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Jets Will ‘Have to Bring It All’ to Pittsburgh

Posted by Randy Lange on December 15, 2010 – 5:12 pm

Rex Ryan growled the obvious at today’s first news conference of the new week about the weekend business trip to Pittsburgh: The Steelers are tuff. Heinz Field is ruff. And the Jets will need the right stuff.

“I know one thing. We’re heading to Pittsburgh to win the game,” Ryan said at the media room podium in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “That’s a tough place to play, as tough as it gets. We’re going against as good a defense as there is, and we’re going against a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

“If you plan on beating Pittsburgh, you’re going to have to bring it all, and that’s what we plan on bringing.”

All, however, is a relative term, since T Damien Woody underwent his knee ‘scope today and has already been declared out, and when asked if S Eric Smith (concussion) would play, the head coach said, “I don’t believe he will.”

The safety situation is tough — there’s that word again — since James Ihedigbo (ankle/knee) also did not practice today. It could be on to about Plan D down the deep middle for Ryan, coordinator Mike Pettine and DBs coach Dennis Thurman.

“Dwight Lowery will move there full-time,” Ryan said of his third-year man. “We’ll give him a lot of work there. We’re hoping to have Dig back as well. If not, then [Emanuel] Cook’s gotta be ready to roll.”

Cook, who’s been in two Jets training camps and also spent time this past off-season with the Buccaneers, played in his first pro game on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Ryan didn’t declare Lowery the starter today but one look at the depth chart and another at the injury report tells us that he’s the next man up. And as Lowery told us last week, “I have a lot of confidence that I can play the position.”

Now can they play like they need to play at the Big Ketchup Bottle, as noted Jets fan Chris Berman has long dubbed Heinz? The last time the Jets played there, they went 131:04 of clock time without an offensive TD, in the 17-6 regular-season loss on Dec. 12, 2004, then in the 20-17 overtime defeat in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game five weeks later. The weather was cold, the fans loud, the field choppy.

That remains to be seen, but perhaps in a good development, he hears Heinz is in better shape today than the practice field here in Florham Park was for today’s outdoor practice — but only by a little.

“They just resodded their field, and our field was kind of hard out there,” Ryan said. “But it was good to get out there in the similar elements you’re going to face when we go to Pittsburgh. It was cold out there, it was windy. … Practice was really good today.”

It was 27 degrees with perhaps 10 mph winds under mostly cloudy skies today at the Jets’ practice. On Sunday at Pitt, the forecast is for temps in the low 20s, with winds around 12-20 mph under partly cloudy skies, quickly followed by dark.

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Besides Woody, Ihedigbo and E.Smith, the Jets also listed DT Trevor Pryce (hip) and RB LaDainian Tomlinson and FB Tony Richardson (both non-injury-related) as DNPs today, while C Nick Mangold, DT Sione Pouha and WR/KR Brad Smith were full practicers.

The Steelers’ injury report has six players who didn’t practice in team drills: T Flozell Adams (ankle), LB James Harrison (illness), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring), S Troy Polamalu (ankle), DE Aaron Smith (triceps) and WR Hines Ward (non-injury-related).

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31 Responses to “Jets Will ‘Have to Bring It All’ to Pittsburgh”

  1. By sal on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Not to worried about the safety, stil nothing transpired this week to make me think shotenheimer was put on the spot bt rex or mike and sanchez will not have the glasst eyed deer in the headlites lookm or 5:21:25 PM and green will find what little holes the fatties give them, or jerico edwards and holmes will make the catch and seize the moment or brad smith running it up the middle etcm

  2. By sal on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    But they did correct same situation same time last year
    Let us pray!

  3. By Pranit on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    again the same….all talk…Lets see you play like the way you talk Rex for a (really big) change…sorry, to talk that way, but this team (specially the offense) is really playing bad…There’s no way you beat the steelers that way…And if you talk, then you get the steelers all fired up for the game…as if they aren’t already…

    so stop the talk, and walk the walk….

