Archive for September, 2011

CB Isaiah Trufant replaces WR Mardy Gilyard on 53 – man roster

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J. – WR Mardy Gilyard, who was picked up by the Jets last Sunday after the St. Louis Rams had cut him from their squad, has now been cut from the Jets 53 – man roster.

Jets make a few last minute roster changes before the start of the regular season. ( Photo)

Coming in to take his spot is a semi-familiar name in CB Isaiah Trufant who was active last season during the playoffs. Over the winter the team released him and he was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles who then cut him and the Jets claimed him once again just in time for the Jets-Eagles preseason game.

The strange thing about this situation is  the Jets cut Trufant on Sunday to make room for Gilyard and now they have seemed to change their mind. Confused? What makes the team think that all of a sudden Trufant is worth a roster spot over the man he essentially just lost it to less than a week ago. No need for fans to lose their minds over it since we are talking about bottom of the barrel depth chart players but it is just the principal of the whole thing and it could get the fans thinking about the status of the secondary.

Harmless comments from Rex

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J. — The National Football League is doing everything it can in order to keep the game safe. Changing rules and taking some excitement from the sport is one thing, but are people being serious with the comments Rex Ryan made earlier in the week. C’mon Man! (Chris Carter voice)

Harmless comments from a harmless man. Rex Ryan is an old school football coach who likes to light the fire under his players and the fans in order to get ready for Sunday. No need to scold him for the way he is. ( Photo)

On Wednesday, the coach was talking about the Dallas Cowboys fans who are expected to show up for the game Sunday night in the new MetLife Stadium, Ryan said, “I don’t know why they’d be here. They’re coming into our stadium. It’s probably not recommended that you wear Cowboys stuff, I would think.” (joking)

It is understandable why some people might be a bit peeved about this, but it has gone way too far. The reason for all the higly unnecessary commotion is because of the fan fights that occur almost every season in all sports and the one that is fresh on everyone’s mind is the preseason game between the San Fransico 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in San Fransico just a few weeks ago. Which resulted in  70 ejections, 12 arrests, two parking-lot shootings and one restroom beating that left a man unconscious.

Some people are looking at these comments by coach Ryan as a warning to Cowboys fans by trying to scare them. It is being taken completely out of context. This is who Rex Ryan is. Everyone should know by now that he is a loud mouth coach that pumps up his team and their fans to get ready to play on Sunday. He has been the same being since his days as a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. It might have flew under the radar simply for the fact that he was only a coordinator and did not want to step all over the shoes of the head coach but he has not changed and most likely never will. That’s Rex.

I know my opinion doesn’t matter and some people do not want to here it but listen up. Here’s an idea for sporting events that might just turn things around when it comes to fan violence. Instead of people harping on coaches and players who are simply trying to boost the morale of the team and their fans, how about we take alcohol out of the stadiums. Fans who know how to handle themselves will suffer but if the NFL was really concerned about fan safety, they would make a move, but the money is simply too good to turn down. Most might disagree with this idea but let’s give it a shot just for a season and see what happens. It can’t hurt.

The game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets will occur on Sunday night in the new MetLife Stadium and I’m pretty sure coach Ryan’s comments will not be a factor. Instead, it will be a day of remembrance and sorrow capped off by an American sport that fans come see to take their minds off reality.

Sione Pouha is ready

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J. — With Sione Pouha entering into his 7th season in the NFL (all with the Jets) he was never named the starting defensive tackle but in life patience pays off. Last season he filled the void of Kris Jenkins who was out for the entire season due to an ACL tear and proved himself good enough to not only be named the starter this season but also is now one of the captains on the Jets defense and is ready to go this Sunday night against the Cowboys.

