Jets Notebook: Rex Ryan keeping distance from Sal Alosi and sideline wall
Published: Saturday, December 18, 2010, 6:47 AM John O’Boyle/The Star-LedgerRex Ryan is trying to avoid scandal.
Jets coach Rex Ryan continues to maintain his distance from the Sal Alosi scandal.
Yesterday, during an interview with ESPN Radio, he responded to former Ravens coach Brian Billick, who suggested Ryan knew about the sideline wall formation his players were in during the Miami game.
Alosi has taken all the blame thus far and received indefinite suspension.
“I just wish he would have asked me first,” Ryan said of Billick. “I would have told him the truth. I think he made an assumption and it was wrong.”
Ryan said that he’s spoken to owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum since their return from the owners’ meetings in Dallas, but preferred to keep those conversations private.
Johnson was not available for comment, but will address reporters at some point next week, a Jets spokesman said.
Ryan also deferred comment on reports that a league representative would be visiting the team’s facility in Florham Park, as early as yesterday, leaving that up to the NFL.
A league spokesman said the NFL was not commenting on the matter, either.
Ryan acknowledged there is a perception surrounding the team that suggests Alosi did not act alone in the incident. Still, Ryan denies knowing of, or instructing his players to stand shoulder-to-shoulder so close to the sideline.
“I’m not a guy that lies about anything,” Ryan said.
The NFL reminded clubs and game officials of the rules governing the sidelines during games in a memo sent Thursday. each organization must appoint a “get-back coach” — which had been Alosi — who must be aware of and enforce the rules.
Per the rules, also distributed to the media, only the game officials and chain crew are permitted in the “first border,” or white stripe along the sideline.
In the “second border,” which extends six feet to the solid yellow line within the bench area, only the head coach, assistants in charge of calling signals or substitutions and small groups of substitute players are permitted.
Violations of these rules by the team or individuals could lead to in-game penalties or other disciplinary action, including fines or suspensions. Flagrant violations after two warnings could result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
“Our team will be way back, you know? That’s pretty safe to say, we will be the leaders in that,” Ryan said.
• CB Darrelle Revis said he has been receiving treatment on his right hamstring and will be ready to go on tomorrow. Joining him will most likely be S James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle). Ryan expects him to play.
S Eric Smith (concussion), T Damien Woody (knee) and DT Trevor Pryce (hip) will be out.
• Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (strained right Achilles’ tendon) did not practice yesterday and appears to be out. TE Heath Miller (concussion) is listed as questionable, but practiced yesterday.
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