Heinz Field - Pittsburgh, PA
So here we are, late in December, in an almost-must-win game. Not from a standings standpoint but from a morale standpoint. After a 9-2 start, the Jets have slipped to 9-4, in hideous fashion. The Jets have not scored a touchdown since the month of November. It doesn't get any easier today. New York travels into the always difficult Heinz Field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Facing an elite defense, Mark Sanchez and Brian Schottenheimer must figure out a way to right the ship on offense. Defensively, the Jets must continue to build on the momentum they had last week when they harassed the Dolphins offense the whole day. Look for a tough, low-scoring defensive struggle that will be winnable in the fourth quarter.
[QUOTE]As I mentioned on Countdown, Sanchez very at ease when I saw him last night. Said a convo with Brunell helped him put things in perspective.
Brunell told him not to try to hard, take care of the football, don't be afraid to take off and run. Sanchez said he watched Brees and Brady
have success against Steelers getting rid of ball quickly into hands of playmakers. Said Jets had been throwing +15 passes too much lately
Santonio Holmes was locked in when I saw him. Said he isn't here to be friends. Said he's thinking of doing his first-down drop in direction of Steelers bench or while staring at Mike Tomlin. He really had a focused edge, if you will, to him last night.
[B]Rex installed a special play this week designed to send a message to the Steelers.[/B]
Bart Scott talked last night about veterans needing to step up their play around Sanchez. Said defense needs to play with more enthusiasm
Scott said nobody's panicking but sense of urgency is there because guys realize (or need to realize) this group unlikely to stay together.
Jets will try to use passing game as extension of running game. Spread Steelers out, try to exploit matchups against Steelers linebackers.[/QUOTE]