Archive for January, 2011

Tannenbaum Season Begins

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- The players might have cleaned out their lockers and headed for a much needed vacation, but the offseason is when GMs such as Mike Tannenbaum get to put in work to contribute to the success or failure of the team.

Since he was hired in 2006 Tannenbaum has done a masterful job of building this team, both through free agency and the draft and over the last couple of season he has been very aggressive and it has paid dividends as the Jets found themselves in the AFC Championship two years in a row. (more…)

Slow Start Dooms Jets, Steelers Win 24-19

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA- The dream of a Jets Super Bowl quickly turned into a nightmare. The game was over before it even started, as the Steelers steamrolled the Jets from the opening kick and the Jets were never able to fully recover.

Sure the Jets were able to salvage some of their beaten down pride with the way the came out in the second half, but there was never even a shred of doubt that the Jets season just had a fork stuck in them by halftime.

The 21 point halftime lead was just far too much for the Jets to overcome, regardless of how hard the team scrapped in the second half. If only the Jets could have figured out a recipe for early success, not only for this game as they suffered from a season long problem of getting off to slow starts. (more…)

The Moment of Truth

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA- With kickoff just over 45 minutes away, the moment of truth for this year’s Jets team is quickly approaching.

For the second year in a row this Jets team finds themselves in the AFC Championship, but unlike last year the team expected to be here and they have been telling everyone since day one of training camp, the goal wasn’t to get here, it was to take that next step to the Super Bowl.

As soon as the opening kick launches itself from the boot of the kicker we will all find ourselves watching a 60 minute battle to see which team gets to earn that trip to Dallas to compete for football’s ultimate prize. (more…)

A Mutual Respect

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- After last week’s trash-talking circus surrounding the Jets many members of the media were wondering how Rex Ryan and the Jets could possibly hope to stir the same amount of headlines as they did leading up to the Patriots game?

It didn’t take long for them to get their answer, although it clearly wasn’t the answer they were expecting or hoping for.

There will be no trash-talk this week, on Monday the Jets took turns heaping praise on the Steelers players and the entire organization as a whole. Ryan said, “I have a great deal of respect for Mike Tomlin, he’s one of my favorite coaches.” (more…)

Big Katt Unleashed

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- It took the Jets until their 18th game to finally become the team they and their fans thought they were. Excluding the two Buffalo games, for good reason it was Buffalo, this was by far their most complete game of the season and considering it was the playoffs against the hated Patriots, it came at the perfect moment in time.

Usually when a team puts on such a solid all around performance the task of selecting a player of the game becomes quite difficult. When so many players played well and made huge plays it’s often hard to come to a concrete decision on what player turned in the most valuable performance, but this past Sunday the answer to that question couldn’t have been more clear. (more…)

Take It Personal

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- All week long Rex Ryan and his band of, ‘foot soldiers,’ talked about how the game against the Patriots was personal for them and based on the play and reaction of some Patriots players it was clearly more personal for them than they would have had you believe.

The Jets have been talking the proverbial talk, but yesterday they walked the cliched walk while the Patriots suffered as they let the Jets bravado get the best of them.

The Jets were in the Patriots head from the opening kickoff, forget the ‘benching,’ of Wes Welker, the first sign of the Pats reacting to the Jets was when Bill Belichick deferred the opening kickoff to let the Jets start with the ball. The Patriots never defer so why start now? (more…)

Trash-Talking Jets? Hardly: The Calm Inside the Madness

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- All week long the majority of the stories you’ve been reading and or listening to have been about the Jets continually spewing their hatred through disrespectful comments. I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The truth? Welcome to the New York area tabloid media hype machine.

The fact is, these dramatic headlines are nothing more than a media creation. Take a quote and twist it completely out of context here and there, then let other reporters run with it and all of a sudden it’s all anyone wants to talk about. (more…)

Attacking the Patriots

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- There’s no disputing the fact that the Patriots are an offensive juggernaut with a young improving defense, but contrary to popular opinion the Patriots are not invincible.

Last Saturday Rex Ryan proved he wasn’t afraid to think outside of the box and tweak his typically ultra aggressive style of play to combat Peyton Manning’s strength. Sunday Ryan will face the much tougher task of drawing up a blueprint to beat the Patriots. (more…)

Jets Place Damien Woody On IR, Ending His Season

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- In a bit of surprising news today the Jets announced that right tackle Damien Woody has been placed on IR (the injured reserve), with an Achilles injury not a reoccurring knee injury, ending his season.

“Damien Woody is going to be placed on IR. He’s got an Achilles injury in the other leg.” Rex Ryan said, “It’s really unfortunate, he played almost the whole game. He came up, as I mentioned a little wobbly, well there’s a reason for it, it wasn’t his knee it’s an Achilles tendon so he will be placed on IR today.

“Well, actually he never finished (the game), it (the injury) was on the last drive then he came out. I never knew the extent of the thing and obviously he didn’t, I guess he’s going to have surgery later this afternoon.” (more…)

The Tweaking of the Jets Defense

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- Rex Ryan is an admittedly stubborn man, but not so stubborn that he refused to recognize that his normal approach to trying to stop Peyton Manning simply wasn’t good enough.

As a football coach, Ryan is known for his consistent flow of complex blitzes, but Manning normally identifies and dissects blitzing defenses with the precision of a surgeon, so Ryan knew he had to do something different.

“I’m a stubborn guy, but I’m not that stubborn.” Ryan said after Saturday night’s win, “I wasn’t going to take the same kind of butt-kicking that I normally take from him so we definitely mixed our coverages, played it more straight up. (We) mixed in some loaded zones and different things like that, very rarely we came after him.” (more…)