Archive for December, 2010

Jets Need To Fix Leaky Defense

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- “Obviously, we’re not going anywhere if we can’t play better defense than that.” Rex Ryan said immediately following the Jets loss to Chicago.

That’s about as big of an understatement as simply saying this has been an atypical season of football, especially for the Jets organization.

After the offense struggled to put any points on the board for a couple of weeks, they finally showed some life in Pittsburgh and exploded for a huge game in Chicago, the fact that they did it against two of the league’s best defenses makes it that much more impressive.

The problem is as soon as the offense took off the defense imploded, which just about sums up this Jets season to a tee. (more…)

Revis, Mangold and Ferguson named to Pro Bowl

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- It’s that time of year. The time where the Pro Bowl team is announced and people get to immediately start picking at the decisions that were made and strong arguments are lobbied for certain players being snubbed.

The Jets will send three players, corner Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold and LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, as well as nine alternates to the Pro Bowl. Linebacker David Harris, and the Swiss Army Knife return man Brad Smith are first alternates, with Dustin Keller and Antonio Cromartie being second alternates and Shaun Ellis, Jason Taylor, Calvin Pace as fourth alternates and LaDainian Tomlinson as a fifth alternate. (more…)

With Playoff Spot Secured, Sanchez May Sit

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- The Jets suffered another brutal loss yesterday, but it only took about 15-20 minutes for the loss to be rendered virtually meaningless.

The defeat dropped the Jets to 10-5, but their chance to secure a playoff spot yesterday was still alive. After the loss the players and coaches gathered in the locker room to watch the ending of the Jacksonville-Washington game, knowing that a win by the Redskins would send them into the playoffs.

The Jaguars were down by seven with time running out before they drove down the field and tied the game up sending it to overtime. With the Jaguars winning the coin toss it seemed as if the Jets would need to lock up the last playoff spot by themselves with a win over Buffalo next week, but then David Garrard threw a costly interception deep in Jaguars territory giving the Redskins the opportunity to win the game with a field goal.

And that’s exactly what they did, as soon as that kick sailed through the uprights, the Jets sailed right into the playoffs.

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And You Thought It Couldn’t Get Weirder Than Tripgate

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- Who knew covering the Jets would give a writer enough gossip to add on their resume to eventually be able to write for a tabloid like TMZ or US Weekly?

It’s always something with these New York football Jets and really when you think about the types of stories breaking from the Jets headquarters, is there another team in sports that would be able to consistently turn out this types of headlines?

Of course not, okay well maybe the Mets but the let’s face it the Mets and Jets, historically, are essentially the same team they just play different sports. (more…)

The Schottenheimer Redemption

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- It may not have been quite as dramatic as Andy Dufresne’s redemption in Shawshank, but the Jets offensive coordinator most certainly redeemed himself by temporarily silencing his critics, at least for this week.

The offensive coordinator of any team often finds himself being treated like a pinata whenever their offense starts to sputter, but Jets fans are notorious for recognizing their offensive coordinator’s deficiencies and are hardly shy about wanting them run out of town. Just ask Mike Heimerdinger or Paul Hackett.

So with the Jets offense stuck in neutral the past couple of weeks, and as predicatable as the sun rising and falling each day and night, it shocked absolutely no one that Brian Schottenheimer was on the receiving end of most of the criticism. Well no one except Schottenheimer, that is. (more…)

Jets Steal 22-17 Victory From Pittsburgh

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA- Just 13 days ago the Jets were embarrassed by the Patriots on national television and followed that up with another pathetic performance against the Dolphins. Today the Jets regained their swagger as they rolled into Pittsburgh and stole a victory from the Steelers when most people had counted them out.

For the past couple of weeks the Jet players have been talking about needing a complete game from everyone of their players, today they finally got it. (more…)

The Legend of ‘Trip-Gate’ Grows

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- One of the oddest conspiracies in recent memory has managed to take yet another twist as new information has come to the Jets attention about just how exactly the green wall of personnel was formed along the sidelines.

Today Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum held an impromptu phone conference to announce that strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi has now been suspended indefinitely due to new information that he was the one who ordered the wall to built.

“Over the last day, as we continued our investigation we discovered some new information and the players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were to force the ‘gunner’ to run around him. Based on that new information we’ve suspended Sal indefinitely pending further review.” Tannebaum said. (more…)

Offensive Funk

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- That smell permeating from the Meadowlands is more than just the normal stank from the swamps just off of route 3. The horrifically putrid odor is the rotting corpse that has become the New York Jets offense.

This offense is literally an embarrassment of riches right now.

With dynamic, explosive weapons at every position somehow this Jets offense has become one of the most boring and predictably ineffective offenses in recent memory.

Sanchez has played beyond terrible the last three games, but it’s so much more than that. (more…)

Jets Suspend Sal Alosi

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- Yesterday during the game against the Dolphins, the Jets Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sal Alosi committed an egregious mistake that is simply inexcusable.

As the Dolphins Nolan Carroll was running down the sidelines to cover a punt, he ran out of bounds and directly into Alosi’s extended knee before tumbling to the ground in pain. The television cameras caught the shadiness immediately and were quick to keep hitting the rewind button to demonstrate just how bad it was. (more…)

Damien Woody Injures Knee, Likely to Miss Remainder of Regular Season

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Florham Park, N.J.- The Jets have suffered through two straight embarrassing losses to put them at 9-4 with two very tough road games ahead making their playoff hopes that much harder to fulfill. Today the Jets and their fans got some more bad news that will only make it even harder for the Jets to break out of their slump.

With Kris Jenkins and Jim Leonhard already lost for the season, right tackle Damien Woody now joins them on the injury list and it looks like he will most likely miss the remainder of at least the regular season.

The Jets are holding out hope that Woody can return for the playoffs, but first the Jets have an awful lot of work to do to make sure they get to the playoffs. (more…)