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Ryan, Pace, Jets Ready to Enjoy the Challenge

Posted by Randy Lange on November 29, 2010 – 3:36 pm

Feet of clay and beads of sweat? Not for the Green & White men of steel this week. Outside the locker room the Jets may be seen as underdogs in their Monday night road test at New England, but inside they’re ready to rock and roll and enjoy.

“It’s going to be fun,” said linebacker Calvin Pace following today’s back-to-work practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “We know them well, they know us well. We’re not the best of friends, but I always enjoy playing against them.”

And head coach Rex Ryan said the same, not just about going up against the Pats but against Bill Belichick. He opened his news conference this afternoon with a sincere take on how he feels about BB.

“I admire Bill Belichick,” Ryan said. “The reason I do is I think he’s the No. 1 coach in this league, and that’s undisputable. He’s smart, every single year he gets his team going, he’s a great evaluator of talent, he’s the son of a coach, all that kind of stuff.

“Do I want to be like him? No, I want to be like myself, but I want to have the success he’s had over the years. You like to compete against the best and that’s why I like going against him. I know it’s a huge challenge. I try to give my best shot every time out and I know he gives his best shot.”

Rex had a mild tweak for reporters in response to a question about the Jets’ perceived role as underdogs in this game.

“The way you guys report it, I thought we had the worst defense,” he said. “I don’t know where we’re ranked but it’s embarrassing. We’re ranked third or something. It’s not up to our standards, that’s true, but our season ain’t over, either.”

The significance of that statement is that this is the same point in the schedule at which the Jets defense put on its powerful closing kick in 2009. After Week 11 last year (or after the game at New England), the D was fifth in the NFL in yards allowed. After Carolina the next week, the Jets rose to second overall and of course finished first.

This year after Week 11, the Houston game, they were seventh in the NFL. After yielding 163 yards to the Bengals on Thanksgiving night (and before tonight’s Arizona-San Fran game, which shouldn’t change the rankings), the Jets are third in the league, their highest ranking since last year’s Week 12 rank.

The lesser known but perhaps more telling stat is yards allowed per play. The Jets defense at 4.7 yards allowed per play is second overall, trailing only San Diego.

“It’s hard to get to this point, and now the guys feel confident,” Pace said especially of him and his fellow defenders but also for the team as a whole. “We’re 9-2, we got some time off, and we’re playing a very good team in New England. That being said, it’s going to come down to who executes best. We’ve got to be ready.”

Job one, of course, is defending Tom Brady, which we’ll get into as the week goes along. Ryan’s summary of the Patriots QB’s game: “There’s no weakness in Brady’s game. He’s poised, he’s competitive, he’s a leader, and by the way, he can make every throw. He’s great underneath, he’s smart, he’s got 199 straight throws without a pick, he throws the deep ball with touch, he stands in there and faces pressure. … He’s just a heck of a football player.”

Top-Ranked Returner

One other stat note this week: Brad Smith, after his 89-yard kickoff-return TD vs. the Bengals, leads all qualifying kickoff returners in the NFL with a 29.2-yard average on his 34 returns. Second is the Lions’ Stefan Logan (28.1). Third is Leon Washington with Seattle, also at 28.1.

Injury Watch

Ryan gave his bonus injury list (he doesn’t have to list any injured players until Thursday for the Monday night game. T Damien Woody did not practice. Jerricho Cotchery, Dwight Lowery, Marquice Cole and Shaun Ellis were all limited. Nine players were listed as injured but full participants.

Nick Gallo checked in with Woody, Cotchery, Lowery and Cole in today’s locker room session to see how they’re feeling. His story will be posted later in the afternoon.

Schedule Plus

In the latest of many odd-week schedules for this much-in-demand Jets team, the Green & White will practice Tuesday as well but that practice will be closed to media. They won’t practice Wednesday, then will go Thursday through Saturday before traveling to Massachusetts on Sunday for Monday night’s game.