  4. By scjoe on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    I listened to Rex’s presser as usual, I here again how well the practice went and how focused everyone was out there, but we have been hearing that all season, why is it not translating on to the field? Of course injuries has a little something to do with it, but we were reasonably healthy in NE and never even competed, then against Miami we gave up what? 150 yds total offense, 1 offensive TD after an INT and still find a way to lose. I for one hope that this is the week that all that focus and all that great practice time we here about carries over to the field on game day. Pranit, I here ya about the talk, I was never one to believe it has anything at all to do with the outcome of the game, just the embarrassment we have seen recently.

  5. By BLINKA posts, no one heeds on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Ol’ 54 thinks you have to “bring it all” and a lot more players.

  6. By Troy(nyjetsholdSBtrophyin2010 on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    The only way we can come out of this game on top is to somehow win the turnover battle by +2 or 3 ,you dont fix an offense this bad in a weeks time its just not a switch you can turn on and especially against this steeler D,that doesnt give up a thing on the ground,so unless Mark can really be smart with the ball,or Rex actually pulls the trigger on benching him if he is struggling we need to have a defensive score and probably some type of special teams score,stopping them wont be difficult(making sure you drag Ben to the ground is paramount thats really the only way they produce big plays is his extending plays not going down)one would think they empty out the playbook this week.

  7. By JettsFan on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Jets will have to bring it all, except for Alosi. Thankfully. There should be no more time wasted, Alosi should be fired IMMEDIATELY.

    Maybe our ‘strength and conditioning’ coach is the reason why we have so many guys going down this year; perhaps we should find out by getting rid of this guy. If we lose the rest of the season, so be it. I want to win the super bowl respectfully, not with cheap shots like that.

    As if I didn’t have enough reasons for embarrassment as a Jets fan.

  8. By Troy(nyjetsholdSBtrophyin2010 on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    We need to get out of the 3 WR sets ,and get back into the 2 TE with Hartsock playing alongside W.Hunter to help on J.Harrison in protection,their not going to respect the spread out formations anyways and will be keeping 8 guys up close so might as well max protect.and try and get Holmes(who should be out to have the game of his career after that drop last week and being back in Pitt let him beat there mediocre corners,have Mark ready with 2-3 audible ready plays when he reads certain blitzes coming ,have a hot WR and pray he’s accurate and that our guys catch the ball,lets try and get back to being in 2nd&5 not 8-9 ,this will help Mark,just show us that this whole year of talk and talent signing and high hopes wasnt a big fluke??

  9. By NY747 on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    we just need some solis reciever not a big name just somone to get open catch the ball and hold on to it

  10. By Scooter on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Never been more embarassed to be a Jets fan than I am right now. Between the overhype of a team that’s not that good, to the debacle on the sideline against Miami, enough is enough. Rex…shut up. Take ownership of this team being out of control and turn this around NOW! You’re the head coach, act like it. Burying footballs, not knowing what goes on with your offense or on the sideline. Man up already and turn this thing around before it gets out of control. You can’t hide the garbage because we saw it all during Hard Knocks. It’s a frat boy country club there. Well, when you win and don’t embarrass yourselves as a team they say the team has “personality”, but when it’s one thing after another, it’s the inmates running the asylum!

  11. By dougmc on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t be Scaerdt ! Make some plays and keep them on their heels. Draws and Play-action. Turnovers Turnovers Turnovers… Get the Ball and score points and we can hold these guys on D. I don’t want to back into playoffs again. Let’s run the table and kick some tail… Gotta have it this week and stop the bleeding. Can’t handle Francesca and all the told ya so guys. Need you now Sanchize and all the O to bring it !!! Let’s Go Jets…
    J————E————T————S…JETS…JETS…JETS…!!!

  12. By Arte Olde School Section 327 on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Randy.. Am really grasping at straws here.. Hoping for a miracle turn around here from our team that’s oh so capable of getting on a roll like last year.. Simply hope that Shotty and Rex can get this offense in some sort of a rhythm, so they can score some points.. Quick Question: What’s Rex’s history (record) against Pittsburgh.. We all know he knows them pretty well on both sides of the ball.. Thanks.. P.S. Looking forward to a special game.. If we can win this one, anything is possible, one game at a time.. Then we can have a golden opportunity to get revenge with the Ravens and then in Foxboro.. See you in Dallas :-) ??!!

