Archive for October, 2010

Jets asked Favre to return for ‘09 season

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New York Jets’ relationship with Brett Favre in the 2008 season was a lot like experiencing love for the first time. First came infatuation over his gaudy numbers. After a hot and heavy start fans couldn’t get enough of the ageless wonder. Then came the downfall – in-house fighting, communication breakdowns, injuries. All of which culminated with a messy break-up which was followed by Favre getting together with a sexier team and Jets fans feeling like they were used and taken advantage of.

And after all the hoopla that surrounded the two, the Jets still wanted to be with Brett Favre. Because sometimes, teams never can get enough of the physically gifted players that thrive on the off-the-field dramatics.

Brett Favre's sole season with the New York Jets started off with endless possibilites, but ended rather abruptedly, leaving a sour taste in everyone's mouth. But that didn't stop the Jets from asking him to return in 2009. (JetsInsider.com photo).

According to Favre, who spoke with the New York media via conference call Thursday afternoon, the Jets inquired about the possibility of Favre returning in the final hours leading up to the 2009 NFL draft. General manager Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson all tried to sway the 40-year-old gunslinger out of retirement in hopes of returning for the 2009 season.

“Here I was, pushing 40 with a torn biceps tendon,” Favre said. “I felt like that was the wake-up call I was looking for, if you will. They asked if I wanted to come back. I was like, ‘I don’t want to go through surgery and all that stuff.’ ”

As we know now Favre did exactly that when he decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. And the Jets did the only thing a team could do: rebound by courting a younger, more physically gifted quarterback. That quarterback, of course, was Mark Sanchez, whom the Jets traded up for and selected him fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

However had they not been able to land Sanchez, Ryan has said that he would have given his A effort to coerce Favre in returning to the Jets instead of simply inquiring about the possible return of the future Hall-of-Famer. Favre did say he was open to the possibility of returning for a second season with New York, saying he knew the potential that the ‘09 Jets team had.

Throughout the conference call, Favre was adamant about how much regret he had when looking back at his time in New York. After jumping out to an 8-3 start, which included back-to-back victories over the New England Patriots and an undefeated Tennessee Titans team, Favre and the Jets stumbled before the finish line, ending their season on a 1-4 streak.

“I just wish it had ended better,” Favre said. “That’s my only regret.”

It was well-reported that Favre did have torn biceps in his throwing arm, that was not mentioned until the end of the season, which contributed to his and the Jets’ late-season collapse. He would go on to admit that he should’ve sat and nursed his injured arm, saying that it affected his accuracy. But, of course, that would never have happened. The Brett Favre-sized ego would not allow him to sit and risk his consecutive start streak, now at an astounding 288 straight games.

“Should I have sat down, taken some time off?” questioned Favre. “Hindsight would say yeah, but I was determined to lead that team to victory and to the playoffs. When you’re in that moment, it’s hard to take a step back. I felt a considerable amount of responsibility.”

And it is that 20/20 hindsight vision that Jets’ fans will use to perceive their ex-QB on Monday night. It was his performance that cost the Jets a playoff spot. And it was his performance that cost Eric Mangini his job. And although the Jets have their new match made in heaven with Sanchez, Jets’ fans will still spew venom at their former quarterback. Just the over-priced/bad investment of a number four Jets jersey will be enough for fans to jeer rather than cheer.

Jets’ fans think about this: would you really cheer for your ex’s new, flourishing relationship with someone else?

Early Practice Notes

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Speaking of Darrelle Revis, for the third straight day he participated in practice. This is yet another step in the right direction since suffering a strained hamstring against Randy Moss and the New England Patriots in Week 2.

Revis went through the individual and positional drills with no signs of the hamstring bothering him. Information on whether he was limited or fully participated will come in the injury report after practice. Assuming there will be no setbacks between now and Monday night, Revis will line up against Moss for the first time since Moss posterized Revis on a spectacular one-handed grab that lead to Revis injuring his hamstring.

The much anticipated 2010 debut of Calvin Pace looks to be on track for Monday night as well, as he practiced for the third straight day.

Revis-Moss II highlight MIN-NYJ match-ups

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The football gods must’ve pulled some strings for these stars to align. In what is already a huge game with the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre coming to town for Monday Night Football, it is now certain that Randy Moss will be sporting the purple and gold. And as it happens, Darrelle Revis, who has missed the last 22 days with a strained hamstring, will likely be lined up opposite Moss, welcoming him back to where he started his career.

