Jets QB Brooks Bollinger, who suffered a mild concussion against Denver yesterday was cleared to start against the Saints this week. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
There are many reasons why a season that started with Super Bowl aspirations has turned into a season where the 2-8 Jets are trying to play spoiler. Certainly having 10 players on injured reserve including many key players has hurt. But another big reason is because the Jets have turned the ball over 27 times this season including 11 in the past two weeks.
“We can’t control who we put in the game because we only have so many players left,” head coach Herman Edwards said today. “We can control and got to do a better job of not turning the ball over and that’s an alarming rate. We’ve gotten so many turnovers I can’t count them anymore…We’ve always prided ourselves in not turning ball over and not committing fouls…Turnovers are killing us, they’re staggering. We talk about it, don’t do it in practice, and then do it in a game. We got to do a better job of that and if we do a better job of that we’re going to find ourselves in ballgames at the end and win some games.”
The Jets had five turnovers yesterday and Edwards said those are inexcusable. “When you have the ball in hand, only way you give other team getting it by kicking it,” Edwards said. “If you do that, you’ll be fine. But you can’t fumble it. You can’t throw picks. All those things you can’t do. We’ve made a living on that. We’ve won here because of that.”
Under Edwards, the Jets have been a relatively good team in running the ball and stopping the run but this season RB Curtis Martin has struggled and yesterday in the loss to Denver, the Broncos ran for 196 yards on 47 carries. The Broncos were able to run the ball often because they had a large lead. They also held the ball for over 42 minutes which meant the Jets defense was on the field for a long time.
Edwards said he will continue to be an upbeat coach. “You got to have enthusiasm about coaching,” Edwards said. “It’s easy to coach when you’re winning. Now you really got to coach. Players want to be coached…Then you got to perform. Guys because of their talent can only perform so well.”
One thing Edwards won’t let his players do is give up on the season. “You can’t let the circumstances affect you.” Edwards said. “You got to be strong enough to understand if circumstances affect your attitude, you’re like a leaf blowing in wind. Just waiting for wind to tell you what type of day your going to have…I don’t operate that way. And hopefully those guys see it…You control that, you really do. I’ve always believed I’m not a leaf. Foundation of way we go about certain things. Just because we’re not having season you like to have, doesn’t mean you don’t like football.”
-BOLLINGER TO REMAIN STARTER
Edwards announced that Bollinger will remain the starting quarterback. Bollinger was 4-of-5 for 26 yards yesterday before leaving in the second quarter with a concussion. “He’s fine. He had some tests done so he should be ok,” Edwards said.
-STARTING DEFENSE TO REMAIN THE SAME
There were a lot of rotations on defense yesterday during the game. “It was guys not doing what they’re supposed to do,” Edwards said. “Didn’t quite do it right, sit them down and let them think about it.” The starters on defense will not change.
-While CB Ty Law has five interceptions this year, he leads the team with nine penalties for 73 yards. “The rule is watching guys with their hands. Sometimes he forgets he can’t use his hands as much as before because they’re calling it. The penalties have come in crucial situations,” Edwards said.
-With rumors circulating that Edwards will leave to replace Dick Vermeil in Kansas City next year, Jets owner Woody Johnson was asked yesterday by reporters about Edwards status. Johnson said, “They gave everything they had to give and they didn’t quit. They gave everything they gave” and would not comment on Edwards. Today, Edwards was asked again about his status. “My status here is fine, fantastic, that’s where it’s at,” Edwards said.
-The Jets signed C Norm Katnik off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and waived LB T.J. Hollowell and DB Jeremy LeSueur. The 6'4, 280 pound Katnik spent the last season and a half on the 49ers practice squad. Hollowell, a 6-0, 235 pound product of Nebraska, was signed by the Jets on October 31, 2005. He played in two games for the Jets this season, was inactive for another, and collected two special teams tackles.LeSueur, 24, was selected by Denver in the third round (85th overall) of the 2004 Draft. He was signed to the Jets’ practice squad on September 13 and to the active roster on October 5 after he was released by the Broncos on September 3.
-QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder) and RB Derrick Blaylock (ankle) remain out. CB David Barrett, who missed his second straight game yesterday, is questionable and Edwards said Barrett’s eye is a little bit better. LB Mark Brown injured his ankle in yesterday’s game and is probable. QB Vinny Testaverde twisted his ankle yesterday. Edwards said QB Kliff Kingsbury will get more reps this week and it will be decided later in the week who will back-up Bollinger.
-QB Jay Fielder (shoulder): Out
-RB Derrick Blaylock (foot): Out
-CB David Barrett (eye): Questionable
-LB Mark Brown (ankle): Probable
-FB B.J. Askew (ankle): Probable
-QB Vinny Testaverde (ankle): Probable
The Jets have off today and tomorrow and will return to practice Wednesday to begin preparing for their Sunday night game against the 2-8 New Orleans Saints. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest Jets news.