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STEVE-O: One Very Important Business Trip

Posted by jetsstaff on December 2, 2008 – 11:50 am

The Jets are about to embark on a key road trip and its importance is not lost on the team. The players I’ve spoken with are all very aware of what this week means and for what to prepare. A five-hour flight is no fun for any team. Players’ body clocks are shifted, energy is low, and the team’s timing is off.

All of these things affected the Jets on their last trip to Oakland. The result was a loss to one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Now, that one surprised the Jets, but this trip can’t.

After what happened Sunday against the Broncos, the Jets are in a tenuous position now. In that game their weakness against the spread offenses was exposed and every team in the NFL knows it … if it wasn’t apparent already. Even though the Jets have Pro Bowl talent at safety and corner, changes will have to be made on the defensive side to adjust for that hole in the defense.

Life is good in the NFL after wins and sometimes mistakes are less noticeable, but now that a method of breaking their stout "D" has been discovered, the Jets must find new ways to attack. The ball-control method seems to be the best. Continue to run the ball and get first downs with screens and low-risk passes. Keep the chains moving. Work the clock.

It’s not sexy, but it wins games. You’ll take that, won’t you? Do you realize coming into the Denver game the Jets led the NFL in drives of 10 plays or more? They were also No. 1 in most drives lasting more than five minutes. That was because they focused on getting first downs and not trying to force a long pass or get too cute with a reverse … in below-freezing temps … with a slick ball … in the freezing rain.

Of course you do realize Cotchery takes that reverse to the house if the exchange is clean.

At any rate, the true test of a team’s will is how it responds to an adverse situation. The Jets got a break with the Patriots losing to the Steelers because that keeps the Pats off their backs. Think of how much more pressure is on the Jets this week if the Pats had beaten the Steelers. That would’ve put the Pats in a tie for the division lead and right back in the thick of it. As it stands, the Jets still control their own destiny and still have a shot at the second seed and a bye week.

First things first — the players have to remember what got them to the top of the AFC East.

Executing a ball-control offense with an effective rushing attack combined with quick-hitting passes to slow down the pass rush. It keeps the Jets’ defense fresh, and at their best they can neutralize any offense by making them one-dimensional and forcing third-and-long situations.

Time to tighten things up.

We’ve seen great seasons slip away. The Jets only have one shot with this team intact and can’t afford to let this golden opportunity pass them by.


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31 Responses to “STEVE-O: One Very Important Business Trip”

  1. By die hard fan on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    I think we got a little full of ourselves! We let the glory go to our head. Last week Jenkins was saying how now the league should know how good they are now. Then the Broncos come in and dominate us. I thought we would have a let down game before the season ended. It brung us back down to earth and we have to get back that momentum. I’m glad it happened against the Broncos and not the 49ers

  2. By Ira on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    I will say one name. Mike Martz. He will go to school on what passing teams have been able to do against the Jets. He is a mad scientist when it comes to the passing game. The Jets must be ready for this. I think they will. This game will not be easy but a loss is not an option. Jets will win this week. GO JETS!!!

  3. By Nic on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    I agree Steve, this is the one and only shot that this specific Jets team has. I mean, I hope Favre sticks around for another year but this team was built with the “win now” mentality and I don’t want to sound like a biased Jets fan but I think we really have a good shot at winning it all this year. It would be great to do it on the 40th anniversary of Super Bowl III. It’s long over due! Go Jets!!

  4. By MikeMc on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    I’m not sure SF has the weapons to do what Denver did to us but their D is stout. I agree Steve-O tight ball control game would suit me just fine. Are the Jets flying out early to acclimate themselves to the time change?

  5. By Jeremy on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    How come we never hear about Coach Callahan? He’s done a great job with the O Line and running game. Granted, Faneca, Woody, T. Rich, & Favre have opened up the running game, but it would be nice to hear what Callahan is up to, especially since he’s the Asst. Head Coach. On that note, I still can’t believe the playcalling from Shotty. What happened to running the ball, trusting your RB & O line?

