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All 3 Levels of the D Were Up to the Challenge

Posted by Eric Allen on January 16, 2011 – 9:40 pm

The Jets’ defense brought the fight early and often to the Patriots offense Sunday in their stunning 28-21 AFC Divisional Round playoff triumph over their old AFC East rivals.

“We stuck to our game plan and our D-line had a hell of a day today,” said LB David Harris, one of the many stars of the monumental victory. “They created havoc for Tom Brady back there all day. What did we have, six sacks? And numerous other pressures? You have to take your hat off to the D-line and the guys in the secondary covering a good bunch of receivers on the other sideline.”

Harris, who had a game-leading 12 tackles, delivered the first blow to Tom Brady and company, intercepting an overthrown short ball to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and returning it 58 yards to the Pats’ 12. It was Brady’s first interception in an NFL-record 340 pass attempts.

“We were in Cover-3 and Tom made a bad pass,” Harris said. “He threw it over his head and I was in the right spot at the right time. I thought I was home free when I made Brady miss. but I was caught by Alge Crumpler, who is a 300-pound tight end.”

Even though the offense couldn’t capitalize with any points when Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal attempt sailed left, the “D” wasn’t deterred.

Defensive end Shaun Ellis, who often brought pressure right up the middle and was unblockable, got to Brady in the red zone late in the first and forced a Shane Graham 34-yard field goal.

“Man, it’s tough. There were a lot of double-teams,” Ellis said about the often coverage-heavy formations that left him and his linemates 3-on-5 or 4-on-5. “We up front knew it was a tough challenge but we just had to keep pushing the pocket. It’s what we practiced all week.”

Harris said Ellis “probably had the best game of his career and it was on the biggest stage. He came up big for us with the two quick sacks, gave us momentum and we took it from there.”

Then Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine’s unit put on a show in the second stanza as the Green & White cruised to a 14-3 lead at the break.

The Pats went three-and-out on their first possession of the second quarter as CB Drew Coleman — a.k.a. The Little Sackmaster — got to Brady for a 9-yard loss on third down.

That was followed by another Pats three-and-out, backing up the 7-3 lead the visitors had just taken. The Pats finally got a first down on their next possession, but S Eric Smith wasn’t fooled on a mishandled fake punt and the offense took over in plus-territory at the 38.

Four plays later, the Jets built their 11-point lead when Braylon Edwards bullied a pair of Pats defensive backs and went in from 15 yards out. Brady took a knee to close out the half after getting sacked three times and averaging just 5.8 yards on his 17 pass attempts.

The Jets got great coverage in the back end, continually applying the pressure on Brady and confusing him with different looks. When Patriots Nation expected Brady to come out smoking in the third, the Jets forced a punt after four plays.

Calvin Pace nearly broke Brady in two when he got a free shot on the future Hall of Famer midway through the third deep in Pats territory. That shot caused a fumble that Green-Ellis recovered, but the Jets continued to dictate to an offense that had averaged 37 points over its last eight regular-season outings.

A team that laid 45 points on the Jets on Dec. 6 on this same field didn’t score a touchdown until there were 13 seconds left in the third quarter — Brady to Alge Crumpler for a 2-yard hookup. Sione Pouha got a fifth sack of the night in Jets territory with the Patriots, down, 21-11, frantically attempting to make a comeback push.

And it was fitting that a fourth-down incompletion form Brady to Deion Branch had Antonio Cromartie right there in coverage. These Jets may talk a big game, but they play one, too. For good measure, Cromartie recovered an onside kick as the Jets secured their second trip to the conference championship in as many years.

“I think we just showed Brady different looks and our front four was humming,” said “Cro.” “Shaun Ellis, Calvin Pace, Jason Taylor, Mike DeVito …. David Harris had a tremendous pick in the first half. It was just guys going out, making plays and playing their technique.”

“Our coverage was actually pretty simple on the back end,” said Pettine. “We just played.”

