NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:03 AM
Despite the Jets bringing back his old favorite players, Bills coach Rex Ryan doesn’t exactly have the Jets circled on his calendar this season. He’s still anxious for another shot at the Patriots.
PHOENIX — Rex Ryan won’t even give the Jets the satisfaction of knowing he can’t wait to kick their butts this season, especially after Woody Johnson took a trip to the ATM and brought back Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and traded for Brandon Marshall once Ryan left town.
I was walking with Ryan in one of the courtyards after he arrived Sunday at the NFL meetings and gave him a clear opening to express any frustration with Johnson suddenly coming up with a new business model that’s actually designed to make the Jets competitive again, but way too late to save Rex.
So, are you looking forward to the first meeting with the Jets next season?
“No,” he said. “I’m looking to the first time I play New England, like always.”
Ryan’s obsession with New England hasn’t changed for good reason. He may be in Buffalo, but he’s still in the AFC East. In his six years with the Jets, he was 3-9 against the Patriots in the regular season and 1-0 in the playoffs. Ryan was handcuffed by two years with John Idzik as his general manager, but Johnson now has given Mike Maccagnan the go-ahead to spend millions. If this happened a year ago when Revis wanted to come back and Cromartie never wanted to leave, Ryan would have won more than four games and possibly kept his job.
Revis was the best player Ryan coached with the Jets. He never wanted to lose him and then wanted him back last year.
“Obviously, he’s a great player and he’s going back there and hopefully that will be a good fit,” Ryan said. “He’s a great player, he won a Super Bowl with New England, but he’s a Jet. He got drafted a Jet. It’s probably good for his legacy he goes back to New York.”
Revis is guaranteed $ 39 million out of the $ 48 million he will make in the first three years of his five-year, $ 70 million contract. The Jets could have had him back in 2014 for the same $ 12 million he made with the Patriots, but Johnson and Idzik had no interest.
Ryan insists he’s not wondering where Johnson was last year with his money.
“No, that’s the way it is,” he said.
Ryan has made a clear break from the Jets. He dumped all his Jets gear and Bills sweat suits are now in. He used to have a tattoo on his right arm of his wife wearing a green No. 6 jersey, formerly worn by Mark Sanchez. After Sanchez was cut last year, Ryan had the No. 6 on the sleeve colored over in black. At the Super Bowl this year, he went to a tattoo parlor in Scottsdale and had the green jersey changed to blue, the Bills colors.
Ryan is still focused on his nemesis Bill Belichick (r.) who he had many battles with in the AFC East.
Is nothing sacred anymore?
Ryan was proud to report that in the first day he put his house on the market in Summit, N.J., after he was fired, he received six offers over asking price and he sold it. Good for him. How did that happen? I hear he agreed to leave behind all the Super Bowl trophies he won with the Jets…The NFL hasn’t gotten very far putting together the 2015 schedule, but the Jets are in contention to be the road team for the Super Bowl champion Patriots opener on Thursday night, Sept. 10. The return of Revis to the Jets vs. the team with whom he just won a Super Bowl ring makes this attractive. The most obvious opponent would be the Steelers. How about Buffalo? Ryan vs. Bill Belichick is always fun in the days before the game, but the Bills don’t create much of a national buzz. Not yet, anyway…
The Bills at Jets would be a perfect Monday night opener, but with the Jewish high holiday Rosh Hashanah beginning at sundown on Sunday Sept. 13 and ending at sundown on Sept. 15, the only window for a Giants or Jets home game the opening weekend will be at 1 p.m. The league will not schedule the Jets or Giants at home in the 4 p.m. slot or the Sunday or Monday night games in deference to all their Jewish ticket holders…
Ted Wells, the investigator in DeflateGate, is still working hard to find out exactly how the air escaped all those Patriots footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts. The NFL announced on Jan. 25 it had hired Wells to get to the bottom of this. There is no end in sight and it’s been 56 days. No surprise. The league brought him in to run the BullyGate investigation in Miami in 2013. He was hired Nov. 6 and he issued his report Feb. 14. That was 100 days. BullyGate was more complicated, but Wells is not being pressured by the NFL to finish up the mystery of the deflated footballs. If Belichick or Tom Brady were the master mind, you have to figure Wells’ report would have come out already.
HERE’S THE CATCH
What is a catch? That was the big question after Dez Bryant’s catch-no catch in the Cowboys loss to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. But the so-called “Calvin Johnson” rule is not on the Competition Committee agenda for discussion this week. The committee has not proposed a change in the rule…There is more momentum now for a team or teams in Los Angeles than at any time since the Rams left for St. Louis and the Raiders left for Oakland in 1994. The future of the NFL in Los Angeles will be a big topic this week. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who purchased the land next to the old Hollywood Park, appears determined to move the team to LA, although St. Louis is being aggressive in its plans to build a waterfront stadium.
The Chargers and Raiders want to go in together on a stadium in Carson if they can’t get deals done in their cities. The irony is no owner seems more determined to move than Kroenke but no city seems more determined to keep its team than St. Louis.
The earliest a team can move is 2016 and it will take 24 of the 32 votes by league owners to approve franchise relocation unless an owner just picks up and moves his team and fights the NFL in court…
There are still five weeks until the April 30 draft, which means there’s plenty of time for things to change. But Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has become the key player. The Bucs are expected to take Florida State QB Jameis Winston first overall.
The Titans could take Mariota at No. 2 or he could slip to the Jets at No. 6 or any number of teams. The Saints (Nos. 13 and 31), Chargers (No. 17) or Eagles (No. 20) could attempt to move up to get him.
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