Archive for September, 2011

Jets Add Speed By Signing Aaron Maybin

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- They say that speed kills and that was never more apparent than last Sunday as the Raiders used their superior speed to dash around the edges and tare up the Jets defense. It may be too late to do anything about what happened last Sunday, but it’s never too late to look to improve in the immediate future and that’s exactly what the Jets are trying to do by signing Aaron Maybin to the 53-man active roster.

After a disappointing start to his career in Buffalo, the Bills severed ties with the former first-round draft pick, officially stamping him with the dreaded ‘bust’ label. The Jets briefly gave him new life when they signed him during training camp and it’s safe to say he came in and played above most peoples’ expectations. No one was surprised when Maybin made the initial 53-man roster, but many fans were angrily confused when the team turned around and cut him the following day to make room for waiver wire signings. (more…)

Jets Place Rob Turner On Injured Reserve

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- With the problems the Jets are having concerning their lack of depth on the offensive line it was easy to understand why they were holding out hope that Rob Turner would be able to recover from his injury and rejoin the team this season. But yesterday they put an end to their wishful thinking as they placed Turner on the injured reserve list, thus officially ending his season.

Turner had been taking up a spot on the 53-man active roster because the Jets were hopeful he could return, but now they know they will have to look elsewhere to address their offensive line problems. Yes the Jets still have Colin Baxter, Vladimir Ducasse and Caleb Schlauderaff as backups, but it’s no secret Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum can’t be confident that those are they men for the job. (more…)

Newly Updated Jets Injury List

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- The Jets entered the Black Hole in Oakland as a fairly healthy team (with big exceptions to Mangold and Turner), but they left with not only a loss, but an expanded injury list.

Mark Sanchez broke his nose on one of the sacks by the Raiders defense, Antonio Cromartie left the game and had to be taken to the hospital with what turned out to be a bruised rib and a bruised lung and Jeff Cumberland went from being in position to catch an early touchdown pass to having his season end on the same play as he tore his Achilles tendon.

Today, Rex Ryan took to the podium to discuss everything that went wrong yesterday afternoon and he gave the media some updates on the Jets injury list. (more…)

No Game Balls This Week, Just Plenty of Blame

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- Last week I decided I was going to do a column after every game where I gave out game balls to the players who were most deserving. However, yesterday’s game makes it fairly impossible to do that. Sure there were a few players who played well, LT, Shonn Greene, Jeremy Kerley and Sanchez had a good game, statistically speaking, but still had far too many mistakes. But enough about who played good because obviously no one played good enough yesterday. It’s time to start spreading the blame and don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around.

Last week Antonio Cromartie was the recipient of all the praise, and deservingly so, this week he will have to shoulder the brunt of the blame, also deservingly so. Cormartie was flagged for four defensive penalties, which of course came at crucial times extending Raiders drives when they should have been punting, but to be fair the first three calls were questionable at best and two of them were clear phantom calls. But really the penalties the Jets could have lived with, it’s what Cromartie did trying to make up for those penalties that essentially handed the game to the Raiders. (more…)

Mangold and Turner Helping Tutor Baxter

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- Just a few weeks ago Colin Baxter was a rookie buried at the bottom of San Diego’s depth chart, now he’s the starting center for the Jets week three matchup against the Raiders. After Baxter was waived by the Chargers, the Jets wasted no time scooping him up off the waiver wire, but neither the Jets or Baxter could have anticipated that he would be asked to play such a critical role for the team this soon.

Rex Ryan said they still haven’t ruled Mangold as 100 percent out, but he also left the lasting impression that there is no way Mangold will play this week.

“His status has not changed at all.” Ryan said, “He’s off the crutches which is a good sign, but I just think we will see. I never say never, but I don’t see it happening this week.” (more…)

Mangold Likely Out At Least 2-3 Weeks

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News Jets All-Pro center Nick Mangold is, “likely out minimum of two-three weeks.” But according to Rex Ryan, Mangold says he thinks he can go. The training staff on the other hand, will likely disagree and Ryan says the decision will ultimately be the trainers to make.

