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PFWA files complaint against Jets

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Next Tuesday’s press conference featuring Jets owner Woody Johnson and Jets coach Rex Ryan will be the franchise’s most anticipated non-football event since officially introducing the quarterback they never used.

This time, the anticipation comes from the fact that the Jets intentionally delayed the media availability in defiance of league rules.  And while the actual press conference is coming only a few days after the mandatory one-week window for a postseason postmortem from the head coach, the Professional Football Writers of America have filed a formal complaint with the NFL.

“We have been assured the league is looking into it,” PFWA President Mark Gaughan, who covers the Bills for the Buffalo News, told the Associated Press.  “We’ll await word from the NFL.”

The Jet deferred any comment to the NFL.  The NFL has declined to speculate on what the penalty for delayed access will be.

The Jets welcome attention when they want it, which is pretty much always (except this week).  If the league won’t force them to comply with the rule (and the league should), the NFL should impose a penalty so significant that no franchise will in the future choose silence and the relative parking ticket that goes along with it.

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  1. billsfan4eva says: Jan 2, 2013 6:37 PM

    I’d hide if I were them too….. run rex run!

  2. stlsteelerfan says: Jan 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    I’d say take away draft picks, but the Jets will just blow them anyway. Oh, wait Tannenbaum is gone. Ok, draft picks it is!

  3. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:42 PM

    The Jets are a circus. After all the marketing hype to obtai Tim Tebow for their so-called wildcat, they never even used him. The Jets have no ethics. What they did to Tebow was grossly unfair. That seems like a defiance of league rules to obtain a player on false pretenses.

  4. sbmcintosh36 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:42 PM

    First!

  5. sbmcintosh36 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:45 PM

    I love how the team that everyone wants to stop talking stops talking and now everyone wants them to talk….

  6. donnymacjack says: Jan 2, 2013 6:45 PM

    Can you imagine if this delay were due to some significant personal issue with Ryan and/or his family? Sure would make the PFWA look like bad…

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 2, 2013 6:50 PM

    Shouldn’t they file a complaint AFTER the Jets fail to uphold their responsibility? Sounds like they are jumping the gun and making assumptions that aren’t proven as of yet. If I were the Jets I would get something done within the deadline and then sue the PFWA for filing a fraudulent complaint that had no basis.

    They should have to pay a fine for smearing a team without basis if the Jets do in fact get this handled in time.

  8. mathomp3 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:56 PM

    The penalty should be that they are forced to keep Tebow…

  9. jetsfan101 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:57 PM

    When it rains, it pours.

  10. Vinson Smith says: Jan 2, 2013 6:58 PM

    The Jets get killed all year for talking too much, but when they go silent its like the end of the world. Oh my.

  11. questionableprovenance says: Jan 2, 2013 7:07 PM

    So they hold a press conference Friday and pull a Belichick: “No comment, that’s a silly question, etc., etc. ad nauseum.” Nothing accomplished, just a waste of time.

    Sort of what one Federal Judge said in upholding prosecutorial discretion: even if they are forced to prosecute, there is no way to ensure that they don’t just lay down on the job.

  12. bushwoodcc says: Jan 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    If the league doesn’t seriously punish the Jets for this than every member of the PFWA should boycott the Tuesday presser…and perhaps the next several press conferences the Jests hold. If this were a player the league would waste no time fining him for not being available to the press as required.

  13. dalucks says: Jan 2, 2013 7:14 PM

    I think Rex Ryan has done enough talking for this season.

  14. pinion8ted says: Jan 2, 2013 7:26 PM

    The circus didn’t stop with the end of the season ;)

  15. exibitsman says: Jan 2, 2013 7:32 PM

    the jets are in the middle of trying to hire a GM. when every thing settles down REX and WOODY will
    be speaking to the press.

  16. justafanofitall says: Jan 2, 2013 7:39 PM

    And you have to ask why kids get in trouble when we have the Jets as role models. What is up with not having the press conference. Rex has a big mouth when he is winning and then hides when things are going badly. Grow up Jets…deal with your situation and move on….

  17. snaponrules says: Jan 2, 2013 7:57 PM

    edithpiaf51 says:Jan 2, 2013 6:42 PM

    The Jets are a circus. After all the marketing hype to obtai Tim Tebow for their so-called wildcat, they never even used him. The Jets have no ethics. What they did to Tebow was grossly unfair. That seems like a defiance of league rules to obtain a player on false pretenses.

    ————————————————————————————————

    He is a third string player, at best. He is listed as a QB but cant read defences of throw a ball consistently on target after years of coaching at the NFL level.
    He IS NOT a NFL caliber QB no matter how much you love him, and he never will be.

    The Jets have just as much ethics as Tebust does if he doesn’t return some of the money he was paid as a first round draft pick to make it all the way to personal punt protector, and screwed that assignment as well.

  18. castlelong1 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:34 PM

    As a Patriots fan I want to thank the Jets organization for this past year.

  19. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 2, 2013 8:46 PM

    edithpiaf51 says:
    Jan 2, 2013 6:42 PM
    The Jets are a circus. After all the marketing hype to obtai Tim Tebow for their so-called wildcat, they never even used him. The Jets have no ethics. What they did to Tebow was grossly unfair. That seems like a defiance of league rules to obtain a player on false pretenses.

    ________________

    The Jets paid him a 7 figure salary. I’ll take that “grossly unfair” behavior all day every day.

  20. stampnhawk says: Jan 2, 2013 8:50 PM

    *interest not infrared

  21. mdd913 says: Jan 2, 2013 9:08 PM

    The only thing more bloated and pompous than the Jets org is the PFWA. What a bunch of self-righteous self-important whiny lazy boobs.

  22. sb139422 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    You cant win with the carnivores in the media. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. They don’t give a crap about anything as long as they have a story to write. The Jets don’t want to talk to you because you’re a group of evil hungry bastards who would rat out your own mothers for a story. All you media people do is twist and nit-pick everything anyone in the organization says so Rex and the rest of them has had enough of you. They are doing the smart thing and (finally) dealing with their many issues internally, without involving the media, which is the way it should be.

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 2, 2013 11:26 PM

    “You shut you’re mouth when you’re talking to me!”

  24. cmdrsmooth says: Jan 2, 2013 11:32 PM

    “Failure is a badge of honor. It means you risked failure. And if you don’t risk failure, you’re never going to do anything that’s different from what you’ve already done or what somebody else has done.”

  25. kacapaco says: Jan 3, 2013 2:31 AM

    See, even when they shut their mouth, the JESTS are drama. How bad it feels to a Jets fan :(

  26. cwhiteheadesq says: Jan 3, 2013 7:45 AM

    Much as it kills me to say so, I gotta side with the Jets on this one. Its not as if the PFWA has a right to compel the Jets to talk. There are no freedom of information or first amendment issues in this situation, Complaining (whining) to the league seems petty, particularly when the Jets have not (yet) missed the league’s deadline.

  27. CKL says: Jan 3, 2013 11:47 AM

    If anyone laid money in Vegas on “odds NYJ get in trouble for NOT talking” they are probably a billionaire now.

  28. thumper00 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:06 PM

    Did anyone know there is a PFWA ????
    Is this something that we realy need, another union trying to pressure sombody?????

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