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Perfect Day to Picture the 2008 Team

Posted by Randy Lange on September 29, 2008 – 2:34 pm

If you went by the sky, there was kind of a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse feel to today’s team photo. Even though the sun poked out here and there, it was hiding behind a long patch of overcast shortly after noon as the players, coaches and the rest of the support staff began climbing the small yet sturdy gray bleachers.

But if you went by the mood of the players, it was a fun break from today’s meetings, and 56-35 makes it a whole lot easier to take as well.

Team photos seem to usually be snapped at this time of year but on a Saturday before a home game, once the week’s work is done. But with the Jets’ bye week coming earlier than usual, head coach Eric Mangini found a hole in the schedule for the players to change to their green jerseys and white pants (although two-thirds of the players sported bare lower legs, no socks, in the spirit of the news anchors who wear shorts behind their desks).

The lensmen for this job are familiar with the Mangini Jets. VSN Photography, based on Reading, Pa., travels in a van with the slogan "We Photograph Pride" on the side and shoots only sports team photographs for high schools, colleges and four NFL teams — the Bengals, Redskins, Patriots and Jets.

In fact, this is the sixth year the two-man crew has shot the Jets (and obviously their first at the team’s new Florham Park, N.J., facility). They got the assistant coaches, doctors, trainers, equipment staff and strength staff positioned on the upper tiers of that structure.

Then came the players, who were arranged in increasing numerical order from left to right, the first row sitting on the far sideline of the outdoor turf field, the second row sitting in chairs, the third standing on the ground, then rows 4 and up in the bleachers.

Fitting into the middle of the lower rows was the Jets’ hierarchy — owner Woody Johnson surrounded by executive vice presidents: GM Mike Tannenbaum to his right, Matt Higgins and Thad Sheely to his left.

One person remained to be seated.

"Waiting for you, Coach!" one of the players, probably Kris Jenkins, shouted as Eric Mangini came walking out of the building diagonally toward the "stage."

Mangini’s late arrival was understandable, seeing as he was accompanied by a guest. Curtis Martin is in the neighborhood today.

The legendary running back is getting a tour of the complex, and he stood to the side and watched a ritual he had participated in about a dozen times in his NFL career.

In five minutes, probably less, the positioning and the photos were done and the players clambered down from the framework to resume meetings. Based on the outcome of Sunday’s win over the Cardinals that propelled them into their bye week at 2-2, they should remain photo-worthy through October and deeper into the 2008 season.

More Firsts from the Cards Game

In case you were wondering …

Brett Favre is the first Jets QB to throw for 12 touchdowns in the first four games of a season. Favre is also the first Jets QB to throw for nine TDs in two consecutive games. He’s also the first NFL QB to have six touchdown passes and less than 300 yards in one game since Peyton Manning did it for the Colts against the Lions in 2004.

The Jets’ 34 second-quarter points were the most in any quarter in franchise history. And the last time an NFL team scored more in a quarter, it was the Redskins with 35 second-quarter points in their 42-10 Super Bowl XXII pullaway from the Broncos to end the 1987 season. Only the Lions last year, with 34 fourth-quarter points to pass the Bears, 37-27, had as many as the Jets since then.

The Jets’ turnover differential was one of the three best marks in franchise history. Here are the games in which the Jets registered a plus-6 or better in franchise history (all Jets home games):

 Season Final Score TAs-GAs TO Diff
 1979 JETS 14, Vikings 7 7-0 +7
 1984 JETS 43, Bengals 23 6-0 +6
 2008 JETS 56, Cardinals 35 7-1 +6

Kurt Warner’s 472 passing yards is the third-most by an opposing QB in franchise history. Dan Marino racked up 521 yards in the Dolphins’ 44-30 loss to the Jets at Miami in 1988, and Bernie Kosar went for 489 in the Jets’ 1986 playoff loss at Cleveland.

Inside the Jets

A dynamic duo of Jets big names are scheduled for tonight’s "Inside the Jets" show live at Charlie Brown’s steakhouse in Chatham, N.J., and on 1050-AM ESPN Radio. WR Laveranues Coles and G Alan Faneca are the guests, along with Jets Flight Crew members Lauren P. and Jessica S. Festivities go from 7-8 p.m.

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18 Responses to “Perfect Day to Picture the 2008 Team”

  1. By Ira on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Randy, Intersting #’s. Favre was just great yesterday along with many others. Good to hear that Curtis was around. How come big Al didn’t take the team photo?

