Archive for September, 2010

Breaking News: Jenkins tears ACL, done for season

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

For the second straight season, the New York Jets defensive line has lost their biggest asset.

Jets All-Pro nose tackle Kris Jenkins has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a report by NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora.

Kris Jenkins will missed a second straight season with a torn ACL. (JetsInsider.com)

Jenkins sustained the injury during the first quarter of the Jets’ 10-9 Monday night loss to the Ravens.   The 6-foot-4, 360 pound lineman twisted the same left knee which he had surgically repaired last season but was able to walk off the field on his own. After team medical officials stressed were optimistic there was no damage to the anterior crucial ligament last night, MRI results this morning revealed a tear.

While the loss of Jenkins is a huge loss for Rex Ryan’s defense, it is an even more severe blow to the 31-year-old Jenkins’ career.  After suffering the same injury two years in a row, it likely that the four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection will strongly consider retirement.

It is a bitter end for Jenkins had thoughts about ending his career after last season’s injury, which derailed him for the final three months of the season.  Following his rehabilitation, the former University of Maryland standout came into camp in fantastic shape, dropping thirty pounds from last season.

With little depth at the nose tackle position, it is likely that Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum will explore a trade to bring in another big body, possibly disgruntled Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth.

While the Jets can schematically deviate a plan to replace Jenkins’ contributions on the field, they will be hard-pressed to fill the void he leaves in the locker room.  Jenkins is arguably the Jets most outspoken, respected veteran voice.  A team that had already lost two key veterans from last season’s playoff run, Thomas Jones and Alan Faneca, will now need to search to find another vocal leader to step up and take charge.

At 0-1 and facing off against the rivaled New England Patriots next week, that search will now need to be expedited.

It’s put up or shut up for Jets

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Talk is cheap.

8 months ago, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets walked off the field into the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium after having their coffin nailed and buried by the league’s finest second-half mortician, Peyton Manning.

After an offseason of non-stop talk, it's time for Bart Scott and the Jets to walk the walk. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

January 24, 2009 will be remembered in green and white lore forever, but for more than being another shortcoming by a historically snakebit franchise.  The 30-17 AFC Championship loss in Indianapolis meant more than that.  Much more.

The “Same Old Jets” died that day.  Buried and forgotten, never to be heard from again.  For 46 years, the former Titans of New York, have operated as a timid, tentative franchise always waiting for the glass slipper to break.

The clock struck 12 on opening day 1999, with Vinny Testaverde’s Achilles tendon transforming the Jets Super Bowl carriage into a pumpkin.  Time ran out again in 2005, with each missed field goal from Doug Brien in Pittsburgh.

But those days are over at the Meadowlands.   At least the Jets talk like they are.   They haven’t stopped talking since that night in Indy and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

The whole braggadocio persona works well in professional sports.  But in New York, it is a double-edged sword of razor-sharp proportions.   Talk here and you better back it up, or suffer the colossal backlash of the fans and media.  Win here and you’ll be forever idolized among the other deities of New York sports lore.  Lose and prepare to have the Big Apple streets run red with your blood.

Be cocky.  Go ahead.  Swag-surf up and down the New York harbor and shores of Long Island if you will.  Climb the Empire State Building with your King Kong-like brashness.  But get it done.  Be Mark Messier, not Patrick Ewing.

Rex Ryan and the Jets haven’t accomplished anything yet to be mentioned in the same breath as Messier, Jeter or the real L.T.  But they sure make it seem like they have.

For six months, we’ve heard it all.  Heard about how Antonio Cromartie will clean up his act in New York, playing Robin to Darrelle Revis’ Batman.   Heard how LaDainian Tomlinson will return to hall-of-fame status running behind the Jets’ offensive line.   Heard how Santonio Holmes will finally provide the big-time playmaking threat Gang Green has lacked since Keyshawn Johnson.   How John Conner is the second coming of Larry Csonka.  How not only will the Jets win often but to paraphrase Dustin Keller– they’ll make it look good.

We’ve heard how all the talent and personality the Jets have assembled will check their egos at the door, paving the way to the franchise’s first Super Bowl in over 40 years.

In a city where their stadium roommates, the Giants, took home the Lombardi just two years ago, somehow it is the big-talking Jets who have stolen the headlines.  Running pep-rallies in Times Square.  Starring in HBO primetime specials.  They’ve got the mic now, all the spotlight of the city that never sleeps.

It starts tonight against a team that doesn’t do that much talking.  At least not historically.   The Baltimore Ravens are no homecoming game pushover.   Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs certainly aren’t hopping aboard the Jet Superbowl bandwagon any time soon.  Nor are Anquan Boldin or Ray Rice.

Enough talking.  It’s finally time for the Jets to put their money where the mouth is.  It’s time for Mark Sanchez to step up and lead an offense.  Time for Braylon Edwards to make plays downfield.   Time for Dustin Keller to develop into the playmaking tight end the Jets thought they were getting when they expended a first round draft pick on him in 2008.  It’s time for Ryan’s self-proclaimed “championship defense” to go get a ring.  Time for the excuses to cease.

If the New York Jets 2010 quest is to end in Dallas in February, it starts tonight.  At 7:00 on national television, it’s time to prove your case to the entire country.  Shut down Ray Rice, knock Joe Flacco around in the backfield.  Go beat the Ravens, smack them in the mouth.  Roll some heads like you said you would.   Start off 1-0.