This was a masterful playcalling performance from Ryan and Pettine, executed perfectly by a hungry defense. The Pats’ young tight end duo was held in check the majority of this confrontation (excluding a 37-yarder to Rob Gronkowski on the TD drive) and the coverage downfield was tight on the outside as even when Brady had time he often couldn’t find anyone open.

Former Jets DL Dennis Byrd delivered an inspirational speech to the club Saturday night and then Ellis, who had two sacks and has appeared in more games than any other defensive linemen in club history, led an improbable charge against these Men from Boston.

“Anytime you take a beating like we did last game, it’s just huge,” Ellis said of the motivation the Jets shared going into this game. “We felt like we were totally disrespected — they ran the score up, Brady had his gestures, they were doing the Jets [airplane] run. Going into this game, we just wanted to get it back.”

And that’s what the Jets did. “The Monarchy” was dethroned and these upstarts from New York, powered by a physical, smart and savvy defense, will soon start planning an attack on Big Ben in Pittsburgh.

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60 Responses to “All 3 Levels of the D Were Up to the Challenge”

  1. By rich on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply


  2. By Tom Spicer on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mark 16 of 25 for 194 yards 64 percentage completion percentage 3 touchdowns 0 turnovers 127.3 qb rating GETTING IT DONE!

  3. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Nation !!!! Yeah baby, awesome team victory . Scjoe like i posted to you earlier the Rex & Mark are now 3 & 2 against those SUPERIOR ones from N.E and J-E-T-S are now 52 & 51 & 1 against the hated rivals, anything can happen. But, most important, Jet Nation got the victory. Its nice to see Rex grow as a coach, adjusting and not BLITZING all the time against these hall of fame Q.B’s and putting the team in early holes, he’s put his ego aside for the best of the team. And it’s also nice to see this huge growing up , enormous confidence builder for M. Sanchez beating these Hall of famers back to back, it can only help him become the franchise QB that we all want hiim to become. Never to late for the pass rush to show up! “1gm at a time

  4. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy, being that Mark is going to his second AFC title game in his first two seasons as starting QB. Is he the first to do it or has anyone accomplish this before…?? Curious…

  5. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Randy from MJV to You Eric and company this win is just as much yours as ours for the great job you and your troup have done all year long keeping us informed keeping the interaction fair and balanced between some of us trouble makers but at the end of the day hats off keep it coming that said on to the SB GO JETS

  6. By Randy Lange on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    MJV, we do it all for you and we’re sharing it all with you. On to Pittsburgh.

  7. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    The most perfect game we’ve played since 1/12/69, plain and simple. Three TD passes, one each to LT, BE, SH. A great game and clutch TD run by SG. A clutch long-gain, almost all YAC, by J-Co and 4 other great catches. Great D effort, good enough on ST. And yet…the Pats almost came back, which should remind us all that 28 pts IS NOT 45 pts and that great teams score consistently, and in all 4 qtrs. Anyone who wants to talk about which weapon on O to lose instead of which weapons on O to add and develop for the future is a hopeless pessimist. THINK, my friends, we’re 60 minutes away from the BIG SHOW! If we even get into it, Woody and Mr. T will find the money to pay guys and sign guys, it’s not gonna be “the same old Jets” front office!

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    You might remember me saying last winter that if Sanchez could average 16 for 25 for 200 yds and 2 TDs a game in ’10, I’d be very happy. He did almost exactly that today, better on TDs. And he did it without having to go off the field after getting a drive going and watch some stupid Wildcat play. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing the Wildcat next week even if BS is back, nothin’ against how he runs it but what we need is the attack on O we had today. Just about the only mistake we made was SG’s penalty after the TD but he’s gonna hear it from Rex. Rex and Westy might have a few words for Folk, too, when he missed I thought well, if we lose close, that pink slip could finally arrive. And what’s this about Brady crying after the game?

