Rick Laughland on FOX Sports Radio: Jets firings and Giants future



Hour 2 of Jay Mohr Sports with Don Bell! This hour Don checks in on the sounds of Black Monday and asks which of the known coaching vacancies is the most appealing. We are also joined by Rick Laughland who covers the Jets and Giants for FOX Sports.


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The Rex Ryan Era is officially over in New York

On Black Monday after the final regular season game ended in Miami during the 2014 NFL Season with Head Coach Rex Ryan along with General Manager John Idzik at the helm as the season ended with a 4-12 record, but it also ended with a bit of a positive as the Jets defeated their rivals down in South Beach.

But sadly what should’ve been an improvement to an 8-8 season from 2013 became a gigantic disaster as both Idzik and Ryan didn’t actually mesh well from the offseason of 2013 towards the end of this current season and it really showed at the end.

For six seasons Ryan led the New York Jets and in his first two seasons towards the AFC Championship Game but sadly fell short of the Super Bowl at the Indianapolis Colts and at the Pittsburgh Steelers. You thought there was going to be more of these types of seasons as well as a Super Bowl appearance from Ryan, but sadly his faults came to him quickly.

While he was a defensive genius and had the best cornerback tandem in Darrell Revis and Antonio Cromartie for three years and slowly started to build a great run defense with Sheldon Richardson, Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson, David Harris and so on his powerful secondary has crumbled.

Ryan sadly hasn’t developed a quarterback as we saw some signs of the late struggles of Mark Sanchez for four year and while it was a decent start for Geno Smith, we saw what happens when a young gun suddenly falls apart mentally in the sophomore season slump. What Ryan does best is get his players ready for battle and sadly as a player’s coach it can backfire on you like what happened in the blowout loss at the San Diego Chargers.

Idzik who had to inherit a head coach sadly didn’t make his mark with the Jets with the only exception of a $40 Million salary cap relief fund and failed to fill in the necessary holes that led the Jets to their 4-12 record in 2014.

Obviously Idzik wanted to build the roster thru the draft and felt that getting a few low level players was good enough to get through a season, but what he failed to understand is that it’s okay to build a roster thru the draft and it’s okay to get quality players to challenge for a playoff spot at the same time.

Getting swept by the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and nearly defeating all four opponents in the NFC North just doesn’t cut the mustard while you barely defeat the Oakland Raiders and defeat a quality opponent in the Pittsburgh Steelers who thought it was going to be a cake walk at MetLife Stadium.

At the end of the day Robert “Woody” Johnson did the right thing, as he fired both men at the end of the season. While I liked Ryan as a coach, the truth is he wasn’t going to get another season after a destructive 2014 campaign. Idzik never deserved a third season as the GM as he is a salary cap-ologist and while he did make some shrewd moves & picks in the draft, you knew he has no idea about personal moves for the roster.

But if Johnson fired Idzik and kept Ryan, he would’ve been considered a joke of an owner. If he fired Ryan and kept Idzik the fans would’ve started a movement for Johnson to sell the team. But he listened to the fans and he saw with his own eyes that a housecleaning was needed and for that I am grateful he wasn’t blind to the problems at hand.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein
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Podcast SPECIAL: Jets Fire John Idzik and Rex Ryan


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Special Podcast today as Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland will discuss the decision of Robert "Woody" Johnson firing head coach Rex Ryan & General Manager John Idzik

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Podcast: Jets 37 at Dolphins 24 Final


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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the final regular season game of the 2014 season as the New York Jets traveled to South Florida and took on the Miami Dolphins. We will also discuss what the Jets will do with head coach Rex Ryan and his staff, their General Manager John Idzik and other potential moves during the offseason.

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Report: Jets new GM could keep Rex Ryan


With speculation mounting that Rex Ryan's days as the Jets head coach could be numbered, a recent report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen details a alternate scenario that Jets fans saw unfold prior to the 2013 offseason. 

Then-General Manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired by owner Woody Johnson and head coach Rex Ryan was retained. The Jets front office employed an executive search firm (Korn Ferry) to identify top candidates to direct both personnel and salary cap decisions. 

Through a lengthy process, the Jets ultimately found their guy, John Idzik. While serving as the V.P. of Football Administration for the Seattle Seahawks, Idzik was part of a front office that assembled the eventual 2014 Super Champions.

While Idzik was highly regarded as the perfect candidate to dig the Jets out of salary cap hell, yet the Darmouth graduate left a lot to be desired on the personnel front. From trading Darrelle Revis to releasing Antonio Cromartie and drafting Geno Smith, Idzik has quickly fallen out of favor in New York as fans clamor for his dismissal from Florham Park. 

With their GM on the chopping block, Rex Ryan's coaching future is in serious doubt after reports this week indicated that the sixth year head coach was cleaning out his desk in preparation for his firing. 

The fact of the matter is Ryan is not blameless for the Jets' struggles the past few seasons. His lack of interest and overall competence in coaching the offensive side of the ball along with his refusal to discipline players are major reasons why his detractors are now calling for his job. 

There's no doubting that Ryan is a flawed head coach. Whether it's sticking with Mark Sanchez to the point of no return, or providing bulletin board material for opponents, Ryan can rub some people the wrong way. 

But the very same traits that make Ryan one of the most disliked figures in the NFL are the same ones that make him a great coach. 

His ability to wear his emotions on his sleeve and engage with both the fans and media have made him an iconic figure in New York. His personality is larger than life and his creativity on the defensive side of the ball causes headaches for opposing quarterbacks. 

Ryan inherited a talented team when he took over the coaching reigns in 2009 and he took the team to the doorstep of a Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons. Slowly but surely the talent started to dissipate and his once promising franchise quarterback began struggling mightily before suffering a season ending shoulder injury in the 2013 preseason against the New York Giants. 

