Rex Ryan, Woody Johnson to address media Tuesday
It was only a matter of time before Rex Ryan addressed the media. Now, we finally know when.
The Jets released a statement Wednesday announcing Ryan and owner Woody Johnson will hold a season-ending news conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. Except for Johnson's Monday morning firing of general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the organization has been silent since Sunday's 28-9 loss at Buffalo.
Ryan, who along with his staff is off until Monday, was spotted in the Bahamas with his wife, according to sports and pop culture website Deadspin. Meanwhile, Johnson continues his search for Tannenbaum's replacement and will conduct interviews beginning Friday.
However, by holding their end-of-season news conference nine days after their season finale, the Jets are in violation of NFL rules.
Per the league's media policy: "Every team is required to 1) open its locker room for player interviews the day after the season ends and 2) hold a news conference during the week following the end of its season with its head coach, and/or owner, and/or club president, and/or general manager. The purpose is to respond to fan interest in the conclusion of the team's season."
The Professional Football Writers of America lodged a complaint with the league yesterday. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not speculate on any possible punishment.
While the other 31 NFL teams made their head coaches available earlier this week, Johnson and Ryan have remained hidden. Johnson announced his decision to fire Tannenbaum -- and keep Ryan -- in a five-paragraph statement. But Ryan's news conference and weekly ESPN radio spot were canceled that afternoon because of "an organizational decision."
The assumption was that Johnson would not address reporters until he had his new GM in place. But with interviews not scheduled to begin until Friday, it's highly unlikely a candidate will be selected before Tuesday.
With the help of a high-priced headhunting agency, Johnson has keyed in on several choices. The Jets have requested permission to interview Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell and 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble. Johnson also has an interview lined up with former Browns GM Tom Heckert, who was fired Monday along with coach Pat Shurmur.