Change Is In The Air
Losing five out of your last six leaves you searching for answers.
The Jets find themselves in this very predicament today, after dropping another winnable home game yesterday to the Jacksonville Jaguars. With their playoff hopes slipping away with each passing Sunday, Gang Green made some interesting personnel decisions Monday.
First came the release of cornerback Ahmad Carroll, and the subsequent signing of linebacker Kenwin Cummings off the practice squad.
“I think (Marquice) Cole has really taken (Carroll’s) role,” head coach Rex Ryan said of the move. “I think he’s done an outstanding job. That’s not a slight on Batman (Carroll). It’s just that I think this guy won the job. It’s a chance for us to get Kenwin Cummings up. He’s really looked good on the scout teams (and) been a real physical presence for us. We’ll see what Kenwin can do for us.”
Later on in the day, it was announced defensive line coach Kerry Locklin will not remain with the team the rest of the season, a surprising move in that he lost his best player, Kris Jenkins, for the season due to injury. So the unit’s performance in his absence couldn’t have been the reason for the departure, the defensive line doing a mostly solid job in Jenkins’ absence.
“It’s mutual decision that Kerry no longer will be with us,” Ryan said. “I will be overseeing the entire defense as I always have with Mike Pettine. We felt it was the best thing for both of us moving forward. This is a sensitive issue. The timing is unfortunate but I felt this was in the best interests for both of us.”
And if a midseason coaching change and a bad loss wasn’t enough to give everyone a case of the Mondays, Ryan announced safety Jim Leonhard will have surgery on his injured thumb, and it’s unclear how long the first-year Jet will be out.
And with that, it’s safe to say the wheels are coming off the 2009 season for these New York Jets.
They have sustained major injuries to starters on both sides of the ball. They can’t seem to put a complete game together, an effort in which all three phases of the game perform well on the same Sunday. And their trash-talking defense doesn’t seem so brash anymore after having a chance to end the game and preserve a win that could have turned the season around, and not getting the job done.
They’re losing games in heartbreaking fashion, and it doesn’t seem like anything can pull them out of the quicksand they currently inhabit. But take solace in the fact these Jets are not pointing the finger. They’re not making excuses, and they’re playing hard for their unwavering head coach. The injuries they’ve sustained may be too much to overcome, but all you can ever ask out of the team you cheer for is for them to play as hard as they can. And these Jets do that.
So while the losses seemingly get worse by the week, Gang Green will always show up to play their hearts out under Rex Ryan. Unfortunately, effort doesn’t always equate to wins, and with a fanbase as passionate as the Jets’, the level of patience is shrinking by the day.
THOUGHTS ON THE LOSS
As their head man has said numerous times, the Jets know the keys to getting back on a winning track lie in doing away with the misques that have marked their recent slide.
“The biggest thing is to stop spotting (them) points,” wide receiver Braylon Edwards said. Yesterday we spotted them on the first play of the game and then we came back and spotted them on another play. We’re giving guys a chance. You look at what we did in Miami. We’re spotting guys points and then at the end we’re trying to play from behind. This is the National Football League. That’s pretty hard to do. We’re just hurting ourselves, I had to take credit away from these guys but we’re losing games.”
These misques must end in order to make a serious playoff run, and Gang Green knows they’ve put themselves in a tough spot.
“There is no margin for error,” tackle Damien Woody said. “This is the situation we put ourselves in. We understand that and we have to be accountable to that. Moving forward we do have an opportunity. It’s all about taking advantage of the opportunity. That’s all we can ask for is an opportunity to right the ship and do something that we set forth way back in the offseason. We have seven weeks to prove ourselves as a team. We’ll see what happens.”
The team returns to the practice field Tuesday for a workout beginning at 11:50 AM. Be sure to check back to JetsInsider.com for all your news and updates.