Preview — Jets (8-7) at Dolphins (5-10)

December 31st, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — How fitting is this? Rex Ryan’s confident/swagger filled Jets needing not only a win down in Miami but they need a bit of help from their fellow colleagues. In order for the Jets to secure the AFC’s No.6 spot, a winning New York team needs the Tennesse Titans to lose in Houston vs. the Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals to lose at home against the Baltimore Ravens as well as either the Denver Broncos to lose at home vs. the Kansas City Chiefs or the Oakland Raiders to lose in the black hole against the San Diego Chargers. Confused yet? Basically the Jets need a win and then just sit back and wait and hope for the best.

I guarantee... Rex has some big shoes to fill after what he said before the season got under way. Is luck on their side? And if so, can they be a rejuvenating team if they fall in? (JetsInsider.com Photo)

The Jets just haven’t looked like the teams that made it to back to back AFC Championship games in the past two seasons. They have shown some familiar spark but not on a consistant level and that is probably the main reason why this situation they have put themselves in is now out of their hands. Coach Ryan knows this wasn’t what his team and the organization was hoping for.

“Have we had the results we were hoping for? No, but again, the season is not over,” Ryan said. “Maybe we’ll look at everything, obviously, at the end of the season, but right now we are competing for [the playoffs]. We’ve got a chance and we need to find a way to get it done this week.”

Does the team have a chance? Absolutley, but has anyone witnessed the play the last two weeks. The Jets got manhandled by the Philadelphia Eagles (who have shown some great things even though they aren’t contending in the playoffs) 45-19 and in last week’s game at “home” against the New York Football Giants where the offense looked completely confused and the defense got burned in the second half as the Jets lost 29-14. So before any Jet players or coaches start hoping for losses, they need to take care of business in Miami first and foremost then they can make their wishes.

The Miami Dolphins started (0-7) but have seemed to step up and are (5-3) since the dismal start. RB Reggie Bush (knee) has been ruled out but the other offensive weapon WR Brandon Marshall, is ready to go. Of course him being who he is as a WR, it caught the attention of CB Darrelle Revis and he his looking foward to the challenge.

“It’s great. It’s always a good fight between me and him. We compete, that’s all we do. We know each other on and off the field, so it’s all respect 100 percent.” Revis said.

Even after the last two weeks the Jets have had, I would expect them to come out and get a win. The team should have some confidence coming in. New York beat Miami 24-6 on October 17 but hasn’t swept a season series against the Dolphins since 2007. They have been somewhat of a headache for the Jets the past two and a half seasons.

It’s like any other Sunday, if the coaching is good, the players will execute accordingly. You have to know who you are coaching and call the right plays with the guys that you have. Yes, a lot of Jet players need to step up their game and come out on fire but the coaches have to know how to use their pawns before they start making moves.

Prediction: I think the Jets will win this game (score unknown) even though I’m sure the Dolphins would love to play spolier to their division rival, but as everyone already knows it’s not in their hands anymore. We will see how it all unfolds tomorrow.

Blue Christmas for Jets in 29-14 loss to Giants

December 24th, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Can’t blame this one on the defense. Yes, that’s how I am going to start this game wrap up. Rex Ryan’s Jets came into this game today fired up, and in a must win situation the offense couldn’t get the job done once again. This has been the problem most of the season for this team, I call it ‘loss of identity’ and today they still couldn’t dig down deep and get the job done.

Here is where the problem comes into play with teams who have a mediocore offense. The trouble brews when the defense is relied on too much to do the right thing. All game the Jets defense stopped the run and kept QB Eli Manning’s completion percentage down (9-27, 225 yds, 1 td, 1 int, 61.5 QB rtg), as they were doing this, it felt like the offense of the Jets was just ’showing up’ instead of being competitive. Maybe this lack of aggression on offense is due to the play calling. I hate to blame the coaches when the players do not do their job correctly but someone has to be blamed in these situations. The Jets have seem to completely give up on their old ‘positive’ ways from last season and now they think QB Mark Sanchez is a throwing quarterback, well guess what Rex Ryan… he’s not. Sanchez finished the day (30-59, 258 yds, 1 td, 1 int, 54.2 QB rtg).

Giants WR Victor Cruz prances over Jets S Eric Smith en route to a 99 yard TD pass right before halftime. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

When it comes to giving up their ‘old ways’ coach Ryan begs to differ and said that was not the game plan per say but due to certain circumstances it was kind of forced upon them.