For any who wondered if the Jets have ever played games in two consecutive weeks on days other than Sunday, the answer is in primetime, no, but not in primetime, yes. In 1993 the Jets played consecutive Saturday afternoon games, the windblown 3-0 win at Washington followed by the 28-7 home loss to Dallas. And they ended the ’83 season with a Saturday afternoon 34-7 loss to Pittsburgh followed by a Friday night 34-14 defeat at Miami.

“Inside the Jets”

The first “Inside the Jets” show of the push into the homestretch and toward the playoffs begins tonight at Grasshopper Off The Green in Morristown, N.J. The show is live beginning at 7 p.m. with a call-in from Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist Curtis Martin at 7:45 and two Jets players to be determined, and Jets radio play-by-play man Bob Wischusen hosting.

If you can’t make it to the Grasshopper, tonight’s show will be aired tape-delayed on 1050 ESPN New York but you can also listen to it live on http://espn.go.com/newyork/

Thanksgiving Playlist

For those who are interested in the tracks that were played at New Meadowlands Stadium during the Thanksgiving triumph over the Bengals — and we know you’re out there — here is the playlist:

Tonight Tonight — Smashing Pumpkins

I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight — The Outfield

Immigrant Song — Led Zeppelin

Give It All — Rise Against

Flashing Lights — Kanye West

Where the Green Grass Grows — Tim McGraw

Show Me How To Live — Audioslave

Should I Stay or Should I Go — The Clash

Get Off My Cloud — Rolling Stones

Blow Me Away — Breaking Benjamin

Give It Away Now — Red Hot Chili Peppers

Don’t Stop Believin’ — Journey

In The End — Linkin Park

Bang Your Head — Quiet Riot

More — Usher

Have A Drink On Me — AC/DC

On To The Next One — Jay Z

Break — Three Days Grace

All Of The Lights — Kanye West

Victory — Puff Daddy featuring Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes

Hey Bulldog — Beatles

Only — Nine Inch Nails

Can’t Be Touched — Roy Jones Jr.

I Gotta Feeling — Black Eyed Peas

Peg — Steely Dan

Rock N’ Roll All Night — KISS

Rock That Body — Black Eyed Peas

Shout — James Brown

Sweet Caroline — Neil Diamond

C’mon C’mon — Von Bondies

Till I Collapse — Eminem featuring Nate Dogg

Requiem For A Dream — Clint Mansell

Shut It Down — Pitbull featuring Akon

300 Violin Orchestra — Jorge Quintero

No Love — Eminem

Bang Your Head — Quiet Riot

It’s A Fight — Three 6 Mafia

A Cut Above — Avery Watts

Headstrong — Trapt

Desire — U2

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22 Responses to “Ryan, Pace, Jets Ready to Enjoy the Challenge”

  1. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    These D stats are deceiving, just like they were in part last year. The stat I’m most interested in is how often we stop teams on 3rd and long. Then I wanna see the list of stellar QBs we’ve failed to stop on 3rd and long, which for the most part doesn’t even include names like Brady, Roethlisberger, and Cutler yet but rather giants like Colt McCoy. And not to be a total grouch, Randy (having to get off the Jets site and go back to work does that to me), until they start playing Hendrix at the games, they’re strictly playing in the minor leagues. And the definitive version of “Shout” is by the Isleys, of course, who wrote it, not Brown — unless they’re playing Brown’s “Shout and Shimmy,” an even more shameless rip-off.

  2. By Pranit on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Its as simple as this: If there is no pass rush on Brady, he’ll eat the Jets secondary alive. No way can the jets (field goal happy) O match up with Brady & co…Maybe we also have to score via special teams (or a lucky break)…

  3. By Paul Wells on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, that’s a list of forty (40) songs. Let’s see, during the average three hour game (180 minutes), a song needs to be started (regardless of how much is actually played), on average, every 4.5 minutes. I’m not sure what my point is…

  4. By 37 year fan on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    We are going up to New England To TEAR THEM APART …..The only way past N.E . is to rip out their hearts ….They’re not going to want to lose ….That’s what we’ll be doing to them ….There will be no recovering from this loss …..It will be a “Backbreaker ” …….

