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Jets-Chargers: First Half

Posted by Randy Lange on September 22, 2008 – 9:17 pm

David Barrett talked this past week about how exciting the new entry on his résumé has made him. A cornerback for his first eight seasons in the NFL, he lately has taken on safety responsibilities.

In fact, Barrett gets the first start of his pro career at safety in tonight’s Jets-Chargers game.

The idea is no doubt to cover prolific TE Antonio Gates with a player who has corner skills. And the decision by head coach Eric Mangini and DC Bob Sutton pays dividends just 3½ minutes into the game. Barrett intercepts San Diego QB Philip Rivers on a pass intended for Gates and takes it to the house for a 7-0 Jets lead with 3:33 into the opening frame.

Rivers bobbles the high shotgun snap, and that may well have distracted him from the players in the pattern. He goes to Gates but Barrett jumps hard on the pass, picks it off at the SD-25 and is unchallenged as he bolts down the right sideline for the TD and fires the ball into the giant CHARGERS logo on the end zone wall.

It’s the first interception-return TD by a Jet in three seasons, since LB Mark Brown picked off the Bills’ Kelly Holcomb on New Year’s Day 2006. And it’s the first INT-return score on the road since S Reggie Tongue took then-rookie Ben Roethlisberger’s errant pass 86 yards in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Pittsburgh on Jan. 15, 2005

On San Diego’s next drive, Barrett almost has pick No. 2 when Rivers tries to hit WR Vincent Jackson down the deep middle and DB the DB can’t hold the interception but deflects out of harm’s way.

CB Dwight Lowery also is on his game early as the Chargers obviously are trying to target the rookie from Northern California. Lowery knocks loose a 42-yard pass intended for Jackson and then provides some pro defense in breaking up a Rivers pass intended for Gates on third-and-2 from the Jets 18, forcing the hosts to settle for a Nate Kaeding field goal.

Barrett becomes the fifth different safety to pair with Kerry Rhodes, who’s started every Jets game in the deep middle since 2005. Here are the Rhodes partners during that span:

 Safety Seasons Starts
 Erik Coleman 2005-06 34
 Derrick Strait 2006 2
 Eric Smith 2007-08 6
 Abram Elam 2007 8
 David Barrett 2008 1

The Jets gift-wrap 10 points for the Chargers on two turnovers in a span of 4:09 bridging the first two quarters. First Thomas Jones loses a fumble in a scrum and CB Quentin Jammer returns it to the Jets 16, setting up a short field for Rivers’ 1-yard scoring pass to wide-open FB Mike Tolbert.

Then Brett Favre tries to laser an out pass to Laveranues Coles, but CB Antonio Cromartie performs the magic trick, deflecting the ball from Coles’ grasp and into his own, then maintaining his balance and answering Barrett’s return with one of his own, for 52 yards and the TD. That’s the seventh pick returned for a score by an opponent since 2006, the last five on the road.

But Leon Washington turns on his return jets for the first time this season on the ensuing kickoff, ripping 94 yards from his 1 to the bad guys’ 5. That sets up Favre for his fourth TD pass as a Jet and his first to Coles in the back of the end zone.

Mangini and ST coaches Mike Westhoff and Kevin O’Dea think a Jay Feely onsides kick will work on the visitors’ next KO, and it nearly does as Wallace Wright gets his hands on the ball. But Wright can’t hold it, the Chargers recover and then cover 44 yards in five plays, with Rivers off play action finding WR Chris Chambers alone on the post in the end zone, perhaps beating Barrett to the spot.

The 24-14 score at that point resembles an Arena League game, or maybe one of those old-time American Football League shootouts that these teams sometimes engaged in during the Sixties.

The Jets’ bad field position continues. Favre and Jerricho Cotchery aren’t on the same page when Favre overthrows the fifth-year WR and S Eric Weddle makes the diving INT. That sets the Chargers up on the Jets 45. In short order they move inside the 10 and Rivers finds Gates in the right corner of the end zone for a 31-14 lead.

The visitors’ two-minute drive gets to the hosts’ 29 but no closer, and a Favre sack by LB Shaun Phillips put them out of even long FG range. So Ben Graham hits his second effective punt of the night, a drop punt that bounces at the SD-10 and is downed by Wright at the 5. And that’s the first half.

And if you’re an NFL fan, it was an exciting first half. If you’re a Jets historian, it’s also significant — the last time the Jets were involved in a first half of more than 45 points was the 1986 home game against Miami, when they led, 31-21, at the half.

But if you’re a Jets fan, you’re nervous. There’s 30 minutes left and 17 points to be made up to catch the Chargers, who in the first half have found themselves both offensively and defensively.


