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LaRon Landry picked Jets after Belichick snub

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09:54 AM ET 09.16 | When LaRon Landry became an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, it was time to move on from the Redskins. A pair of AFC East rivals wanted him. Landry knew right away that he wasn't going to play for the Patriots. His first free-agent visit to Foxborough in March was a disaster. The man he wanted to talk to the most, Bill Belichick, was nowhere to be found. "He wasn't even there," Landry says. "So that was a no-brainer. I should have never taken that visit. I was like, 'Damn, if you're going to visit, the head coach (should be) there.'" I felt, 'Okay, that's a slap in the face.' " Jets coach Rex Ryan's view was simple: Get the free-agent safety in the building and he'll never want to leave. Ryan and Mike Pettine's scheme gives Landry the flexibility to maximize his skills in open spaces and near the line of scrimmage. Ryan was right. Landry signed a one-year deal, bent on debunking the perception that he was just a free-wheeling, in-the-box safety. Ryan loved Landry's work ethic and attitude as much as the highlight-reel body blows. "He watches more tape than anyone on the team at home," Ryan says.

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September 16, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Can't away I blame Little Bill for shunning this fool.

September 16, 2012  10:13 AM ET

It sounds like either The Hoodie had made up his mind, or there was a miscommunication. Given the Pats needs on pass defense, you'd think he'd at least get a serious look, though.

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September 16, 2012  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Belichik knows what he's doing...perhaps he was hoping that the Jets would sign Landry.

Of course one of his responsibilities is covering TE's i

September 16, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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Of course one of his responsibilities is covering TE's i

"What do I want with a guy who will be in the hospital after week 2?"

September 16, 2012  10:20 AM ET

I like the comment about giving him the flexibility to "maximize his skills"... I've been watching this dude for the last few years and I find his major skills are getting torched.

September 16, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I like the comment about giving him the flexibility to "maximize his skills"... I've been watching this dude for the last few years and I find his major skills are getting torched.

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in it." -- Polonius, from Hamlet.

If Machiavelli had been born a few centuries later, we would have said his methods were "Belichickian."

September 16, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Nice to see the Jets staying focused on the season and not getting distracted by the hype. Most would wait until after you beat the Pats before you start mounting off about them.

September 16, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Belichik knows what he's doing...perhaps he was hoping that the Jets would sign Landry.

That makes sense as one of Landry's responsibilities would be covering TE's

September 16, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That makes sense as one of Landry's responsibilities would be covering TE's

That's weird I posted that along time ago and it just showed up

September 16, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's weird I posted that along time ago and it just showed up

Yes I did 2X lol

September 16, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yes I did 2X lol

One for Hernandez, and one for Gronk.

September 16, 2012  10:52 AM ET

Someone needs to tell Laron this isn't LSU and he isn't all that.

September 16, 2012  10:57 AM ET

Raiders over the Dolphins
Texans over the Jags
Bengals over the Browns
Chiefs over the Bills
Ravens over the Eagles
Pats over the Cards
Skins over Rams
USCHawks over Cowboys
Steelers over Jets
Chargers over the Titans
Lions over the Niners
upsets
Colts over Vikes
Bucs over Giants
Panthers over Saints
Falcons over the Broncs
Good Monday night game ESPN

September 16, 2012  11:11 AM ET

Raiders over the Dolphins
Texans over the Jags
Bengals over the Browns
Chiefs over the Bills
Ravens over the Eagles
Pats over the Cards
Skins over Rams
Cowboys over Seahawks
Steelers over Jets
Chargers over the Titans
Niners over the Lions
Colts over Vikes
Giants over Bucs
Saints over Panthers
Broncs over Falcons

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September 16, 2012  11:28 AM ET

Diva.

September 16, 2012  11:51 AM ET

""He watches more tape than anyone on the team at home," Ryan says."

Doesn't mean it's football he's watching.

September 16, 2012  11:58 AM ET

LaRon; Best name ever.

 
September 16, 2012  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

LaRon; Best name ever.

Isn't "La" the female article? Shouldn't it be "LeRon", Then again, I earlier called him a diva.

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