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Report: Derrick Mason benched for complaining

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The Jets took the unusual step of issuing a statement hours before kickoff to refute a report that the team’s wide receivers had complained about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason all joined in the denials after the team’s 30-21 loss to the Patriots. Mason was particularly defiant, even after spending most of the game on the bench while Jeremy Kerley played when the team went with three receivers.

“I’m not part of it,” Mason said. “I come here and do what they ask me to do and play good football. I’ve always said the play-caller makes the play-calls and the players have got to make them work. If we make them work then they’re great play callers. If we don’t make them work then everyone wants to jump on the OC.”

Rex Ryan said that the team wanted to see more of Kerley, but Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that’s not the entire story. Cimini reports that Ryan benched Mason because of his mouth. There’s another report, from Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, that Mason has had a hard time picking up the offense. Both add new wrinkles to figuring out a Jets offense that’s in freefall after Sunday’s dismal showing against a Patriots defense that spent the first four weeks being shredded by their opponents.

Regardless of the reason for Mason’s benching, he’s been a disappointment since joining the team as a free agent. Kerley caught a touchdown on Sunday and the speed he’s shown on punt returns could give the Jets something they need on offense as they try to find a way forward after two terrible outings.

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  1. august1969 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:08 AM

    Welker burned Revis all day. Where’s that headline?

  2. otistaylor89 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:11 AM

    Disappointment?
    The guy is 102 years old – what did they expect???

  3. pigskinswag says: Oct 10, 2011 11:12 AM

    “Ryan benched Mason because of his mouth. ”

    If that’s the case, Woody Johnson needs to bench Rex Ryan because of HIS mouth. If talking won world championships the Jets would be a dynasty.

  4. radtrigger says: Oct 10, 2011 11:13 AM

    Mason is a clown. No wonder the Ravens dropped him.

  5. psuravens19 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:15 AM

    Not surpised to see this from Mason… He did it a lot in Baltimore and got away with it. I appreciated what he did for our team during his time, but was also glad to see we cut ties when we did.

  6. scudbot says: Oct 10, 2011 11:15 AM

    O irony: “Ryan benched Mason because of his mouth.”

  7. bigd9484 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:19 AM

    Maybe the offense has been sucking because they have a mediocre QB.

  8. NFLJunkie says: Oct 10, 2011 11:21 AM

    What the hell do you have to say to get Rex Ryan to bench you because of your mouth?

  9. upyoursnfu says: Oct 10, 2011 11:27 AM

    If you benched Rex Ryan, then you wouldn’t have a bench anymore….cause fatso would break it

  10. richm2256 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:27 AM

    Hey, how did that Yet’s win feel, Yets fans??????

    What, they LOST???????????

    But, but, but, but ……….

    Brady & Company OWNED their a$$es. Weren’t Revis and the Yets going to focus on stopping Welker??? You know, the guy who had five catches for 124 yards? Had a 24.8 yards per catch average, Mr. “Dink and Dunk”????

    Mark “Captain Mediocre” Sanchez burned the last-ranked defense for a whopping 166 yards while Greene ran for 83.

    Yeah ….. real Super Bowl contender you’ve got their, Rex.

    Good thing the Yets already won the Super Bowl in the pre-season.

  11. upyoursnfu says: Oct 10, 2011 11:29 AM

    And is this anything new? Mason has been a cry baby his entire career. He always had tempter tantrums in Baltimore…..and they say hes a man of god. HA!

  12. richm2256 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:29 AM

    By the way, Yets fans ….. this is why you wait until AFTER the game is played to do your trash talking.

    Are you listening, “Power of Green”?????

  13. jolink653 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:31 AM

    a jets player complaining? there’s a shocker…all of a sudden that decision to replace braylon and cotchery with mason and plaxico isn’t looking too great…another shocker

  14. nysaysbringit says: Oct 10, 2011 11:34 AM

    @ august1969;
    “Welker burned Revis all day. Where’s that headline?”

    There is no “headline” because that is not what happened. Did you drink too much?…Because that was the only thing that went right for the Jets yesterday….No excuses here Great game by the Pats! But Welker was pretty well covered by Revis. Outside of that ..JETS SUCKED!!!

  15. jobotjones says: Oct 10, 2011 11:34 AM

    Diva!

  16. thelongestgoodbye says: Oct 10, 2011 11:35 AM

    This is why the Ravens cut you. You cant jump in OC’s / Head Coaches or QB’s (Joe last year) and think your mediocre play will be ignored.

