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Published December 30, 2013
LEADER OF THE PACK: In Newark, Dom Cosentino notes Jets Owner Woody Johnson after making it known that coach Rex Ryan will be back next season has "taken the extra step of emailing a letter to season-ticket holders to personally explain the organization's decision." The e-mail was sent Sunday around 7:00pm ET. It read in part, "Like any NFL Head Coach, he's had ups and downs, but Rex has been a tremendous leader of this football team" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 12/30).
REMEMBER THE TITANS: In Nashville, Jim Wyatt notes Titans President & CEO Tommy Smith yesterday "was in attendance for his fourth straight home game since taking over for the late Bud Adams." He saw the team "fight until the end even though it was eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago." But Smith "also saw plenty of empty seats." He "declined to comment when approached in the tunnel underneath the stadium after the game." All indications are "it could be several days before a decision" about coach Mike Munchak is announced (TENNESSEAN, 12/30). Also in Nashville, David Climer writes, "Personally, I can't see records of 6-10 and 7-9 in the past two seasons as an indication that better days are ahead." It is "time for a change" (TENNESSEAN, 12/30).
TEXAS TWO-STEP: NFL Network’s Silver, on the Texans' head coaching search: “There is a reason that they fired Gary Kubiak during the season, so they can get a jump on people like (Penn State coach) Bill O’Brien. I’m told that Owner Bob McNair is very much spearheading this process and that they are telling people they would like to be done by Tuesday” (“NFL GameDay Morning,” NFL Network, 12/29).