NFL NOTEBOOK: Jets' Ryan says QB decision won't be his alone
Rex Ryan isn’t sure what all the fuss is about.
Sure, general manager John Idzik wouldn’t say the coach has the final call on determining the New York Jets’ starting quarterback. But Ryan is on board with that, and insisted he always has been.
“I think you guys are making a mountain out of a molehill, to be honest with you,” Ryan said Sunday. “Ever since I’ve been here, and this is my fifth year here, not one decision has ever been made by one man. Not one decision. And that’s whether it’s who’s up, who is active, who’s going to be the starter at this and this, who we draft.
“It’s always a group effort on what is best for this team.”
On Saturday, Idzik raised some eyebrows when he repeatedly said the quarterback decision — along with other roster spots — would be a “collaborative effort.” He insisted that he, Ryan and others in the organization talk constantly as they evaluate the entire roster.
But, the final call on whether the quarterback is Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith won’t be Ryan’s alone.
“There are a lot of teams in this league where the head coach does not have the final say on who makes the 53-man roster,” Ryan said.
Ryan also recently implied that the decision on the quarterback this preseason would be made by him “if there’s a split camp or whatever.” He backed off that, though, Sunday.
“It’s always a group effort on what is best for this year,” he said. “And so, if I misspoke or misled in any way, shape or form, that’s it.”
RAVENS: Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta is lost for the season after undergoing hip surgery, a major blow to the team’s bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Pitta was hurt Saturday, the third day of training camp, when he collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone while going for a pass from Joe Flacco.
“Dennis is out for the year,” coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “It’s the type of thing that he’s not going to be able to come back from this year. There’s enough damage in there.”
Visanthe Shiancoe, a 33-year-old free agent, played in only four games last season with New England. But he played in all 16 games in each of the previous nine seasons — the first four with the New York Giants and the next five with Minnesota.
He has 243 career catches for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.
BROWNS: Offensive lineman Ryan Miller returned to the team’s training facility and began the NFL’s concussion protocol one day after being knocked unconscious during practice.
Miller was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic on Saturday after his frightening injury during a routine blocking drill brought the Browns’ indoor workout to a standstill.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pounder, who was released from the hospital after a few hours, will be monitored by the medical staff and must pass a series of tests before he can return to the field.
BRONCOS: Center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his left ACL on Sunday in 9-on-7 drills, less than six weeks after rejoining Denver following J.D. Walton’s setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.
Koppen, an 11-year veteran who played his first nine seasons with the Patriots, was caught in a pile early in the workout and was carted off the field and taken for an MRI, which revealed the season-ending injury.
Manny Ramirez, who took most of the snaps at center during Denver’s offseason practices, stepped in for Koppen, whose teams have gone 108-28 in games he has started. Later in the day, the Broncos signed free-agent center Steve Vallos, pending a physical. Vallos is a six-year veteran who has played in Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Jacksonville with nine career starts.
Ramirez started 11 games at right guard last season.
EAGLES: Jeremy Maclin heard the pop before he hit the ground and knew right away it was serious.
Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s practice, the same injury he suffered at Missouri four years before the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the first round in 2010.
“I was devastated,” Maclin said Sunday after confirming he’s likely done for the season. “It wasn’t the fact that it hurt, it was the fact that I knew what happened so I was emotional, knowing what was at stake. This is something that I love to do. I love to play football and knowing I’m not going to be able to do that, knowing that I’m not going to be a part of this new era here in Philly this year.
“Hopefully I’ll be around for a few more years to come. I’m going to rehab, get stronger and be better than I was before.”
Maclin is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and was set to cash in with a breakout season in new coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.
Maclin said he’ll have surgery next Tuesday. Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation in Alabama. Maclin plans to rehab in Philadelphia and be around the team.