    Mason did a lot of good things for a long time and was dependable but at a certain point no one wants to hear your mouth.

  17. iknowitallandmore says: Oct 10, 2011 11:36 AM

    Rex Ryan benching a player because of his mouth?

    The biggest mouth in all of the league benches one of his own players because he ran his mouth is kind of like Jenn Sterger calling Heidi Fleiss a skank

  18. ravenshaterssuckdonkeydick says: Oct 10, 2011 11:41 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I was one of the few that was all for them cutting him. He’s a whiner….always has been. Yeah he can run the comeback and the post like nobody’s business and he’s got pretty good hands. But he brings nothing else to the table.

    I’d like nothing more than to see him ride the bench the rest of the year. Maybe he should have gone back to TN…….

  19. poopoodoodoohead says: Oct 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    Anyone else think Mason was benched because he is over the hill?

    And for the idiot who thinks Welker burned Revis, you either looked at the stats and deducted that or are just parroting what you heard somewhere else because you’re clueless about the actual game that was played.

    Revis played an awesome game as usual, it is not his fault he has no safety help when they play him in a zone. The zone defenses are the ones that Welker will always shred. Anytime he is covered one on one by a quality CB he does not get open.

    And I am not saying Welker is not quality, he is! No one can find the seams in a defense quite as well as he seems to, but cover him one on one with your best CB and you would limit his production.

    Once again, I find myself laughing at the level of ignorance on this site.

  20. rudz18 says: Oct 10, 2011 11:45 AM

    I agree Revis kept Welker in check, that was the only good thing that came out of this game.

  21. bluvayner says: Oct 10, 2011 11:45 AM

    Ryan benched Mason “because of his mouth”???

    That’s rich.

  22. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2011 11:48 AM

    He’s got great hands but a huge mouth, too bad.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all you crazy Canucks out there.

  23. pdxpanther says: Oct 10, 2011 11:53 AM

    What I want to know is how many times did Tom Brady throw at Cromartie? Because that TD to Branch doesn’t really count since he got burned so badly.

  24. thejuddstir says: Oct 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    Mason……LT……..Burress, what the “H” do the Jets expect with this geriatic bunch and then throw in a less than average QB and a bust of a RB in Greene and you have the perfect recipe for a pathetic offense. Maybe if Rex would do less talking b.s. and see his team for what it is……just sayin’. I don’t like the Jets so it pleases me that Rex and his brother Rob are just apples that didn’t fall far from the tree…..all talk. Funny how fans can see things that the “experts” can’t. Rex’s defense is getting a little long in the tooth also and as always, we hear about what Revis is going to do prior to the game but never hear anything after he gets torched. Things will be quiet in the Jets camp until after they beat the hapless Fins and then Rex and his gang of talkers will be back at it.

  25. ravenator says: Oct 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    In Oz We Trust

  26. bengalsown says: Oct 10, 2011 12:03 PM

    But I thought Derrick Mason was a saint, and “played the game like it was meant to be played”?

  27. toddlvin says: Oct 10, 2011 12:04 PM

    august1969 says:Oct 10, 2011 11:08 AM

    Welker burned Revis all day. Where’s that headline?

    Youre kidding right? Welker caught a 36 yd pass with Cromartie guarding him.

    He caught a 73 YD pass when the Jets were in Zone adn the saftey let him by (and Revis caught him from behind).

    That leaves 3 catches for 15 yds with Revis guarding him….

    Yea…burned all day….

    Get yoiur stats stright!!!

  28. nysaysbringit says: Oct 10, 2011 12:04 PM

    @ richm2256;
    LOL…WOW….You are a gracious winner!

    Great Game by the Patriots!
    You guys whooped us..no excuses….Thats how you give credit where credit is due rich…whatever. If you dont like loud mouth Jet fans that rub it in peoples faces…DONT ack like one!

  29. goawayeverybody says: Oct 10, 2011 12:07 PM

    Mason has had a hard time picking up the offense? As far as I can tell, the New York Jets offense consists of handing the ball off to Shonn Greene or LT and if that doesn’t work, having Mark Sanchez scramble around the field all willy nilly and throw the ball to whomever is open at the time.

  30. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 10, 2011 12:09 PM

    And the Ravens wanted to bring him back at a lower price point, but Mason decided to go “where he has the best chance at winning a Super Bowl.”

