Play Like A Jet

Rex Ryan

There have been a lot of changes in Jets land and we haven't even hit free agency yet. As the team prepares for the NFL Combine Jets coach Rex Ryan and their new GM John Idzik talk to the media about their new philosophies and their young players on their current roster. They also addressed Darrelle Revis and Mark Sanchez.

Indianapolis, Ind. - Change is in the air with the New York Jets. There's a new General Manager, new assistant coaches and a new philosophy within the organization.

But there wasn't a change at the top and Rex Ryan returns for his fifth season as the Jets head coach. While he won't make any predictions Ryan is very optimistic about the 2013 season and beyond for his team and their future.

"I want to win and I want this team to earn the loyalty and support of our fans," said Ryan as he addressed the NFL media. "We will have that team. I believe in that. I am excited. We will have an attacking mentality on offense, defense and on special teams."

John Idzik was named the team's GM back on January 18th. Over the past month, he, Ryan and the rest of the Jets organization has been mapping out their plans of free agency, the upcoming draft and the season that lies ahead. They have also evaluated every nook and cranny of their current roster. With that they have created a plan predicated on creating competition.

"The general mantra will be to create competition through and through," Idzik said. "Through free agency, through the draft, coming out of the draft, through training camp and into the season, we know to have success and become champions we have to improve competition at every position. It will be the flavor of what we are and what we are about. We do not want complacency. We will thrive on competition."

It's somewhat representative of changing their culture and having a different mindset with everyone in the organization.

"We speak about it daily," Idzik said. "Rex came up with the phrase ‘to play like a Jet.' Whether we are reading free agency reports, draft reports, or talking about our roster that phrase is constant, to play like a Jet. It will be embedded on this team to play like a Jet. It's about attacking, being physical and aggressive and being smart. That's the type of people, players, scouts, and coaches that we all want to have within this organization."

Change has already occurred with the team's roster as the Jets have recently released linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and backup offensive tackle Jason Smith.

Apparently there won't be a change with their quarterback Mark Sanchez. This is still a young signal caller that enjoyed a lot of success his first two years in the NFL. But this past season was a setback for Sanchez.

"He is a young player that can improve," Ryan said. "Mark's 25, 26 years old and he's not done by any stretch of the imagination.

Idzik looks at his quarterback's total body of work, knowing the Jets have seen success with Sanchez. But he also realizes Sanchez played poorly last season and New York has brought in some offensive help with staff changes.

"Mark just needs to turn the page for the 2013 season," Idzik said. "He has to perform better. But we have a new offensive coordinator [Marty Mornhinweg] and new quarterback coach [David Lee]. This will be healthy for the Jets and healthy for Mark."

Perhaps the hottest topic over the past month is the status of one of the game's top defensive players, Darrelle Revis. On the day Idzik was announced as the new GM all heck broke loose in New York because of a rumor the Jets were shopping around their prized player.

"Darrelle Revis is a great player and a great Jet,"Idzik said. "He is a tremendous asset to this team and organization. Nothing has changed with Darrelle. It's all speculation, rumors and stories. He will always be wanted as a Jet and we will aide him every way we can in his rehab [ACL injury] so he can return to the great player that he is."

Ryan was next to chime in about the Revis soap opera.

"Plain and simple, it's not accurate," Ryan said. I called and told Revis that," Ryan said. "There's no validity to that trade."

During the today's press conference Ryan addressed key young players on their roster, starting with last year's top Jets draft pick, defensive lineman Quinton Coples.

"I see him as a guy with an edge presence," Ryan said. "We moved him around a lot last year and that's going to help. He hasn't even scratched the surface. I am expecting big things from him."

New York's second round pick last year was Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill. Like most rookies he had an up and down first season.

"Stephen has a lot of ability," Ryan said. "But he has to be better than last season. He has to be more consistent. I expect to see him make leaps and bounds in year two. He has the height and speed and all those intangibles you like. But it's a process. And the process always reminds me about the greatest wide receiver ever, Jerry Rice. He didn't even start as a rookie. So I am challenging guys because I know that can make huge improvement in year two."

And how can you go through a press conference without mentioning quarterback Tim Tebow. Believe it or not there was only one question about the former Florida Gator star.

"Tim is under contract and we will continue to see how things go in the off-season," Ryan said. It's just too early to tell right now."

Maybe Tebow is in their plans. Maybe he won't be. But if it's one thing the media learned today is that the Jets have made changes. There are new people and new blood and by the sound of things there will be a lot of competition in the Jets camp.

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