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Jets need killer instinct

By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
December 16th, 2004
Throughout training camp this past summer, there was talk about how the Jets offense was going to be explosive. But lately, the team has struggled putting points on the board and this week, numerous players have expressed frustration with the offense and more importantly the inability to finish off quality opponents.

Throughout training camp this past summer there was talk about how the Jets offense was going to be explosive. But lately, the team has struggled putting points on the board and this week, numerous players have expressed frustration with the offense and more importantly the inability to finish off quality opponents.

Today, Jets head coach Herman Edwards talked about what the Jets need to do better.

“We’ve done a good job of really moving the football but not a good enough job of scoring points,” Edwards said. “We’ve got to get out of that mode. We can run the ball fairly well and that’s good but you got to be able to make some plays besides the running game. We get one every once in a while. What we have to do really when we get past the 50 yard line, you have to have a different mentality as a football team. When you cross the 50, you have to think scoring. We’ve got to put some points on the board.”

Against Pittsburgh, the Jets only got past the 50 in three of their 10 drives. Both times they got inside the Steelers 30, they had to settle for field goals. Out of the 32 times they have gotten into the red zone this year, they have scored 20 touchdowns and nine field goals.

RB Curtis Martin, who at 31 is on pace to his best season as a pro, said the Jets always finish plays in practice.

“It’s that way at the end of every play,” Martin said. “I run into the end zone or the person catching the ball runs into the end zone.”

WR Wayne Chrebet said the Jets need to score first on Sunday against Seattle.

“The key to the game is starting fast,” Chrebet said.

TE Anthony Becht said the Jets have to do a better job making big plays.

“When opportunity presents itself to make the big play, we have to take advantage,” Becht said.

QB Chad Pennington feels Becht and TE Chris Baker’s need to produce better over the final three games.

“Our tight end production will increase and I think it has to,” Pennington said.

Hopefully the Jets channel their frustration onto the field on Sunday and it results on an offensive explosion against Seattle.

MISCELANEOUS TIDBITS: For the past three years, the Jets have had a punt or kick returned for a touchdown. This year, the Jets have struggled on special teams and Edwards said today that WR Jerricho Cotchery will return kicks on Sunday. Cotchery, a rookie out of North Carolina State, returned punts his first three years in college. This season, Cotchery has played mainly on special teams and has been inactive the last three weeks with a hamstring injury. Cotchery returned one kickoff earlier this season against Cleveland 30 yards. Edwards talked about importance of special teams. “It can help you with field position if you get some returns because Seattle doesn’t punt the ball a lot,” Edwards said. “Special teams is always important.”

-CB David Barrett has played well lately and is fourth on the team with 63 tackles. Edwards talked about Barrett’s play. “He’s playing pretty good now,” Edwards said. “He’s playing as good as any corner in our division. We generally put him against the opposing team’s best receiver. He’s tough, aggressive and starting to play the ball better. He’s feeling comfortable in our system. He’s our best corner. His level of confidence is growing.”

-The Jets will hold their annual Coat Drive this Sunday at the Meadowlands. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used coats to the game which will be collected at all gates upon entering the stadium. This year’s goal is to collect over 70,000 coats. The drive is in conjunction with New York Cares.

INJURY REPORT:: DE John Abraham remains out with a knee injury. Otherwise, the Jets are relatively healthy. LB Victor Hobson (ankle) practiced for a second straight day. Edwards said LB Mark Brown will probably start and Hobson will be worked into the rotation. G Pete Kendall’s knee is still sore but Kendall practiced and Edwards said Kendall should be ready to play on Sunday. The Jets report no other injuries for Week 15.

-DE John Abraham (knee): Out
-LB Victor Hobson (ankle): Probable
-G Pete Kendall (Knee): Probable

The 9-4 Jets return home for their Week 15 match up versus the 7-6 Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. The team resumes their preparation for the Seahawks tomorrow. Check back often to Jets Insider.com for all the latest team news and reports.

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