Archive for September, 2010

Revis tweaks hamstring; still “ready to go”

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The single most scary thought of Jets fans across the globe, aside from him not playing at all, is All-World CB Darrelle Revis getting hurt. After holding out for 36 days in training camp, the time usually reserved for getting nicks and bumps, Revis was limited in practice Thursday with tightness in his left hamstring.

Head coach Rex Ryan made sure to clarify that his limited activity in practice was merely a precautionary move and that he will play against New England on Sunday.

 

Revis should be OK by Sunday as per Rex Ryan (JetsInsider.com Photo)

“Yes, I would think he’ll play. I don’t think its that severe of an injury. Last year, in training camp, he actually pulled his hamstring. We’re going to try to avoid that at all costs.”

Revis admitted to reporters that the minor injury may be in part to missing training camp, but could be from a number of things.

Despite the pulled right hamstring, Revis went on to an All-Pro year with 47 tackles, 6 INT, 31 passes defended and one touchdown on his way to being named team MVP.

Revis, who had his first live football action since the AFC Championship game last week, was staked to the left side of

the field rather than covering the opposing team’s number one receiver. In the first half of the game, he shut down Anquan Boldin before be switched off him. For the game Revis had one pass thrown in direction, an incompletion.

Ryan has said earlier in the week that his star corner will exclusively be covering the Patriots’ number one receiver, Randy Moss, and that his miscue of moving Revis off Boldin won’t happen again. Revis and Moss have been exchanged words through the media this week, as Moss stated yesterday that he’s devoted his off-season to “staying off Revis Island”. When asked if Revis liked his chances against Moss, he coyly displayed his confidence; “I like them a lot. I’ve covered this guy before. I just need to focus on my game plan and do what I do best.”

While it’s always big news when a pivotal player gets banged up, it’s important to not overreact to the situation. Revis said that he has played with this type of minor injury during his time at Pittsburgh and that it didn’t hinder his play in the least bit.

But the bottom line is, Revis will be game ready come one o’clock in East Rutherford. “Despite the tweak, I’m ready to go Sunday,” said Revis. So Jet fans, you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. And as for the legendary battle with Moss, Ryan had only this to say afterwards. “The league is going to make us put [Revis] on Moss.”

Moss to Jets: “I prided my offseason to staying off Revis Island”

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The battle for the AFC East kicks off at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday as the New England Patriots visit the New York Jets, but the trash talk–which will seem to be standard operating procedure for this year’s Jets team–has already begun.

After a strong showing against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots, who have been overlooked coming into to the season, are providing the bulletin board material for the Jets, in particular the defense’s star Darrelle Revis.

Moss on Revis: "There's a cornerback out there that brings out my A game." (Photo courtesy of JetsInsider.com).

“We’re coming to the Meadowlands on Sunday, man, so you got 60 minutes of this ’slouch,’” said All-Pro WR Randy Moss. “I don’t really get into the trash talking, but if what he called me was a ’slouch,’ then I guess the ’slouch’ will be there to see you on Sunday.”

Moss was effectively shut down in two games last season against CB Darrelle Revis, who had nine catches for 57 yards and one TD. Revis, who frequently gave star receivers a free vacation on Revis Island, would then go on to refer to the seven-time Pro Bowler as a “slouch”.

It wasn’t all trash talk, although, as Moss did offer praise to the fourth year corner from Pittsburgh. He said that the shut-down status of Revis ’surprised’ him and forced him to work harder knowing there was a receiver who’s A game is equal to or greater than Moss’s.

“I take pride in what I do. I prided my offseason on staying off Revis Island.”

Head coach Rex Ryan has already said that we can expect Revis to exclusively cover Moss this Sunday. Against Baltimore, Revis did very well in covering WR Anquan Boldin, but later in the game went to the Cromartie/Wilson tandem to cover Boldin. Ryan stated that he should’ve kept Revis on Boldin, who had seven catches for 110 yards, for the entire game.

Expect the Patriots to take a shot or two at Revis, which the Ravens failed to do. Ryan is hoping they will, where Revis will be there waiting.