  6. By MikeMc on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    Ira nice call on the Denver game but I think your getting a little crazy here, The plane trip will be the biggest thing to overcome. Martz has proven himself to be a fraud, he hasn’t done anything since Warner. The 49 Defense will be tough but not Raven or steeler tough. I see a 15 point win here if we play conservative.

  7. By uncle joe on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    And again Leon Washington was making plays at the end there getting us in a position to score.That man is GREAT.He better get a contract extension at the end of the season.Lot of money and a lot of years.DB(Don’t Blink)Washington.Neon was used for Deon Sanders,and I don’t like Sanders!

  8. By JETFOREAL on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    broncos loss the wake up call so they say. i just hope every few wins they don t need a reminder loss4 games left in reg-season with 1 gm lead tight but manageable in the light of the AFC race.49rs and bills @home are winnable the treck back out to seatle is another haul but the seahawks are beatable then the closer @home w/mia a must win chad vs favre for the AFC that winwill be my Christams Gift

  9. By Drew on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    Can we go back to Rhodes covering the TE? Ira is right Martz might be a fraud but he can gameplan a passing offense. This has got to get corrected

  10. By Frank on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    I can’t wait to watch Pace running all over the field trying to cover Davis. Is there any Saftey’s we can sign of a practice squad somewhere? anyone would be better than Elam who is still trying to figure out where he is supposed to be.

  11. By supercooljetfan on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    the jets looked slow comin out of the tunnel on sunday and after that fumble play i knew it was over….the officiating was bad too it took them like 5 minutes to determine an offsides thank god the bills and pats lost

  12. By jak, 18 wk jet fan on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    yes teams arent stopping our mostly passing scheme ,those many short to medium passes open up the big runs ..they dont know when well run after passing 66percent of the time on drives.favre wants th bomb[i wanna c it]but
    its not there,the dink n dunk is good ,it consumes so much time also.i like the 4th down go for it mentality as well.need a m alstott for 3rd ,4th n1

  13. By Ira on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    MikeMc,
    I would love to say Jets 31 – San Fran 17. But i will hold that until the end of the week. I am still doing my homework on the Niners. I hate to say this but the Jets are the 30th ranked passing defense in the league. If you give any NFL QB all day they will have a big day. Hill looks like a very efficient QB who doen’t make many mistakes.Johnson and Bruce are good WR’s and Gore is good.

  14. By walter on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    ok so let it be known that i will never turn my back on my jets but come on…….if we want to prove we are super bowl caliber or even PO caliber then we need to stay focused and beat every team that comes our way.i hate to admit it but the pats were always the team you knew would go and beat the teams that were not great.with us its a shootin match…you nver know what your gonna get.go jets

  15. By Tanner on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    Steve, did you say the Jets are already flying over to SF?Is’nt just a little bit early?

  16. By wayne on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    Note to Schottenheimer, since his first game in the NFL Brad Smith has been running the wildcat play or end arounds whenever he enters the game. I think the other team expect one of these two plays. You might just wamt do something different off that package. Like maybe pass the ball down field to Smith maybe? Just a suggestion.

  17. By Ray on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Mike ex jet new fish fan, you not only can’t spell but you obviously refuse to READ as well. Arizona happens to be in first place in their division, the NFC West. Feel free to look it up. Arizona lost last week to Philadelphia. Feel free to look it up. Why do you continue to patently lie to try and make your point sound legitimate? But yes your favorite team the fish did win.

  18. By jak, 18 wk jet fan on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    i feel for you long time jet fans, last time my team won the superbowl was 1997 favres 96 packers. 11 years. 40 years would just be agoninizing..so i forgive anything mike ex vet jet has to say….not that it offends me, ive agreed with some of his observations over the past few months.

  19. By jak, 18 wk jet fan on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    UH MAKE THAT 12 N 1 HALF YEARS OR SO ..I D JUST GOT UP..AND ITS SPELLED agonizing… uh we should handle all 4 of our remaining games [wins] cept the 4pm west games r scary with our oak n bolts performance ,too bad the 49ers and seahawk games arent consecutive as the team could just stay out west and get acclimated for a better performance.