  5. By GaryC on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    why dont they play a horse with no name by America, it was the only song I ever got a one hundred on the karaoke mike.

  6. By scjoe on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    As much as I hate to admit it, all those things Rex said about Brady are true. In my opinion he is right behind Manning (who is in a class of his own, despite yesterday’s brake down) as I have mentioned before, the only way, and I mean the ONLY way you beat Brady is by pressuring him, early and often. Sure, we can talk about who is covering who in this game, but the question is, how long can we expect the DBs (aside from Revis) to stay with theses guys? That is where the pressure comes in, that is also where a fast start, (something we have not had in God knows how long) comes in. Pressure, as we all know, is much easier to apply with a nice lead.

  7. By scjoe on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, question. In the NE Detroit game Thanksgiving day, Detroit had consecutive unsportsmanlike penalties called against them putting the ball at their own 40 for the NE kickoff. Could NE have tried a 57 yd FG at that point or do the rules state that it has to be a kickoff? After all, it was in a dome.

  8. By Randy Lange on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe, no field goal try allowed in that situation. The ball has to be kicked off.

  9. By Arte Old School on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s just play “Another One Bites The Dust” over and over and over and over again.. And when we sack Brady like we did in the 4th Quarter of Wk 2 to win again.. What else? “I PAID MY DUES.. ” WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR LOSERS, ‘CAUSE WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (OF THE WORLD!!)) Go J-E-T-S :-)

  10. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Talk about “wow,” Paul, ESPN says the Jets are looking for a replacement for Folk as we speak, maybe for as early as Monday’s game! This supports what I say (and what Douglas told us very early on) about Rex not putting up with guys who aren’t cutting it, but it goes to the bigger point that Ira made earlier this year, too, about the Jets braintrust playing it Super Bowl-or-bust. I can’t remember a team this much in contention replacing its kicker this late in the season without much more of a complete meltdown like what, er, Folk went through last year. I guess it makes sense, though, if you figure that they’ll probably look for a replacement for the replacement next year. Not for nothing is Ray Guy a Hall of Fame nominee…

  11. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. This story about Folk also backs up my hunch that as good as Feely was last year, he didn’t do himself any good with that missed FG, right before the half if I recall correctly, against the Colts.

  12. By IRA on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Pranit, Sure ST are always important but a lucky break? The Jets held the Pats to 0 pts in the 2nd half back in week #2 and that was without Revis. As long as they make Brady uncomfortable back there and the Jets don’t turn over the ball they will win. They are the better team.
    The Jets have had 11 KR for TD’s since 01. Morton -2,Miller 3,Leon 4 and Mizzou 2 as of last week. Thats 11 since 01. Randy, I would be safe to say that has to be the most in the NFL by any team? A credit to Westhoff.

  13. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Looks like Westhoff might set a record for kickers on an NFL team in less than a year, too, Ira.

  14. By IRA on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, Yeah 73% is not going to cut it. Its too bad he was doing ok until the Browns game. Believe if there were a better option they would’ve signed somebody already. maybe it does happen this week. Reed and Stover [if he is in shape] are the only kickers i can think of off the top of my head right now. They just might have to bite the bullet and live or die with Folk. Man that is a big risk. As for Reed he hasn’t been too good lately either. His KO’s have been the worst in the NFL the past 2 years. But his FG % the past 3 years entering this season was 89%. For some reason this year he has dropped to 68% and was 0-4 from 40-49 and 2-4 from 50 and out. So what do you do? maybe take Reed because of his experience in Pitt and NE? Not sure.

