Jets TE Chris Baker will be around for a few more years. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
At 3-10 the Jets don’t have a lot of motivation. The playoffs are out of the question and with each loss the team's draft spot could increase for next year. However, when the Jets step on the field at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro this Sunday they'll have a big reason to beat the Patriots....Head Coach Eric Mangini.
Even if it’s accurate or not, Patriots fans and NFL fans around country believe that it was the Jets' Coach who blew the whistle on Bill Belichick’s illegal taping practices. Although it has been reported that many other teams have caught the Patriots videotaping them, the Jets were the only team that could get their hands on the evidence, and since then many Patriots fans want their hands around the neck of the Patriots former defensive coordinator.
With Sunday’s game on national television, a lot of attention will be going toward the two head coaches and their deteriorated relationship. Mangini, who is rarely in the spotlight, will have his reputation on the line this weekend. After supposedly turning in his mentor many people think that Belichick is ready to run up the score on Mangini's team.
If the Jets go up to New England and get clobbered (like the odds makers believe they will as the current spread favors the Patriots by 23.5 points), it will be another dagger in a miserable season for the sophmore Coach.
However, with all attention toward Mangini and the relationship/feud he is having with Belichick, the Jets players insist they are not focusing on winning for Mangini, they just want to win for the sake of winning.
“Like winning one for the old gipper,” said Jets S Kerry Rhodes. “We are going to try to win just because we need a win.”
Rhodes’ teammates agreed with him and shared similar sentiments.
“That’s another distraction that we can’t let play into our head, the two head coaches have had their history they had whatever problems they had. And that’s fine, but whatever it is we’re the ones playing the game,” said Jets LB David Bowens. “I’m playing for guys like Victor Hobson, Bryan Thomas and Shaun Ellis. I love my head coach and I would go to war for him but we are playing for each other.”
Even Mangini himself tried make it seem like Sunday’s game against the Patriots will be a normal game.
“This game is exactly the same as every other game,” Mangini said.
Spygate Talk Continues
With timing that is quite suspect, today the Spygate talk continued but this time it centered around the Jets videotaping the Patriots. Mangini commented and confirmed the truth of the report in Newsday that said the Jets were using a videotaping device in Foxborough when Jets traveled to New England last season. Surely it was just a coincidience that this story surfaced yesterday out of Boston.
“We taped the game is what we taped,” said Mangini. “We taped an end-zone copy of the game and we tape a double end-zone, which is standard operating procedure for us. We request that every single road game, and it’s usually granted if physically possible. And when people request it from us, we do the same thing; we grant it.”
A double end-zone taping basically means the Jets are always have a shot of them from behind. They also use that view to make sure players have the correct hand placement. The Jets shoot all their practices from both end zones.
Mangini denied he taped any of the Patriots defensive signals or any other wrong doing. He said it was within league rules and the Jets received permission from the Patriots to tape from both end-zones. The Jets taped the regular season game at Gillette Stadium with permission. As his team was taping the playoff game the Patriots must have changed their mind.
“Really, it was just what is was,” said Mangini. “We had asked for permission, it was granted, and then they changed their mind and we respect their decision. It’s their stadium.”
Mangini said did not know why the Patriots changed their minds. He also said that he did not pick this practice up from Belichick and that there are a lot of other teams that tape from both end zones. Mangini and the Jets have not asked for permission to tape from both end-zones this weekend.
On Sunday Jets DE Mike DeVito is really hoping Mangini will keep him active. Because if DeVito is active it will be the first time as NFL player he would be playing near his home town. DeVito is from Wellfleet, MA, which is a two hour drive to Gillette Stadium. DeVito said his family and friends are supposed to be attending the game, but he is unsure if he they will get there because of the threat of a snowstorm.
Although it hasn't been announced by the team, the Star Ledger confirmed that veteran TE Chris Baker signed a three year extension roughtly worth $5.4MM. Baker is in his sixth season with the Jets.
WR’s Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles both practiced and will play on Sunday…The Jets placed WR David Clowney on injured reserve and signed WR Marco Thomas to the practice squad. Before joining the Jets, Thomas (6-1, 175 Western Illnois) was on the Oakland Raiders practice squad…Other than that everything was status-quo on Wednesday.
New York Jets
Limited Participation in Practice
TE Chris Baker (back), WR Laveranues Coles (ankle), WR Jerricho Cotchery (finger), TE/LS James Dearth (foot), Justin McCareins (thigh) DL Dewayne Robertson (knee)
Full Participation in Practice
QB Kellen Clemens (thigh), TE Joe Kowalewski (shoulder), WR Brad Smith (back),
New England Patriots
Team Did Not Practice