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INSIDER WEDNESDAY TEAM REPORT
By Andrew Scharff
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
October 3rd, 2007
Despite a 1-3 record and a huge game against the cross town rival Giants this week, Head Coach Eric Mangini was all smiles today.
Despite a 1-3 record and a huge game against the cross town rival Giants this week, Head Coach Eric Mangini was all smiles today.
If anyone was expecting fireworks after the Jets' 1-3 start this season they were disappointed today as Head Coach Eric Mangini stuck by his philosophy of taking one week at a time. Despite the team's season is clearly on the brink, there was no visible panic as the Coach was all smiles at his Wednesday press conference.

"It's no different than any other week." said the Coach. "The key thing is not getting too high after a win or too low after a loss and taking a consistent approach. The most important thing is the next game and trying to improve.

Usually during Jets practice all eyes are always on Jets QB Chad Pennington. But on Wednesday everybody was looking at something else. All eyes of the media were on the offensive linemen, who have to prepare for a Giants defensive line that is coming off a 12 sack performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

When Jets OL Adrien Clarke came home from Buffalo Sunday night, he wasn’t able to catch the end of the Giants-Eagles game because he was still reeling about the Jets tough loss. But when he woke up Monday morning Clarke had heard what happened.

“The first thought I had was wow,” said Clarke. “That’s a lot of sacks. And when I heard Osi [Umenyiora] got six of the twelve I said to myself that’s impressive.”

Clarke plays on the same side as Umenyiora but will he not be responsible for watching all game. That privilege goes to LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who for the third straight week has to face a Pro-Bowl caliber defensive lineman.

Week three Ferguson was pitted against reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor. Then last week Ferguson was matched against Bills Pro-Bowler Aaron Schobel, so going up against Umenyiora this week is task Ferguson is ready for.

“He’s a great player and very talented and he had a great game last week. But I had to play him earlier in the season and I saw he does a lot different things,” said Ferguson about Umenyiora. “I think since this is my second year I am comfortable with what we do and working with Lomas Brown and Teddy Atlas during the off-season we’ve been able to put together nice plans.”

Ferguson isn’t the only Jets offensive lineman that will have his hands full on Sunday afternoon. RT Anthony Clement will get the company of future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. Strahan only recorded one sack last Sunday night and with that sack he became the Giants all-time career sack leader.

Clement is familiar with Strahan because of all time he spent in the Arizona Cardinals organization. He told reporters during a 45 min open locker room session that the Giants defense will be as dangerous as ever because of the confidence the got by the way they performed Sunday night.

Pennington is the man that will have the luxury to stand in the pocket as Giants try to sack him 12 times. Pennington said he caught pieces of the game Sunday night and like most Jets was impressed by the Giants accomplished but he said it’s nothing to worry about.

“I got to buckle up a little tighter,” said Pennington about facing the Giants. “When you play against a defense like this you can’t expect the game to go perfectly. You can’t expect to have a positive gain on every play.”

INSIDER TIDBITS

Revis Meets Ross

When the Jets and Giants clash on the field, two friends will get to meet on the professional level for the first time. Jets CB Darrelle Revis and Giants CB Aaron Ross spent a lot of time getting to know each other as they prepared for the draft together. It was a battle between Revis, Ross and Bengals CB Leon Hall for who was going to be the first cornerback to be taken in last April’s draft. As we all know now, Revis was the first as the Jets traded up to select him.

“I talked to Aaron [Ross] a week and half ago and I’ll talk to him this week. It’s not like he’s their wide receiver. We’re friends.” Revis said.

New York, New York

Lost in the shuffle of the Giants 12 sack performance is that this is a big rivalry game. It is New York versus New York and anytime two New York teams meet in athletic competition the fans always are always out. They take these games as serious and with as much intensity as the players which according to head coach Eric Mangini that the reason why this game more special.

“It’s a city full of passionate, passionate fans. Jets fans are passionate. Giants fans are passionate. And being able to play each other it always exciting,” Mangini said. “And that makes the game that much more exciting.”

Home Sweet Home?

Sunday will feel a little weird for the Jets as they play a road game at home. The Jets are the road team for Sunday’s and to them it’s something that will be strange but beneficial. With the game being at Giants Stadium, the Jets will do their normal traveling and have their normal locker room. The only difference is that they will be standing on the other side of the field.

“It was real strange in the pre-season. We got a taste of it and it was weird to see all of the blue because when we come in it is usually green,” said Jets S Kerry Rhodes. “It is what it is. It’s a road game for us at ‘Jets Stadium.”

Funny Man Coughlin?

Despite Tom Coughlin’s reputation as being serious as a heart attack, Mangini’s experience with the Giants’ HC has been different.

“I met him (Coughlin) a few times and sat next to him at Romeo (Crennel) daughter’s wedding,” said Mangini. “He’s a pretty funny guy. I thought he had a great sense of humor. Maybe we’ll do something at the Improv. Coughlin-Mangini one night only. Pay Per View. You heard it here first. It’s going to be big”

When asked if he and Coughlin were telling funny Bill Parcells stories to each other, Mangini made a good point.

“Are there really any funny Parcells stories?”

#99 not frustrated by lack of sacks

LB/DE Bryan Thomas said despite the team’s lack of sacks (3 total in 4 games, Thomas: 0 sacks) he’s not frustrated.

“My motivation is not to get sacks.” said Thomas. “We’re more focused on consistent defense and wins. Individual stats are unimportant. I could care less about sacks. I just wasn’t to win”

Jets add WR to active roster.

The team made a few roster moves by placing LB Cody Spencer on the on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, ending his season and signing WR David Clowney off the Packers’ practice squad to the active roster. Clowney (6’0”-188Lbs) was a fifth round pick of Green Bay this season out of Virginia Tech who was cut at the end of training camp then signed to the Packers’ practice squad. The Jets now have six WR’s on the active roster. The Coach didn’t give any details on Spencer’s situation at his press conference today.

INJURY REPORT

Jets

Did Not Practice

S Erik Coleman (Head)

Limited Participation in Practice

CB Andre Dyson (Foot), QB Chad Pennington (Ankle), DL Dewayne Robertson (Knee), S Eric Smith (thigh)

Full Participation in Practice

FB Darian Barnes (Shoulder), CB David Barrett (Thigh), LB David Bowens (hand), WR Jerricho Cotchery (Shoulder), RB Thomas Jones (calf), TE Joe Kowalewski (Shoulder), OG Brandon Moore (Shoulder)

Giants

Out

WR Steve Smith (Scapula)

Did Not Practice

WR Plaxico Burress (Ankle), DE Michael Strahan (Knee), S Gibril Wilson (Hip)

Limited Participation in Practice

OL Chris Snee (Knee), RB Derrick Ward (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice

RB Brandon Jacobs (Knee)

The team returns to the practice field tomorrow to continue preparation for the Giants. Be sure to check back to JI for all the latest NY Jets news.