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Rex Ryan: I like Plaxico, but we want younger guys with more speed

Rex Ryan, Plaxico Burress AP

After the Jets confirmed that veteran receiver Santonio Holmes is done for the season, coach Rex Ryan got the inevitable question about whether his replacement could be Plaxico Burress. But Ryan said the Jets are going in a different direction.

Although Ryan made clear that he has nothing against Burress, who played for the Jets last season, Ryan also made clear that a 35-year-old who isn’t as fast as he used to be isn’t the kind of receiver the Jets need.

“Plaxico, I have a great deal of respect for and obviously, he had eight touchdown catches last year,” Ryan said. “There are some things he did really well for us. We’re trying to look for guys maybe a little younger and with a little more speed. I think when you look at [Jason] Hill, the guy we just signed, he has those attributes, and that was what I think jumped out at us. We want to get faster as a football team.”

Adding Burress is not the way to get faster as a football team, and so Burress is the wrong fit. Even though Ryan enjoyed coaching him last year.

“I had a great relationship with Plaxico and I think he’s a tremendous person,” Ryan said. “I just think in our situation, we were looking to go a different way. When somebody brings in Plaxico Burress, they’re going to get an excellent football player and a guy that, like I say, I have a lot of respect for.”

So Ryan likes Burress. Just not enough to sign him. And no other NFL coach seems to like Burress enough to sign him, either.

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44 Responses to “Rex Ryan: I like Plaxico, but we want younger guys with more speed”
  1. rcali says: Oct 3, 2012 8:40 PM

    So beggars can be choosy?

  2. hawkforlife says: Oct 3, 2012 8:44 PM

    “they’re going to get an excellent football player ”

    So Rex isn’t interested in excellent football players. What a concept. He just keeps getting better.

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:44 PM

    In other words…he want players with nice feet

  4. rea1talk says: Oct 3, 2012 8:47 PM

    Mark my words, the New Jersey Jets will never win a super bowl!!!

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Oct 3, 2012 8:47 PM

    They need to be able to catch too Rex.

  6. noodlecbs says: Oct 3, 2012 8:47 PM

    I hope someone gives him a shot…

  7. flsnupe says: Oct 3, 2012 8:47 PM

    You would think the Jets are undefeated or something. Maybe when they are totally out of it, we won’t get some many stories about how they are producing nothing.

  8. tinbender2000 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:49 PM

    Ya, all the guy does is catch touchdowns anyway.

  9. totallyuselessme says: Oct 3, 2012 8:51 PM

    I like Rex ’cause he’s funny, which is why I gotta say…

    Rex, younger guys with speed are for coaches that have time to develop them. You need a guy that’s gonna catch some passes this season, this Sunday. Not next year. You might not be there next year.

    You’d have been better off with Plax than Jason Hill. Just sayin’.

  10. ampats says: Oct 3, 2012 8:52 PM

    And that is because all the younger guys w/speed who are not curently on NFL rosters can’t catch the ball which is why they are not currently on NFL rosters. They just signed a WR that couldn’t make the Jaguars roster?

    And Sanchez’s contract is guaranteed for next season???

    J oke
    E nds
    T he
    S eason

  11. cowboysallday says: Oct 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    They should honestly add T.O. He might have bad hands but he still has speed

  12. randomguy9999 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:59 PM

    doesn’t matter how good your receivers are when Sanchez is throwing and his backup is actually a fullback who gets 1.5 yards a carry….

  13. jr4real says: Oct 3, 2012 9:00 PM

    “I like smart guys who know how to coach” – Plax

  14. jsally430 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:04 PM

    rea1talk they all ready won one!

  15. silvestregonzalez74 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:06 PM

    TOSH.O said that the jets suck !!!!

  16. jetsareajoke says: Oct 3, 2012 9:11 PM

    Guess route running isn’t something Rexy would concern himself with with that bunch of QBs.

  17. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:15 PM

    It’s like they don’t even want to win, bunch of quitters. Hey Rex, sign T.O- you’re welcome!

  18. numberoneinthehoodg says: Oct 3, 2012 9:17 PM

    Age discrimination is frowned upon. Speed, not so much. Open mouth, insert foot.

  19. footballfreak8 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:17 PM

    Jets Fan:

    We were also tired of watching.

  20. footballfreak8 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:31 PM

    OK.

  21. Kreedos says: Oct 3, 2012 9:43 PM

    Wow! At least Plax would be a viable red zone threat…

  22. rob0527 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:43 PM

    Why can’t they add Hill and Plax. They did just cut Patrick Turner and have room for 2 receivers.

  23. malvord13 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:43 PM

    Does it matter at this point? All I want is someone who can catch. Beggars can’t be choosers.

  24. cmdrsmooth says: Oct 3, 2012 9:52 PM

    Why get another cancer on this team. We already have a team full of guys that shoot themselves in the foot all game. This team needs to be rebuilt.

  25. papichulo55 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:04 PM

    Huge opportunity for a young, hungry WR looking to make a name for himself on the biggest stage. Huge opportunity fo the Jets as well. Rex has a built-in excuse for missing the Playoffs. Rex is right to take this time to find the right, young, diamond-in-the-rough. Good Luck!