Captain Pouha is ready to show the Jets that they made the right choice in naming him a starter. ( Photo)

During training camp Pouha suffered a sprained knee injury that looked to be serious at the time. If that would have been the case the team would have been missing a huge part of their defense that they plan on using in a bountiful amount this season. Lucky for them the knee is doing just fine.
“The knee is doing well. It’s great. Fully functional, 100 percent.” Pouha said today during an interview.
As said earlier, Pouha is entering into his 7th season and has now finally been annointed as a starter for the Jets. After playing in all 16 games last season and recording 59 total tackles with 41 of them being individual as well as two sacks, he has proved that he his worth more than a backup. Pouha realizes the opportunity is great and he is excited for the challenge ahead.
“It feels great.” Pouha said. “First of all it’s a blessing to be here. It’s a rare opportunity so you do the best to take advantage of the opportunities that you get.”
In Sunday’s game vs the Cowboys the Jets defensive line will be facing off against an inexperienced and very young offensive line. With chemistry and experience playing a large factor in the game of football this matchup in the trenches could end up being lopsided. Pouha is showing his humble side and treating this game like a professional should.
“There is no weak link in any team in the league.” Pouha said. “Everybody is coming out especially in the first game to give it their best….. There’s no backups, everybody is a starter.”
Coach Ryan wants to take full advantage of the weakness that he sees in the offensive line of the Cowboys and thinks they will have a bit of a problem facing his top notch defense.
“When you’re starting a new offensive line, no matter who you play, there are going to be some adjustments.” Ryan said. “But when you play a defense like ours that has been together, that does multiple things, there’s probably easier defenses to face.”

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Big ‘D’ vs Jets ‘D’

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J. — Everyone knows by now that Sunday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets is not just another game on the schedule. It is much more than that. With the ten year anniversary of 9/11/01 approaching, doesn’t it seem fitting that the Jets are facing off against ‘America’s team’. This is not the only attention this game is receiving. With the Cowboys acquiring Rex’ twin brother and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in the offseason, this might add a little fuel to the coach’s fire. If these two obstacles aren’t enough to get past, imagine how the Ryan brothers are feeling about their father, Buddy Ryan an ex- NFL coach who his pushing back a surgery for cancer in order to attend the game. After all this, there is still a game to be played and the focus needs to be on point.

Defensive captain Darrelle Revis will be ready to go this Sunday night for the season opener against 'America's team' the Dallas Coyboys. ( Photo)

QB Tony Romo is returning to the field after suffering from a season ending collarbone injury in 2010. He is ranked in the top ten in most QB categories. In 2009  Romo ranked 8th amongst the league’s best passers in quarterback rating and he was third in passing yards with 4,483. He also threw 26 touchdowns which was good enough for 10th best. Even with all the skill he has coming from his own arm as well as in the hands of his receivers, he knows how good the Jets defense is.

“They’re a great group, obviously.” Romo said. “ They have great corners. They have a great coaching staff.  They do a lot of different stuff. Communication will be difficult up there. We’re going to have to communicate well. We’re going to see a lot of cover-two man against them. They use a lot of two-high safeties and play man under coverage. They’re going to throw some zone at us, so you have to account for these things and just be ready to go.”

One of those great corners is none other than #24 Darrelle Revis who knows that this game is going to be a big one but he realizes the team has to be even keel in order for them to win.

“It’s going to be outstanding. The fans are ready to go.” Revis said. ”They’re going to be rowdy as always. I think we just need to calm down and be cool and just play our game.”

Revis knows how dangerous Romo and his offense can be as well.

“He can make any throw. He’s a gunslinger.” Revis said. “The guy makes plays with his feet while he scrambles a little bit. He looks for his guys. He looks for (Jason) Witten, he looks for Dez (Bryant), and he looks for Miles Austin.”

Now that Rob Ryan is at the helm in Dallas as their new defensive coordinator, wouldn’t one think that by the Cowboys offense facing his defense in practice might give them a slight advantage this Sunday night due to the simliarities between the brothers. Even though there might be some differences, coach Ryan seems to be thinking realistically about the situation.

