Rex Ryan sports a Sanchez tattoo

Posted: January 05, 2013

With the ink not even dry on the New York Jets' dreadful season, Rex Ryan fled to the Bahamas only to be photographed lounging poolside at a resort hotel, book in hand, with an interesting tattoo gracing his right biceps.

It showed his wife, Michelle, wearing an unmistakably green Jets jersey emblazoned with the unmistakable No. 6 of embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez. And nothing else.

The New York Daily News ran a front-page photo Friday and by lunchtime it was an Internet sensation. That's pretty much the way the NFL team's soap-opera season played out. Ryan was criticized for sticking with Sanchez despite losing efforts when Tim Tebow was available. The Jets finished the season 6-10.

When approached by a Daily News reporter, Ryan cursed and bolted with his wife.

There were no other jersey numbers tattooed on Ryan's arm, based on the photo. But it did sport a large shamrock with the names of his children.

The Jets have begun the process of replacing Mike Tannenbaum as the team's general manager, with Atlanta's David Caldwell and San Francisco's Tom Gamble among the first group of interviews.

Caldwell, the Falcons' director of player personnel, was scheduled to meet with the Jets on Friday, while Gamble, the 49ers' director of player personnel, and former Cleveland GM Tom Heckert are reportedly set to sit down with the team Saturday.

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Green Bay director of football operations John Dorsey are also expected to interview for the job.

Jags aides set free

Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coaches are no longer in limbo.

Owner Shad Khan is allowing the assistants to look for other jobs while he continues interviewing general manager candidates, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not publically discussed details of the process.

Khan fired GM Gene Smith on Monday and has since been crisscrossing the country interviewing potential replacements. He has spoken with Atlanta's David Caldwell, San Francisco's Tom Gamble and Marc Ross of the New York Giants.

Owner, Rivera to meet

A person familiar with the situation said Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has scheduled a meeting with Ron Rivera on Saturday morning to discuss the coach's future with the team.

It's uncertain if Richardson will inform Rivera whether he will remain Carolina's coach at the meeting or gather input and make a determination at a later date.

Notable deaths

Pete Elliott, 86, the longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's history, has died. Elliott served as the museum's director from 1979 to 1996 and continued as a member of the Hall's board of trustees in his retirement. . . . Former Patriots offensive guard Jack Davis, 80, died Jan. 1 in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was an original member of the team when it was formed in 1960 as the Boston Patriots of the American Football League.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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