NFL Notebook

Notes: Jets downplay Darrelle Revis rumors

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis on the field during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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New York Jets' Darrelle Revis on the field during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

John Idzik shook Rex Ryan’s hand and the two shared a big laugh in front of more than a dozen cameras.

Woody Johnson was all smiles, too, as his new general manager spoke about rebuilding the New York Jets into a playoff team.

Well, Idzik certainly has quite a task ahead of him.


‘‘I feel that here in New York, we’re going to be all-in,’’ Idzik said at his introductory news conference Thursday. ‘‘All together.’’

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But will that include Ryan, considered by many fans and media a lame-duck coach, beyond this season?

How about struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez? Or Tim Tebow?

What about injured star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has become the subject of trade speculation?

‘‘I’m literally hours into the building,’’ Idzik said. ‘‘That, we’re going to save for our evaluation process.’’


Revis, however, decided to take the trade rumors head on, tweeting, “I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!! I guess we’ll see how this plays out.’’

Ryan showed his support for Revis — sort of.

“You guys know how I feel about Darrelle,’’ the coach said. “But as John said, all discussions will be made in the best interest of the football team.’’

Johnson would neither confirm nor deny reports that he was seeking to trade Revis because he feared losing him for nothing as a free agent next winter.

Idzik declared his first order of business is to review the Jets’ entire roster and decide who stays, who goes, and who they need to come in and be part of the solution.


‘‘I look forward to working with Rex Ryan,’’ Idzik said. ‘‘That, to me, was a plus.’’

The Jets also named Marty Mornhinweg offensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman defensive coordinator, David Lee quarterbacks coach, and Tim McDonald defensive backs coach.

Reed not retiring

Ravens safety Ed Reed isn’t planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl.

‘‘I’ll be playing next year,’’ Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for their Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the 49ers.

There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season.

Earlier this month, in announcing his intention to step down after the playoffs, Lewis spoke of taking a ‘‘last ride.’’

To which Reed said Thursday: ‘‘No, it’s not my last ride. I just bought a bike.’’

Saints fire Spagnuolo

The Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season. New Orleans ranked last in the NFL in total defense and run defense. Coach Sean Payton, who returned to work this week after a season-long suspension, announced that Spagnuolo, a Grafton High grad, was being released. Payton said the Saints will switch to a 3-4 defense next season. He also fired special teams coordinator Ken Flajole . . . The Rams hired Rob Ryan, fired by the Cowboys, as their defensive coordinator, reported . . . Browns coach Rob Chudzinski added assistants Brian Baker (defensive line) and John Embree (tight ends) to his staff . . . The Jaguars hired three assistants: De­Wayne Walker (defensive backs), Frank Scelfo (quarterbacks), and George Yarno (offensive line) . . . The Texans signed quarterbacks Case Keenum (Houston) and Stephen McGee (Texas A&M) to reserve/future contracts.