    Clown.

  31. goawayeverybody says: Oct 10, 2011 12:11 PM

    By the way, Cheatriot fans, a 9 point win at home against one of the worst teams in football is not exactly something to brag about.

  32. mrizzo44 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:12 PM

    We all know the real reason that Mason was benched.

    It’s because I was so desperate for WR help this week (with my top 3 on a bye), that I was forced to pick up Mason, and insert him into my starting lineup. wtf.

  33. damnsureis says: Oct 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    That’s like benching water for being wet.

  34. countsnail says: Oct 10, 2011 12:18 PM

    It’s pretty ironic that a Jets player got benched for running his mouth off. Their head coach is Exhibit A when it comes to that sort of thing.

  35. jaykono says: Oct 10, 2011 12:19 PM

    August1969:

    Welker burned Revis all day. Where’s that headline?

    take away the 73 yard catch which was eric smith’s blown coverage and he has 4 rec for 51 yards…i’d hardly call that burning him all day

  36. swagger52 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:21 PM

    Mason was Flacco’s #1 receiver. It isn’t like Flacco has a receiver like Brady does with Wes Welker, or Matt Ryan with Roddy White, or Rothlesberger with Wallace, or Schaub with Andre Johnson, etc. Once Flacco gets that guy…maybe Lee Evans, maybe Torrey Smith…we can start to see some elite.

  37. wtf__seriously says: Oct 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    richm2256,
    Relax, there Slippy. Did that rant make you feel better?? Please find a Patriots story to post on and stop endlessly trolling Jets stories.

    Jets fans know the team we root for is having a horrible season so far. But hey…Thanks for the reminder.

  38. swagger52 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    I think Rex thinks that any ex-Raven is better than a Jet. That shows he still is suffering from Raven-Envy. Get over it Rex.

  39. scoops1 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    Joe Nameth is Flabbergasted

  40. waldoampere says: Oct 10, 2011 12:23 PM

    “Welker burned Revis all day. Where’s that headline?”

    You lose credibility when you make statements like this. Be happy that your team won and that it was over a hated rival. But Welker did no such thing to Revis who is the best CB in football. At least put your hatred aside to admit that. The question that should be asked is why didn’t the Jets have Revis on Welker man to man all day instead of for just half the snaps (which is when Welker gained his yards).

  41. zimaman says: Oct 10, 2011 12:24 PM

    goawayeverybody says: hi everyone i am an a hole Oct 10, 2011 12:11 PM

    you said it not me

  42. steelerfan999 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:30 PM

    BURRESS AND HOLMES ARE COMPLAINING THAT MASON WAS BENCHED AND GOT PAID,AND THEY HAD TO PLAY.

  43. citizenstrange says: Oct 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    Mason signed with the Jets knowing that Sanchez was the QB.

    That’s like going to a fondue restaurant and then complaining that you don’t like cheese.

  44. cereal blogger says: Oct 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    As a Raven fan,,,,not shocked at all ! He’s your problem now

  45. greatfuljethead says: Oct 10, 2011 12:43 PM

    Offense did not play well but they were not the problem. Jets could not stop the run. 4 sacks and an interception in the end zone are nothing to brag about by Patsy offense. Yes we lost oh well we will see what happens when you come to our place

  46. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 10, 2011 12:48 PM

    @ jaykono,

    Andy why should we take plays away? Should we take away that Revis penalty too?

  47. portnoychunk says: Oct 10, 2011 12:54 PM

    waldoampere says: Oct 10, 2011 12:23 PM

    “Welker burned Revis all day. Where’s that headline?”

    You lose credibility when you make statements like this. Be happy that your team won and that it was over a hated rival. But Welker did no such thing to Revis who is the best CB in football. At least put your hatred aside to admit that. The question that should be asked is why didn’t the Jets have Revis on Welker man to man all day instead of for just half the snaps (which is when Welker gained his yards).

    Right on! Hard for Welker to burn Revis when Revis was holding him by his jersey on every other play as the replays showed.

