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INSIDER FRIDAY TEAM REPORT

By Drew Buono
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
October 20th, 2006

If he’s said it once, he’ll say it a thousand times more. Jets head coach Eric Mangini again used his new favorite catch phrase, “core Jet values” when talking about his team playing as a cohesive unit. The goal for Mangini is to get better every week and improve on everything or at least as much as possible before the next game. “Today were going to review all three days, meaning it could be second and 10,” (instead of the normal red zone and third down situation like every other Friday), said Mangini about today’s practice.

Mangini believes that “Thursday’s and Friday’s are so important because of the situational work. Also, the players have a chance to look at the (play) book and clean some things up.” For Mangini, it’s important for each player to “fine tune some of those things we work on collectively.”

“Consistency” is the name of the game and the goal of a coach is to stress and “reiterate points by always talking about consistency.” Mangini is happy with the performance of his players and of how much work each one puts in weekly to keep their starting job.

“I judge players on their performance weekly,” said Mangini instead of putting in the same players in a game weekly because of their contracts or status around the league. In essence, Mangini is giving “everybody a chance to contribute” by saying that no one has job security from week to week.

Mangini learned this concept from Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells. Mangini couldn’t remember the exact words, but it went something like Parcells saying that “all he wanted to do is win.”

One player Mangini will never have to worry about playing soft or not putting enough effort into it is, WR Laveranues Coles. He’s having an amazing season, surprisingly since it was thought that because of QB Chad Pennington’s injuries he would never be able to have a big season until the team started to do a massive overhaul on the roster. Well, the overhaul was small and the Jets are the only team in the NFL at .500 and getting better each week.

The Pennington to Coles connection is being known as the “Me to you factor” according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Mangini likes the work ethic of Coles and is pleased that Coles is spending time with WRs Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith. To Mangini, Coles “shows humbleness and that is a very respectful quality.”

Working on all the fundamentals today is a very good idea for the Jets, because they are going to have to try to keep their offense on the field as long as they can to keep the ball out of the hands of the Lions offense and coordinator Mike Martz.

INSIDER TIDBITS:
- DE Bryan Thomas loves being here with the Jets and having the opportunity to play. He admits to “studying a lot more now for the opponent than I use to.”
- RB Leon Washington also is excited with his new role on the team as more of a featured back. In reference to starting last week he said, “It’s just one of those chances coach is always talking about and you have to take advantage of it.”
- LB Eric Barton was joking around with DE Bryan Thomas in the locker room today about the colors of suits after games. He even told the media he had pictures of Thomas’ suit from last game and would leak it to the press.
- Mangini use to think that WR Laveranues Coles was a “headache” when he was on the opposing team but now, Mangini loves his wide out and loves what he brings to the offense.

INJURY REPORT:

New York Jets:
-FB B.J. Askew (Foot): Questionable
-CB David Barrett (Hip): Questionable
-WR Laveranues Coles (Calf): Questionable
-WR Tim Dwight (Thigh): Questionable
-RB Cedric Houston (Knee): 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
-OL Pete Kendall (Thigh): Probable
-QB Chad Pennington (Calf): Probable
-S Kerry Rhodes (Thigh): Probable
-WR Brad Smith (Thigh): Probable
-DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (Knee): Probable

Game time is 1 p.m. on Sunday as the New York Jets prepare to face the Detroit Lions. JetsInsider.com will have a complete recap after the game.

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