  2. By JT on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    The “six TD passes yet under 300 yards” thing is interesting. I would imagine that Warner’s 472 passing yards is the highest all-time total for a QB whose offense had that number of turnovers. I’d pretty much guarantee that.

  3. By Randy Lange on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Ira, team photographer Al Pereira was on hand, as was multimedia coordinator Rich Gentile. We were taking “snapshots” of the guys taking the snapshots. Very metaphysical.

  4. By CCY on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Glad to hear they were in G&W for the photo (although I did enjoy those Lee Grosscup to Art Powell TD’s yesterday…. oh)

  5. By Drew on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    And people question why Ira is our leader??? He just asked Randy why the Jets team photographer didnt take the pictures!!!! You are the legend and our team captain Ira. I’m glad you’re on our side. Hey Randy….Must be a nice Monday for you huh?? Nobody killing Mangini, B Schott, Mr T, Favre or questioning the way you run the Radar??? Almost is a little boring but I’ll take it, Great job bud!!

  6. By Row on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Wander who will be released now that Chatman is coming back? I figure P Hodges will be cut. It would be nice if we could make a roster move for Lito Sheppard or a CB. We will have so many picks in the draft this year. Just noticed our D is ranked 30th for passing yards and 28th in points, and our O is ranked 28th by way of the run. Bills should only lose 2 or 3 this year we need to step it up!

  7. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Time for jets fans.. Again another blown call from the refs seems like we get jobbed every week… . U Think I’m over reacting let me explain… line judge sole job be4 ball is snapped make sure D -line — O-line don’t jump right wrong ..Every1 on the planet seen it cards jumped ….Strange Only 1 that didn’t see it… Isn’t that what the league pays him 4 ?? miss a call in play ,,ok not be4

  8. By Jake on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    I hope they edit Graham and Raymond out of the picture now

  9. By John on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Randy…I have been calling to have this photo posted on the website for a few years now. Is it possible to get it up when it is up so we can see it and possibly download it?? I am sure other fans would like this as well….

  10. By Randy Lange on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    We’ll do what we can on that, John. Keep in mind the team photo was taken today but it is not available anywhere yet.

  11. By iowachick on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Good job Jets! It was great to see the chemistry beteen Favre and the rest of the team. You all seemed and one. Wonderful defense first half (a few problems in the 3rdQ?). Great offensive defense so Brett could do his magic. Thanks for rallying. Love L. Coles after game interview. Say, Brett, I saw a glimpse of a smile during the game–could we have a little one during the interviews? Go Jets

  12. By mike on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    How many people wrote in to demote or cut Coles. He had one of the best WR performances of the year, and it looks like Cotchery is not the only WR on the Jets who has chemistry ith NO.4. LC is still one of the best YAC guys in the NFL. Congrats to LC, and I hope to see more TD’s and maybe a pro-bowl this year

  13. By Gary O on Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

    Randy, If I missed this, I apologize…Where does the 56 pts the Jets scored yesterday rank versus other offensive outputs in their history? Thanks.

  14. By Ray on Sep 30, 2008 | Reply

    mike ex jet fan, the refs missed two calls early and both almost cost us. The one you mentioned led to Favre’s only pick. I think he thought he had a free play so he threw it across the field. But Jenkins saved the day blocking the FG. Earlier they let a pass interference go where LC was clearly hit before the ball got there and the db was making no play on the ball whatsoever.

  15. By Randy Lange on Sep 30, 2008 | Reply

    Gary O, the 56 points vs. the Cardinals is the second-most points in a game in franchise history, behind only the 62 points scored against Tampa Bay in 1985.

  16. By mike on Sep 30, 2008 | Reply

    Let’s get down to the basics, yes our playoff hopes look exceptionally clear right now. Our schedule fits a 10-6, 11-5 record. however, randy I am uncertain we are a superbowl contender. We lost to mediocre Pats team, manhandled by weak armed rivers chargers, and brett favre is not 24. we might not have him next year, so clearly rebuilding will be made. Randy what does the huge picture look like.

  17. By mike ex jet fan on Sep 30, 2008 | Reply

    Ray Ray Ray .. it worked in Washington same as Jets …it’s A BUST 2 THIS POINT .

  18. By Ray on Oct 2, 2008 | Reply

    mike ex jet fan your grabbing at straws now. What worked in Washington?!! Snyder has wasted a ton of money for nothing in return. Your losing ground every time you try to make your point. You have no point, game over, you lost this argument, move on.

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