Cool and confident

By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
November 4th, 2004
After a well deserved rest, the Jets returned to the practice field today for the first time since thrashing the Dolphins on Monday night.

After a well deserved rest, the Jets returned to the practice field today for the first time since thrashing the Dolphins on Monday night.

QB Chad Pennington said the Jets are not overconfident despite being 6-1.

“We haven’t done anything,” Pennington said. “All we did is win six games”

One of the keys to the Jets success has been the running game as RB Curtis Martin has rushed for 798 yards this season.

“It all starts from the running game,” Head Coach Herman Edwards said. “If you can run the ball consistently and you’re making yards running the football, then the defense has to change their mindset. They got to stop the run. If they stop the run, they got to add another guy in the box. If they add another guy in the box, you’re probably going to get one-on-one coverage.”

Martin talked about what separates this team from last year’s.

“It is just a hunger,” Martin said. “It is almost as if we play with the attitude of a rookie just trying to get the starting position. You have all 11 players out on the field playing that way. When you play with that type of hunger, special things happen.”

FS Jon McGraw talked about how the short week affects preparation.

“It is hard to keep focus, but especially after a Monday night game. Your routine is a little messed up. You have a shorter week, a little less time to prepare so it is something that takes some discipline to stay focused and put in the extra time to prepare for the team like you would normally.”

DE John Abraham is having one of his best years as a pro with 8.5 sacks. The league has noticed Big John’s play and today he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Month for October. Despite three sacks and six tackles last month when Buffalo visited the Jets last month, Abe feels it is important him and for the team to stay humble and focused on Sunday.

“We have never been the type of team to come out and say ‘we are going to make the playoffs, we are going to do this,’” Abraham said. “Sure, we want to make the playoffs and want to go to the Super Bowl, but we have never been a team that jumps out like some other teams have, that is our M.O. Our M.O. is to stay humble and take it one game at a time.”

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: The Jets jumped another hurdle in their quest for a West Side stadium today when the Empire State Development Corp. adopted the plan.

ESDC Chairman Charles Gargano is excited about the project.

“With the New York Sports and Convention Center facility, New York will be able to host a number of events it has been unable to compete for in the past, and bring its convention facilities into competition with the rest of the nation and cities its size,” Gargano said.

“With our success and experience in building partnerships, leveraging public and private investment and delivering economic development projects for the city under Governor Pataki – from the revitalization of 42nd Street and Times Square to the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, from Moynihan Station to Hudson River Park – we are committed to once again delivering a positive economic development impact for the city.”

“Just as importantly, this project, which is a strong public-private partnership with broad community support, also will generate new city and state tax revenues, money that will cover the debt service on the investment as well as providing additional revenue for ongoing services,” Gargano added. “This publicly owned facility will make the West Side more attractive to visiting businesses and conventions, at the same time boosting the state’s second largest industry – tourism.”

The new sports and convention center will create 5,685 permanent new jobs in the city and state, Gargano said, as well as 7,287 construction jobs. Additionally, it will generate nearly $500 million in city tax revenues and more than $592 million in state tax revenues.

INJURY REPORT: LB Sam Cowart, CB Derrick Strait, and G Brandon Moore were the only injured players to practice today. WR Wayne Chrebet was added to the injury report yesterday and is probable with a back injury.

-LB Jason Glenn (forearm): Out
-G-T Brent Smith (knee): Doubtful
-S Rashad Washington (foot): Questionable
-G Brandon Moore (hamstring): Probable
-WR Wayne Chrebet (back): Probable
-LB Sam Cowart (knee): Probable
-CB Derrick Strait (foot): Probable

The Jets return to practice tomorrow in preparation for their second match up with the Buffalo Bills. Check back often to Jets for the latest team news and reports.

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