By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
November 11th, 2004
If the Jets are going to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, they will need to trust starting QB Quincy Carter. The Jets trust in QB Chad Pennington was one of the reasons why the team started 6-2.

If the Jets are going to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, they will need to trust starting QB Quincy Carter. The Jets trust in QB Chad Pennington was one of the reasons why the team started 6-2.

Head Coach Herman Edwards said the team is confident with Carter.

“They feel comfortable with him,” Edwards said. “He’s practiced well. The team responded to him and that’s good,” Edwards said.

RB Curtis Martin is third in the NFL with 865 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Martin feels the team’s chemistry with Carter is slowly developing. “I think it is starting now,” Martin said. “By the end of this week and tomorrow and then in the game, I think it will hopefully come through and manifest itself out on the field.

Martin said that everyone has to step up with Pennington injured.

“You realize that now everyone has a larger responsibility,” Martin said. “Everyone has to play their role even better and everyone starts to rise up and tries to take their own game to another level.”

Offensive Coordinator Paul Hackett said the Jets will stick with what got them to 6-2.

“I think based on what we have done to get to 6-2, the way we have moved the football and the way we have focused on Curtis and the running game,” Hackett said. “It would be foolish to make many of those changes. I think this is a strong-armed quarterback with a magnificent arm, wonderful athletic ability. We are going to feature that as best we can.”

Martin will be relied on heavily on Sunday against one of the best defenses in the NFL in the Ravens. Martin said the Jets are ready for the Ravens.

“We know that we are playing probably the best defense in the NFL but we are looking forward to it,” Martin said. “I think it will be a good test for us and that is just how it goes. We are ready though. We are ready. Quincy is ready and everybody is rallying behind him so we are ready for it.”

While the Jets offense has shown they can put up a lot of points, scoring 30+ points three times this season, the Jets defense will have to contain Ravens RB Jamal Lewis. Last week, the Jets struggled against Bills RB Willis McGahee and Edwards knows his team does not want to have a repeat performance on Sunday. “They are motivated by the fact that they didn’t get it done last week against the run,” Edwards said.

DT Jason Ferguson is quietly having a solid year with 32 tackles and tied for second on the team with 3.5 sacks. Ferguson said the Jets defense needs to be more consistent if it wants to be considered on the same level as Baltimore.

“I think they are already established. They have been doing it for four or five years now. We are at a point now where we are trying to establish ourselves as a good defense, but we have to do it more consistently,” Ferguson said. “You can’t match their defense because they have been there already. They are just like Miami because they have always been good. We have always been ok. We have to be to where we are good to be on that level.”

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: Besides featuring one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Ravens also have a solid special teams unit. B.J. Sams is third in the NFL with 12.6 yards/punt return. He has also returned two punts for touchdowns this year. Edwards praised Sams. “He’s very good,” the HC said. “He takes some chances. He’s not a big guy but can break tackles and has good vision. He doesn’t have too many fair catches and not afraid to return in a crowd.” Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff’s unit will have to do a better job than they’ve been doing this year if they want to contain Sams.

INJURY REPORT: LB Sam Cowart and CB Derrick Strait were taken off the injury report. Cowart injured his knee in the Jets week two win over San Diego. Cowart should see between 10-15 plays on Sunday. Strait, who broke his foot in the Jets win over Miami on October 3, will provide much needed depth to a secondary that has struggled this season. Edwards said DE John Abraham did not practice again today and has been suffering from food poisoning but should be ready to go on Sunday. S Jon McGraw remains questionable with an abdominal strain and Edwards said he will be a game-time decision. DE Shaun Ellis injured his groin in the loss against Buffalo and Edwards said while Ellis is still sore, he practiced today and should play on Sunday.

-QB Chad Pennington (shoulder): Out
-LB Jason Glenn (forearm): Out
-S Rashad Washington (foot): Out
-S Jon McGraw (abdomen): Questionable
-DE Shaun Ellis (groin): Questionable
-DE John Abraham (illness): Probable

Be sure to check back to Jets throughout the week for all the latest information as Quincy Carter and the Jets prepare for the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Meadowlands.