Either New York Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum is genuinely puzzled about the reports that the team is close to reaching an agreement on a new contract for Darrelle Revis, or Tannenbaum should win a Best Actor Emmy for his work on Hard Knocks.
The latest installment of Hard Knocks, HBO’s reality show that goes inside the Jets’ training camp, features Tannenbaum and the rest of the Jets’ brass seeming confused about reports that they’re close to a deal with Revis, their holdout cornerback.
Tannenbaum sounded completely baffled when the Hard Knocks cameras caught him asking, “Where do you think this is coming from?”
Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was shown reading PFT as he asked head coach Rex Ryan, “Why does Tim Cowlishaw keep reporting about Revis?”
We’ve been wondering the same thing.
In non-Revis news, Ryan was back in profane form when he talked about how the Jets could intimidate the rest of the NFL by beating the Ravens, Patriots and Dolphins in the first three games of the season.
“We open the season with our three toughest games,” Ryan said. “We start kicking ass, that’s going to send a message to the whole league. Like, ‘Oh, sh–.’”
Later, Ryan told his players, “Let’s play like the f–king New York Jets and not some f–king slapdick team.”
And the Jets’ front office was shown agonizing over the future of a couple of veterans, fullback Tony Richardson and receiver Laveranues Coles. Richardson, all the coaches and executives seem to agree, is such a good presence in the locker room that they can’t get rid of him even if, at age 38, he doesn’t bring as much to the table as rookie fullback John Conner.
But while Ryan had nothing but positive things to say about Coles, the Jets decided to release him anyway, likely ending the veteran’s career.