Lockout gives Jets time to deal with “rainy day” projects

AP

Some players are happy with the down time that flows from the lockout.  Some teams apparently like it, too.

Though most coaching staffs and front offices surely would prefer to be preparing for the coming season, the Jets are taking advantage of the padlocked gates (for players only) to focus on some things that otherwise fall through the cracks during the never ending football cycle.

“From our standpoint I find it to be a little entrepreneurial,” Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum recently said, per Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, “because normally you’re in a regimented system where you have rookie camps, OTA’s, veteran minicamps, so I think most managers we write down things — I know Rex had a long list of rainy day projects — so we pulled that out and are working on it now, seeing it as an opportunity to get better.”

Among other things, the Jets will host unemployed and retired coaches to get their insights on various matters, like they recently did with former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore.  “We’re going to bring in guys, even position coach guys that might be out there that if we can get an idea or two ideas from someone than it’s worth it,” coach Rex Ryan said.  “We’re about improving as coaches, so we’re excited about that.  That’s going to give us a chance to get better.”

Bottom line?  For football coaches and front offices, there’s really no such thing as a lockout.  Even if the players aren’t present, there are plenty of things that can be done, even if there’s no clear correlation between the things that are done and the things that will happen on the field.

22 responses to “Lockout gives Jets time to deal with “rainy day” projects

  1. I thought the Jets were cutting everyones salaries because of the lockout? That doesn’t seem right to me if they are still working.

  2. Marvsleevy,

    Don’t confuse cutting salaries with cutting jobs.

    Benh999, please give more details on that… sounds intriguing.

    Everyone else,

    I think this is a great idea. Getting insight from coaches outside of the team facility will allow them to get a fresh look on the way they are running things. Hopefully, one coach will tell Rex to stop talking smack.

  3. So……basically Rex is sitting at the mall outside of shoe stores……..Yes, those rainy day projects

  4. Rex Ryan has a good work ethic on top of being well liked by players(even from opposing clubs), and is never in trouble.

    I can see why people hate him so much. /sarcasm

  5. marvsleezy says:
    May 11, 2011 9:19 AM
    I thought the Jets were cutting everyones salaries because of the lockout? That doesn’t seem right to me if they are still working.

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    I have no idea how other teams are handling the lockouts, but the Jets announced they cut salaries during the lockout and as soon as the league resumes all employees will be reimbursed all of the cut portions.

  6. I hope it’s not like Texas state government. The rainy day fund is like the governors personal stash and the legislature is cutting everything trying to balance the budget. We may be in a draught, but it’s been raining a long time financially. To bad we can’t get some of the rain causing the Mississippi River flooding.

    Good for the Jets using their rainy days. Maybe Tannenbolm can come down and speak to our legislature and gov.

  7. thefiesty1: Same here in Connecticut. We just pink-slipped 4500 state employees and are considering closing two public vocational schools. Yet the politicos and governor will continue to live high on the hog, via slush funds, add-ons to bills, and cash from the Democratic Party. Want new wallpaper in the Governor’s Mansion? Have a $500/plate fundraiser in Greenwich! Government governs for the elite. Just like the owners forcing the lockout. They’re financially set for life if they never play another game. Do they care about the fringe guy trying to make a team or even a practice squad? Um… no.

  8. Judging from the comments and the yes/no votes, I never realized how many Jets fan are out there and on this site. Heaven help us all !

  9. I really don’t understand the Rex Ryan hate. Is it because he tells us that he wants to win the superbowl every year? Even if he fails every year….so what? Even if another coach never comes out and publicly says it, they all want to win superbowls. If you guys go to a mcdonald’s and you see the new cashier striving to one day be a manager and he lets that known to others, would you insult him too?

  10. pftwstbshmc says:
    May 11, 2011 11:27 AM
    But what about the Jets biggest “rainy day project”? Figuring out a way to keep Ryans big fat mouth shut?
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    What Ryan has to say only bothers the insecure. When Ryan wins it will be because of coaching and talent, not SONY’s.

  11. Geez, my comment got trash by the public. Would have thought it’d garner some support.
    Oh well. No one cares about Connecticut unless they’re going to a casino or if they have them on their NCAA bracket….

  12. illmatic8582 says:
    May 11, 2011 12:55 PM
    I really don’t understand the Rex Ryan hate. Is it because he tells us that he wants to win the superbowl every year? Even if he fails every year….so what?

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    No it’s not because he wants to win, it’s because he ‘guarantees’ it every year.

    Of course every team wants to win the super bowl, but none of the others go around insufferably guaranteeing it year after year. and when he does fail, he still claims he should have won.

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