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INSIDER WEDNESDAY TEAM REPORT

By Drew Buono
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
October 25th, 2006
The reunion between Jets coach Eric Mangini and Browns coach Romeo Crennel is expected to be a lot warmer than Mangini-Belichick.
The reunion between Jets coach Eric Mangini and Browns coach Romeo Crennel is expected to be a lot warmer than Mangini-Belichick.
From one good friend to another, Jets head coach Eric Mangini prepares this week to take on buddy and former co-worker, Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel. Their friendship maybe strong, but nothing will let go of the fact that Mangini’s team is 4-3 and the Browns are in the cellar of the NFL at 1-5. Both coaches respect each other greatly and you can tell they are much closer than Mangini is or was to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

The Browns host the Jets on the heels of another old friend, offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon resigned on Monday after the team lost to the Denver Broncos 17-7. Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson will take over Carthon’s duties, but has not been given the title of offensive coordinator as of yet.

Mangini though was still complementary of the offense, which is one of the worst in the league. RB Reuben Droughns was said to be a, “tough physical runner, that is very rarely brought down on first contact, and rarely has negative runs” according to Mangini. Mangini also noted that QB Charlie Frye “does a lot of really positive things in terms of creating opportunities with his feet.”

The Jets though have to worry about Cleveland’s defense, which is ranked a lot higher than the Jets in terms of total defense. Crennel knows the defense very well after working with Mangini for so many years in New England. The difference between the match-up last week of Donnie Henderson and this week with Crennel is that, Henderson was part of the old Jets regime and Crennel has worked with the new regime of Mangini. QB Chad Pennington said it will be a game of “who can out execute the other” when asked about the similarities of the coaches defensive schemes. Cleveland’s defense with their “strong front seven” poses a hard match-up for the Jets new powerful offense.

It took only seven weeks of the regular season for the Jets to find the right niches in their offense. RB Leon Washington has become the dominant back and Kevan Barlow is happy for now having a minor role. By touching the ball only 12 times a game, Barlow has avoided “getting pounded” by opposing defenses. Barlow though still believes that, “KB is gonna get his share too.” This is not the same person from San Francisco that use to “want to touch the ball every time,” Barlow has grown wiser with age and experience and knows that as long as he is productive it helps the team win games, no matter how much productivity he gives.

QB Chad Pennington said it was “exciting” how everything is clicking for the offense. Pennington has always been “really good at managing a game,” according to Mangini and he gets that from “studying all the time.” Pennington noted that the Jets winning games definitely “builds confidence” and the team is not concentrating on its record, but more on just winning football games. “It’s important to win every game in this league,” said Pennington. “The team can’t let a game go bye and say it’s okay to let one go,” according to Pennington.

This doesn’t appear to be a game that Mangini will overlook, in fact, Mangini probably has this date and the two games against New England circled on his calendar before the season started. The Jets are the hot team of the two and both coaches don’t want the other to lose, but they both realize its something they can’t avoid. The goal is to prepare and play hard. Then, their relationship can return to its normal state and the coaches can continue to root for each other in different games.

INSIDER TIDBITS:

- Pennington came into his press conference with his right hand wrapped up. When asked about it, he said it was “turf burn” which he received on Sunday after sliding around trying to gain extra yards.

- Crennel and his family used to live with Mangini during his second stint in New England. Crennel was living with Mangini while his newly bought home was being remodeled. Crennel said that he lived with Mangini for “about four to five months during the spring into the summer.”

- Mangini further complemented Pennington by saying the QB made three really good plays on Sunday. The plays were the: the second play of the game, where Pennington forced the Lions offsides and the other two were when Pennington completed a 15-yard pass to WR Laveranues Coles on a second and 16 and then rushed to the line and used a QB sneak to get the first down.

- “Cadence” is the new word to describe the Jets tempo while using the no-huddle. Pennington and OL Pete Kendall used the term when describing how much pressure there is to get everything right when using the no-huddle.

- Mangini calls Crennel R.A.C., the letters are the first in his first, middle and last name. When asked what the 'A' stood for, Crennel said nothing but he does say to some it means astonishing.

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
-RB Kevan Barlow (Calf): Probable
-LB Matt Chatham (Foot): Probable
-DL Bobby Hamilton (Knee): Probable
-LB Brad Kassell (Thigh): Probable
-OL Pete Kendall (Thigh): Probable
-CB Justin Miller (Hip): Probable
-QB Chad Pennington (Calf): Probable
-S Kerry Rhodes (Thigh): Probable
-DL Dewayne Robertson (Hand): Probable
-WR Brad Smith (Thigh): Probable
-DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (Knee): Probable

The Jets return to practice tomorrow and Jets Insider.com will be there with all the late breaking developments.

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