  15. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    As Randy’s article said defence is now second in yardage per play 4.7 their getting better last 1/4 of Cincy game they played huge still need a (pass rusher) come in playing with that intensity which BTW I believe like I said earlier in a former post Rex will have these guys ready to play this game will pressure Brady and keep his yards per play down substantially from last week at Detroit therefore keeping the game close hopefully tipping the scales in our favor Barring the usual suspects Bad officiating stupid penalties not executing ..Tom64 how bout lets give some love to BRAD SMITH in leading all the NFL in KO return average that’s a good thing right ? I see absolutely no downside to this kid what so ever

  16. By IRA on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    ESPN is reporting that K. Brown will workout today for the Jets. I think if he has a good day the Jets will sign him. I thought way back in April he could be an option if Folk had a so-so camp. Brown was not going to beat out Rackers in Houston. Wonder if they are second guessing their decision to get rid of Feely? I for one would’ve kept him. If it weren’t for him they might not have beaten the Bengals in the playoffs.

  17. By dougmc on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Brady is the best but, he is due for a butt kicking. We need to take him out of the game early with some pick offs and smashing him in his face and hair. Blitz…Blitz…Blitz…Get The Ball !!!
    We need Folk to get it together this late in the season. Edwards and Greene need big games. It’s only Tuesday and I can’t wait for this game…

  18. By paul on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Jets better find a pass rush before Monday Night and stop worrying about feild goal kickers! Without a pass rush to stop Brrady and company it will become a shootout between Brady and Sanchez, and no matter what songs are played Mark Sanchez can NOT win that matchup! Our Defense needs a way to find some pressure on opposing quarterbacks, a problem Rex admitted to last year, but seems to be missing the point this year. Blitzes or not Brady will pick our secondary apart if they can’t get there! Pittsburg game ahead! Ben will do the same, Jets NEED a legitamate pass rusher on this team! Long road to the SB!! Here’s hoping we can make the uphill journey! Go Jets!

  19. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Tom64 sounds like what your saying Feeley missing a FG at Colts we made the right decision dumping Feeley for Folk hope not he can’t shine J-F shoes when it comes to crunch time my friend, now people are on board getting Reed like I said 2 weeks ago I believe Reed is over and done with Pittsburg same as L-T was finished with the Bolts I think bringing him in he gets energized ALA L-T.. average at best for him is still better then folk in my opinion GO JETS

  20. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    MJV, you didn’t see my post Thursday night on how Smith has a better average on KRs than Leon, and how if we’d kept Leon we wouldn’t have Smith on KRs? I thought I covered that pretty well and in fact, I’d rather try Smith at RB than Leon at this point. As for what turns out to be the Kris Brown tryout, Ira and MJV, I was just suggesting that even one missed FG at the wrong time, like Feely’s before the half against the Colts, may be too much for Rex, much less Folk’s misses this year. I think we all knew a re-evaluation of Folk was coming in ’11, so maybe it’s coming just a little early.

  21. By Gmany3k on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think the NFL plays the same songs at every game . the pats will pass to their TE’s in the seams all we have to do is tackle them for no YACs. our front four needs to beat the one on one battles themselves . the defense will need to punish
    the small WR’s that the pats have. What you have to understand is that they the Pats are playing us the Jets and we make great QB’s look one dimensional say like Rogers of green bay , Brady too. many of the talking heads of the ex player kind have said that the jets are a sound football team in every way and will begin to break games open come December because we are built that way to win in December.. well December is here and we are a physical team for 60 minutes
    the question is who is game.

  22. By Passaicjoe on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Well said dougmc! Greene is overdue to bust one open. The O line needs to turn it up. The defense, well it’s like when the Nazis bombed pearl harbor, the going got tough, so the tough got going!!!! No body gets off the line of scrimmage until we are on offense!! Welker over the middle?? DEAD!!! Brady forced out of the pocket, DEAD!!! Belicheck’s snide overconfidence in an aging team, DEAD!!!! The “Pats” have been on double, secret probation this season, with a Blutarsky chance of seeing the playoffs, 0.0
    J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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