Chat with Rachel Nichols
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, E:60 reporter Rachel Nichols stops by to chat about her latest piece for the show, one that focuses on New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, as his team gets set to face the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Nichols' story airs on the E:60 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Nichols joined ESPN in February 2004 as a New York-based reporter for ESPN's news-gathering operation, particularly "SportsCenter," ESPNEWS and E:60. Nichols received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Send your questions now and join Nichols Monday at 4 p.m. ET!
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Buzzmaster (3:42 PM)
Rachel will be chatting at 4 PM ET, everyone! We had to reschedule.
Rachel (4:04 PM)
Hi guys. Welcome to our E60 chat!
What was the most fun story to do on E:60
Rachel (4:08 PM)
They're all pretty good - that's what's fun about this show. This Rex Ryan piece was a blast - Rex is extremely personable, and his whole family is fun to be around. We interviewed Buddy and Rex's twin brother, Rob, who is the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Rob is even more fiery than Rex, and Buddy is...well, Buddy. We went down to his horse farm in Kentucky for the story. He has a horse named "Jetty" because it was born the day Rex got the job in New York.
Lee (my desk in NJ)
Rex is great!!! Adds such a personality that the franchise has been dying for.
Rachel (4:11 PM)
We definitely address in the story the way Rex has changed the recent culture of the franchise. There's a bravado not seen since the days of Joe Namath, and the players talk about how that has translated on the field. Linebacker Bart Scott said that during a preseason game, Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce came up and told him the Jets even had a different attitude in warm-ups.
Rachel, did you ask Rex any questions about adding Braylon to the team and how he feels about it?
Rachel (4:13 PM)
We reported out most of our story before the Edwards trade happened, but it certainly seems Rex is happy about the deal. It'll be pretty interesting to see what Braylon does tonight on the big stage of Monday Night Football. Starting him right away is a bold move - but not surprising.
Nile Gata (Bronx, New York)
Do you think the jets can win a superbowl in the next 5 years?
Rachel (4:17 PM)
Hard to promise any team will win a Super Bowl - so many teams have appeared on the verge and then faded. But the Jets are building in the right direction, no question. The defense is already one of the most commanding in the NFL, and their rookie quarterback has convinced a lot of people he is special. But maybe the person to ask is Rex - in his introductory press conference, he said he expected to be meeting President Obama in the next few years when the Jets go to the White House to celebrate a Super Bowl title.
SprungOnSports (Long Island)
What can you tell us about Rex Ryan and the Jets that most people would not know about?
Rachel (4:20 PM)
I don't think most people know that Rex Ryan has dyslexia. He talks in our piece about the challenges that presents, and the strategies he uses to overcome them as he carries out his day-to-day duties as an NFL coach. Most interesting to me was that Ryan thinks his dyslexia has had a huge impact on the way he coaches. He says having dyslexia forced him to do a lot of things differently as a kid, so he always approached coaching differently than most people as well. It's why his schemes look different than anyone else's in the league.
Who benefits most from Edwards' arrival -- Cotchery, Sanchez or Jones/Washington?
Rachel (4:22 PM)
If you're a quarterback, another good receiver makes you happy, so Sanchez has got to be pretty pleased. We'll have to see how they use Edwards as the season progresses. The Jets maintain they want to be a run-first team, so expect the focus to stay there in general.
Do you think the Jets wanted Favre back this year?
Rachel (4:25 PM)
The Jets are happy with the situation they're in now with Sanchez. They knew when they granted Brett his release, he could always unretire, and if they hadn't been able to find another quarterback that fits the team so well, there may have been more soul-searching over what could have been with Favre - but with the way things worked out, that just hasn't been the case.
L- Man (long island)
did Rex talk about his diet, that he was on at the begining of the season??
Rachel (4:28 PM)
He did a little bit - he said at one point he talked to Andy Reid about how he's been managing his weight, since Andy's lost a bunch.
Rachel (4:30 PM)
Thanks so much for the chat, everyone. Lots more on Rex Ryan on E60 tomorrow night - 7pm Eastern on ESPN. In the meantime, enjoy the game tonight!