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    And now for a little fun: I won’t play one Jet off against another after THE BIGGEST WIN IN 42 YRS, but I’ll say a few words about the Pats. The Great Woodhead, 14 for 46, which is the best he should EVER do against a D this good. The Great Welker, a complete non-factor in the game. The Great McCourty, dragged by Edwards into the end zone along with Meriweather like a rag doll. The Great Brady, ruffled at being rushed, shocked at being sacked, utterly baffled by the formations in front of him. Scott said it right and since they chose to talk to him on the sideline instead of after the showers, I love it so much I’ll say it again for him here — “ANYBODY CAN BE BEAT!” And that’s what we should be talking about now, how to beat PIT — AGAIN!

  10. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    MS completed 64% of his passes, nicely done! The big difference is that it didn’t take 3 Qs for him to settle down today, he found his groove late in 1st. I hope that’s a sign of things to come.
    D was awesome, they made up for the lack of sustained ground & pound drives that kept the ball out of Brady’s hands. Pats won TOP 35-25 but couldn’t win the game, that’s BIG. Ellis’ 2nd sack was definitely a coverage sack. It was great to watch Brady grow increasingly frustrated as he tried to find open receivers but couldn’t.
    Steelers dinged up O line should make it easier to control Berger Boy. STs could decide that game.
    I’m a happy man! Go Jets!

  11. By pat cupano on Jan 16, 2011 | Reply

    Great victory, game well played! Let’s not forget Rutgers Eric LrGrand youtube video rutgersvslouisvillestarringcasey

  12. By 37 year fan on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    I TOLD YOU >> I TOLD YOU ….I Gauranteed it …THIS IS OUR DESTINY…..64 Tom ,.HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL ? Where are all the Jets haters now ? I NEVER LOST THE FAITH .. 37 Years ….I KNEW WE would get one ,.We’re only two games away …. We Dumped CHAMPAIGNE .. IT”S OUT OF CONTROL …..

  13. By 37 year fan on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    …IRA … WHAT”S UP ? ….SC JOE >>TOM SPICER ….My freind called me and he was going so crazy he fell down and hurt himself .. ( Not a serious injury )

  14. By Otis R. Needleman on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Tremendous game! Now the Jets need to get ready and keep the intensity up for the Steelers! Win and we’re in!! GO JETS!!!!!!

  15. By 37 year fan on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply


  16. By Joe in Richomd on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Rex said it best. Same ‘ol Jets, right back in the AFC Championship game. Great win!!! There’s no sweeter revenge than making them 1 and done in their own house!

  17. By Gonzalo on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Anything can happen on any given Sunday in the NFL. These experts were all wrong. Egg on their faces. Stidk to the plan. I agree both Rex and Mark are growing up. They beat the Steelers on their last encounter(not by much if I remember), so it an be done again. Can’t wait for nest week

  18. By NorCalJet on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Good win Jets!!! You played like Jets and executed the game plan. Do the same next week against Pitt and then we can really dream. We are the team we thought we were back in August and Sanchez is still that growing QB we imagined taking off. Make the game plan to our strengths, keep it simple for Mark and we will collect the dividens. Great show, not the “Same Ol Jets”!! Go Gang Green!!!

  19. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Okay, here we go, Tom from Bricktown: NE 29-JETS 10, almost but you got the teams wrong. 16-3 at the half, closer, wrong teams again. Sanchez 14-33 175 yds 2 INT, you almost got the yds right but that’s 3 TDs and NO INTs. LT 11 for 33?, no 10 for 43 and a BIG TD. At 1 for 19 you’re close on Holmes, too, ‘cept one of his 3 for 20 was a TD to help put the game away. Oh, and I love this one, Greene 6 for 27, okay, that’s about a third of 17 for 76. But Welker’s 7 for 57 doesn’t quite match up to your predicted 9 for 125, see what I mean about his lousy 9.5 per catch? Hey Mike, Rose, jetswontwin, and Pats#1, WHERE ARE YOU? Crying on the sidelines with your QB? Shaking your heads in shock with your D that can’t play unless they’re up by 3 TDs?