  48. portnoychunk says: Oct 10, 2011 1:03 PM

    greatfuljethead says: Oct 10, 2011 12:43 PM

    Offense did not play well but they were not the problem. Jets could not stop the run. 4 sacks and an interception in the end zone are nothing to brag about by Patsy offense. Yes we lost oh well we will see what happens when you come to our place

    ^^^^^

    Unfortunately for the Yets, it may not matter at that point in time. The INT. was cause by Hernandez dropping a pass he usually catches. Hernandez at about 3/4 speed with the knee and Gronk had a serious flu and almost didn’t play. Nobody is bragging about Pats offense, but it appears you’re assumption is there is no room for the injured Pats to improve after putting 30 on the board against your team. I guess you can hang your hat on that.

  49. ballinmore says: Oct 10, 2011 1:12 PM

    Maybe the Jets just aren’t good.

    O-line that’s hurt, complete overhaul of WR’s but somehow decided to get older, defensive line completely different. Same Sanchez with less room for error since his defense can’t pick him up as well this year.

  50. slickmarine says: Oct 10, 2011 1:16 PM

    Lemme get this right:

    A guy named “poopoodoodoohead’ is laughing at someone ELSE’s ignorance? How damn smart can that person be? That’s the only name he could come up with? Doesn’t he know that’s our code name for Jet’s fans???

  51. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 10, 2011 1:27 PM

    Maybe Shonn Green stinks.

  52. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 10, 2011 1:27 PM

    SHOTTY MUST GO!!! SHOTTY MUST GO!! SHOTTY MUST GO!!! SHOTTY MUST GO!! SHOTTY MUST GO!!! SHOTTY MUST GO!! SHOTTY MUST GO!!! SHOTTY MUST GO!!

  53. jfurey says: Oct 10, 2011 1:30 PM

    I would be complaining also, schottenheimer’s offense is a joke and has been probably since his daddy’s offense could never win the big one also!!!! he’s not the only one complaining by the way!!!!! rex should be out of a job pretty soon, let the mutiny begin!!!!

  54. browningnagle says: Oct 10, 2011 1:33 PM

    Jets fan here and I will be the first to admit that we got SMOKED!
    Dominated and made an average defense look great.
    We are pretty close to sucking…..
    WITH THAT SAID…as I sit here and read the comments that Welker abused Revis and secondary is SEVERLY incorrect. The first play of the 3rd quarter was a blown coverage by Eric Smith that went for 73 yards.
    Awesome throw…Awesome catch…but that was on Eric Smiths straight sucking.
    Now take 73 from 124 Pats fans and that makes 4 catches for for 51 yds and as I recall two drops whether you can credit that to Brady throwing little high or just Welker, I don’t recall.
    So come on Pats fans…
    Claim your victory, talk all the ISH you want, it was your victory, you deserve it.
    BUT LET’S NOT BE DELUSIONAL….now go ahead and “dislike” because the truth hurts.
    And kudos to honest Pats fans, the clearly better team won.

  55. atxpatfan says: Oct 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    It was awesome to see Revis get smoked by Welker on that 73 yard play.

    Revis said he got fooled by Welker’s double move.

  56. luponatrix says: Oct 10, 2011 1:42 PM

    Rex Ryan benching a player because of his mouth is like Ron Jeremy grounding his daughter for wearing a risqué dress to junior prom.

  57. riverhorsey says: Oct 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    Ryan benched Mason because of his mouth.

    I like it.

  58. j0esixpack says: Oct 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    If not for a gift of a win against Dallas, Rex Ryan is the coach of a 1-4 team very much in the running for the “Suck for Luck” campaign.

  59. brutus9448 says: Oct 10, 2011 2:05 PM

    nothing like a game against the poor dolphins to get the jets out of their funk.

  60. rajbais says: Oct 10, 2011 2:23 PM

    No wonder why he defended T.O. over the past two years. You see everyone, every WR demands the friggin’ ball!!!

  61. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 10, 2011 2:25 PM

    Revis is the top DB in the league no doubt, but he got caught on at least 5 replay shots of having a fistful of Welker’s jersey.

    Sorry Jet fans, absent Revis repeatedly holding him, Welker has another 10+ catch game. Welker got the better of that epic match-up, plain & simple.

    SHOTTY MUST GO!!! SHOTTY MUST GO!!

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 10, 2011 2:26 PM

    Tons of game-changing, shaky calls by the refs that benefited the Patriots.

    I’m no Jets fan, was simply watching objectively. It was maddening.

  63. ampats says: Oct 10, 2011 3:12 PM

    “Tons of game-changing,shaky calls by ref that benefited the Patriots” ??????

    The game I watched yesterday saw BB throw two red flags on calls that went the jets way only to be overturned by video confirmation.

