In one of the great ironies in all of the sport, the team that soaked up attention like a sponge in the Sahara and that never saw a microphone into which its key employees weren’t willing to speak has decided to stifle themselves in the wake of the lockout.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times reports that the Jets will be making like turtles moving forward, refusing all opportunities to speak to the media.
“We believe an agreement will be reached,” Jets spokesman Bruce Speight told Bishop, regarding the status of the labor dispute. “Meanwhile, we’re working through it and preparing for the draft.”
And so the team that previously wouldn’t stop talking suddenly won’t be.
We don’t agree with the approach. Teams that crave attention can’t bury their heads in the sand at a time when they think they may face tough questions, including the decision to impose mandatory monthly furloughs at a time when few other teams will be using the inability of the league and the NFLPA* to figure out the money as an excuse for dipping into the pockets of employees who are bystanders to a $9 billion brouhaha.
So if the Jets won’t be talking at this critical juncture for the sport, the fans and the media should agree not to listen once the Jets decide that it’s safe to stick their heads back out of their shells.
That said, we think that Jets coach Rex Ryan will be able to adhere to the new approach for even less time than Kramer was able to stick to his vow of silence.
UPDATE: Jets spokesman Bruce Speight advises PFT that the team’s approach to media requests has not changed, and that requests will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.