“We were running the ball effectively but when you fall behind like that by a couple of scores we needed to speed it up and that’s why we did that.” Ryan said.

Speed it up? It’s not like they were down by some astronomical amount, plus, their defense was keeping them in the game as much as they could. There is no excuse to throw the football 59 times. That is a complete head scratcher for any team, especially for the Jets and coach Ryan knows it.

“Obviously we are not really built to play that game but you know it is what it is.” Ryan said.

It sounds like the coach is contradicting himself by saying his team is not built for this and if that’s the case, why have you been playing this style of offense the entire season? It was all about ‘ground and pound’ last season and even was preached in training camp but it seems like as soon as the season started they were all about something different and it really is not working out for them, why? Because the team is not built for it… I could’ve told you that.

The young QB is not built to be a passing star. Mark Sanchez can make things happen late in games but when you have a kid like this who you know isn’t the next Peyton Manning, you have to call the game around his style of play and that was not the case today. Sanchez is taking full responsibility for the lack of offensive consistancy.

“I left a lot of completions out there” Sanchez said, “I missed a couple of throws accuracy wise and physically but we just missed somethings in the passing game and that can’t happen when you’re playing a good defense.”

He missed more than a couple of throws but Sanchez is not the one to blame for this season… (In my opinion). The coaching staff lost the identity of the team as soon as training camp ended.

As far as the Jets defense goes, they were the only reason why the team was able to hang around for so long and they even had a chance to make a game winning drive with just over two minutes to go from deep in their own territory. The defense stopped the run until late in the game when it was pretty much over and they also stopped the pass except for one play by WR Victor Cruz who caught a short pass from Manning and went 99 yards for a score. They held Manning to only 9 completions, which is usually unheard of.

CB Darrelle Revis knew this was a big game and also knows his team made some mistakes when it counted most.

“This was a big game for us. In big games you can’t make mistakes. As well as we did play on defense, there were a couple of plays that we gave to them. The Giants took advantage of our mistakes.” Revis said.

Can’t really fault the defense that much but it’s a team game and everyone is a part of the winning as well as the losing.

The Jets playoff chances are now extremely slim and yes mathamatically they are still in it but a lot has to happen in order for them to back in. Spirits are high but the team and their coach are also thinking realistically.

“I am not going to say we are out of it or maybe I should, but clearly if you don’t learn this football game, it’s not in your control anymore. A lot of things have to happen… But clearly we lost control of our own destiny.” Ryan said.

That is the biggest thing taken away from this game, that the team lost conrtol of their own destiny and I personally think it was lost before the season began.

Jets stopping the run

December 24th, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants came into this game with two power backs in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw gives them that ‘razzle dazzle’ but hard running style you look for in your every down back while Jacobs stays on ‘beast mode status’ at all times crashing his way through defensive lineman, but so far today it’s a different story.

The Jets defensive line is clogging up every possible hole so far and really seem to be on the balls of their feet. Eli Manning and the Giants offense are trying to establish the run in order to open up the pass down the field, but to no avail.

First half rushing numbers.

A. Bradshaw — (ATT) 4 (YDS) 3 (AVG) 0.8

B. Jacobs — (ATT) 3 (YDS) 3 (AVG) 1.0

I would say that is dominating on run defense. Can the Jets keep it up and stay strong on the defensive side of the ball? I think it is a crucial part of their success today in order to get a victory here on Christmas Eve for the Battle of New York.

QB Tyler Palko Revisits Revis Island

December 8th, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets will be playing a home game this Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs and some old faces will be reuniting. Up and coming (sort of) Cheifs QB Tyler Palko and arguably the top CB in the NFL, Darrelle Revis who were former teammates at Pitt will be going against one another once again.

This 'reunion' might be in favor of CB Darrelle Revis. Look for him to be on top of his game...not like he needs a reason. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

What could be said about Revis this year other than he has been a shut down corner which is expected from him week in and week out. His only mishap has to be the game against the Buffalo Bills and the immature WR Stevie Johnson where he gave up his first and only touchdown so far this season. Sounds like Revis is filling the shoes that the analysts and his coach are putting him in.

Now we move to Palko who has had some ups and downs in his five games at the QB position so far this season. The young lefty has had some trouble filling the role for the Chiefs but he is still a professional and any athlete could break out of their slump at any time. His statistics are both good and bad. ( 62.7 % completion – (good) – 601 passing yards (bad) – 1 touchdown with 6 interceptions (bad) and an overall 57.7 QB rating (bad). The only number that is half decent is his completion percentage but let’s not forget, it’s only through five games.