    I don’t seem to remember Rex throwing any red flags to question any calls? Why do you think that is ?

  64. bmorehomeofthewire says: Oct 10, 2011 3:18 PM

    The Jets pliers are following the lead of the Head Coach always talking and not playing. The Jets needs to stop yapping and make it happen…

  65. bsizemore68 says: Oct 10, 2011 4:24 PM

    The Jets are in great shape to beat Miami next Sunday, Miami with a QB with out to many wins, so if the Jersey jets lose, what will they cry about then, time to play football. Bill

  66. grandpa61463 says: Oct 10, 2011 4:44 PM

    What is, really, going on? The Jets have everything they need. It seems like common sense is the missing link. Why is Greene not getting 30 touches a game? Why isn’t LT getting 3rd. down play? Holmes, Plax, and Mason is the right Receiving combo. But, D. Keller is a beast!! Why is he not looked at more? How long can the Defense stay on the field? Whether they are “starters” or “practice squad”, they made it onto a “PROFESSIONAL” Football team. Act like a damn pro!! Stop the excuses!! Play the game by having fun!! I’d pay the team for allowing me to play. Put some GRattitude in your Attitude, stop bitching and enjoy!! 11 games left. Let’s win 8 of them. GO JETS!!!

  67. grandpa61463 says: Oct 10, 2011 5:29 PM

    Too much dissension. The Jets are no longer having fun!! Whether you are a “Starter” or you are on the “Practice Squad”, you were good enough to make a PRO FOOTBALL TEAM and get $$$$ to do so. Start acting like a pro and stop the closed door squabbling!! Mangold is back. The “O” line is above average. Sanchez plays scared. Can’t throw more than 40 yards with any type of accuracy. Greene should have 30+ carries, he doesn’t. LT should have the 3rd. down as his own, he doesn’t. Holmes, Plax, and Mason are a great tandem. But, Keller is the true threat. Why is his number not called?? The Defense should be ranked 1 or 2. But, they are on the field longer then the grass. Let’s get it together. Trade a few big names and put the fear of God into the rest of this, so called, team.

  68. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 10, 2011 11:49 PM

    Kerley’s hands aren’t made of concrete. Mason sucks.

  69. swagger52 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:55 PM

    Tons of game-changing calls that benefit the Patriots? You haven’t watched enough Patriot games. In the first half, the refs always make those crucial calls to favor Brady. The 3rd and long that goes incomplete, then the phantom illegal contact, etc. If you are going to beat Brady, you have to beat the Refs as well. Any close game, they will win.

  70. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 11, 2011 4:12 PM

    swagger52 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:55 PM

    Tons of game-changing calls that benefit the Patriots? You haven’t watched enough Patriot games. In the first half, the refs always make those crucial calls to favor Brady. The 3rd and long that goes incomplete, then the phantom illegal contact, etc. If you are going to beat Brady, you have to beat the Refs as well. Any close game, they will win.
    ————–

    THANK YOU. At least someone else sees it — and I’m an impartial third party fan.

  71. swagger52 says: Oct 11, 2011 5:32 PM

    Tuck Rule is the most infamous “how can we switch this to Brady’s favor, but it happens almost every week in much more subtle ways.”

    I was watching one of their first games of the year. A Patriots receiver went up for a catch in the end zone, with a CB draped on him, trying to dislodge the ball. The Patriots receiver fell to the ground and before he even stopped rolling the CB dislodged the ball. At first it didn’t even seem as though they were going to review. Then they realize, wait all TDs have to be reviewed. Then without it even going to 12 different angles in slow motion…Oh they decided upstairs it was a TD. What happened to the Calvin Johnson rule? Calvin pushed himself up with the ball as he was getting off the ground after making the catch. That was an incomplete pass, yet the Patriots receiver who can’t hold on thru the completion of the play with the defender dislodging, that is a TD.

    The tuck rule, the illegal contact, the Calvin Johnson rule…all those type rules allow Refs to turn the game to the Patriots.

    Note also…they typically do it until the Patriots have the game in hand…then they start throwing some bones to the opponents to make it appear fair.

    Not sure how it happens, but the fix is on.

  72. tatatoothy says: Oct 12, 2011 10:52 AM

    The problem is Mark Sanchez. He’s an average QB in this league AT BEST. If you aren’t playing “Marty Ball” – which the Jets did great the last two years, Sanchez just doesn’t have it.

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