  20. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    37 year fan, you ask how good does it feel? I’ll throw that one back at the Pats fans who dared to come on our site, in the words of one of the all-time greats (three of the all-time greats, if you count Hendrix’s and the Stones’ cover versions):”How does it feel?/To be on your own?/With no direction home?/A complete unknown?/LIKE A ROLLING STONE?” Guess that was inspired by the article I just read on how the Pats’ “dynasty,” with one SB helped along with some cheating, is over, finished, done. Not that we won’t have to beat a good Pats team for years to come, but we won’t have to listen to all this talk about how unbeatable they are. Scream it with Bart: ANYONE CAN BE BEAT!, and that goes for the Packers and Bears, who we shoulda beat.

  21. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hey GaryC, was it you who told me it was ridiculous to think SH and BE would compromise on $ to stay with this team? Okay, 2 yrs in a row we’re in the top 4, all our best players are young, our HC is only in his 2nd yr, we’re in the biggest media market in the world and if we haven’t taken the spotlight from the other NY team, we’ve certainly pulled even with them once and for all. You telling me that SH or BE is gonna say sorry, DAL or ARI or OAK or CAR offered me the moon, I gotta go? Sure they’ll want good $ but if they start with any stupid numbers they won’t even be heard over the army of guys who’ll want to come here. And if we did lose one of ‘em, wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see a guy of Fitzgerald’s caliber say, “I’m all in!”

  22. By tony p on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    considering that the media and commentators thought this game was a no brainer for the Pats ,the ending and analysis is quite interesting. Nobody thought to ask Peyton his pre game thoughts. Nobody could get past the 45 to 3 loss, and they were still talking about it after the Jets won today !Amazing ! Deone Sanders and Wes Welker had it right with post game comments WW says they practiced one way all week and the Jets showed up with something totally different, that’s a huge coaching mistake. They were not prepared . DS says once the Pats and Brady are taken out of there initial game plan they are nothing more than an average team. DS was right. Congrats on a big win, on and off the field.

  23. By dougmc on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Pats were cooling off and we were just warming up…I guess i was right on with that estimation because they were cold and we helped them freeze up. The Pace sack is what I’ve been dreaming of forever. Great coverage by secondary and great schemes by Rex and Co, again. A couple of overthrows aside, Sanchez looks real good.
    Steeler O line is very thin and we will need to exploite that. Their D is as good or better than ours, so we will have to create points on specials and Defense.
    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome…Keep the backflips coming…

  24. By IRA on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    First of all congrats to the Jets but your job is not finished yet. God Bless D. Byrd. He strength to overcome what he has is just amazing. I started to cry when i saw the jersey being taken to midfield before the game.
    What can use say about yesterday. A+++ to all. There are some things they will have to clean up so they can beat Pitt and they will.
    Well deserved that Ellis had a career best day and making Brady’s day miserable. My man Drew kudos to him. Rex has brought the best out in him.
    Biggest franchise win up to date sine the SB win in 69.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  25. By IRA on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    I have always said J-Co has the Pats #. He has done it his whole career big play after big play vs the Pats. Randy how about a lisyt of big plays J-Co has made vs the Pats?

  26. By Randy Lange on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, we will certainly be working on something like that this week.

  27. By melbournematt on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    What a fantastic effort by all our guys! This was a real team effort and I was impressed with every Jet (from coaches to backups) this game. A well won game against a team we were told we could not beat.

  28. By Play like a JET on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    What a game!!! Every man on the field wearing green and white fought like an un-caged animal for every moment of that game! What a performance. It’s that hunger for the oh so coveted Lombardi Trophy, that belief in the man next to you, in those on your sideline and beyond that beckons greatness. That’s what I’m talkin about baby! PLAY LIKE A JET!!! Enjoy this one and keep the focus and on the rest of the task. One game at a time. On to Pittsburgh!!! Go in their house next and take what’s yours! You go toe to toe and punch em’ the mouth from the moment that first whistle blows. You keep punching them until they submit to your will. You are destined. J! E! T! S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