 ”I’m sure there are some similarities, but a lot of it is different.” Ryan said. ”But I think anytime you go with a pressure-type defense, it’s good to work against that. Just like going against no-huddle offenses. We’re prepared defensively because we see that a bunch and things. I think without question it prepares you a little bit better.”

The differences might outweigh similarities and do just enough to throw Dallas’ offense off come Sunday.

“There are some differences, a lot.” Ryan said. “He’ll bring a lot of corner pressures, he’ll do a lot of stuff (that he learned) under Belichick’s tutelage. So we’re definitely different. He has probably his own trademark of defense, and so do we here. The Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine and Dennis Thurman defense.”

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Rob Turner update

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Florham Park, N.J. — As seen in all four preseason games the Jets are lacking depth on their offensive line. This was a problem that was brewing before the lockout was over and now with the loss of backup center/OL Rob Turner the hole becomes even deeper.

Rob Turner is out for a while. The offensive line would like his help but injuries are a part of the game. ( Photo)

The injury occurred in the Jets preseason opener against the Houston Texans when DE J.J. Watt blew through the line and ended up rolling up on the ankle of Turner from behind. When the mishap went down it looked on camera to be a painful and serious injury and Turner knew it was not good.

“I felt it pop when I got rolled up on”, Turner said, ”but I took two steps and I actually felt the bone shift in my leg, and that’s when I sat down and tapped my helmet, because I knew something was broken.”

The broken leg of Turner was said to put him out for 8-12 weeks but everybody’s body is different when it comes to healing time due to an injury. The doctors are taking their time like they seem to do with every Jet player so they will not make any rash decisions on bringing him back.

“It’s just a matter of how fast my leg responds to what they give”, Turner said. ”They’re not going to rush me back on the field, but when (my leg’s) ready, I’ll be back and ready to go.”

What would one be doing with all this time on their hands? Well for one thing, he is not just sitting around, he is trying to keep his head in the game and stay in some kind of shape so when it’s time to come back he will be ready.

“I’m working out, watching extra film, helping break down some extra film, so the other guys that are getting ready for the games and stuff, they have a little bit more film to watch as far as pass rush, maybe moves that guys use on third down to give them an edge”, Turner said. ”Anything I can do that keeps me in the mental swing of things and keep me sharp mentally, as well as help them out. That’s the kind of stuff I’m doing, past the rehabbing and working out stuff.”

If you are fan, this is music to your ears. Not the part about Turner being injured or not being able to make it back for a while, but the fact that he is not losing focus of his job at task. He is studying film and trying to soak up all he can from his teammates. Before you know it he will be back on the field and coach Ryan is hoping it is sooner than later.

“Rob is a tough guy.” Ryan said. ”You know he’s going to go at it. He’s in the building constantly. I think that if you can come back from this, then Rob is the type of guy that can do it.”

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Jets drop final tuneup to Eagles

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The fourth and final preseason game for the New York Jets proved that the team has a few things that they need to work on, if not, the problems will only become bigger. Playing the Eagles or “The Dream Team” as QB Vince Young has named them has been a good test for the team but has also shown their weakness in certain spots.

It doesn’t seem to be bothering coach Ryan, he is looking passed the concerns and says his team is fine.

“I don’t think I have any concerns.  We are always two and two in the pre-season.  Same old Jets I guess.” Ryan said.

Young got off to a hot start and looked like the QB that lead the Titans to some big wins. He moved up and down the field with grace and carved the second string Jets defense up pretty badly. He  threw for (15-23 193 yards) and engineered two long touchdown drives in the first half of the Eagles’ preseason finale against the Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. On most likey his last snap of the night Young rolled out to his right on a 4th and 1 from the Jets 9 yard line and went down with a hamstring injury. If it wasn’t for the injury Young would have had a clear lane to the end zone for yet another touchdown for the Eagles offense.  