Jets bring DT Green back to the Future

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Howard Green, who replaced DT Kris Jenkins last year, has been called on to repeat those duties. The Jets signed him to a two-year deal today.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -With yet another season-ending injury to All-Pro DT Kris Jenkins, this time suffered six minutes in to Week 1, it seems history is repeating itself. After losing Jenkins halfway through last season, the Jets brought in DT

Howard Green to try and fill Big Jenks big shoes.

It worked out for Rex Ryan and the Jets, who ended last season number one in total defense.

The Jets hope to duplicate that success by re-signing Green today to a two year deal. The 6-foot-2, 325 pound Green played in 12 games for the Jets tallying 16 tackles. The Washington Redskins signed Green in the off-season, but was cut before the start of the season.

Speaking of the Redskins, speculation began circulating that with the Jets down a defensive tackle they would pursue the disgruntled, but talented Albert Haynesworth. Last season, there was also speculation that GM Mike Tannenbaum eyed Dallas Cowboy defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, but they went with Green instead.

Green joins a thin, but veteran group on the defensive line. He will be sharing time with Sione Pouha, who had two fumble recoveries against Baltimore, along with Shaun Ellis, Vernon Gholston and Mike DeVito. They also have Matt Kroul and Marcus Dixon on the bench but lost Ropati Pitoitua to a season-ending Achilles injury.

Jenkins re-injured the same knee that ended his 2009 campaign. In fact, it was the same injury he suffered last year, a torn ACL. He joins LB Calvin Pace on the injury list, who is in the third week of his injury and has been no where near the football field. The Jets are hopeful to have him for Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.

Woodhead out; Clowney in; Thomas snitching?

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

WR David Clowney was re-signed today after being one of the final players cut on the 53-man roster. WR/RB Danny Woodhead was cut in the process. (Photo by JetsInsider.com).

FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Fan favorite and the Rudy-sized Danny Woodhead was cut by the Jets today. Woodhead, an undrafted free agent in 2008 from Chadron State, played receiver and running back.

With a roster spot open the Jets re-signed wide receiver David Clowney, who was let go by the team during the final trimming for the 53-man roster. His re-signing comes just days after special team coach, Mike Westoff, said that if it were up to him, he would’ve cut Clowney two years ago.

It could be that Clowney was only offered the spot because Laveranues Coles rejected a signing. Rex Ryan has said he is interested in re-signing the veteran wide out, making it a fourth attempt at the Coles-Jets relationship. Coles has hinted at retirement.

In other news, the Jets–yet again–brought in free agent OLB Adalius Thomas to workout for the team. And yet again, he left the facility without a deal. The Jets and Thomas, 33, have been flirting more than a high school study session even since he parted ways in an ugly fashion with the Patriots this past off-season.

Thomas and Ryan have a long history dating back to their time together with the Baltimore Ravens, where Thomas enjoyed the brunt of his success. It seemed likely that Thomas would sign with the Jets after the Calvin Pace injury in the August 27th pre-season game against the Redskins. However the Jets did not want to guarantee Thomas’ veteran salary if Pace’s injury leans towards the shorter side of the 4-6 week prognosis.

If Thomas was brought in again and left without a contract again, why bring him in? ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini brought up an interesting point. The Jets are playing the arch-rivaled New England Patriots next week. The Patriots are Thomas’ former team. Thomas and Ryan have a strong history together. Could it be that he was brought in to offer intel about his former team to his old boss?

With the way his relationship ended with the Patriots and how badly the Jets will look to rebound on a short week of practice, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan asked the ex-Patriot to help with the preparation.

The Morning After Report

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

To sum up last night’s Monday Night opener against the Baltimore Ravens in a single word: disappointing. And that might be generous.

After an off-season of ranting and raving that the New York Jets were going to run rampant on the rest of the league, the Ravens  put the yapping to rest with a 10-9 victory in Week 1.

Mark Sanchez expresses his frustrations against the Baltimore Ravens defense. He was 10-21 for 74 yards in the 10-9 loss on Monday Night Football.

The Jets looked, yet again, awful on the offensive side of the ball, failing to convert any third-downs or redzone attempts. The defense was impressive with the level of physicality in their play, but were lacking mentally being penalized seven times while allowing the Raven offense to have their way on third downs (11/19 on 3rd conv.)

Head coach Rex Ryan has welcomed, if not invited, the spotlight to his team this season, confident that he and his team will shine rather than sweat in that bright spotlight. If last night is any indication to how the season will unfold, it looks as if the Jets’ star has already burned its brightest.

