Sunday notes, thoughts and observations on the Jets and the NFL:
1. BountyGate has conjured up memories of the "Bounty Bowl" from 1989, when Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accused Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of putting a bounty on QB Troy Aikman and PK Luis Zendejas before a 27-0 Eagles win. Because that involved his father, Rex Ryan's name has come up in this latest scandal involving the Saints. "This is something that is being handled by the NFL office," Ryan said in a statement Saturday through the team. "I’ve never condoned it and I’ve never coached it."
2. BountyGate is worse than SpyGate, and the principles should be punished accordingly. Former Saints D.C. Gregg Williams, the ring leader, should be suspended for the season; the Saints should be docked a third-round draft pick in 2012 (they don't have a first-rounder) and their 2013 first-round pick; Saints coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and the Saints should be fined $500,000 apiece. Just one man's opinion. By the way, Williams got his start in the NFL with Buddy Ryan, back with the Oilers in the 1990s.
3. The sinning Saints make Sal Alosi seem like just an unruly kid at recess.
4. There is, of course, a hypocritical aspect to the entire notion of paying players to injure opponents. Let's face it, the league glorifies violence. Commissioner Roger Goodell has done a lot to improve player safety, but the "kill shot" element remains. Don't think so? Check out any official game summary and stats. Under the defensive stats, there's a category for "QB hits."
5. Early draft prediction: If Alabama RB Trent Richardson slips to 16, the Jets will take him. Bet on it.
6. The Jets are hoping LB Bart Scott restructures his contract to facilitate a trade. Why would a player with a $4.2 million guarantee agree to re-work his deal? Well, it wouldn't be unprecedented. Randy Moss left money on the table when he was traded to the Patriots in 2007, restructuring the deal he had with the Raiders. The Jets want to resolve the matter before April 16, the start of the off-season program. That's because Scott has a $250,000 workout bonus.
7. In a radio interview the other day, GM Mike Tannenbaum mentioned in passing that assistant GM Scott Cohen "stood on the table" last season for pass rusher Aaron Maybin, lobbying the team to sign the former Bills bust. It turned out to be a terrific move. Guys like Cohen, who work behind the scenes and don't garner any headlines, deserve their share of the props. More often than not, they do the grunt work.
8. The Jets have discussed the possibility of pursuing free-agent QB Jason Campbell (Raiders). He led the Raiders to a 4-2 start last season before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury. One of Ryan's new coaches is very familiar with Campbell -- former Raiders WRs coach Sanjay Lal. New O.C. Tony Sparano is planning to incorporate some Raiders concepts into his playbook. One potential issue: The feeling is that Campbell needs practice reps to be effective, and there's concern he wouldn't do well in a No. 2 role because of the paucity of reps.
9. So now a You Tube video of Peyton Manning has surfaced, showing him throwing to receivers during a workout at Duke. Sorry, but four passes doesn't convince me his arm/neck is as good as new.
10. As you may have read Friday night, Mark Sanchez recently spent time in South Florida with ex-Jets QB Chad Pennington, trying to learn the Sparano offense before the start of the off-season program. It's too bad Pennington appears done with football because he'd be the ideal backup. The Jets should invite him to training camp to help out the QBs; he'd be a great -- assuming he's over any hard feelings from his unceremonious release in '08.