The struggling QB is running into an old friend on Sunday and seeing as Revis played with him in college, that should give the advantage to Revis. As I mentioned before everyone is a professional in this league and Revis understands Palko is a competitor and has to be at the top of his game no matter what people may think.

“We’ve had a lot of battles at Pitt. He knows how I play. I know how he plays. It’s good. I’m sure he’s excited about this week, just as much as I am. He’s a big-time competitor. He showed it at Pitt and then I’m sure he’s going to try and show it on Sunday.” Revis said.

Even though the Chiefs run a conservative offense (based on their young QB’s stats) the Jets defense needs to be at the top of their game and make the necessary adjustments themselves in order to beat this team and keep their playoff hopes alive. Revis knows if they focus on the Chiefs main offensive players, they should have no problem getting a win this Sunday.

“We know there (are) playmakers on their team.” Revis said, ”I think we just need to focus on those guys that they have who are playing right now. This week, the focus is Tyler Palko and for the secondary for us is (Dwayne) Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin. I think we focus on those guys and we’ll take care of business.”

The Jets are an overall better team than the Chiefs and should have no problem ‘taking care of business’ at home on Sunday. They need to play smart and consistant and they should get a win. Keep your eyes on Revis, if the ball is thrown his way he might have an interception this week… Just my opinion.

A Win Makes Everything That Much Better…Still Room for Improvement

December 1st, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — By now all fans know that the season the New York Jets are having has had its ups and downs. You win some and you lose some, but winning definately heals all.

Time to fly for Gang Green. Offense needs to improve earlier in the game or we can see the Jets season slip away sooner than expected. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

 Work is a part of everyones life. Day in and day out people strive to be the best at what they do or strive to reach that promotion or raise and that’s exactly what the Jets are trying to do. With just a few games left on their schedule they’re striving to reach their promotion which is the playoffs. When something positive happens on the road to the top it makes it that much easier to go back to work and start a new and keep on trucking. Coach Rex Ryan is one of those people who appreciates positivity.

When asked about the big win on Sunday and if it was easier to come into work this week, Ryan said, “Oh, man, yeah, that’s good.  You look forward to coming to work every day, win, lose or draw, but it’s always better.  Everything (is), food, you name it, it’s better. I always tell the players their girlfriend is better looking. (joking)  That’s just how it works. Everything is better.”

The small cut in the Jets side might be feeling better right now but they still have a long way ahead of them and must stay positive in order to tackle what’s in their way. They have dug themselves a hole that is extremely hard to escape from but with the right mind set and focus any team can pull out of the rut when necessary.

QB Mark Sanchez and the rest of the teammates understand that the clock is ticking on their season and it is time to make their final push right about now.

“We’re focused. I think that’s our general mood here. (We’re) trying to just clean up some little things, whether it’s in the pass game, run game, protection, speaking from an offensive standpoint.” Sanchez said.

An offensive standpoint is a great place to start because this is where the team needs to step up if they want to make this season count. First half numbers are way down as seen in last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills but the team knows they need to perform better in order for them to pro-long their season.

WR Santonio Holmes is a big part of this team and he knows what has to be done, “We have to put all of the pieces into the puzzle right away. We can’t go searching around, trying to find out where can we find it. We’ve got to come out with that spark from the beginning, hitting those guys in the mouth, offense, defense and special teams.”

Offensive consultant Tom Moore was at Jets practice today to I guess spark the team’s offense and get them ready for the game in Washington against the Redskins this Sunday. Is his presense the missing piece of the puzzle in the Jets offense? No one knows but coach Ryan was happy he was around.

“It’s always good to have him (Moore) and his knowledge of things and his perspective… He’s so positive.” Ryan said.

It may sound a bit corny but positive thoughts is what the team needs right now in order to make their last five games mean something. A positive locker room leads to positive players which leads to positive play. We will see how positive this team can look this upcoming Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Jets Squeak Past Bills 28-24

November 27th, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — This game by far was a do or die for the New York Jets and like they did following the first Buffalo Bills touchdown, they answered the bell. If you want to talk about an ugly game then this was it but the team got it done when it mattered most.

WR Santonio Holmes catches the winning TD as the Jets edge division rival Buffalo 28-24 at Met Life Stadium. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

This game had that feeling early. That back and forth style of play and not so pretty on the outside but became a big win in the end. Coach Rex Ryan had the same feeling going through the week of practice.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight coming in.” Rex said.

