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“Running” Scared

September 14th, 2003
On offense the Jets can’t run the ball and on defense they can’t stop it. Add up the two and it equals a 21-10 loss to Miami and a team that is 0-2 and off to another horribly disappointing season start. On offense the Jets can’t run the ball and on defense they can’t stop it. Add up the two and it equals a 21-10 home loss to Miami and a team that is 0-2 and off to another horribly disappointing season start.

You can’t blame this loss on offensive coordinator Paul Hackett or QB Vinny Testaverde. Hackett opened up the offense and took the reins off of Tesatverde who was 29 of 45 for 373 yards and 1 TD. WR Santana Moss had an excellent game with 5 catches fore 142 Yards. The problem with the Jets offense was again the running game. Curtis Martin was held to 32 yards on 11 carries and Miami QB Jay Fiedler, who had 35 yard scrambling for the Dolphins out-rushed the entire NY Jets team. The offensive line showed no burst and Curtis was swarmed almost every time he had a carry.

As bad as the Jets offense was at running, the defense was just as bad stopping the Run. Dolphins RB Ricky Williams had a field day on the Jets D by racking up 125 yards on 35 carries. The Dolphin team as a whole rushed for nearly 200 yards. Poor execution on 3rd down and a few crucial penalties that gave the Dolphins key first downs also doomed the Jets.

Starting Jets CB Donnie Abraham left the game in the first half with an injured shoulder and did not return. The extent of the injury at press time is not yet known. CB's Ray Mickens and Jamie Henderson replaced Abraham but were picked on all game. LB Khary Campbell and RB LaMont Jordan also left the game with injuries but both later returned.

The task doesn’t get any easier for the Green & White as they go on the road next week for another divisional clash against the Patriots in Foxboro. Check back with Jets Insider.com often for all the latest NY Jets news and developments.

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