  29. By Frank on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    A few weeks ago I implored Rex to stop the blitzing rush 4 guys and let the secondary cover people. Two weeks in a row he used that formula to make it to the Championship Game my hats off to him for making the adjustments and letting his players win the game. The D has been outstanding the last 2 weeks. Ellis played his best game as a Jet. Eric Smith who I have always loved has been a monster the last 2 weeks. Cro has really stepped up and Devito and Pouha again were blowing up the O line great job all the way around.
    Sanchez finally played a great game after another shaky start the TD pass to Holmes was a big time throw. If Sanchez can play like this the rest of the way this team will win the Superbowl.

  30. By charliejet on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Tom from bricktown ……Tom from bricktown PAGING TOM FROM BRICKTOWN ?

  31. By Tom Spicer on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Westcoast GangGreen, I can answer that question for you Mark is only the 2nd QB in the HISTORY of the NFL to make the AFC title game in his first 2 years.

  32. By alex on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply


    A rally needs to be prepared again this weekend. Do it at the stadium again. The fans need to go out there again and show support.


  33. By Randy Lange on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex, I’m pretty sure the team is already planning something for the coming weekend.

  34. By Nick on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Man, I barely slept last night, in fact,I woke up like a little kid on Xmas morning. Guys, that win was so awesome I have to give Rex all the credit in the world. The way he pumps up these guys (and the fans) is amazing. Rex Ryan is the best thing to happen to our beloved Jets in many many years. This team is stacked with talent and has a great HC to boot. THIS MAY BE OUR YEAR! I wasn’t born yet in 68′ (born in 71′) and never experienced a SB win, so this means the world to me — NOW LETS GO BEAT THOSE STEELERS…


  35. By BLINKA posts, no one heeds on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    No one heeds me.
    No one respects me.
    Now or when I played.

    I said that Ellis needed to step up to win. Eh, no one cares.

    Jet fan ’64, was it you who complained that Sanchez is not good enough? I demand a sacrifice for your negativity.

    Stan Blinka, 54

  36. By Hassan on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    The Steelers have some issues @ OT. We should keep a close eye on their injury report as this would be a key advantage for the Jets defense if the Steelers are forced to sign someone “off the street” for the AFC Championship. The Jets D has been adept at getting to the QB off the edges so it may end up being a focal point of the game plan depending on the moves that the Steelers make.

  37. By GaryC on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    to jet fan tom, like my favorite saying is only time will tell,we do not know what the salary cap will be,you overrate the importance of being in a big market,even Boldin and Fitgerald had to seperate from the cardinals.Still next year jets will still need to get a big time pass rusher.the game yesterday, where was this rush all year.Lets see it happen next week.Sorry, still would take cotchery, mangold, ferguson, harris, over holmes as a captain on my team.cotchery still is the more consistent receiver over holmes, even you can’t deny that.

  38. By GaryC on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    one more win and we will be allowed to attend the gala event that has put on the no vacancy sign for over 40 years.white tie and tails preferred buy helmets and shoulder pads allowed.RSVP.

  39. By charliejet on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    REX is growing as a coach as well as Sanchez maturing as a QB. Sanchez starts slow but finishes strong – gets his rhythm going. Rex is learning to adapt to each team now and not just one dimensional blitz blitz blitz – Ryan is beginning to adapt. It actually started with the Pittsburgh game. Rex is evolving and expanding his defensive play book – thats coaching. Great job Rex!

  40. By GaryC on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, haven’t touched base with you for a while.seeing that the jets have not played a playoff game in the western or midwest time zones this year has it helped in preparation for games this year,easier flights, more time to go over game plans, being with family.will rex be asked if this has helped the team seeing that the road games haven’t been that far.

  41. By Randy Lange on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, a good point. No “West Coast Rules” for getting acclimated to the time change of a San Diego trip. My guess is Rex will be asked about it because this week and, hopefully, for the two weeks after that, Rex will be asked about everything and he will have an answer.