Dog fight it was, back and forth, bad defense after bad defense which turned into a fairly good offensive battle throughout the game.

The offensive battle was between both quarterbacks and in the end Jets QB Mark Sanchez got the upper hand. Sanchez once again started off extremely poor in the first half and looked to be worse than everyone is predicting this season but that is just the way Sanchez is I guess because boy did he come alive in the second half. The first half he was a mess throwing the ball into triple coverage and looking like he was choking under this must win pressure but the second half belongs to the young QB which he has proved since day one of entering this league.

“I love the way our guys responded.” Rex said.

Most likely Rex was talking about Sanchez because he followed with his stats in the second half which were outstanding. (9/15 for 114yds , two touchdowns with a 123 QB rating) including a game winning drive with 5:33 left where he took his team and marched down the field which was capped off by a touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes. Holmes, like Rex had confidence in his QB through the entire game.

“I sensed confidence from him throughout the whole game.” Holmes said.

“He’s at his best in big moments.” Rex said about his young QB and he proved his coach right once again.

He gets better as the game goes on. He looks to be a different QB when he runs back onto the field after halftime but he understands that is not a good thing and wants to improve.

“I need to make more completions earlier in the game.” Sanchez said.

That is definately one of his biggest problems. In the first half he completed only 40% of his passes, no that is not a typo (40%).

The Jets are a better team than the Bills but they barely proved it today and Sanchez knew it.

“We make it tough on ourselves….The discipline wasn’t where it needed to be in the first half.” Sanchez said.

They seem to always beat themselves week in and week out but today they had luck on their side.

Enough with Sanchez… The run game was probably the best it has been the entire season so far. They had their swagger back and the attitude that nobody could stop them on the ground and that’s the Jets team that the fans are used to. RB Shonn Greene had (78 yards on the ground on 13 attempts). Cannot complain about those numbers from your lead rusher. The play calling on the ground seemd to just flow correctly today and if they can get the passing game down faster this offense would be able to put up some big numbers.

The negatives that seem to be circulating is CB Darelle Revis looked human today against Bills WR Stevie Johnson (8 receptions for 75 yards and 1 touchdown). Revis didn’t seem to be bothered by it at all and gave credit to the opponent.

“Stevie Johnson had a good game and he caught a bunch of balls.” Revis said.

Everyone is human. Little fact, that is the first touchdown Revis has given up the entire season. Not too shabby.

The other negative has to do with Johnson again and the celebration he made when scoring his touchdown. He seemed to be acting out as if he was shooting himself in the leg (referencing the accident that WR Plaxico Burress had).

“Doesn’t bother me.” Burress said, who had (4 receptions for 54 yards and a huge catch on a thrid down play during the game winning drive).

I am all for celebrations during a touchdown but when it becomes personal like it did today that is when someone is crossing the line and needs to be addressed. I’m sure the NFL will look into it and most likely WR Stevie Johnson has a fine coming his way.

Preview — Jets (5-4) vs. Broncos (4-5)

November 16th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — Here we go again. It is said week in and week out but this is another big game for the New York Jets. Let’s face it, every game from here on out is a big game for them, but that is beside the point. This week they have to focus on the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, where the air is thin and the spirits are high from the semi-professional play of QB Tim Tebow.

After a beating by the division rivals, the Jets and coach Ryan have an advantage to get a bounce back win tomorrow. This is what the sidelines could look like tomorrow night if the Jets come in with a chip on their shoulder and revenge their loss on a short week. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Up until last week in the game against the New England Patriots, the Jets were looking to be on the right track with full steam ahead but after getting their butts handed to them by their ‘daddy’ they need to bounce back with a big win tomorrow night.

The Broncos are the perfect team to get this win against. The play of Tebow is inconsistent and eratic at times but the only thing that stands in the way is the confidence the team has built around him. Even when the Broncos are not playing as well as possible they still are finding ways to win, whether it is behind the cheer of their fans or the boost they get from young Tebow who is known for his team leading skills.

Even though Tebow can be a bit iffy at times, coach Rex Ryan isn’t looking past his professionalism.

“Obviously he’s a legitimate quarterback, where most guys, we used to see Miami run their version of the wildcat with a great running back in Ronnie Brown. But, obviously Ronnie wasn’t a great thrower. We do have experience against the Wildcat before. Tebow is obviously a better passer than most guys back there.” Ryan said.

The team has been watching film to get ready for the young Tebow, but is it enough to be fully prepared for the real live action against the former Florida Gator.