Then we’ll talk.

Return from Revis Island: Jets corner ends holdout, agrees to contract

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Start spreading the news.  Darrelle Revis is back.

Multiple sources are reporting late Sunday night that the All-Pro cornerback and the New York Jets have agreed in principal on a new long-term contract.  The agreement between the two sides ends Revis’ 35-day holdout and nearly seven month impasse in contract negotiations.

Darrelle Revis is finally back with the New York Jets. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

The news of Revis’ agreement comes shortly after multiple media outlets reported that Jets head coach Rex Ryan flew down to meet with Revis at the cornerback’s home in South Florida over the weekend.

Revis is expected to arrive at the team’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey tomorrow where he will sign the richest contract in Jets franchise history.

Shortly after news broke of his impending agreement Sunday night, Darrelle Revis spoke out on his official Twitter account.  “To my family, said Revis.  “Neil and John, I love you guys. I’m coming home baby!  Revis Island…Let’s  Go!”

Revis also offered this apology to Jet fans: “It not has only been hard on you guys, but it has for me too. I just want to tell y’all that I’m sorry for this process and I can’t wait to get back on the field.”

The Jets open up their regular season schedule a week from today, against the Baltimore Ravens.

JETS 21 – EAGLES 17

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Jets overcome three fumbles to win preseason finale in Philly, but rookie McKnight plays himself off roster

Joe McKnight juked right, running into his own blocker.  Coughing it up.  Again.

As Eagles safety Kurt Coleman dashed 64 yards to the opposite end zone, he gripped more than the loose pigskin in his arms.  He was running with Joe McKnight’s future as player in the National Football league.

The New York Jets overcame McKnight’s fumble and two others, using a pair of second-half touchdowns to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night.  It won’t be as happy of an ending for the former USC Trojan, who will face punitive measures for his ball-security mishap, his third of the preseason.

Rookie Joe McKnight's rough preseason continued Thursday night in Philly. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Jets head coach Rex Ryan indicated after the game that the rookie running back would not be cut, but would not be placed on the active roster to begin the regular season.

“He’s going to make the team,” said Ryan. “We’re just not going to play him until we have more confidence in him, until he shows in practice that he gets the message.”

“Joe McKnight has to protect the ball.  I was disappointed.  Right now, I don’t see how he can make the active roster.”

On a night where no starters saw action for both teams, a number of Jets reserves showed their worth on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Mark Brunell completed 11 of 17 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.  Brunell’s second touchdown, a 51-yard fourth quarter strike to receiver Santonio Holmes, put the Jets ahead for good.  Holmes finished the night with four receptions for 97 yards.

The Jets offense was also spearheaded  by the split ground-attack of a pair of roster hopefuls turned definites, running backs Chauncey Washington (12 carries for 56 yards) and Danny Woodhead (12 carries for 45 yards, 1 TD).  If Washington’s consistent steamrolling of Philadelphia safeties didn’t draw the attention of Rex Ryan, the play he made on the Jets’ opening drive of the second half, certainly did.

With the Jets offense driving down the field into Eagles’ territory, QB Kellen Clemens connected with Holmes across the Philadelphia 20-yard-line for a gain of 24 yards.  Before hitting the turf, Holmes coughed up the ball which would’ve resulted in the Jets’ fourth lost fumble of the night if not for a heads up play by Washington, who quickly jumped on the loose ball.

Clemens, who left the game shortly with a left arm injury, completed 7 of 13 passes for 73 yards, orchestrating a touchdown drive that ended with a 14-yard end zone dash by Woodhead.

WR Larry Taylor, another Jet who figures to be on the bubble for one of the final roster spots, added two receptions for 21 yards and flashed some speed in the return game.

Following the exit of Eagles QB Mike Vick, the Jets defensive reserves stepped up and made it a rather rough night for Philadelphia third-stringer Mike Kafka. Kafka completed only 9 of 27 passes for 76 yards with an interception.

The Jets defense, led by six tackles and two sacks by defensive tackle Matt Kroul, held the Eagles to 187 yards of total offense, and only 72 yards on the ground.

INSIDER TIDBITS

Coach Sanchise

Jets offensive coordinator handed the play-calling duties over to quarterback Mark Sanchez midway through the second quarter.  Sanchez’s first shot at directing the offense resulted in a five-play, fifteen yard drive consummating with a two-yard roll-out completion from Mark Brunell to tight end Jeff Cumberland in the corner of the end zone.

Sanchez put on the headset again at the start of the fourth quarter, serving as the brains behind a 51-yard touchdown strike from Brunell to receiver Santonio Holmes, the Jets longest offensive play of the preseason.   Is there a offensive coordinator controversy brewing in Jersey?

“It’s more difficult than you think,” said Sanchez.  You feel bad for Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer) now because he has so much pressure to get certain guys the ball, to put in the right formation, the right personnel on the field. (There are) certain runs Coach (Bill) Callahan wants to get called.  Guys want the ball, so there are so many factors.  You’ve got to stick to what you think and call the plays with confidence. It was fun. We got a touchdown drive, which was nice, and a touchdown pass too.”

Getting ‘Diggy with it

Jets safety James Ihedigbo has made quite a name for himself this preseason by delivering a few bone-crunching tackles on special teams.  It was more of the same for Ihedigbo on Thursday night, as he dished out punishing hits on Eagles receivers Kelley Washington and Chad Hall.