  13. By Randy Lange on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Arte OS, let’s limit it to Rex’s time as OC with Baltimore from 2005-08. Overall, including two playoff games, the Ravens were 4-5 vs. the Steelers and Ryan’s defenses per game averaged 67.0 rushing yards allowed, 193.4 passing yards allowed, 260.4 total yards allowed, 17.6 points allowed and 2.0 takeaways. In his five games as OC in Ravens games at Pittsburgh, his record was 1-4 and the averages were 75.0 rush, 188.0 pass, 263.0 total, 22.2 points and 1.6 takeaways.

  14. By Fish Hunters on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    This team has truly become a three ring circus. I’ve never been this embarrased by the Jets. Now I hear Rex has backed down from a challenge? “I’d just as soon not…” face the Steelers? Did he really say that? If so then we’ve already lost that game.

  15. By Sameoldjets on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Its the same old Jets. Self destructing at the end of the season. No Pass RUSH, Predictable Offense That Seminal play has to go if you are not going to pass it. Establish the run then open up the passing game.
    Shotty has to go unless he comes up with a better game plan and more explosive offense otherwise 9 and 7

  16. By IRA on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    I am looking forward to seeing what Lowery can do playing safety full time. I think he comes up with a pick for a team that has only 7 all season. Thats hard to believe and they have to be on pace to set the all-time low record of INT’s as a team for a season. At a fast look it seems 11 were the least amount they had 4 times. In 1976-77-96-and 03. Hard to imagine a secondary wih Revis and AC having ony 7 to date. That will change this week Not only will Lowery come up with one Revis back in his hometown as a pro for the 1st time will get one and take it to the house. Add that to a SH TD and 2 Folk FG’s and the Jets win 20-17.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  17. By IRA on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    They must of course keep Sanchez clean and give him time [a hard thing to do of late] a lot of shotgun formations, quick slants, screens, draws and some shots down field. SH and BE know the Steelers D well and think they both will come up with big plays.
    Key make sure they keep Big Ben in the pocket. Do not let him get out otherwise he will kill them.

  18. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    So the Jets cut Turner. For anyone who’s keeping score, that means we basically cut Woodhead for Clowney, Clowney for Turner, and now Turner for no one. I don’t know whose fault this is, but it makes absolutely no sense.

  19. By IRA on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Tom,
    Yeah i thought maybe they had something in Turner and surprised because he had a few catches and was a big target. Probably are making room for a OT or safety. Can’t blame anyone for injuries and they could use some help for those positions.

  20. By scjoe on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Ira/Tom, they cut Turner to “resign” Gilbert the DT. You are right, it makes no sense, the ongoing musical player rotation at the bottom of the roster. Another player I thought performed well out there when given a chance, he had the size and the physicality to be really effective in the red zone at the very least.

  21. By scjoe on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, I think one of the reasons we have a team total of 7 INTs is the fact most passes are being directed away from the corners and toward the safety’s and the LBs in the short to intermediate range. We have shown with out a doubt we have no one who can remotely cover the slot receiver, the TEs and the back out of the backfield, thus, 7 INTs. I hope the FO is doing their homework for the April draft, and I don’t care who makes a statement like “it is to early to be looking at next season” A real pass rusher and at least 1 cover safety are needed desperately.

  22. By matt on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    agree with Troy that Schottenheimer needs to line up Hartsock next to Hunter all game to help with Woodley/Harrison. But I said the same thing last week vs Wake and you saw the results. Schotty will never get it.

  23. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Ira and scjoe, re the Woodhead/Clowney/Turner thing and our pathetic offensive production this year, I like Scooter’s comment a lot and not least because he calls out Rex on O. You can make all the excuses you want but if you weren’t a Jets fan and I said Rex and Schotty are the worst offensive coaches in the league based on what they’ve put on the board with the talent they’ve got, you wouldn’t think twice before agreeing.

