With the bye week over and done with, Mangini and Co. look to continue their offensive onslaught against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that’s ranked 29th in rushing yards allowed per game and 27th in average yards per rush on defense. The Jets, coming off a decent week of practice feel as if this game is not as cut and dry as it’s being perceived.
“You still have to go out and play and hopefully things have gotten better,” S Kerry Rhodes said. “We had a chance to get things fixed and corrected, but you never know until you get to the next game to see where you’re at.”
Gang Green’s defense let up over 472 passing yards to the Cardinals and it’s slew of WR’s in Week 4. Even though the Bengals are 0-5, the one-two punch of WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad (Ohco-Cinco) Johnson isn’t that far off from what the Jets pass-defense faced two weeks ago. The secondary of the Jets will have their work cut out for them this weekend.
“We had a week to work on it and hopefully we have corrected some things to show we’re actually better,” LB Eric Barton said of the the Jets pass-defense.
But lets not forget. The Bengals are 0-5 and on the verge of going 0-6. Johnson and Houshmandzadeh’s combined stats going into Week 6-44 catches 510 Yards 4 TD. The rest of the team: 377 yards 0 TD. At the same time last year, the two combined for 67 catches 855 Yards 8 TD. So is it logical to say that if they shut down those two, Gang Green has a good chance at winning?
“Stats don’t mean anything on Sunday,” DB Darrelle Revis said. “It’s just you and the ten guys around you trying to win a game. The only stat that matters is the W.”
Revis said that this past game and Sunday’s game are good opportunities for the secondary to show whether or not they can hang with the big guns of NFL wide receivers. And that he needs to keep up with his progression as a cornerback.
“Kerry [Rhodes] told me earlier this morning when we were watching film from last year on the Bengals that I look like a totally different player from last year to this year,” he said. “This year I’m more devoted, I’m making plays. I’m doing things that the Jets drafted me for.”
Revis intercepted a Kurt Warner pass for a Touchdown in Week 4 and is looking to build off of that.
“Kerry said he could tell that I’m more relaxed and I think I got a little bit bigger,” Revis said with a laugh. “I’ve been reading things better and I’ve been seeing things better.”
The second year cornerback said that the game slowed down a little so far and it has aided him in facing the top receivers in the NFL. He’s been studying the Bengals receivers and he said the interception on Chad Pennington to stop that touchdown in Week 1 jumpstarted him a little bit.
“I think that the situation last year is that they threw me right in,” Revis said. “I think facing Chad (Johnson) and TJ last year really helped me.”
Coach Eric Mangini concurs.
“He’s incredibly humble,” Coach Mangini said of Revis. “He takes the coaching point. You seem him take the coaching point and apply it on the field, and that’s always what your looking for from my perspective and from the coaching staff’s perspective.”
Not much occurred during the mini-session today. RT Damien Woody participated in light 11 on 11 drills. He was held out yesterday due to a cold.
Happy Birthday Brett
QB Brett Favre is 39 today and now shares a birthday and a name with the newborn mentioned below.
Mangini’s a Daddy again
Head Coach Eric Mangini welcomed is new son, Zack Brett Mangini into the world this morning which, understandably, caused Mangini to reschedule this mornings press conference. The newest member to the Mangini clan was born at 7:43 a.m. and weighed 7 lbs 13 oz. and 20 in long. Mangini is famous for naming his kids after players. His son Jake has the middle name Harrison, named after S Rodney Harrison of the Patriots and his son Luke was given the middle name William after Bill Belichick. “I talked to Brett while we were recruiting him and I explained that history and that we were pregnant with our third child,” Mangini said. “I told him that I’d commit to that. I think it’s pretty cool. I think the more interesting thing is that he was born on Brett’s birthday.” Brett Favre: "The chances of Eric’s son being born on my birthday were remote," he said. "The odds of the child being born the same day as my birthday – I don’t know what the odds are. He told me that today was the day and I asked, “well is he still going to be Brett?” He said, “Yeah, Zack Brett.” I thought it was pretty cool. First off all the odds, in some respects, are a lot like me. What were the odds of me ever coming to the Jets? It is a pretty cool thing."
Not much change here. WR Laveranues Coles practiced but was limited, along with NT Kris Jenkins and DB Justin Miller and RT Damien Woody. Jenkins participated in bag drills on the sidelines and Miller returned one kick. K Mike Nugent is out however WR David Clowney was seen in pads and helmet, but wore the red piney (no contact). He was ruled out for Week 6 on Wednesday.
Brian Schottenheimer speaks to the media
Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer sat down at JTC (Jets Training Center) for a chat with the media and focused, obviously, on the offense and Thomas Jones. “Thomas is always a big part of what we’re trying to do,” he said. “We’re always trying to get everybody involved. We have a set pattern plays that we like. We’re going to try to get all the backs involved.” In Week 4 against Arizona, RB Leon Washington was the first to see action, but according to Schottenheimer, that was a ‘package thing.’ “Each game when you start sometimes it’s to break tendencies just to get a different formation or a different personnel set,” he said. “This week it could be something different. You never know.” The Bengals run defense gave up 194 yards to the Dallas Cowboys last week, so it’d be interesting if “Schotty” and the Jets don’t try to capitalize on that weakness. “Well, the thing that you always have to be mindful of is that they see the stats too,” he said. “They know the numbers they’ve given up so you go in with a plan. We feel very comfortable with our running game. We like the plan we have going into this game.”