QUARTERBACK:

Let’s start the JetsInsider.com’s analysis with the quarterback, Mark Sanchez. He was 10-of-21 for 74 yards, which is good for a rather pedestrian QB rating of 56.4. With All-Pro S Ed Reed out and injuries to the Ravens starting corners, it seemed only logical that Sanchez would try spreading the field, perhaps taking a shot or two at Braylon Edwards. But, as we saw all pre-season, he settles for the safe underneath passes for little to no yardage. The offense couldn’t even convert a single third down until the end of the game. To his credit although, he did not turn the ball over, and had a veteran-like run and slide for a first down. The offense continued it’s troubles in the redzone by squandering two early attempts, instead settling for field goals. (You heard it first, PK Nick Folk is going to be a fantasy stud with all the opportunities he will see.)

OFFENSIVE LINE:

But to place the blame entirely on the shoulder of Sanchez would be irresponsible. The offensive line, last year regarded as one of the NFL’s best, looked very suspect against a staunch Raven’s front seven. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the new $60 million man, was called for offensive holding late in the third quarter. That may not seem like a big deal to single out one penalty in the game, but when he has been penalized at least one time in every game he’s played in 2010, it kind of opens your eyes. A lot has been made of the hole LG Alan Faneca, who played next to Ferguson, left when he was cut by the Jets in the off-season, but it could become an even bigger hole if Ferguson’s play starts to suffer because teams stack up defenders to Sanchez’s backside. Faneca’s replacement, first-year starter Matt Slauson (6-5, 315 lbs.), looked like a rag doll being tossed aside when Haloti Ngata casually brushed him aside and devoured Sanchez, who walked off the field gingerly after the hellish hit.

RUNNING GAME:

The ground game gained a total of 47 yards. From a team that prides themselves as a running team, this just isn’t gong to cut it. Shonn Greene didn’t seem to have his head in the game, fumbling twice (losing one) and dropping a few easy swing passes. LaDanian Tomlinson looked very sharp, with big gains of 17 and 20 yards, providing the lone offensive fireworks on a night that featured great pyrotechnics and a lightning storm.

DEFENSE:

Like I said before, the defense definitely lived up to their level of physicality, but mentally–much like the entire team–they were lacking. They rallied after the early, season-ending loss to All-Pro DT Kris Jenkins. But even that wasn’t enough to stop the mental deficiencies by the Jets defense. QB Joe Flacco went back and forth picking on Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. Cromartie, who I have said before has big play potential but too often gets caught out of position and has to make up for it, did exactly that. He picked off a Flacco pass in the endzone for a 66-yard return, but was called for four penalites–the definition of inconsistent.

It is to be expected that teams are going to pick on the rookie Wilson until he proves he can hang with the big boys. While he was called for a few penalties, Wilson also had some great coverage and the receiver just made a great play on the ball. Before long, Wilson will be a strong asset for this team.

The Ravens stayed away from Darrelle Revis for the most part, but veteran WR Derrick Mason did draw a defensive holding call on the All-Pro corner, who grabbed the jersey of Mason in an effort to stay with him. However it appears that teams are still fearful of Revis, no matter how long he was out for.

PROGNOSIS:

With all the hype that surrounded this team leading up to last night’s stinker, the game is considered to be a huge disappointment. When expectations that are so high are not met, there is a long fall that follows. Many people may point to the superiority of the Baltimore Ravens, who are a sexy Super Bowl pick, as why the Jets struggled. However, the road isn’t going to be any smoother with games against the Patriots, Dolphins and Vikings in the next three weeks.

All three teams will be gunning to shut the mouths of the Jets, as will the rest of the teams they will face this year. The Jets want to be a Super Bowl champion? They want the spotlight to be on them? Well this season they are going to get a taste of being a defending Super Bowl champion, in the sense that every team is going to give them their best shot and put Ryan and his team back in their place.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Having said that, it’s only Week 1. There are 15 more games to be played and it starts next week against the rivaled New England Patriots. The Jets need to get a good offensive rhythm early against a Patriots team that has a weakened pass rush and a young defense, something that hasn’t been seen in New England in sometime. Between the special teams and defense the offense can be blessed with great field position and they need to do more than allow Folk to take chip-shot field goals every time. That falls on Sanchez to start making better decisions, not necessarily the safer decision.

