Giants' QB Eli Manning is out for this Friday's game against Gang Green. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
When the Jets went up to Albany to practice against the Giants on August 6, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was not pleased with how the Jets practiced, feeling that the Jets were too physical.
It didn’t take long for the two teams to get into it as on the second play, S Oliver Celestin and Giants TE Jeremy Shockey fought. Later in the practice, Coughlin yelled at Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, in which Henderson replied “That’s how we practice.”
Now with the two teams set to meet on Friday in a preseason match-up, the issue has become a hot topic again. While the Giants seemed to have not let it go, with many players saying they want revenge, the Jets have downplayed it.
“We expect a physical game,” LB Jonathan Vilma said. “We’ll be fired up and know they’ll be fired up.”
One key player that will be absent for Friday’s game will be Giants’ franchise QB Eli Manning who is nursing a sore elbow suffered when he hit it on Carolina DE Julius Peppers’ helmet last Saturday. Manning is listed as week-to-week by Coughlin. Either Tim Hasselbeck or Jesse Palmer will start in Manning’s place.
Henderson, who has said he made amends with Coughlin, would not let himself be goaded into making a comment that he would later regret, only saying, “It’s going to be a good football game.”
“He’s a very intense football coach,” head coach Herman Edwards said. “He’s a good teacher, players play hard for him. He’s a gentleman and he conducts himself that way.”
Now in his second year with the Jets, Henderson’s aggressive approach energized a defense that struggled under previous coordinator Ted Cottrell.
Henderson talked about the main difference between his coaching style and Edwards. “More vocal, more confrontational when players make mistakes,” Henderson said.
Under Henderson last season, the Jets defense posted an NFL-best seven second half shutouts and only let two running backs rush for more than 100 yards in a regular season game. Henderson also helped the defense improve drastically in many categories. The Jets went from 23rd in points allowed in 2003 to fourth in 2004 and from 28th in rushing yards allowed in 2003 to fifth in 2004.
Henderson had to deal with seven new starters and was not afraid to get in the face of his players when needed. One of the players that Henderson rode throughout training camp last season was CB David Barrett, who signed with the Jets as a free agent last year. Barrett finished the year with 66 tackles and two interceptions. Under Henderson, Vilma won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
This year, Henderson has many of the same players back but has had to deal with a young secondary, which has struggled in the first two preseason games. Henderson defended his defense, saying that in the Lions game, everyone talks about how QB Joey Harrington was 9-9 but not about how the defense made two straight sacks that pushed the Lions out of field goal range on their first drive.
Certainly having CB Ty Law on the field will help the secondary and Edwards said Law should play on Friday against the Giants. Law was beat in practice today by WR Wayne Chrebet, who made a 30-yard catch from Pennington.
One player who has been absent from training camp is DE John Abraham, who is holding out. There were reports that Abraham was in the New York area this past weekend but went back to his home in South Carolina. “We get Abe in here, I’ll feel pretty good,” Henderson said.
So will Jets fans.
-LB Ryan Myers displayed nice hands, cleanly fielding an onside kick as part of the return team.
-Rookie CB Justin Miller dropped a squib kick before picking it up and running it back.
-TE Chris Baker was one of the main focuses during 11-on-11 drills, catching lob passes from QB Chad Pennington. Baker and TE Doug Jolley will be used a lot in offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger’s offense.
-Mike Nugent was 4-5 on field goals from 37 yards.
-S Erik Coleman intercepted a Pennington pass intended for RB Derrick Blaylock.
-FOURTH & GOAL FOR NEW YORK & THE JETS.
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S Rashad Washington (concussion), FB Jerald Sowell (ribs), and WR Jonathan Carter (hamstring) will be held out of Friday’s game. Carter did practice this morning. G Brandon Moore (hamstring) and S Andre Maddox (hamstring) will both play on Friday.
-LB Darrell McClover (foot): IR
-LB Mondoe Davis (ACL): IR
-WR Harry Williams, Jr. (knee): Out 1-5 weeks
-S Rashad Washington (concussion): Out
-FB Jerald Sowell (ribs): Out
WR Jonathan Carter (hamstring): Out
The Jets return to the field at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest training camp news.