My first impressions of the news conference were that Rex and Woody seemed pretty comfortable together. Neither seemed to be looking to the other for guidance in responses. I'm sure they had a well-rehearsed run through yesterday, though, as there were several bullet points that came up frequently.
ATTACK: Attack was the word of the day today; frequently used as the style of offense that Rex is looking for. Probably also the style of handling the media he prefers; to keep the wolves at bay, so to speak. "I want a physical, agressive, attack style of football team...unpredictable, in all 3 phases." Rex contends his defense was what he envisioned and that the special teams weren't far behind. But he admitted that he had not imposed his personality over the team as a whole, and vows to fix that. This makes the GM look more tricky, I believe. They need to find somone that can mesh with Rex, or at least agrees with his style of play. And that of course goes for the current available offensive coordinator position.
BEGINNING: "This is a new beginning..." Rex stated after glowing endorsements from Woody: Rex has..."Rare ability...as a leader." Much has been made that this is a make or break season for Rex. That he's done if they don't make the playoffs. I'm not so sure. If they get a good foundation going next year, you may see a contract extension at the end of December, 2013.
TRUST: Woody stated he trusted Rex, with the decisions, it seems, on and off the field. Rex said that the decisions he made were "Always Jet decisions...not all of them were right, obviously." Woody pointed out, and it's important to note, that humility is not a bad quality and that one has to reflect on one's own mistakes to learn from them. This was the first hint towards redemption, towards a step back from the burden of winning, that came in. I believe that Woody is willing to take some hits to get the franchise turned.
Overall iT was a guarded conference, as I'm sure we all thought it would be. Of note are those items not talked about:
Rex mentions D'Brickashaw, Mangold, and Austin Howard by name. Does not mention Moore or Slausen whose contracts are up. Woody did mention that there were some obvious answers to the salary cap issue...look for an overhaul of the team. I don't think Cromartie is safe either. After the year he had, they'd have to entertain trading him for draft picks and clearing cap room. He's not going to have that year again.
When asked about Sanchez, Woody and Rex said they're looking for "the best player to start the season." I would not count out Sanchez starting the season just yet. 8.2 against the cap if he stays ON the team. Much more if they cut him. The talking heads were bringing up the work that was done with Alex Smith, and maybe there is someone out there that can bring Sanchez back to being serviceable. Count on a Matt Moore, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or even Alex Smith to come and challenge the Sanchize.
When asked about Tebow, they both said that it was too early to make personel decisions. Say good-bye to Timmy Ra Ra, Jets fans.
And of course the idiotic tattoo reporting continued of which I thought Rex handled well, "If sanchez doesn't play better, that number is changing." Some levity was needed at the conference, though, and I think that helped.
Rex Retort of the week: "We're so unpredictable we don't even know who our offensive coordinator is."