A Scotty McKnight 15yd TD catch from QB Drew Willy was one of the few highlights in the Jets 24-14 loss to Philly on Thursday. ( Photo)

On the other hand, the Jets first team offense has yet to look better than average so far this preseason. So, with the team entering into their fourth and final game before the start of the regualar season we look for their second team offense who has been a bright spot so far to shine once again.

Getting the start tonight was rookie QB Greg McElroy. In his appearances so far he has looked good and put together a sort of rhythm for his second team offense but tonight was a completely different story.
The offense started off slow and McElroy never got into the rhythm that we have been used to this preseason. He was having trouble finding receivers and getting rid of the ball in certain times. His below average night (3-6 for 29 yards) ended early because of a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand that happened after hitting it on a defensive linemans helmet.
“It’s just so frustrating. It’s just one of those things, McElroy said, “ we play a sport, in this game, injuries are part of it. You never want to get too down, because it can happen to anybody.”
Could his struggles be blamed on the thin depth of the offensive line? Who surrendered six sacks tonight. The ‘o’ line looked lost the entire night. Penalties, penalties and more penalties. After coming around on the Monday night game against the Giants, Vlad Ducasse once again looked lost out there. Committing numerous false start penalties and getting beat almost every time on the line. This problem, if not worked on, will only grow into a larger monster for the Jets.
“Vlad had three penalties today so that’s what I know so that is clearly disappointing, Ryan said. “ Again, I hate to say it one way or the other, just going off what you guys saw and what I saw with three penalties , more than anything.  I thought he had his moments.  He struggled the first game and then he picked it up after that.  In this one, maybe he took a step back, I am not sure.  He did have a few penalties so obviously we have to get better there.”
At the half coach Ryan made it clear that he was not happy with the efforts a few players were showing.
“I’m disappointed in a couple of guys.” Ryan said, but he was impressed with Drew Willy. “The young man has stepped up and done a nice job so far,” coach Rex Ryan said at halftime.
And stepped up he did. The undrafted QB in 2009 from Buffalo Drew Willy stepped in and took the leader role and ran with it. His first pass was complete to WR Scotty McKnight for a 14 yard touchdown. Willy went on to finish the game (9-17 for 109 yards).
“Anytime you get a chance to get out there and compete, that’s what I love to do, Willy said. “I think I made some throws here and there and I’m just trying to get better each and every day and look at the film tomorrow and see what I could have done better because I’m sure there’s a lot of things I could have done better.”
Willy filled the void well tonight but I could not say the same for the Jets defense. Yea, it was the second team, but they were playing against a second string offense, so the matchup should have been a bit better. The Eagles ran and passed all over them tonight. There was a couple of golden stars out there tonight for the Jets, like, Nick Bellore, Aaron Maybin and Ellis Lankster who had a pick six that he raan back for a 67 yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that pulled the Jets within seven points but could never recover to take the lead.
As for the run game, it struggled again and again. It seemed to be the reocurring problem in the preseason. RB Dion Lewis rushed 15 times for 62 yards, including a one-yard touchdown and by himself out ran the backs that started for the Jets. They finished the game with a total of 24 yards on the ground, not good enough to win football games. Ryan seemed displeased.
“We ran for a whopping 1.5 a carry so that’s awful.” Ryan said. “There never seemed like any holes and we never ran through anything so it was a bad day obviously so we will look at it.  I am sure the league is going to think we can’t run the football now.  We will find out who is right.  Maybe they are right.”
Overall, the Jets played like unconditioned athletes. This might have been due to the fact they only had two days off in between tonight and the Monday night game or maybe due to the lockout situation. Ryan disagrees and is making no excuses for his football team.
“I think we are in pretty good shape.  I really do.” Ryan said. “ We are team that generally has 100% participation in our off season program so we always think that’s an advantage to us.  But our guys, they took it upon themselves and they came back in shape.”
 The season will begin September 11th for them at home against the Dallas Cowboys which is now only ten days away. They will cut their team down to 52 and make their practice squad team by next week to get ready for what lies ahead.

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