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The New York Post reports Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Jets' GM vacancy.
It's unclear why Ross pulled out of the Jets' search, but it's quite clear there's something pushing candidates away from Gang Green. Ross was a finalist for the Panthers' GM job, but was beaten out by fellow Giants' front-office man Dave Gettleman. Ross will remain with the Giants as perhaps GM Jerry Reese's top assistant. The Jets, meanwhile, will continue to search high and low for someone willing to take on their cap issues and Mark Sanchez. Tue, Jan 15, 2013 09:29:00 PM

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The New York Post confirms Jets secondary coach Dennis Thurman has been elevated to defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Pettine.

Whereas Pettine gradually became the primary play-caller, handling every call during the second half of the 2012 season, Thurman is expected to share those duties with Rex Ryan. Thurman's secondary has been among the league's elite units since arriving in New York in 2009. Darrelle Revis has been the NFL's premier cornerback over that span while Antonio Cromartie is coming off a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Ryan is adamant about returning to a more aggressive, attacking style. He needs an infusion of speed, particularly at linebacker and edge rusher.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan confirmed defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will not be back with the Jets next season.

Ryan's job is safe through 2013, but he's pressing on without OC Tony Sparano, GM Mike Tannenbaum and Pettine -- whose contract expired after the 2012 season. Pettine is interviewing for the Bills' defensive coordinator position Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Jets are expected to promote secondary coach Dennis Thurman to defensive coordinator. "I don't think I've done as good a job of implementing who I am throughout this team," Ryan said. "I want a physical, aggressive, attack style."
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 11:12:00 AM

According to ESPN New York, "the word on the street" is that the Jets are telling potential GM candidates that they won't be considered for the job unless they agree to keep head coach Rex Ryan for a year.

It's similar to Phil Emery's arrangement with the Bears last season. The Jets' caveat could end up costing them a respected up-and-coming talent evaluator if Tom Gamble (49ers), Marc Ross (Giants), David Caldwell (Falcons), or John Dorsey (Packers) decides he would rather bring in someone who shares his own philosophy.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 10:17:00 AM

The Jets will interview former Browns GM Tom Heckert for the same position in New York on Saturday.

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot also reports Heckert is being "heavily" pursued by another team, but that it's not Arizona. Heckert left behind a mixed legacy in Cleveland — specifically, he was far too timid — but is miles ahead of former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum in talent evaluation. It doesn't sound like he'll remain out of work for long.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:40:00 PM

Jets coach Rex Ryan disputed a NY Daily News report on Friday that stated he'd prefer to be fired if the Jets didn't change their offensive personnel.

Ryan deemed the report "untrue," saying "This is the only team that I want to coach. Period. This is my team. These are my players. I don't want to coach any other players." According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, Ryan became so emotional at Friday's practice that he "was actually crying." With Mike Tannenbaum expected to be fired or demoted by Black Monday, the Jets' next general manager will determine Ryan's fate in New York.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 01:35:00 PM

According to the New York Daily News, Jets head coach Rex Ryan has made it known that he would be better off getting fired if the team isn't willing to upgrade the offense.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News says it's unlikely that owner Woody Johnson would fire Ryan with two years and $6 million left on his contract, but the head coach has also been given no assurances on his job security three days before the season comes to a close. "If Woody's not willing to do what it takes to fix the team, then [Ryan] knows he's better off being fired," a team source said. "If Woody is willing to eat some money and spend to get us out of this mess, then it's worth staying." The first "fix" would be to replace inept Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator and get a more established mind on that side of the ball as Rex handles the defense. Ryan has obviously contributed to the mess in New York, but GM Mike Tannenbaum's horrible personnel and financial decisions at quarterback and on offense have sunk the franchise. "[Ryan] won't quit," a team official said.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 08:24:00 AM

Jets DC Mike Pettine has reportedly turned down a contract extension.

Pettine is a coaching free agent in 2013. He reportedly drew interest for head coaching jobs a year ago, though he wasn't a "hot candidate." It's doubtful that Pettine would have a realistic shot to run his own team after the disappointing season in New York.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 08:29:00 AM

Jets DC Mike Pettine is reportedly gaining consideration for vacant head coaching jobs.

Per the New York Post, Pettine is not a "hot candidate," but several teams are doing their due diligence on his career. The Dolphins are known to be one of them. Rex Ryan has been the architect of the Jets' defense, which would seem to make Pettine a longshot for a step up the ladder.
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 04:41:00 PM

Jets signed head coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum to two-year extensions through 2014.

The NFL waited too long to pry Ryan from his old post as Ravens defensive coordinator, and the Jets benefited. Despite a rookie quarterback who threw 20 interceptions, Ryan took the Jets to the AFC Championship game in his first season on the job. He's beloved by his players, making it easier for the Jets lure big-name players to New York. With Tannenbaum doing an excellent talent-collection job, Ryan should continue to win throughout the deal's life.
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 01:49:00 PM

Jets hired former Ravens DBs coach Mark Carrier as their DL coach.

Carrier, a former Pro Bowl safety, replaces Kerry Locklin who left/got fired from the team in November. Carrier wants to eventually become a defensive coordinator and wants to learn the inner-workings of the defensive line.
Sat, Feb 13, 2010 10:19:00 AM

Jets' DL coach Kerry Locklin has left the team for personal reasons.

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini writes that coach Rex Ryan and Locklin had a disagreement, and the decision for him to leave is mutual. Ryan and Locklin had coached together as far back as 1990-1993 at Morehead State.
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 06:41:00 PM

Jets named Mike Pettine their defensive coordinator.

Pettine coached the Ravens' outside linebackers for four years, helping Jarret Johnson go from fourth-round pick to one of the NFL's most underrated players. Pettine will deliver the marching orders from Rex Ryan in New York.
Wed, Jan 21, 2009 11:17:00 AM

Jets named former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan as head coach and signed him to a four-year contract.

Considered a players' coach in Baltimore, Ryan should be much more effective at connecting with the Jets than Eric Mangini. His defense will also be far more aggressive. Calvin Pace figures to be used like Terrell Suggs, with David Harris taking the Ray Lewis role and Kerry Rhodes taking on Ed Reed duties. It will be especially interesting to see if Ryan can get anything out of Vernon Gholston. Gholston's first year was almost completely lost.
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 06:45:00 PM

Ravens linebackers coach Mike Pettine is reportedly Rex Ryan's top choice to head the Jets defense.

Ryan would be allowed to hire Pettine away from the Ravens as long as Baltimore doesn't promote him to take Ryan's place as defensive coordinator.
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 11:25:00 AM

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