Rounding Up the New York Jets' Offseason Buzz, Post-Minicamps
Minicamp is over, which means things will really start picking up around the NFL in the coming weeks.
The New York Jets training camp is still just a fortnight away, but the team is, as always, generating a lot of headlines.
From former coaches beginning media storms with their words to rookies impressing on the field, let's take a look at the offseason buzz currently surrounding Rex Ryan and Gang Green.
Mike Pettine and Playbook Gate
Mike Pettine was defensive coordinator for the first four years of the Rex Ryan era, and while most credit Ryan with transforming the team's defensive unit into one of the league's strongest, Pettine still played a major role.
However, Pettine, now head coach of the Cleveland Browns, expressed disapproval about how his former boss handled the team's playbook.
In an interview with Greg Bedard of TheMMQB.com, Pettine talked about how Ryan gave away the Jets' playbook "like candy" and that Tom Brady bragged about having a copy.
The 47-year-old's words caused a mini media storm. Nonetheless, many NFL team's playbooks are available online. They aren't exactly classified material.
Ryan giving them away wasn't a travesty. So while Pettine's comments made headlines, they don't really mean much.
Mike Goodson Finally out the Door
The Jets signed the former Raider running back in free agency an offseason ago with the hope that he'd emerge as the team's primary third down back.
Unfortunately, Goodson's tenure with New York turned out to be an absolute disaster.
Goodson was arrested last summer on drug and gun charges. He was then suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policies.
The 27-year-old was already unlikely to make the team due to his behavior over the last year, but he sealed his fate by missing mandatory minicamp last week.
Teammates even showed some serious concern for Goodson's well-being.
The Texas A&M product was Idzik's marquee signing last year, but I'd be shocked to see him play in the NFL again.
Calvin Pryor and Dexter McDougle Impressing at Minicamp
In what is truly both meaningful and delightful news, a couple of important defensive rookies are impressing coaches and teammates alike on the practice field.
According to Jane McManus of the ESPN New York, Calvin Pryor was terrific in minicamp, as he picked off Geno Smith and managed to get under the quarterback's skin as well.
Pryor took first-team reps over Dawan Landry. Expect him to be a Day 1 starter and to make a substantial impact in his rookie season.
Dexter McDougle, the undersized cornerback taken in the third round, was even better than Pryor at minicamp.
Despite coming off shoulder surgery, McDougle managed to intercept Michael Vick. He received high praise from defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman after the practice.
While McDougle isn't likely to start in the secondary immediately like Pryor, he could make more of an impact than was expected if he continues to impress in training camp.
Michael Vick Talks About His Legacy
While Pryor and McDougle have been garnering attention for their performances on the field, Michael Vick has been making headlines with his words off of it.
Only a few weeks after seemingly conceding the starting job to second-year man Geno Smith, Vick discussed his legacy with reporters.
Vick stated that he "revolutionized the game" with his mobility and speed and he changed the way that the game was played at the NFL level.
The 34-year-old also discussed how a Super Bowl ring is the only thing he needs to cement his legacy.
While many will disagree with Vick's belief that he was the one who brought mobile quarterbacks to the forefront of the NFL (Randall Cunningham probably did that), he does have a case.
It was unheard of for a quarterback to be the fastest guy on the field before Vick entered the league. It's difficult to envision another signal-caller with the speed and arm power of Vick coming around again anytime soon.
Rex Ryan Supporting the USMNT in Brazil
Minicamp is over, which means it's time for the annual Rex Ryan vacation.
Ryan turned heads last year when he partook in the Running of the Bulls in Spain.
In 2014, the bombastic head coach decided to take a trip to Brazil to watch the FIFA World Cup.
Ryan was showing off his patriotism, as he was wearing a United States jersey while watching a game between Belgium and Russia in Rio.
Interestingly enough, the United States' opponent later that day, Portugal, spent a few days training at Gang Green's practice facility prior to the World Cup.
Ryan may sometimes act too brass with reporters and lose his cool from time to time, but give the man some credit—he knows how to take a vacation.
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