  42. By joe li/fla on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    hi guys & gals! i’m in heaven, i’m in heaven, i’m heaven! when the jets win. great win guys-thank you! two down- two to go. we can do ths. one game at a time, full sixty minutes. make your jets fans hearts and heads go boom,boom,boom!

  43. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    It seemed that our D was playing a modified zone scheme with Cro & Revis playing man while the middle of the field was covered by the other DBs playing zone. Whatever it was, it worked so well that it led to coverage sacks & hurries.
    With Pit’s O line troubles, we should blitz them mercilessly to start the game. The ends need to be disciplined & contain Berger Boy’s scrambles, don’t let him make plays with his legs.
    O needs to run more, using misdirection to take advantage of their aggressiveness.
    I want to echo the praises for Rex & his willingness to change his approach to do what works best for the team. That’s coaching like a Jet.

  44. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, it’s not a contest between Holmes and J-Co, it’s about building the best roster you can get, one that holds up when some folks get injured, by the way. But as for consistency, Holmes won four games in a row for us this yr, that was pretty consistent and no WR’s ever done it for us. Blinka, I love ya but are ya sure it shouldn’t be “Blinders”? As in, why don’t ya take ‘em off? scjoe and spicer just had the marathon of all time about Sanchez and you single ME out? When Row has only recently stopped saying KC should start? MS is playing great in crunch time again, which is terrific, but he’s neither Broadway Schmo or the Second Coming yet, that jive’s for the papers. Let’s just see how he does Sunday, he’s going in the right direction.

  45. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Also, GaryC, I wouldn’t normally bring it up today, of all days, but J-Co had his worst yr in awhile in some ways. He dropped more passes than anyone on the team and he usually drops none. For the 2nd yr in a row he was hurt in mid-season. Yesterday he played half the snaps of SH and BE, which is what I think you’ll see for yrs to come. Tell guys like Ellis, Pryce, Taylor, Cro, and Scott how overrated the big market is and while you’re it, ask Fitzgerald how he likes being completely overlooked out there in the desert. As for 2 recep-for-1 yd Boldin, he’s EXACTLY what I’m talking about — that guy would play for the Jets in a hot second. Progress makes fools of us all — but none more than those who crucified the Jets for losing TJ for LT!

  46. By Tom Spicer on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    All the so called experts are wrong AGAIN! you cant measure a teams heart, desire & will to win. The best player dosnt win but the best TEAM wins & the best TEAM is the Jets!

  47. By GaryC on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, as for boldin I believe cam cameron has to be taken to the coals for not giving boldin more action, especially since mcfadden got hurt for steelers and randall gay was one of their corners.

  48. By ron on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    well here we are what a game what a night and what a team and what a coach this is the best day of my life being a jet fan for over 40 years we had two hear how we could not and will not beat the pats how they were going to win the sb how they were the best team in nfl history how tom was going to go wild on our d well guess what we can now stand up tall and hold our heads high and be proud to be a jets fan for now and forever and that they can no longer say same old jets because we are not that anymore we are the new york JETS and playing hard is our way good luck the rest of the way go team ron

  49. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    No doubt it was odd to see Boldin taken out of the game, GaryC. I meant nothing against him or Cameron or even Flacco that he was no factor. What I meant is we got BE and SH to jack up our O and now they’re front-page news. The Ravens got Boldin, who only two yrs ago was being called a toss-up with Fitzgerald for best in the NFL, and Housh, they failed to bring it when it counted, and now they might as well be on the Bills. I don’t think you can ever entirely count out the bright lights of NYC, even if the spotlight is often rather harsh. A guy like Cromartie, for instance, probably got more ink in the last three days than he did in three yrs with the Chargers. Spicer, some of those “experts” know less about the game than us on this site!