Ravens’ Lewis Bashes Jets Brash Style

Friday, September 10th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.- With four days until the Baltimore Ravens kick-off the season against the Jets in the grand opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium, the war of words has begun. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis took shots at the Jets boisterous head coach, Rex Ryan, a former defensive coordinator with the Ravens, and QB Mark Sanchez Thursday via an intercom press conference.

Ravens' Ray Lewis stirred up the pot with his trash-talk Thursday morning. The Ravens and Jets kick off Monday Night Football at 8:30 pm EST. (Photo by JetsInsider.com).

“The only danger [Ryan’s confidence] can have is writing the check that you can’t cash,” said Lewis. “Rex can talk all he wants. Rex isn’t putting on pads, so that’s pressure on his players…[He] put that bulls-eye on [his] team’s head.”

Ryan said today that his Super Bowl aspirations don’t put pressure on his players to perform, but rather pressure on himself to ensure his players are prepared.

Many have thought of Ryan’s bravado as refreshing for a league where its coaches are as coy as they are tactful. However he has drawn recent criticism, circa Hard Knocks, for his over-the-top personality and better-than-the-rest attitude for a team that, in reality, was a second-half start by the Colts’ starters away from not even making the playoffs.

Lewis continues on Ryan. “They watched the Super Bowl from the same place I watched the Super Bowl from: our couch.”

Ryan, who was quick to react to Ravens’ FB Le’Ron McClain’s “no excuses” comment, was calm, cool and courteous when told about Lewis’s remarks.

“It doesn’t matter what he says in a negative light. I still respect him,” said Ryan, but ended with a little dig of his own. “But we are going to try to smash him.”

Lewis, who is often regarded as one of the most respected players in league, continued handing out the bulletin board material when the topic turned from Ryan to his second-year quarterback, Sanchez.

“We don’t have to guess. All we have to do is look at the film. He struggles a lot when he has to throw the ball a lot. That’s just not his forte. We don’t worry about Mark Sanchez as an individual.”

A week ago CBS analyst and Hall-of-Famer, Terry Bradshaw, sounded off on Ryan’s in-your-face style saying it’s easy for him to shoot off at the mouth because he doesn’t play. He also said that all of the Super Bowl hype he’s creating is putting too much pressure on Sanchez, who may crumble from it being a young player. Sanchez is the lynchpin for the team’s season, and it will be interesting how he handles the adversities that come with all the expectations that surround this team.

Lewis is a savvy veteran, fourteen years strong in this league, and singled out Sanchez for a reason. With only two combined years of college and professional football under his belt, he is surrounded by a veteran, well-established team. Aside from the pressures that come with being the quarterback, Sanchez has to be able to handle the pressures that come with being the quarterback in New York’s spacious spotlight.

Sanchez was not available for comment. However the newly-paid Darrelle Revis showed a bit of modesty in laughing off Lewis’s comments and simply said, “We’ll see him Monday night,”.

As the Jets enter the 2010 NFL season Monday night, they will certainly have no allies in this league given the pedestal they’ve put themselves on, but they wouldn’t want it any other way. A post-practice tweet from OL Damien Woody, “It’s us against the world. The way we like it,”.

NOTES:

Matt Slauson will be the starting left guard Monday night. “I just have to know what to expect,” said Slauson. I know that they’re going to be coming after me because they consider me the weak point now on the line.  It’s my job to not just win the starting job, but to play at the same level as Nick (Mangold), D’Brickashaw (Ferguson), Brandon (Moore), (Damien) Woody and all those guys.  I just have to study, prepare and get it done.”

Injury Update: NYJ—OUT: Pace (foot); DIDN’T PRACTICE: Brodney Poole (ankle); LIMITED: Shaun Ellis (knee). BAL—OUT: T. Cody (knee), J. Gaither (back), D. Stallworth (foot); DNP: P. Kruger (shoulder).

Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, who is not as extroverted as Ryan, danced around questions of singling-out and attacking Revis, who will only have one week of practice before entering the game. Ryan has already stated that it will depend on Revis how much he plays. If he’s in the game late expect QB Joe Flacco to take a shot or two with new weapon, Anquan Boldin.