So just to review: Monday Night Football, Brett Favre’s return to New York, Darrelle Revis returns to the lineup, Randy Moss returns to Minnesota, Revis gets his chance to return the favor on Moss.

But wait, there’s more you say?

Darrelle Revis, if 100% healthy, will get a chance at redemption against Randy Moss earlier than expected. The two face off Monday Night as the Jets host Moss and his new team, the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by JetsInsider.com).

Oh yes, let the trash-talking begin. After their Week 2 match-up in New York, Darrelle Revis had a bit of humble pie in his face following the super-human touchdown grab by Moss and the tweaked hamstring that has sidelined Revis ever since. All the talk of Moss being a slouch, ended rather abruptly after that series of events.

However with Revis prepared to see the playing field on Monday night, the bulletin board material has already been flying from the All-Pro cornerback.

“In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brake,” said the Jets’ star cornerback. “I mean, everybody knows that’s Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t.”

Revis is referring to how Moss didn’t pull down a reception after Antonio Cromartie took over the man-to-man coverage on Moss. He believed that Moss came out ready to play that day but grew frustrated with the defensive coverage and what Revis believed to be disinterest on the part of Moss. Thus, the re-surfacing of “The Slouch” and the retreat of the “The Freak”.

The lynch pin to all this hysteria will be Revis’s bum hamstring. While Rex Ryan has remained optimistic on Revis returning to action this week, Revis remains cautious.

“My mind is telling me I’m ready to play, but my hamstring is day-to-day,” said Revis. “With this injury it’s either 100% or a no go.” He even went as far as to say that if the game were played yesterday that we would not see him on the field.

Ryan has expressed a pressured feeling to get Revis back in time in order to cover Moss’s dangerous deep threat capabilities. Depending on how that hamstring feels at kickoff will determine how the Jets will approach Moss.

We may see Revis playing at full strength, man-to-man coverage all over the field. We may see Revis stay only to left side as he did in the Week 1 loss to Baltimore. We may also see Antonio Cromartie spend some time shadowing the seven-time Pro Bowler. Ryan can find a bit of solace in the fact that Cromartie did play so well against Moss in Week 2, so that if Revis isn’t at 100% he can hope for a repeat performance from his number 2 corner.

No matter the case, the story leading up to kickoff will be the status of the single most important muscle on the New York Jets. And no matter who you are rooting for, Revis-Moss II should live up to its price of admission.

The Morning After Report

Monday, October 4th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – And to think just a few weeks ago everyone, myself included, were saying that the Jets offense couldn’t move the ball 10 yards. I think it’s say to say that we were all wrong with that sentiment. The Jets 38-14 pounding of the Buffalo Bills was easily the most well-rounded game they’ve played all year. Many thought of the match-up with the 0-3 Bills as a trap game with Brett Farve and the Minnesota Vikings coming to town under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. However they came out clicking on all cylinders, dismantling the Bills in every facet of the game.

If I could speak from a personal stand point, the Jets are making it very easy for me to grade them. For the past three weeks they’ve received outstanding marks, with Mark Sanchez and the offense leading the way. So without further adieu, here are the Official JetsInsider.com’s Morning After Report grades.

PASSING: A-

  • I said it last week and I’ll continue to say it: through four weeks of the NFL season, Sanchez has yet to throw an interception – that’s 103 straight attempts without an interception. Simply amazing.
  • The Sanchez-Keller connection continues to roll as he found a wide-open Dustin Keller for a red zone score. Keller pulled in another red zone TD on a pass from wildcat specialist Brad Smith. He continues to have a Pro Bowl caliber year with five TDs in four games.
  • It looks like Edwards has put aside his off-the-field issues and has been living up to his potential has a big-play threat. He’s gone three straight games with a touchdown, including a 41-yard score late in the second quarter on Sunday.

Shonn Greene's 117 rushing yards coupled with the 155 total yards from LaDanian Tomlinson, sparked the 38-14 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo by JetsInsider.com).

