Archive for September, 2009

Lead the Jets on the Field

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

If you have ever wanted to lead Gang Green out on the field, well now you have your chance! The Jets are looking for a superfan to suit up with the team and lead the Jets out of the Meadowlands Tunnel for home game against their division rival Buffalo Bills on Oct. 18.

For more details and to enter the sweepstakes log on www.jointhejets.com.

Smith Fits Right Into Ryan’s Defense

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

During his Monday afternoon press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media he “would have been more than happy to trade” safety Eric Smith. But after proving himself to the coaching staff during OTA’s and mini-camp, Smith has found a home inside Ryan’s new defensive scheme.

Smith, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, is big reason why the Jets have the top-ranked defense in the NFL. Not only does Smith play safety, he also has the ability to play cornerback and early in season Ryan has at times allowed Smith to play linebacker.

“The thing with Smitty is he’s so valuable to us on defense.  We put him everywhere,” said Ryan. “There are so many things you can do with him. The guy’s amazing how smart he is.”

Last week in the 24-17 win over the Titans he showed how valuable he is. He was as linebacker to spy Titans RB Chris Johnson. Then he showed his coverage skills as he made great individual effort to intercept QB Kerry Collins.

Smith was one of the players brought to New York by former coach Eric Mangini. One of the main reasons he was able to catch on in New York was ability to play multiple positions. (Don’t forget Smith is also a standout special-teams player.) Mangini always liked his players to be flexible in what they do on the football field.

But when Ryan got to New York he wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Michigan State alum. So unsure that he and GM Mike Tannenbaum brought in S Jim Leonhard through free-agency to become the starting strong safety. But that didn’t stop Smith from proving his value to the coaching staff. According to Ryan, Smith had the best mini-camp of everyone on the team. And even to this day, Ryan is glad Smith is still a Jet.

“All of us have a great deal of respect for the job that Eric can do.  We put him in so many different roles,” said Ryan. “He knows the defense.  He has learned the defense.  It’s easy to plug him anywhere.  He’s like a starter.  He starts in a lot of packages for us, but he’s really like a starter for our defense.”

Adalius Thomas Meet Firemen Ed

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Anyone who saw the Jets 16-9 upset win over the Patriots on Sunday, noticed that the crowd was louder that usual. With head coach Rex Ryan calling all the season ticket holders and asking them to be the “12th man”, the fans delivered just as Ryan had hoped for. Players for both sides said they felt the ground vibrate and it was difficult to communicate on the field.

One of the funnier remarks made about the crowd came from Patriots LB Adalius Thomas, who now knows who Fireman Ed is.

“Everytime we come here to New York, they have the guy on someone’s shoulders. I don’t know who that guy is, but they have to let him in for free,” said Thomas. “He’s like the captain of the whole stadium. The stadium looks at him, he tells them to be quiet and they do. He always has them amped up when we play them.”

 

You Have to Feel for Woodhead

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Once the final roster came down and I saw RB Danny Woodhead’s name on it, I was like he definitely deserved his spot. Then once I read the press release saying the Jets released Woodhead, I was like it needed to happen.

I equate this situation to an old pair of sneakers. Everybody has an old pair of sneakers that they don’t want to or can’t get rid of. Even though they have multiple new pairs, this pair however is special and you just don’t want to get rid of the old pair.  And to the Jets Woodhead was special. After suffering a season ending injury last season, the Chadron State product rehabbed himself perfectly for training camp this season.

So then why I am not disappointed that Woodhead got cut?

Because if  Woodhead stayed with Gang Green, he would probably never see the field. With RB’s Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, Shonn Greene and Tony Richardson on the active roster, when Woodhead be active for a game? And if you did activate Woodhead for a game, who’s spot would he take? You cannot take one the above four out.

You have to feel for Woodhead, who stood right in the face of adversity and beat it. But in the end now he will be getting a chance to catch on somewhere else and again show the country that he can play in the NFL.

FOLLOW UP: 9/9/2009

I was right about something. RB Danny Woodhead did catch on and it was with the Jets practice squad.