NFL Franchise Notes: Jets Will Face Decision On Rex After '13 Season
In N.Y., Gary Myers notes Jets coach Rex Ryan has two years left on his contract and Owner Woody Johnson “knows he would face a complete PSL insurrection from Jets fans if he extended Ryan’s contract now or keeps him if the Jets stink again next season.” NFL coaches "almost never go into the final year of their contracts, so Johnson will have to make a decision after next season to either fire Ryan or give him more years” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/9). Also in N.Y., Brian Costello notes Johnson yesterday “would not address whether he would take legal action against fans" who refused to pay their PSL fees. Johnson: “You can talk to the legal department on that. We work for our fans. They’re frustrated and I feel very confident we’re going to change this thing” (N.Y. POST, 1/9).
CIRCLING THE WAGONS: In Buffalo, Jerry Sullivan wrote Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon by hiring Doug Marrone as head coach is “putting his reputation on the line.” It would be “easy to dismiss him as a salesman who is out of his depth on football matters,” but the hire "represents a fresh idea, a refusal to simply reach for the tried-and-true.” Sullivan: “This is on Brandon now” (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/7). Also in Buffalo, Tim O’Shei writes under the subheader, “Russ Brandon Spent A Lifetime Preparing For His New Job With The Bills.” Former Sabres Managing Partner & Minority Owner Larry Quinn said Brandon is a "progressive guy and a guy who has guts." Quinn: "He’s not afraid to make decisions that aren’t mainstream: doing a game in Toronto, building a training camp in Rochester. The things he’s done are somewhat unorthodox, and it shows a guy who’s got some guts, which is what it takes” (BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST, 1/4 issue).
SKIN DEEP: In DC, Sally Jenkins writes of Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's injury during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, "Somehow the Redskins allowed their top draft choice, their best quarterback in a generation, to hurt his knee three times without adequately protecting their investment.” There is “plenty of blame to spread for this state of affairs," including Griffin himself, who “hasn’t yet learned to play with discretion and to protect others’ investment in him.” But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan “had more responsibility than anyone else.” He wanted “institutional control of the Redskins, prized a CEO-like role, and he got it.” There is “no taking the burden of this decision off him” (WASHINGTON POST, 1/9).