Silence from the New York Jets in the Wake of Black Monday & Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2013

Neither of these men have spoken to the media since the season ended on Sunday.
Neither of these men have spoken to the media since the season ended on Sunday.Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

The New York Jets are the only team that has yet to make some sort of public address following Black Monday.

What you make of that is up to you.

Some in the media have begun to question Rex Ryan's fortitude. Are the Jets hiding from the media, which will be armed with questions about the currently uncertain futures of Rex, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and of course, Tim Tebow

Rex has been assaulted in the media for months over his team's play, his decisions and more dissent in the locker room. It's hard to blame him for wanting to avoid more of the same. That being said, it was a cowardly decision to not speak to the media—that is, if it was Rex's decision at all. When the Jets canceled Ryan's press conference on Monday, they called it an "organizational decision." 

Are the Jets employing a new practice of radio silence? When a student in class doesn't know the answer to a question, he doesn't raise his hand to speak. They may be waiting to name their next general manager before opening the floor for discussion. That would be a great way for them to breeze by the 2012 aftermath press conference and get right to looking forward to 2013 and beyond.

It would also be a good way to "keep the house clean for the guests," so to speak, while the Jets look for that next leader of the front office.

Regardless of what you make of it, it's clear that if you were looking for answers for the way things ended in 2012, you'll have to wait, and you may not even get your wish.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe writes that the Patriots need to get tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd going in the playoffs, or they could be going home.

Mike Loyko of takes a look at some of the potential Patriots in the Sugar Bowl.


New York Jets

Kerry Byrne of Cold, Hard Football Facts explains why Tim Tebow could have saved the Jets season, along with six other teams.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York details the Jets' search for a new general manager after firing Mike Tannenbaum on Monday.

Joe Caporoso of looks at the state of limbo of the Jets after "Black Monday."


Buffalo Bills has a head coach tracker that will be updated with all the breaking news about potential coaching candidates and interviews.

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News wonders whether we've seen and heard the last of Ralph Wilson, who stepped out of his day-to-day role with the team on Tuesday.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post looks at the Dolphins' 2013 free agents, salary and salary cap info and draft picks.

Andy Kent of shares the final thoughts of head coach Joe Philbin and some of the Dolphins players reflecting on the 2012 season.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.