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Team Unity

By John Melillo
Jets Insider.com, Staff Writer
October 6th, 2004

Heading into their second divisional match up this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards addressed the difference in this year’s team compared to 2003.

Heading into their second divisional match up this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards addressed the difference in this year’s team compared to 2003.

“We’re finding ways to win this year. We’ve been on both sides of it,” Edwards said, citing last year 6-10 record.

Edwards later elaborated on the reasons for the team’s undefeated this year.

“I liked our chemistry. That’s important,” Edwards said. “I liked our leadership and how our coaches are coaching the individual groups. I liked the way we handled adversity. We haven’t panicked.”

In discussing this week’s opponent, Edwards pointed out the Bills running game, led by RB Travis Henry, and the challenge he presents to the defense. Henry rushed for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown in their 17-6 victory over the Jets last season.

“Their offense has got some weapons,” Edwards said. “They find a way to get the ball to their best players. We have had a tough time tackling (Henry in previous games). It seems every time you watch film of (Henry), guys are bouncing off like bowling pins.”

In reference to the Bills defense, Edwards is primarily concerned with Bills mammoth DTs Pat Williams and Sam Adams and how they will affect the team’s running game. The Bills are surrendering just 3.2 yards on first downs this year. Adams recorded two sacks and had seven tackles in their last meeting.

“The (Bills) are playing very well on defense. They’re good in the red zone. They do a good job creating second-and-long. The two players inside (Williams and Adams) will make it more of a challenge than last week (versus Miami),” Edwards said.

While he certainly recognizes the quality of the Bills defense, Edwards stressed how well coordinator Donnie Henderson has done in leading the defense and preparing his personnel this year.

“Donnie stresses that you need to be productive within a certain amount of plays. That’s the constant pressure he puts on his players. It’s not about just lining up. It’s not about coming to the party, it’s about what you bring to it.”

RANDOM TIDBITS

The Jets are tied for 10th with the Houston Texans for total offense in the NFL (351.0 yards per game)….Through three games, the Jets have trailed for just three minutes and 15 seconds this season… DE John Abraham is in a three-way tie for the second most sacks in the AFC (3)…RB Curtis Martin leads the AFC in rushing with 425 yards…Rookie LB Jonathan Vilma made his career start last week versus the Dolphins. The last rookie inside linebacker to start was former LB Kyle Clifton in 1984.

INJURY REPORT

The Jets are relatively healthy heading into Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. The following is the team’s official injury report.

-LB Sam Cowart (knee): Out for Sunday.
-CB Donnie Abraham (hip): Probable for Sunday.
OT Jason Fabini (back): Probable for Sunday.

The team will practice tomorrow and Friday. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest team news and reports.

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