Ryan's decision to allow Sanchez to play with second and third string lineman in a meaningless preseason game raised eyebrows as Smith took over the signal-calling duties for the fallen Sanchez. 

Much like in 2009, the 2013 Jets were led by a rookie quarterback who endured his share of ups and downs. Despite being labeled as a glorified expansion team, the Jets clinched an 8-8 record and regained respectability across the league following the Tim Tebow fiasco the season prior.

Entering the 2014 season, hopes were sky high for the Jets' offense as the front office inked wide receiver Eric Decker and running back Chris Johnson in free agency, while adding tight end Jace Amaro in the draft. 

Things did not pan out for New York's second year quarterback as the turnover bug continued to plagued Smith time and time again. On the defensive side of the ball, Idzik failed to shore up the team's secondary, allowing Antonio Cromartie to leave in free agency and passing on the opportunity to sign Dominique Rogers-Cromartie along with Darrelle Revis. 

Dimitri Patterson, Idzik's major free agent cornerback signing would end up going AWOL during the preseason and was ultimately released, while young corners Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner both suffered season ending injuries during the same week of practice.  

Despite winning their opening game against the Oakland Raiders the Jets would go on to lose eight consecutive games as a leaky secondary and shoddy quarterback play became glaring weaknesses that opponents exposed week in and week out. 

As the Jets prepare to close the book on a disastrous 2014 season, reports this week indicated that their owner will hire former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans GM Charlie Casserli as a consultant to help identify a potential replacement for Idzik. 

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Robert "Woody" Johnson might give the Jets' newly hired general manager the choice to either retain or fire Ryan. 

While Ryan's shortcomings as head coach have reared their ugly head on the offensive side of the ball, Idzik did his head coach a complete disservice by handing him an amateur secondary to compete against top flight quarterbacks. 

With Black Monday on the horizon and his coaching future in jeopardy, Ryan could still be in the picture if Gang Green's newly appointed GM sees eye-to-eye with the bombastic and fiery coach.  

Author: Rick Laughland




 



















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Podcast: Jets at Dolphins Preview


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Join Daniel Feuerstein as he previews the final regular season game of the 2014 season as the New York Jets take their team down to South Beach and they will face their final AFC East divisional game at the Miami Dolphin.
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Podcast: Patriots 17 at Jets 16 Final


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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the big AFC East match up and the final home game of the 2014 season as the New York Jets hosted the New England Patriots
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Rangers Rolling at the Right Time, Win Sixth in a Row


There were a lot of questions about how the Rangers were trying to put together a consistent winning streak as they played inconsistent and it showed in their 3-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings as they scored two goals in the first period and allowed two late in the second and the go ahead by the wings in the third on December 6th.

But since a big overtime win at the Garden against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 8th the Rangers have been racking up the points and put themselves into a playoff position as they are now ahead of the Washington Capitals for third place in the Metropolitan division. A big western Canadian swing helped them get into a groove that we haven’t seen in a while.

A five goal explosion in Vancouver which later on back to back days travel to Edmonton with a slow and defensive two goal shutout victory. The toughest opponent in this road trip was the Calgary Flames, but once again it was another goal explosion as the Rangers scored four and an empty netter made it five.
Then a back to back series against the Carolina Hurricanes as the Rangers won the first game in Raleigh in a shootout with another tight defensive game in the back end at the Garden that led Cam Talbot to earn his third shutout of the season.

All four lines have been used by head coach Alain Vigneault and so far most of them have scored a ton of goals from Rick Nash who converted his 11th 20 goal season in the middle of December and plenty of action from Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan starting to roll. Since the recall of J.T. Miller due to Derick Brassard catching the mumps he scored a fantastic power play goal in Raleigh faking out Cam Ward and with the return of Brassard continues to play in the rink.

The defenseman continues to show support for their forwards especially from Kevin Klein who continues to score from the point and has tallied seven goals which includes the game winner in OT against the Penguins and the game tying goal in Raleigh against the Hurricanes. The trade to bring Kevin Klein over from the Nashville Predators for Michael Del Zotto last season has proven that he can be a solid defensive defenseman and has the ability to convert when he is needed.

The Rangers will be hosting the Washington Capitals at the Garden on December 24th with the chance to continue their winning ways and to keep themselves in third place in the Metropolitan Division, we have seen Alexander Ovechkin starting to heat up again and hopefully the Rangers can cool him off to earn another victory.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein
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Podcast: Patriots at Jets Preview Show

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland of FansFavorite .com as they review the final home game of the 2014 Season as the New York Jets hosts the AFC East leading New England Patriots at Met Life Stadium

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Podcast: Jets 16 at Titans 11 Final


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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the next road game as the New York Jets traveled down to Music City in Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans.

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Rick Laughland on FOX Sports Radio



Rick Laughland chats with Mike Harmon about the coaching future of Tom Coughlin, rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr. and how the New York Giants can pick up a second straight win against the Washington Redskins.

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Podcast: Jets at Titans Preview


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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the next road game for the New York Jets. The team travels down to Music City in Nashville as they take on the Tennessee Titans
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Podcast: Jets 24 at Vikings 30 Final


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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the road game as the New York Jets traveled to play at the Minnesota Vikings.
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Podcast: Jets at Vikings Preview


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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the Week 14 match-up as the New York Jets travel back to the Great Lakes and take on their final opponent from the NFC North in the Minnesota Vikings
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Podcast: Dolphins 16 at Jets 13 Final


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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the Monday Night Showdown as the New York Jets fell 16-13 to their AFC East Division Rivals in the Miami Dolphins.
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