“It has to be. We’re not going back to Florida tape, but we saw him in preseason as well. He went against my brother in the first preseason game. I will say this, we don’t really know what they’re going to do because they’ve been really multiple.” Ryan said. ”Sometimes they spread them out. They’ll go to empty and then run the ball with the quarterback. Running “O” plays and all that stuff. So, no matter what you see, you’ll probably start by saying, it’s probably a run, and then we’ll defend the pass after it. But you’re looking at formations or personnel groupings that tell you it’s going to be a pass, and it’s not with this group. So, that’s a little different, but you better be sound and obviously assume he’s running with it.”

The Jets defense will have to be on their toes for this one because they aren’t trying to get embarrassed like they did Sunday night. Yes, the Broncos offense isn’t the Patriots offense but any team could beat another on every given Sunday and the Jets defense needs to be up for it in order to have a chance to dominate.

The Jets offense isn’t a red flag this week. They have been playing well and moving the ball up and down the field when they want to. Up until last week, the run game has seemed to be making a strong return and QB Mark Sanchez had been making better throws and better choices behind center. Also, we cannot forget about the play of their offensive line who has beem creating holes for the running backs and protecting Sanchez in order for him to make the throws to his big name receivers who also have been being incorporated more lately.

The main focus for the Jets tomorrow night is their defense and special teams. These two aspects of the game need to be at 100% and mistake free in order for them to win this game in Denver. I have confidence the offense will bounce back this week because they have been making a positive climb in the last few weeks but the defense needs to play more consistent.

I think the Jets have a big come back game this week and don’t suffer from the loss agaisnt their division rivals. They need to put it past them and move on and look to the playoffs and if they have to go through New England to get there then that’s what it will take but their motto should be ‘take on game at a time’.

Prediction: Jets get a victory tomorrow night – (24-13)

Pool sits out

November 10th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — This Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots is most likely going to be the season changer for either team. The Jets need this win in order to put themselves in a great position for the division and if so, home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Jets defense looked fantastic  last week against the Buffalo Bills and this week they need to show up for an encore.

S Brodney Pool sat out of practice today (knee) but he is optimistic he will play this Sunday. He finished last weeks game on the knee so maybe he will be on the field Sunday against the Patriots. (JetsInsider.com)

Unfortunately when the wagon is rolling, someone always has to throw a wrench in between the spokes and the spoke that got hit this week is S Brodney Pool. Today he sat out of practice once again and right now nobody really knows to what extent of time that he could possibly be out, if out at all. Pool is hopeful about the situation.

“I hope I can play but it’s just going to come down to how I’m feeling and what they think in the training room.” Pool said. 

The trainers and Pool are calling the injury a second degree sprain of his MCL. He seems positive on some type of return but realizes he has to take it day by day.

“It’s an MCL, so you know, guys usually come back pretty fast from that but I finished the last game so there is hope there. I’m just going to stay in the training room and see what I can do.” Pool said.

Pool is wearing a specially made brace for this injury but still feels pain when he moves around but is still not giving up on Sunday’s game.

“I’m not counting myself out and coach isn’t counting me out. I’m just going to do what I can.” Pool said.

Jets beat the Bills 27-11

November 6th, 2011

Buffalo, NY – The Jets went into today’s game with a chance to be tied for first place in the division with a win and a New England Patriots loss. The Jets have taken care of theirs, which is the number one rule in sports, always win your game. This was much more than just another win for Gang Green. By winning today, the feeling in New York has changed and the ’swagger’ seems to be back.

The Jets 'swag' is coming alive once again. All around team win this afternoon in Buffalo. Defense on point. Offense played well. The wagon is starting to roll again. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Offensively the Jets played pretty well. They got off to the fast start that they always talk about but when QB Mark Sanchez threw the interception on their opening drive, it was one of those ‘here we go again’ types of performances. Once again they struggled to capitalize in the first half. With penalties and almost two interceptions by Sanchez but it was the defense that stepped up and had the offenses back.

“We had a lot of self inficting wounds in the first half especially on offense but we moved the ball up and down the field and defensively, we had a good beat on them. They were struggling to get yards and then it was nice getting that turnover, it kind of jump started everything.” Jim Leonard said.

The Jets defense not only stopped the passing game but really shut down the Bills run game as well. RB Fred Jackson is one of the best backs in the game right now and they made it seem like he called out sick. His running was stopped as well as his catching passes out of the backfield. This was one the main focuses for New York this Sunday and they got the job done.

