The Jets recently have launched a media blitz, aimed at calming down a fan base that is concerned about the lack of activity in free agency, particularly at the cornerback position.
In addition to a conference call with reporters, coach Rex Ryan appeared on SNY-TV’s Daily News Live. Ryan addressed, among other things, the question of whether he’s miffed at G.M. John Idzik for moving too slowly in free agency.
“I’m an emotional guy,” Ryan said. “I take it personally when somebody doesn’t sign with us, and they were in the building and chose to go somewhere else. I’m upset with that player or that individual. But I’ve never been upset with John. Sometimes you swing and you miss, and sometimes guys aren’t a good fit for you. But when a player signs somewhere else, he’s — you know that old saying, ‘He’s dead to me’ — that’s pretty much it.”
Ryan reiterated that, through all the moves made and not made, he and Idzik remain in harmony.
“100 percent on the same page,” Ryan said of his relationship with Idzik. “It’s foolish to actually think we’re not on the same page. It’s the exact opposite of that.”
They’re apparently on the same page regarding the pursuit of quarterback Mike Vick, who’ll visit the team Friday. It remains to be seen whether he becomes a Jet, or whether he’ll join the ranks of players who are dead to Rex Ryan.