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Clemens: Step up to backup!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Three penalties amounted to 56 yards of a 79 yard, six play, 3:47 opening drive by the Eagles.  The one yard touchdown by LeSean McCoy capped off a weird, if not ominous opening defensive stance, where the Jets’ defense looked lost and uninterested.

The exact opposite could be said for the highflying Jets’ offense, where Sanchez led the first squad down the field 83 yards in 7 plays.  Sanchez capped off the march to the end zone with a beautifully thrown ball to Jericho resulting in a 21 yard TD, in which Jerricho Cotchery used his explosive athletic ability to quickly gain substantial space between himself and two defenders within a relatively short distance giving Sanchez an easy decision for the go ahead strike.

Jets QB Kellen Clemens was 0-2 with and INT that led to an Eagles TD on Thursday. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Jets QB Kellen Clemens was 0-2 with and INT that led to an Eagles TD on Thursday. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Coming back on the field with new found adrenaline and purpose from the Sanchez show, the Jets’ defense responded in kind, getting the Jets the ball back in fairly decent field position; where Kelly Clemens took over… with “over” being the key word in the sentence.  Kelly looked like his career was over.  Lost, timid, and comparatively speaking in relation to Sanchez… physically, Clemens looked slow and tired.  What’s more?  His body language said, “I don’t want to be here, I’m out of my league, I wish we could run the Wild Cat like the Eagles so I could get off the field in 2, instead of 3 plays.  At one point he looked like he was trying to make a fake ball pump to freeze the defender 10 yards in front of him, not knowing he was 2 yards past the line of scrimmage, (making a pass a non-option), which of course was a moot point, since a 300 plus pound man easily caught him from behind for the embarrassing take down.

The following offensive display by Clemens beginning at the Jets’ 20 yard line resulted in Clemens over powering a simple out route on the first play from scrimmage.  Failing to throw it on the body of the receiver, subsequently resulted in a bobbled attempt to catch the high velocity pass with the ball hanging to the outside of the receiver, where the outside defender had a gimmy, almost resulting in a pick six.

On the next set of downs, the Jets decided to run a fake reverse, which Clemens had to sell in order for it to have any chance of success.  If he is out of football next year, two other options are officially off the table… Acting and sales.  No one believed the fake.  Heck, Clemens never even looked at the second runner.  Now, one could argue the play was busted out long before the fake reverse came, but if you learn one thing in a play, know your part and follow through.  Clemens was lack luster at best in his first three sets, while his backup counterpart looked like he was having the time of his life.  And though Kolb is officially the backup for now, everyone knows that Vick will be second in command as soon as the commissioner gives his blessing.  So how does Kolb handle basically the same situation as Clemens?  (And let’s face it, Kolb was the Air Apparent to Donovan, with a “guarantee” of starting within the next two years, whether in Philly or elsewhere and now has found himself three deep on the bench.) He handles it like a…. A Pro.  That’s right Clemens; Kolb is a pro.  Take a page from his book and step up – to backup, because that’s what your team needs of you.  We all know you’re beaten down right now and when you see Sanchez jerseys filling New Jersey, you can’t help but feel your dream was stolen.  You deserved your shot.  You put in your time, you did everything the organization asked of you and now you’re manning the clipboard instead of the first team offense.  We get it.  Now you should get it.  Get it together and do your part to get us to the promise land, regardless of your role.

No Dinner, Just Lunch…LI Jets Fans

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

The best analogy I can come up with for yesterday’s practice at Hofstra, is that your hot ex-girlfriend, who has recently moved on to another man, has rolled into town and is willing to meet you for lunch.  Not dinner mind you, for that would have been a full pad practice and certainly not drinks and dancing afterwards, which would have amounted to a full on White vs. Green  scrimmage.  Sorry Jets fans, dinner and dancing were never in the plans.  Meanwhile, lunch consisted of a slow-paced workout in nothing but jerseys and shorts, where the hardest hits came to the hearts of the fans as they watched their beloved Jets leave for a rendezvous with their new lover across the Hudson. 

Jets RB Leon Washington is one Jet who misses Long Island A LOT! (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Jets RB Leon Washington is one Jet who misses Long Island A LOT! (JetsInsider.com Photo)

 

The fans came in droves to support the team.  Not as big as last year, but as Leon Washington noted, “Last year, a lot of people came out to see Brett Favre, but this year there’s a lot of people here showing their support for the team.”  Leon also touched on how good it felt to come to the Jets’ “heart” as he put it. “This is where the real fan base of the Jets’ organization is.”   He also spoke with great fondness for the restaurants and hot spots he frequented on the Island over the last couple of years. 

 

If Leon thinks he misses the Island, he should appreciate and empathize how much Jets fans miss the Jets being on the Island for camp.  Cortland is great for the players. Coach Ryan has spoken at length several times how it has helped foster team chemistry and made long lasting relationships between individual players. “When training camp first started, you saw players coming to practice by themselves in their own cars and now you see guys coming with three of four guys in a car.”  

 

Maybe the facility lacks the “state of the art” panache that many of the newer facilities offer, i.e. outdoor inflatable domes that enable practices to continue in excessive heat or lightning storms, as well as the sleeping quarters that may not be up to snuff when compared to some of the larger, better financed colleges.  But for better or worse, Cortland is now where the Jets summer, and apparently by all reports, they are very happy in their new surroundings.  Which means from now on, the Jets will spend maybe one day a year on Long Island.  At one time, the Jets practiced, played, and lived on the Island.  The fans could see them any time they wanted and maybe they took the Jets for granted in the process and subsequently never thought in their wildest nightmares that one day the Jets would get up and leave.

 

Now the Jets, like your ex-girlfriend, are hotter than ever and her new lover is stopping at nothing to make her happy.  A new stadium, a new coach, new free agents, a new practice facility to clear her mind and get you completely out of her thoughts… and if all reports are true, if training camp thus far is any indication of the upcoming season, a bonafide, perennial all star, franchise quarterback.  You think you’re getting her back?  You think you’re competing now?  You got your lunch and your couple of hours to reminisce about days gone by, but that’s it.  No more dinners, dancing, late nights or walks in the park for you.  Oh, and FYI, come next year, no deals for you either, for the new seats are going to cost you more as well… How else do you expect her new lover to buy her all these pretty things?