  20. By Ira on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Drew, You’re right about Kerry covering the TE’s. The problem is Elam who i like [he just had a bad game this past week] doesn’t cover the field deep the way Kerry does. I think they are afraid of letting Elam give the CB the deep help. They have to give it a shot because Kerry is really the only answer or let Lowery cover the TE’s and take out a LB on passing downs. They have to try something.

  21. By Nel on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    The entire team and coaching staff needs to remember how badly everyone played (except maybe TJ and Washington). Every play the Jets run Sunday needs that effort that was lacking. No dropped balls. No throws in the dirt. Every play needs to be a punishing reminder to the 49ers that they are playing the Jets.

  22. By MikeMc on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Ira, if we stop the run like we did vs. Tenn & make SF one dimensional I can’t see Hill having a big day, I think 31-17 is possible but 27-13 is what I envision. Ray , Mike the Ex a fish fan ? now it all makes sense. jak, agreeing with Mike the ex’s observations will not endear yourself to jet fans, plus reading your posts I had you on a different intellectual level. Go Jets!!

  23. By Ray on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    jak, 18 wk jet fan, do you really think mike fish fan is any different than any other Jet fan? We ALL agonize about this team, every game every year. But instead of being able to enjoy that we actually have a team in the mix, we are in first place right now, 12 games into the season, we have to constantly correct and defend against his petty and RARELY valid rants. My pity for him left long ago.

  24. By jak, 18 wk jet fan on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    MIKE EX JET VET .i agree with you about the prevent 3 man rush. if its not working and a team scores tds Frequently on us , then it should be abandoned…in the late 70s cause of w payton, i became a bears fan. and the 85 bears rushed at least 5 at a time and just decimated teams,as they had good mn2 man players. in that era, i admired j. klecko [sak exchange] he should b in hall of fame

  25. By Anthony on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Our First Priority should be getting better at man coverage work with some zone coverages. COnfuse the QB. I think that needs to be evaluated. We have good CB and a good LB core. We are still missing HARRIS? We need him big time right now. And we need our CBs to start playing shutdown ball. Incorporate Law more to help these young guys work it out. Revis is still a beast

  26. By Tom Spicer on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    Guys our secondary is not all of a sudden going to be a bunch of lock down players out of no where the only way to fix this problem IS TO PUT HEAT ON THE QB if we are going to lose lets go down with a fight. I would much rather have us get beat on a blitz where we just miss the QB & he burns us for a TD than getting picked apart all day long RUSH THE QB look at Pitt every pass play 1 of there LB’S

  27. By T on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    is rushing the QB sometimes 2 or 3 which the Jets never do BRING THE HOUSE we should never have 3 guys rushing the QB every play at least 4 guys must rush the passer

  28. By jak, 18 wk jet fan on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    40 years is a torture that no fan should have to endure, [ lions, cubs, fans ,sorry]mike jet vet shouldnt threaten fish alignment , either fly or swim.but hes had some valid points. the banter has been amusing between him and evryone ,but im new so it hasnt worn thin, maybe we should criticise constructively ,as from time to time coaches may read these posts,and b more apt to read them .conversely

  29. By jak, 18 wk jet fan on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    conversly the banter has been amusing.

  30. By 35 year fan on Dec 3, 2008 | Reply

    It was easy to get used to the Jets winning every week . It was sweet, sweet revenge to get bellichek ,and then the undefeated Titans.We were entitled to an off day. But now its time to get back to business in a hard way. Ive been waiting 35 years, its time now to go out and take it. If we want it bad enough .The jets gotta get it for their faithfull fans. Even god must be pullin’ for the jets.

  31. By Row on Dec 4, 2008 | Reply

    I do find it odd that we are having one of the best years of recent times sacking the QB, yet we are 30th in pass D. I know it is a worthless comment, but we should have drafted a corner over an overrated DE with issues. Next year is getting more scary with Law chosen over Miller. Where is our depth going to be at corner if we are already close to last in the league? Just a thought.

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