  50. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Blinka I feel you man we were always on the same page . I said M-S will one day be very good its showing early before this game I also said Ellis Pace L-T J-T won’t be denied we will win this game because were Playoff hardened they weren’t except T-B and Little Bill my words were if Sanchez executes no stupid penalties bad refs we win no doubt in my mind .. Guess all tyhe fske NE fans are MIA like I said Jets are going to have many many more fans Sunday at 8 oclock GO JETS

  51. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Cont. I have some love to throw around.. 1st the 4 original Jets, MY GUY E-SMITH what a game he hits so hard stuff flies off players helmets, Ellis I slammed you in the past but I knew and said you wouldn’t be denied great game, Pace great game last but not least one of my all time favorite Jets J-CO great game.. Now B-E S-H D-E I definity slammed you 3 guys well for reasons I won’t rehash you guys make me gush and proud as any fan can be in you guys J-T I want a SB because you deserve it all blood and guts.. L-T what can I say about your heart I Love you man

  52. By DJP GO JETS on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    where are all the experts on this sight that were calling for Sanchez’s head , and telling rex to shut up . Both of their actions are what held this team together ; plan and simple. Now lets stick together and support our team no more second guessing our coachs or our franchise QB.

  53. By GaryC on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, like your comment about fans knowing more then the media, maybe we need to be invited to the next roundtable discussion.I know one thing the fans know more about, the draft picks that will be selected,some writers, this excludes randy of course,only know about a player once he puts on the uniform.

  54. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    ’64 Tom, I agree with you that it’s not a contest between SH and J-Cho it’s all about GANG GREEN as a team. As much talking that the Jets do you never hear them say “I, me, ect” it’s always” team, us. ect” that’s a reflection of coach Rex… And all the success that Rex has instilled in two short seasons and playoff winning only raises the bar for the front office to spend $$ to sign these players or bring in new ones in their prime. Word is getting out that Rex is fun to play for and a players coach, and to do it in the BIG APPLE ,what NFL player would not want that. Woody and Mr T are not and wont be the same old front office… Jet Nation two to go, but, “ONE GAME AT A TIME” GO J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

  55. By JDA on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    I posted last week and said I wasn’t concerned, I knew we could if we showed up (unlike last time). Those of you that say we can’t expect Woody to “pay up” to keep the players we need to keep, remember in 2000 he paid the 3rd highest for any sports team & the highest for a NY team–on a team that had 2 seasons over .500 in the previous 10 yrs (8 seasons since). I think he’ll pay what it takes to give Rex the players he wants or needs. Woody, in answer to your comment, I think you know the fans are happy! Go JETS! It’ll be harder in PA this time, just ‘play like a jet’, win or lose I am happy… but… WIN!

  56. By GaryC on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    Randy,is there a perception around the league that certain teams get good home cooking from the officials, specifally the steelers and the giants because of the rooney and mara name and if so is there any stats that break down total yardage on penalties, home and away by team.It always seems to me that there are teams that always have time to challenge calls whereas some teams don’t get as much time.

  57. By Randy Lange on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, I know of no such penalty stats, and while I know such perceptions exist, I’m not aware of that perception on the Jets. Call me naive but I don’t believe any team gets an advantage from officials in challenging plays. The rules are the same for everybody. And whenever there are officiating issues, each team gets to file a report with the NFL director of officiating each week.

  58. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    See how much better it is when you just play a high-powered, pro-style O and cut out the tricky nonsense that some loser on the Fish dreamed up, MJV? Just teasin’ ya, ol’ timer, but you gotta admit our best game ever with Sanchez came with no Wildcat. Let Smith return kicks, step it up as a 4th WR, or try RB, but let MS run the O. GaryC, I really think some fans are more informed than these so-called experts — which reminds me, what’s with Boomer making excuses for Brady, asking if he had the flu? Is it inconceivable he could be beat? Westcoast, thanks for your dose of sanity about the front office, I don’t get why some folks talk about our chances of keeping guys like we’re the Bills or the Panthers. Good as it is, it’s gonna get better!

  59. By JetsToSuperBowl on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    I think this is the JETS year, we are on FIRE!!! Noone can put us out!

  60. By 37 year fan on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    ….We’re circling the moon ….and we’re looking to land ….

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