  24. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hate to say this about my team ,but it needs to be said Miami came in needing a win they held us to 6 points and make us look like Bucs in the 70’s.. Pats came in needing to win control of all the NFL home field bye week you name they got it all they held us to 3 points and scored 45 .. Steelers need this win bad steelers defence beats both Miami and Pats by leaps and bounds only way it gets worse we might find a way to owe points in this game… NO WAY NO HOW NEVER WILL THIS BUNCH BEAT THE STEELERS sorry guys sorry they don’t have the heart of a champion what they have is pockets of gold

  25. By Howie D on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Many fellow posters keep saying the offense is bad. Correction: the offensive players are good, Schotty is what’s bad with the offense. Even Brady would look like an idiot in this system. What’s scary is how the lack of confidence is speading, even big-time players like Holmes now look bewildered. If we’re going to keep Schotty for the rest of the season, the best way to salvage this is to run more and let Sanchez roll to his right and find positive plays. (Hint Schotty: Sanchez is much better when he rolls to his right. Don’t send him on QB sneaks or keep him in the pocket, you’ll prematurely end his career).

  26. By Ray on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, it has been kind of easy to sit back after the last couple games and just reading all these posts. Kind of funny how different people see things. All Schotty’s fault, all Sanchez’ fault, all Rex’s fault. You can point you finger in any of their directions and be at least kinda right. You think you can blame Sanchez and then say Schotty isn’t at fault too? Or vica versa, Schotty’s at fault and not Sanchez? The OC and QB are so intertwined they are almost one and the same. I don’t care if Rex talks, I care that he challenges plays he shouldn’t and doesn’t challenge ones he should. That he can’t seem to get the right number of guys on the field every game so we use TO’s.

  27. By Ray on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    And sure enough the “I know everything and your clueless” hypocrite is sounding off loudly. Funny I haven’t heard anymore posts about how great Eric Smith starting at safety is anymore!! Wouldn’t be because he got destroyed by TE’s in NE and was out of position all over the field the last two weeks would it?
    We aren’t missing Faneca in the run game, teams are loading up the box and daring Sachez to beat them, and he hasn’t been able to do it the last couple weeks. This team has no identity on offense. We are not a ground and pound, we are not a passing team, we don’t know what we are so our offensive game plan is…. offensive. It is all over the place.

  28. By Ray on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    And finally, I find it astounding that (and I admit I haven’t finished reading all the posts from the Miami debacle) no one seems to be talking about probably the biggest non-call of the Miami game. 3rd and 3 from the 19 and B. Marshall blatantly pushes off on Cromartie and catches a pass at the 9. 3 plays later they are in the EZ (Smith out of position again)! Marshall looks like a DE tossing a lineman trying to get to the qb. How is that missed by the refs? If that’s called, what are the chances we hold them on 3rd down? And if they settle for a FG, that game plays out totally differently. Not one analyst talks about that play (other than Fouts at the time). That play should have been replayed and talked about all over the place.

  29. By paul o on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    I have been trying to figure out why the “kid” (Sanchez) gets that puss on so early in games when things don’t go right. (That down look on his face drives me NUTS!) To me, it has to be he either doesn’t like the play calls or he just doesn’t have confidence in the off. game plan. Whatever it is, it’s Shotty’s responsibility to “put the off. players in a position to succeed”.The quarterback and his demeanor are Shotty’s responsibility and i feel as though he”s not coaching the “KID” properly. Just my opinion. GO JETS!

  30. By john ski on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    I’m so glad to see the comments about Shotty, Hunter and Smith being burdens… although Smith is typically solid as “the other safety” next to Leonhard. I listen to the radio and have been calling in making my comments about Shotty for 3 years now and everyone defends that guy, like his dad is gonna beat them up after work. All of you are great fans…call it like you see it dammit!!! From what I understand even Klecko make the comment (not sure which media) that we look like we have a very, very limited number of routes for our receivers. Shotty shoulda taken a starting head coaching job somewhere else this year, his stock is down for that role unless he wakes up and stops outsmarting himself when designing a game plan. GO JETS!

  31. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Ray, for the record, I never said Smith would be a great starting S. In fact, the week before Leonhard got hurt, I said I hoped all our current S’s would be back-up or situational guys next year, or gone (I was thinking of Pool there), and at this rate they will be. And Schotty, just for the record, per your press conference, I have never said you were “calling great plays.” The best I ever said was that it looked like you were enlightening Rex as to how much more important passing is to an NFL offense these days, but these last two very big games took the air out of that. And yeah, Ray, Sanchez, Rex, O line guys, etc. are definitely at fault too. The scary question is whether Woody, Mr. T., and Rex are ultimately at fault for taking MS.

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