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INSIDER WEDNESDAY TEAM REPORT

By Drew Buono
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
October 11th, 2006
The Jets rid theirselves of Derrick Strait for the second time this season. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Jets rid theirselves of Derrick Strait for the second time this season. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Jets returned to work today and the team is looking to put behind the 41-0 debacle from last week. They also got a strong message from Head Coach Eric Mangini that players will be held accountable for their play as veteran DB Derrick Strait was cut.

How do you get over a 41-0 disaster in a week? The New York Jets face this problem as they start preparing for the Miami Dolphins. The Jets though are not alone with problems heading into this game on Sunday at the Meadowlands. The Dolphins have a new starting quarterback, Joey Harrington and are looking at a two game losing streak like the Jets.

Dolphins head coach Nick Saban isn’t ready though to rule out a return of QB Dante Culpepper before the season’s over. “We’ll take it week by week, nobody’s ready to make those kind of predictions,” said Saban about his quarterback’s injury and his status for the future.

Head coach Eric Mangini doesn’t “worry about the past or future,” it’s about right now and right now the Miami Dolphins are next. Mangini is impressed with the offensive talent on Miami saying that; “they have skill players on offense that can score.” Harrington is a “very effective passer” according to Mangini and is looking at a lot of film on him to prepare for Sunday. Defensively, Mangini said the Dolphins are “outstanding versus the run and anytime you face DE Jason Taylor it’s a tough job.” He was also impressed by the fact that Taylor leads the NFL since 2000 with 80 sacks.

For the Jets, this week is about getting back to “core Jet values” and for those values to work you have to do it “position by position” according to Mangini. An example of this as stated by Mangini is, “closing the cushion between receivers and defensive backs as a receiver heads towards his breaking point in his route and for the defensive back to not look back at the ball and lose more ground to the receiver.” One thing Mangini doesn’t have to worry about his quarterback.

QB Chad Pennington admitted to “trying to do too much” against Jacksonville. He was forcing passes when he shouldn’t have and it cost him dearly as he threw three interceptions in the loss. Pennington though still hasn’t gotten use to the five-second rule of Mangini’s in regards to getting over a loss. “I take losses very hard,” said Pennington but he’s over it and has been getting ready for Miami since 7 p.m. last night when he was given the information about his new opponent.

WR Laveranues Coles knows that “Chad puts a lot of blame on himself,” but doesn’t “think that’s something he should do.” He went further to add, “no one man loses a game.” Coles was also asked about how he handled being benched for most of the fourth quarter of Sunday. “Whatever coach does I listen to and say yes,” said Coles about his relationship with Mangini. Also, Coles noted that players “are only good as their last game and we do need to play better.

“Consistency” became the word of the day for Jets players today. DE Shaun Ellis and Pennington said how they looking for consistency from the team and how Mangini has been stressing the notion since the first day.

LB Jonathan Vilma believes the team will confide to that idea of consistency and turn things around this week against Miami. “I think we’ll respond well, it’s only one loss out of 16 games,” said Vilma. G Pete Kendall was also looking positively saying that, “we have 11 games left; take it on at a time.”

Big news came out of Jets camp today as Mangini talked about RB Curtis Martin for the first time in about a month. According to Mangini, “there is no timetable on his return.” But, the Jets are going to have to figure out what to do with him soon. According to the rules, a player who starts the season on the physically unable to perform list, (PUP), has until week six of the season to sit out. Mangini though added, that after week 6, the player can remain on the PUP list until week nine. Then, the team has another three weeks to either put him on the roster or put him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. For Jets fans this means that, one of their favorite players could miss either most of all of this season.

INSIDER TIDBITS:

- The New York Jets released DB Derrick Strait yesterday, ending a tough season for the DB who had originally been traded for RB Lee Suggs from Cleveland two months ago. Now both players are without a job as Suggs went on to be released by the Browns then signed by Miami. Ironically, Suggs was released by the Dolphins yesterday as well.

- The Jets signed DB Hank Poteat to replace Strait. Mangini noted the signing and releasing by saying that, “Hank does things different than Derrick does.” Poteat, who has also played for Pittsburgh and New England was on the Jets roster for one day during camp as he was signed, played the Eagles game and was then cut the next day. He went on to re-sign with the Pats where he started two games. He was released by New England on Monday.

- It will be like “Groundhog Day” for Poteat on Sunday as he faces the same team as he did last week.

- Mangini did not rule out there being a chance Poteat would play on Sunday, saying “there’s a shot Hank will play on Sunday.”

- Coles during his interview, referred to himself as a “pawn” in a game of chess and can “be slapped down at anytime,” so he keeps his mouth shut when it comes to decision’s made by Mangini.

INJURY REPORT:

-FB BJ Askew (Foot): Questionable
-RB Cedric Houston (Knee): Questionable
-CB David Barrett (Thigh): Questionable
-WR Laveranues Coles (Calf): Questionable
-WR Tim Dwight (Hamstring): Questionable
-OL Pete Kendall (Thigh): Questionable
-OL Trey Teague (Ankle): Questionable
-DL Dave Ball (Hand): Probable
-RB Kevan Barlow (Calf): Probable
-LB Matt Chatham (Foot): Probable
-OL Anthony Clement (Shin): Probable
-DL Shaun Ellis (Hip): Probable
-DL Bobby Hamilton (Knee): Probable
-FB James Hodgins (Knee): Probable
-OL Adrian Jones (Thigh): Probable
-CB Justin Miller (Hip): Probable
-QB Chad Pennington (Calf): Probable
-WR Brad Smith (Thigh): Probable
-S Eric Smith (Knee): Probable
-S Kerry Rhodes (Thigh): Probable
-DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (Knee): Probable
-RB Leon Washington (Hip): Probable

The Jets return to practice tomorrow in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and as always JetsInsider.com will be there with all the breaking developments.

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