Long-time WFAN host Mike Francesa went on a rant for the ages on Monday following general manager John Idzik’s press conference and the Jets’ 1-7 start this season — losing seven straight games.
“The owner [Woody Johnson] has to be cringing,” Francesa said. “You can’t stonewall everybody that way. To go in there and waste 20 minutes of that time telling you how good everybody is when the team is a mortal embarrassment is a waste of time.”
During his press conference, Idzik used a “play like a Jet” phrase. Francesa doesn’t even know what that means.
“What does that mean?” he asked. “Commit a penalty, or fumble the ball, or drop the ball? Which one is that, play like a Jet? We know it’s not play well, because we’ve all been here all our lives.”
The Jets are coming off a loss to the Bills Sunday where Buffalo rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted 157 yards receiving and a touchdown.
“You know how long it takes a Jets receiver to get 157 yards?” Francesa yelled. “Three years.”
The New York Daily News described it as “a bizarre 19-minute monologue complete with forced emotion, jaded talking points and illogical babble.”
“My performance to date is unsatisfactory,” Idzik said during his lengthy rambling opening statement in which he repeatedly referred to two typewritten pages of notes and appeared awkward and uncomfortable. He recounted stories of meeting Jets fans ages 5 to 75 and said he spends more time with Ryan than his own wife.
Idzik voiced support for Ryan, who appears unlikely to return next year — if he even lasts this season.
“The last time I checked, all the traits that make Rex Ryan our leader — our head coach — are still intact,” Idzik said. “He’s an excellent football mind. He’s a teacher. He’s a coach. He’s a motivator. He’s a mentor. He’s able to adapt. He sees both short- and long-term vision. He’s a competitor to his soul and he will never quit. It comes as no surprise that our players want to play so hard for Rex Ryan and his staff. … I support Rex.”
However, Idzik would not commit to Ryan for the second half of the season.
“It’s not not committing,’ Idzik said. “It’s just our policy not to focus on job status during the season.”
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Ryan, in turn, expressed support for Idzik, who is in his second season running the team.
“I know one thing: He’s trying his best,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it.”
Williams, a senior starter, has not been charged, and he participated in Monday’s practice.
“Until we receive more information regarding the alleged incident [Williams'] status with the team will be under review,” the athletic department said in a statement.
Williams declined comment, and neither he nor coach Jimbo Fisher was made available to the media after practice.
– Former Raiders offensive lineman Mo Collins, who had been serving as football coach at a North Carolina high school, died Sunday at the age of 38.
Collins, a first-round draft pick in 1998, played six seasons in Oakland, starting 64 of 71 games.
After retiring, Collins returned to his hometown and was in his first year as head coach at West Charlotte High School. According to the Charlotte Observer, he had been receiving dialysis treatments for kidney failure.
Tweeted the West Charlotte athletic department: Thank you ALL so much for your tweets and condolences for @MoCollins79. He definitely had the boys moving in a positive direction.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 28, 1958, which Red Sox player was named Comeback Player of the Year after finishing second in the American League with a .322 average?
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A media relations executive pushes away a reporter who was trying to interview Washington quarterback Colt McCoy after Monday’s win over the Cowboys, telling him, “No means no.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels, who batted .230 with the Washington Senators the year before
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Wayne Fontana was born on this day in 1945.
— The two leading candidates for Massachusetts governor — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley — had their next-to-last debate Monday night, and one of the topics that was discussed was the possibility of the Olympics coming to Boston.
“I say go for the gold,” Coakley said. “We’ll have that process. I think we are in a state now where Massachusetts has the opportunity to make that investment and I do believe and don’t disagree with some of what Charlie said, but as we move forward and plan for it you have to look at the numbers, obviously. If we look at it optimistically and say here’s an opportunity to invest infrastructure that we not only be great for Massachusetts to host this, but will be serviceable and useful for us going afterwards we have the smarts here in Massachusetts to do that.”
Said Baker: “Certainly the planning activity associated with the Olympic games is a good idea. By the way, some of the tools that have been developed with Boston 2024 to do analysis with how the city would change and basically how the region would change, view certain kind of assumptions around traffic and distribution, real estate and all the rest are going to be powerful tools to help the region plan moving forward. I certainly think the opportunity to host the game is one Boston and Massachusetts should take seriously.”
The hosts do not like the idea.
“She lives in her own world. These people live in a bubble,” Minihane said.
Added Callahan: “Invest in infrastructure. As soon as you hear that don’t you want to run for the hills? Grab your wallet, because they are coming after it.”
— Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi did not show up at a charity fundraiser for rescued animals in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday after having a huge fight in the car on the way to the event, according to the New York’s Post’s Page Six.
The report read: “Ellen and Portia were delayed and were in the car on the way when they had an epic fight. They ended up turning around and not going to the fundraiser.”
“There is no bigger phony in the world than Ellen DeGeneres,” said Callahan. “I wish some media outlet would pick up on it. We know it. We know the story. She is as phony as they come.”
— It has been reported North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who recently disappeared for almost six weeks, had surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle and that is the reason for his disappearance from the public view.
“I thought he was God-like, divine. Why does he get cysts?” Callahan asked.