PFWA issues statement on media violation

The Jets violated the NFL media policy by scheduling their "season-ending" news conference for next Tuesday. The rule clearly states the head coach and a team official must be made available within a week after the season.

On Thursday, the Pro Football Writers of America issued the following statement:

"The PFWA is satisfied that the New York Jets are following the spirit of the rules in making their executives available on Tuesday. There is good reason for the NFL’s rule requiring teams to make a top executive available to communicate with the fans through the media within seven days after the end of the season. After discussing the circumstances with the Jets, we look forward to hearing from owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday."

Ryan was scheduled to have a news conference Monday, but it was cancelled when GM Mike Tannenbaum was fired. Johnson was at the team's facility, but issued a statement, avoiding reporters. Since then, Ryan took off for the Bahamas and Johnson, too, was out of town, presumably on vacation.

On Friday, the Jets will get around to the business of football, when they start conducting interview for their general-manager vacancy. Ryan won't have a role in the selection process.