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34 Responses to “Jets-Chargers: First Half”

  1. By Pete on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Worst play call ever! You just get back in the game and you hand that offense a short field?!?! Crazy!?!?

  2. By JC Edwards on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Favre should have gone to the Bucs. Jets need to let him go to a better team before they ruin his career.

  3. By Drew on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Let this 1st half be a lesson to all you idiotic Jet fans who want Favre to throw the ball every down. HE IS NOT READY TO THROW THE BALL ALL GAME!!!!! The offense needs to run the ball until Favre and the WR’s play more games.This is why your on the sofa and Mangini is the coach. Instead of firing the coach talk maybe we should fire most the the fans who think they know what they are talking about

  4. By Charles F on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    R u kidding me Jets cut M.Henry and sign B.Graham again. What is going on with the coaches. This game is bs it’s clearly that Favre and the WR. are not on same page. 21 pts. for Charger on Jet TO. This game is going bad to worst. I know Favre is trying to make plays but come on already. I still have hope you never know it could turn out to be another Monday night Miracle. Hope Mangini adjusts.

    DECLINED: ABBREV OBSCENITY (BS)

  5. By shemp on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    mangini and schotty better start making adjustments on offense, before this game gets ridiculously out of hand. hopefully jenkins can make it back for the second half, we could use his run stuffing ability.

  6. By Patsfan on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    How long will NYJ fans make excusses for Brett?

  7. By L Coles on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    How long are we going to keep this Guy, 3 INTs ?

  8. By Moshe on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Disaster

  9. By SteveB on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Well lets see what do we do get a huge momentum swinging kick return by leon wahsington and we are back in the game. So we make a desperation move in the 2nd qtr. and try an onside kick. I can watch high school football on Friday night. Maybe even see some kids run laps. Ridiculous and how did he get that mangenius label?? Got to go watch gates rip my fantasy team. pitiful!!!

  10. By Charles F on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Wow this game is torture to watch wtf is going on. Coaches don’t know players don’t know does anyone know? Another season down the drain, I’m really sorry but after watchng this game and last week I can’t think positive. Now Jenkins is hurt , Jets organization teased us in the offseason. They gave us false hope. If we don’t score on this drive I’m done watching game I can only take so much.

    DECLINED: ABBREV OBSCENITY (WTF)

  11. By JC Edwards on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Hey!!! The Bears need a QB! Brett would do quite well with DA’Bears. :-)

  12. By Big O on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Randy, what kind of plays is Brian Schotty calling! and defense looked good in the first quarter and then we just dropped the ball and fell off! It is so hard being a JETS fan, I think we go through the most grueling punishment, every season I brag about how my team is going to do it this year and every season I get laughed at!!!!! Does anybody in here go thru that, if so can I get a shout!

  13. By Alex on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    this game is a disgrace!!!

  14. By Andrew in Tucson on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    we can finnally look forward to the season being in the tank before halloween. Seems to me that I rread that on the radar weeks ago from a fellow fan. Dare I say chad could be doing a better job then the old man. Just look at Favre’s face even he knows he made the buggest mistake in the history of football by coming back and of course the jets are the team dumb enough to pick him up!

  15. By Andrew in Tucson on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Its a miracel that we even beat flipper! How bad is it going to get before we get somebody in here that is going to turn this thing around. How bout it woody new training center, new stadium, tons and tons of money on FA. You still have the stones to charge a PSL how pathedic is that. Build a winner before you start leeching the fans that have stuck with this lion like team!

    DECLINED: VULGARITY (STONES)

  16. By Kevin on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    I think you new york fans should feel lucky to have Brett Favre. Andrew tucson shut the hell up you prick. You’re team sucks balls and it’s not Brett’s fault. your receivers blow big time, the defense is questionable, and the coaching obviously lacks. Brett is going to the hall of fame, what the f*ck have you done? yeah im sure Chad Pennington would have done alot better!

    DECLINED: NAMECALLING, VULGARITIES (PRICK,SUCKS BALLS,BLOW,F*CK)

  17. By shemp on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    big o you are so right, i have been getting laughed at since 76 season. why could’nt we move the ball like this in the beginning of the game it seems like schotty waits till we are down before calling plays like this

  18. By alex p on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    hey when is Favre comming out of retirement?

  19. By shemp on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    funny why is that a pats fan has to be on a jets page talking about favre a day after they got their butts handed to them by flipper. guess he hasn’t learned that cheaters never prosper he deserbes all the embarrassment the pats may recieve this season

  20. By Kevin on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    I think Brett Favre is the best quarterback to ever play. I am an eagles fan, coming from a town that persecuted their quarterback when he plays poorly, i say give him GOOD coaching/playcalling and he’ll make it happen. Jets have a questionable defense, receivers that don’t play the ball well, and the worst play calling in the national football league. New York Treat Favre RIGHT!!