“You knew you had to put a lot of focus on him.” Leonard said, “He’s hurt everybody up to this point this year and if you take him out then you have a chance. We were able to do that especially early.”

This is the first win on the road for the Jets this season and it couldn’t of come at a better time. It seems like a long time ago that the team was coming off a three game losing streak and everyone had coounted them out but with the coaches and players making adjustments they have now come back and won three in a row and are this close to being tied for the division lead.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Buffalo is undefeated here and they are playing really well, well coached team, so we knew it was going to be a tough game and that’s really what it was.” Coach Rex Ryan said.

Ryan understood that his team was going into a rough game but he had the confidnece in his boys that they could and would handle the task at hand.

“I also knew our team would come out with guns blazing.” Ryan said. “Finally happy to get a win off of a bye week so that’s good fianlly got that monkey off my back. Our guys were loose and focused. We are at our best when we play that way and obviously we had too many penalties in the first half, we turned the ball over and that was the biggest disappointment, but I like the way our team played overall.”

Coach Ryan seems like a happy camper after this big win in Buffalo. His team has now won three games in a row and it seems like all cylinders are starting to click on the football field. The offenseive line is protecting their QB as well as opening up holes for their RB’s to run through and their defense doesn’t need any boost because it has come up big and we are now seeing the physical style of defense coach Ryan has been preaching since day one.

QB Mark Sanchez who was (20/28 – 230 yards – TD-INT) this afternoon is starting to come around as well. He still needs to be more consistent in that first half of the game but he has shown some improvement in the last few weeks.

“I thought we sustained a couple of really good drives and then just gave it away at the end, we just have to be better in the red zone, can’t throw picks like that it will get you beat.” Sanchez said.

On a more positive note… He is spreading the ball around a lot more now. He is not only focusing on TE Dustin Keller and trying to force throws that don’t belong. He is getting WR Plaxico Burress more involved as well as WR Santonio Holmes who now seems to be content with his contribution on the field.

“The confidence that he (Sanchez) had in me and believing in me that he can deliver a pass between what? two or three defenders in the red zone and he placed it only where I can catch it and I knew I had to grab it and pull it down and made a big play from it.” Holmes said about his circus touchdown catch.

The chemistry is making a come back and players are on the same page. The wheels on the Jets wagon are starting to roll and they need to keep rolling if they want this division to be theirs

Sore back, no problem

November 3rd, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — Up until now WR Plaxico Burress has had a rough time staying healthy this season or as he likes to call it just “sore” but it has not stopped him from playing week in and week out for his team. In the Jets last game against the San Diego Chargers Burress showed up to the party with three touchdowns which helped put his name back on the map for Jets fans but realizes this is just the start of what needs to come.

Will this be a familar picture in the minds of Jets fans this Sunday? It will definitley help their teams chances if it is. Burress had three touchdowns last game in the redzone, will he be back for an encore? (JetsInsider.com Photo)

“It’s still a work in progress.” Burress said about the offense, ”We’re working hard at it every day to keep getting better, but as the weeks go on, we keep getting more results, having more success on offense and letting our practice transfer over to the games on Sunday, so that’s definitely a positive and a good thing to see. We just have to keep building and keep getting better.”

Today Burress was a limited participant in practice because of a tight/sore back and to tell you the truth I have lost count of how many ‘injuries’ that is for big Plax so far this season, but I guess he wasn’t lying today when he told reporters that they weren’t injuries, “it’s just soreness” because he will be ready to produce in Buffalo on Sunday against the Bills.

“Just a little tight, a little sore. I got a few plays in today, so I expect to be alright and practice tomorrow and be okay.” Burress said.

Coach Ryan doesn’t seem to be bothered by this slight problem either. He knows that Burress has not been fully active for the past two and a half years and knew what he was getting himself into when the team signed him. Coach Ryan is taking Burress’ word for it and just calling the receivers ‘injury’ to his back tightness.

“He did have some tightness back there.” Ryan said, ”But he’s getting the heat treatment and all that kind of stuff. We don’t want to run him into the ground. We want him to be 100 percent when we play on Sunday.”

This is a good sign for the offensive side of the ball which has looked pretty good the last two games that the Jets have won and according to Burress, there is just one thing standing in their way that really needs to be captured in order to beat the Bills defense, which has played very well so far this season.

“I think we just need to get off to a fast start.” Burress said.

Isn’t that the truth. The offense has really gotten off to a slow start and they seem to come alive in the second half, sometimes too late in the game. All that needs to change in the second half of the season if they want to be a leginimate contender in the playoffs, if they make it there.