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.

28 responses to “PFWA files complaint against Jets

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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….

  7. 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.

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    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.

  8. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. “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.”

  12. 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.

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

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

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