  21. By Andrew in Tucson on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    CENSORSHIP IS A TERRIBLE THING! BOO! TO THE SO CALLED REPORTERS FOR EXERCISING SUCH A HORRIBLE THING! DON”T SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT OUR OWNER OR COACHES! I DID NOT EVEN USE ONE PROFAIN WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By Randy Lange on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Andrew, if you don’t call people names and use vulgarities, your comments will probably be posted.

  23. By Miguel on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Where is Kris Jenkins. He is no longer on the field. Where is he?! Onside kick after a solid offensive drive, botched with Wright not coming up with it. We need a safety. If we had a good safety alongside Kerry Rhodes we would have the best team in the AFC East. You cant expect a rookie to make plays all night. And its clear to everyone, Brett Favre does not know the play book.

  24. By Big O on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Co-sign Drew!!!! I stated the same thing last week on another blog, If you let Brett bomb balls he will throw interceptions. Just about everyone in here said let Brett bomb the ball and I said if he does we will lose games and this is what happens when he gets wired up! I think Shotty is full of buckshot right now, I dont have any confidence in his playmaking abilities! I question Mangini also!

  25. By Rob on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Here’s one for you Randy. Why do the Jets since ’83 for me, have to break my heart year after year? I don’t expect an answer on this one…I’m sure you don’t have answer. Here’s the best question – why should I renew my season tickets next year? How long should I defend the Jets when they give me no reason to do so?

  26. By Big O on Sep 22, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Mike Tannenbaum its not the players that need to be traded, its the sorry staff that needs to be replaced, they clearly cannot make plays!! Last week against the Patriots three attempts @ 1st and goal and a missed field goal attempt! Now an onside kick! Are you kidding me and the defensive coordinator has to go! And why does Mangini sit there and believe the garbage the staff is telling him!

  27. By SteveB on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    WOW that was terrible!! Is there some way we can blame this on CP?? It certainly will not be Favre or Mangin’s fault. Who can we throw under the bus now my guess it will be the recievers falut.Get ready for another drab news conference about having to get better. We should be 0-3. This is a joke but look at the bright side of it we own the tie-breaker over the fins!! LOL

  28. By Russell on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    Down 17-14, the Jets try an onside kick. What are they thinking? For some reason, I think Kris Jenkins is going to be a five year bust. Thank goodness for Leon Washington or else this game would have be even more difficult to watch. Glad to see our 3-4 defense putting pressure on Rivers. Jets still need a WR who can stretch a defense and a safety to play along side Rhodes.

  29. By Marcus Eytcheson on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Drew and Big O: You say that he cant just fire away or we are going to lose games? He fired away a lot last year, and that seemed to work pretty well for the Packers. 30-42 271yds 3TD and 2INT’s was it a great game from Brett NO! I think that the JETS as a TEAM have some things to fix not just Brett. Chad has nothing on Brett you should be excited every pass he throws!!!

  30. By Big O on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    Marcus, I really feel like Brett is a credit to the JETS but he has to take his time and read the play better, I feel like we have all the right players but we dont have the Staff with the greatest playmaking ability!

  31. By gulf-girl on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    It breaks my heart for Brett still has it but its like the receivers never make it down the field for the big plays. He is having to work for every little yard & it just makes you wonder if they gave him more time in the pocket, give Brett some protection & get down the field.Brett left limping from poor protection. What happened to the defence?They have the tools if they get it together!!!

  32. By steveb on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    A lot of the protection stuff is Brett’s responsibility and if you would have kept Pennington you would more than likely be 2-1 or 3-0. The Favre aquisition is and will continue to be a disaster through the end of the year then he will leave and Green Bay will get an extra draft pick next April. Just get over it !! Pennington gave Eric his 10-6 yr. 1 and tangeni has ruined it since.

  33. By CD on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    L Coles, what guy are you referring to? Farve had 2 int. and one could have been called incomplete. Romo throws int’s, Manning throws int’s, they all do!
    Get off the excuse bandwagon and support your team. Give Farve and the Jets a chance. There is still plenty of time. I think you will eat your words!

  34. By Row on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    Drew, thanks for showing you know something about football. I too have said it will be a disaster when they have Favre throw up 40 balls. (42 this game) If the OC doesn’t find a way to make running the ball a priority, we will lose every game. I personally think Brian has one more game, then Mangini has to step up and make the play calls. Game plans just look horrific.

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