  26. slickwilliam says: Oct 3, 2012 10:05 PM

    ampats says:
    Oct 3, 2012 8:52 PM
    And that is because all the younger guys w/speed who are not curently on NFL rosters can’t catch the ball which is why they are not currently on NFL rosters. They just signed a WR that couldn’t make the Jaguars roster?

    And Sanchez’s contract is guaranteed for next season???

    J oke
    E nds
    T he
    S eason

    Armon Binns couldnt make the Jaguars roster either, and he has made an impact as a #2 WR for Cincinnati this year

  27. slickwilliam says: Oct 3, 2012 10:06 PM

    @ Ampats

    Armon Binns couldnt make the Jaguars roster either, and he has made an impact as a #2 WR for Cincinnati this year

  28. flavordave says: Oct 3, 2012 10:11 PM

    He means Younger guys with more speed as opposed to a really tall guy who can jump and catch poorly thrown balls?

  29. philtration says: Oct 3, 2012 10:35 PM

    Rex wants a guy so fast he can out run a speeding bullet.

  30. peglegmedia says: Oct 3, 2012 10:51 PM

    The dude is a turd. T.O. would bring more ability to a football team now with the same amount of distraction.

  31. ErikW65 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:17 PM

    What the hell does Rex Ryan (or the rest of the Jets organization) know about Offense? They appear not to have gotten the memo that this league is all about scoring big points. Sanchez is screwed now, while Tebow waits for his turn to win games with intangibles.

  32. csviafw says: Oct 3, 2012 11:18 PM

    Rex and Jerry Sandusky have something in common (see headline). Too soon?

  33. cliffordc05 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:20 PM

    One of the few times that Rex speaks after a moment of thought and he still gets blasted. What the hell do people want him to say? That Plaxico is old and slow and not worth the hassle? He did not sign him and that tells the story.

  34. jessethegreat says: Oct 3, 2012 11:34 PM

    I like Greg Jennings as a player and a receiver but with all the contracts that will need to be redone for my packers soon, I wouldn’t mind seeing us trade Jennings (a guy with hands, speed, attitude, effort, and coachability) to the jets for their 2nd round pick. Anyone know if they have the cap room to lock him up long term if they were to make a trade?

  35. jeffrey19 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:38 PM

    Just get Plaxico and Chad Johnson at least you’ll have guys know what they’re doing and will stop teams from stacking box when they want to go with the run game.

  36. kuantan97 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:44 PM

    Younger guys with more speed, you say? Sounds great, but who’s gonna throw deep to them.

  37. kuantan97 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:45 PM

    By the way, I still love those guys who, even last year, still insisted that Sanchez was a better QB than Flacco. Where y’ll at now?

  38. holahey123 says: Oct 4, 2012 12:12 AM

    Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum in a meeting room at Jets HQ.

    Ring ring ring…
    Rex Ryan: Hey! Plaxico!
    Plaxico Burress: Who’s this?
    Rex Ryan: It’s me, Rex.
    Plaxico just hangs up.
    Tannenbaum: I guess we can cross him off the list.
    Rex Ryan: Who’s next?
    Tannenbaum: Mmm, Jason Hill?

    Ring ring ring…
    Rex Ryan: Hey! Jason!
    Jason Hill: Who’s this?
    Rex Ryan: It’s me, Rex Ryan. Remember the coach of that team you called overrated a year ago when playing with the Jaguars. No hard feeling whatsoever. I was just wondering if you would like to come for a try out.
    Jason Hill: Sure, why not? No other team as bad as the Jaguars want me back.
    Rex Ryan: Great! See you later. You will be wearing #89, get your pads ready, you will be starting this week against the Texans.
    Jason Hill: But wait, you said a try ou…
    Rex Ryan (hangs up and smiles): Done deal, Mike. Hope he pans out with Mark or Tim.
    Tannenbaum: About that Rex…

  39. granadafan says: Oct 4, 2012 12:20 AM

    Rex likes receivers who are fleet of foot.

  40. davidcl77 says: Oct 4, 2012 6:36 AM

    He’s coaching himself into retirement. He’s inept. If the owner is smart, he’ll be gone after this year, if not before.
    They have a rotten team. Sure, injuries hurt, but he did nothing to help the offense. They brought Tebow in and they don’t even use him.
    Rex will be available next season as a defensive coordinator.

  41. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 4, 2012 7:30 AM

    The best receivers in the world aren’t worth a lick if you don’t have a quarterback that can hit them with the ball.

    Mark Sanchez?

    Tim Tebow?

    Please, why are we even having this conversation about receivers?

  42. doclolly says: Oct 4, 2012 8:17 AM

    That’ss what the Jets need speed WRs who can run 6 yard routes really fast….

    At least with Plaxico hes a tall guy so it be harder for Sanchez / Tebow to overthrow him, but then again i’m sure they’ll find a way

  43. 49erstim says: Oct 4, 2012 9:12 AM

    Man oh man Plax must’ve been a bad locker room guy……. This team needs help badly. Sanchez needs options before the Option QB overtakes him! lol

  44. bossaliniee says: Oct 4, 2012 11:05 AM

    It doesn’t matter at this point the jets will have a lottery pick.Under the the new cba and with a good crop of Qbs coming out,they should snatch a Qb next year.”I think they will’, if they don’t , then well gm mike needs to go.

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