“Nick did have his MRI and it showed a high-ankle sprain. So I would say his status for the game would be, I would assume, very iffy. I don’t think it looks very good as far as playing this week.” Ryan said, “But with that being said he thinks he can go. He’s started 80-something games in a row, we’ll see how he progresses. I wouldn’t count him out, he’s a tough guy, but you know the trainers will always do what’s in the best interest of the player and we’ll never put a guy out there that shouldn’t be out there.” (more…)

Week Two Game Balls

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- “I will say this, it would be ridiculous if we don’t comment on how good Cromartie was today as a kick returner and then the two interceptions.” – Rex Ryan

Yeah Rex it would have been ridiculous if you didn’t mention how well Cromartie played yesterday and it would be equally ridiculous to write an article about giving out game balls for yesterday’s performances and not lead with Antonio Cormartie.

Last week didn’t really go all that well for Cromartie as he had a rather tough game against the Cowboys, with Tony Romo picking on him for most of the first three quarters. Last Monday Cromartie said he felt better about his performance after watching the film, he felt like he played worse than he actually did according to the tape he said. Well whatever the case was, he made sure to make up for it this week as he absolutely took over the game against the Jaguars yesterday afternoon. (more…)

PREVIEW: Jaguars (1-0) at Jets (1-0)

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- In this week’s matchup Jason Hill and the Jacksonville Jaguars make the trip to MetLife Stadium to face the “Over-hyped,” New York Jets. Who is Jason Hill you ask (assuming you haven’t seen the #WhoIsJasonHill twitter hashtag)? He’s the career backup who is now the number two wide receiver on a team whose best receivers are actually the tight-end and running back, yet he’s the one calling out Darrelle Revis and the Jets defense. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of him, because neither have most people outside of Jacksonville, including Revis.

As for Revis being overhyped, Reggie Wayne, Calvin Johnson, Mike Wallace, Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant and every other receiver in the league disrespectfully disagrees with you Jonah Hill, oops I meant Jason Hill, my “Superbad.” But enough about Hill, who amazingly enough might not even play on Sunday since he is listed as doubtful, we should probably turn the focus to things that will actually have an impact on Sunday’s game. (more…)

Week 2 Game More Crucial Than You Might Think

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- Yes it is only week two and there are still 14 games left to be played after this one. And yes the Jets did win their first game, albeit barely, but this week two matchup carries a bit more significance than one would normally think for a variety of reasons. The significance isn’t emotion related like last week, but the worry of an emotional letdown similar to the one the Jets suffered after beating the Patriots in the playoffs only to come out flat in the AFC Championship game is one of the potential hiccups that is so important for the Jets to avoid.

“That’s what a lot of people are asking. That could be the case but this team, we know it’s another AFC opponent, this has playoff implications down the road, and you don’t want to drop one of these at home.” Mark Sanchez said when asked if they were worried about an emotional letdown. “You have to cherish these games at home and we have a tough three game stretch after this, so we really need to take advantage of this game and play well. But, there’s never going to be a bigger game emotionally than our opener this year, but we need to answer the call and rise to the challenge this week because this is huge.” (more…)

Defense Must Focus On Stopping Jones-Drew

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- It’s no secret that one of the Jets biggest weaknesses on defense is defending running backs on screen passes. With the Jets being such a heavy blitzing team they often find themselves exposed in the flat and a quick explosive back can pray on this weakness and break off chunks of yardage at a time.

On Sunday the Jets face one of the best running backs in the league when it comes to executing the screen play and in fact Maurice Jones-Drew is really the Jaguars only dangerous weapon on offense. Sure tight-end Marcedes Lewis is a more than solid tight-end and the Jets other biggest weakness on defense is covering quality tight-ends, but the Jaguars have no receivers that scare you so the Jets can key on Lewis in the passing game (maybe even having Revis or Cromartie cover Lewis) with relative ease and that’s assuming Lewis even plays as he sat out of practice today. (more…)