on Sunday, barely hanging on in the end, there were surely a few skeptics who saw the team's obvious flaws. And when Todd Bowles stepped to the podium and said "We're right back in the thick of these things," it's understandable if everyone rolled his or her eyes.

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Jets talk 42-34 victory 00:01:09
Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Herndon and Todd Bowles talk about the positives after a huge win over the Colts, 42-34.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As the Jets celebrated the 50th anniversary of their last Super Bowl championship team, Sam Darnold gave them even more reason to believe that the next one won't be too far off.

The 21-year-old Darnold, in his first real shootout against a top tier NFL quarterback, out-played Andrew Luck on Sunday afternoon. He completed 24 of 30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to lead the Jets to a 42-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Luck was pretty good too (23 of 43, 301 yards and 4 touchdowns), except for the fact that he threw three interceptions. He also even nearly engineered a second-half comeback but fell an onside kickoff recovery short. But overall, Darnold was the more impressive quarterback for most of the game, after he shook off a shaky start. He did get help from a Jets defense that forced four turnovers, but the running game wasn't nearly as good as it has been...

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) rushes for yards after a catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) rushes for yards after a catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets held off the banged-up Colts for a 42-34 win on Sunday to improve to 3-3 on the season. Let's highlight three of the best performances, along with three players who were disappointments.

Winners

QB Sam Darnold 

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SNY's Week 6 Jets Report Cards 00:02:46
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets beat the Colts on Sunday, 42-34.

The Jets have moved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Colts 42-34 on Sunday. The Jets Post Game Live crew handed out their grades for each unit, and what they ultimately thought of the Jets' latest performance. 

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(Robert Deutsch)

Sam Darnold has seemed comfortable as the Jets put together back-to-back wins to move to 3-3 on the season.

During Sunday's victory over the Colts, the rookie quarterback was 24 of 30 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 

So what's the area where Darnold has improved the most?

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath during pre game warm up before game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath during pre game warm up before game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath is a fan of rookie Sam Darnold, but stressed that how high Darnold reaches will be about his surrounding cast.

"I do see a physical ability and I understand a mental ability," Namath said Sunday before the Jets honored the 50th anniversary of their Super Bowl III victory. "But I can't emphasize enough -- it's about the front line of both sides of the ball, it's about the kicking game, it's about the entire team, man."

Namath then started talking about Archie Manning, who he said would have been the first Manning Hall-of-Famer if the Saints (the team Namath referred to as the 'Aints') had put a quality team around him.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Colts.

Crowell, who was a game-time decision, was limited in practice earlier in the week. 

The 25-year-old Crowell is coming off a record-breaking game in Week 5 when he had a Jets-record 219 rushing yards and added a 12-yard reception in the Jets' win over the Broncos. 

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How Namath became Broadway Joe 00:01:25
Jets legend Joe Namath reveals the origin of the name "Broadway Joe," see the full interview on Jets Pre Game Live, Sunday at 12pm on SNY!

How exactly did Joe Namath become known as "Broadway Joe" during his career?

In an interview with SNY, Namath said the nickname was coined by offensive lineman Sherman Plunkett

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Todd Bowles Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Bruce Arians has always been a big believer of Todd Bowles, which is why the former Cardinals head coach is also a big believer in the future of the Jets. 

Arians, who will call the Jets' game against the Colts for CBS on Sunday, told the New York Post on Friday that Gang Green is headed in the right direction and that they have the right man to get them there. 

"I think (Bowles) is doing a great job there, especially now that he's got a quarterback," Arians said.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

DL Leonard Williams missed Thursday's Jets practice due to a "sore back," according to Todd Bowles. (NY Daily News)

"He just woke up like that," the head coach said, per the Daily News. Bowles did not say how the sudden issue impacts Williams' availability on Sunday against the Colts.

Williams, a vital piece to the Jets' defense, enjoyed his best game of the year in Week 5 against the Broncos with two sacks. 

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Bowles, Bates prep for Indy 00:00:55
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates discuss the Jets' mindset heading into Sunday's match-up with the Colts.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates discuss the team's mindset heading into Sunday's matchup with the Colts.

The Jets (2-3) kick off against Indianapolis (1-4) Sunday at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

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Sam Darnold (14) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Jets WR Jermaine Kearse and rookie QB Sam Darnold are locker room buddies. They sit right next to each other in the room, and Kearse takes advantage of that by preaching his veteran wisdom whenever he can on the 21-year-old signal caller. 

One way he does that is recalling the time he was a rookie in Seattle back in 2012, and a fellow rookie in QB Russell Wilson was in the same boat as Darnold this season. He was a young gun coming off a solid Wisconsin career, and was looking to make an immediate impact in the NFL. 

During a break in game action in the Seahawks' second preseason game, Wilson returned to the huddle and heard Kearse talking as he began to speak. What he did next immediately caught the attention of Kearse. 

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Pennington talks Darnold 00:02:36
Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington looks back on his time in New York, and shares his thoughts on the development of rookie Sam Darnold

Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington looks back on his time in New York and shares his thoughts on the development of rookie Sam Darnold.

Pennington also spoke about his ongoing work with the Mayo Clinic.

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Darnold and Bowles on Indy 00:00:37
Sam Darnold and Todd Bowles talk about building on last week's big win, and finding a way to beat the Colts on Sunday.

Jets QB Sam Darnold and coach Todd Bowles look ahead to the team's matchup against the Colts on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Jets are hoping to build from their week 5 win over the Broncos, which ended a three-game skid.

 

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

As Colts head coach Frank Reich started preparing to face Jets QB Sam Darnold, he couldn't help but notice some similarities between the Jets' QB and Carson Wentz, who he coached during his time as offensive coordinator of the Eagles.

"It feels like a little bit of the same personality; it's not too big from the standpoint of intellectually, but also emotionally, the game's not too big," Reich said, per the NY Post. "Physically, just being able to make the throws, and some of the athleticism."

 Wentz, who suffered a torn ACL in the final weeks of the regular season last year, finally returned under center for the Eagles in Week 3 and has totaled five touchdowns and one interception.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets running back and reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Week Isiah Crowell did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury.

CB Trumaine Johnson (quad), CB Buster Skrine (concussion), WR Charone Peake (hamstring), WR Andre Roberts (elbow/foot), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot) and C Spencer Long (knee/finger) also missed practice.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Crowell hurt himself during Sunday's win over the Broncos. Crowell set a franchise record with a career-high 219 rushing yards in the victory.

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