RUSHING: A+

  • Like Jay-Z said, 30 is the new 20. Apparently LaDanian Tomlinson heard the message loud and clear. Not only is he running at 20-something pace, but he looks like rejuvenated by Rex Ryan’s brash style. “You want to run through a brick wall for him,” said LT on Ryan. He had his first 100-yard game  since 2008 and looked exceptionally shifty on his 26-yard TD run.
  • Remember Shonn Greene? Yeah he’s also in the Jets backfield. He came to play Sunday rushing for 117 yards are 22 carries. This was the first game since the AFC Championship game that we’ve seen Greene look productive. His north-south running style perfectly spells LT’s shifty style.
  • Many, myself included, believed that Tomlinson had eclipsed Greene on the depth chart. While he may have taken his “starter” status, Greene will not be sitting on the sidelines. Yesterday, Tomlinson had 155 yards on 22 touches. Greene had 22 touches for 117 yards. If Greene holds up his end of the bargain and Tomlinson’s legs hold up, this could be the snarling two-headed monster everyone had hoped for.

PROTECTION: A

  • It seems the offensive line as re-solidified itself as one of the dominant units in the league. Credit this group for Sanchez’s turnover progression. They are giving him ample time to read the coverage or scramble to make a play on the ball.
  • For the second straight week, the o-line did not let up a sack. It seems second-year player Matt Slauson has set in nicely to the left guard spot, replacing the reliable Alan Faneca.
  • The questions of the o-line came on the pass protection end and that seems to be getting better each week. The run-blocking has always been there, and this week they shined as the ground game gained 273 yards.

DEFENSIVE FRONT 7: B+

  • The front seven held the Bills running backs to 40 yards rushing. However they couldn’t get to Harvard product, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who rushed for 74 yards on seven attempts. That shouldn’t raise eyebrows though, as they won’t be facing too many running quarterbacks.
  • Despite absence of Pace, the front seven has done a good job creating pressure which, in return, leads to the opposing offense making mistakes. Bryan Thomas forced a fumble while Jason Taylor had a fumble recovery. It seems week-in and week-out the Jets force themselves into creating a turnover.

DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD: A

  • Who would’ve thought they would get an A with no Darrelle Revis? Well after their horrendous play against Miami, it was nice to see the backfield have an outstanding game sans Revis.
  • Back-up safety Lance Laury had a fumble recovery while James Ihedigbo and Dwight Lowery recorded sacks. Speaking of Lowery, he started his first game and did quite well replacing rookie Kyle Wilson.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B+

  • If the Buffalo Bills are explosive in any part of the game, it’s on special teams. The Jets allowed the threatening tandem of C.J. Spillers and Roscoe Parrish a mere 22 yard return average on kicks and a pedestrian 12.4 yard average on punts.
  • Nick Folk missed a 30-yard field goal try midway through the first quarter. This was the second straight week with a missed try.
  • Steve Weatherford showed off his big leg with an astounding 57-yard punt. He averaged 41.7 yards yesterday.

COACHING: A

  • The coaching staff did a great job of not letting a winless team take advantage of an unsuspecting team in front of their home crowd. This was pegged as a “trap game” for the Jets, but Ryan and company kept the team focused on the Bills, not the circus that will be next Monday’s match-up with the Minnesota Brett Favre’s.
  • It was another well-balanced offensive game for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with 273 yards on the ground and 173 yards through the air.

Jets cut WR Clowney, Turner; Clears way for Holmes

Monday, October 4th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – According to a report from the Newark-Star Ledger, the New York Jets have released wide receivers David Clowney and Patrick Turner on Monday. The move is believed to make room for the return of  Santonio Holmes and Howard Green.

The Jets cut WR David Clowney and Patrick Turner on Monday. The move was done to make room for WR Santonio Holmes and the newly re-signed DT Howard Green. (Photo by JetsInsider.com).

Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He will only add to what is a soaring Jets offensive attack. The Super Bowl XLIII MVP had 79 receptions for 1,279 yards and five touchdowns last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Clowney is a speedy deep threat, however was barely used through the first four games. He pulled in one reception for 22 yards.

Turner never saw the ball, but was brought in due to his Trojan ties to players Mark Sanchez and Joe McKnight.

UPDATES:

Calvin Pace has been working to get back to full strength since breaking his foot in an August 27th pre-season game against the Washington Redskins. This past week Pace left the stationary bike and joined his team on the practice field. The team had hopes of him playing situationally in Sunday’s 38-14 thrashing to the Buffalo Bills, but erred to the side of caution instead. Expect to see him on the field Monday night against Minnesota Vikings.

The Jets are also reportedly re-signing defensive tackle Howard Green. He was brought in to help fill the void of Kris Jenkins, as he did in the 2009 season. Green, however, was cut when the team signed defensive end Trevor Pryce from the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.