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Classic Cotchery Was Back on Display at NE

Posted by Randy Lange on January 18, 2011 – 12:08 pm

Now that was more like it for the man they call J-Co.

“Jerricho Cotchery had a huge game for us,” Rex Ryan declared moments after the Jets’ 28-21 triumph over the Patriots was official, and so he did. Cotchery was targeted seven times in the game by Mark Sanchez, caught five balls and gained 96 yards with them. All figures were team highs and the 96 yards led all receivers.

“I’m just trying to take advantage of my opportunities,” Cotchery said Monday at his locker. “The best thing about bringing all those guys in is it’s fun being around them. And with those guys making plays, when your chance comes, you want to make the play as well.”

“All those guys” are Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, and as wonderful as both of them can be and were in scoring brilliantly off of Sanchez passes in Foxboro, Mass., on Sunday, there is a natural tendency to want to get the ball to them as much as possible.

But for Cotchery for most of the season, that meant un-J-Co-like numbers.

After four seasons of at least 57 receptions and 821 yards, this regular season he had 41 for 433. His unofficial career yards-after-catch average was 4.6; this year it was 2.7. After catching 64 percent of every ball thrown to him — a high percentage for any NFL wideout — from 2004-09, this year it was 48 percent. His sure hands dropped only 10 passes (again unofficially) through last season, then had seven drops this season.

Yet there should never be a doubt that Cotchery is a go-to guy when a tough third-down catch or sideline toetapper is needed. And he showed it again against the Patriots, one of his favorite opponents, especially on that 58-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter that set up Holmes’ TD grab.

“It was a great call,” Cotchery said. “Before the play, [Jerod] Mayo and [Brandon] Spikes were talking about it. I couldn’t hear them but Mayo was pointing to the ground, as if they knew what was coming. But Spikes got ‘unlocked,’ we call it, because we had a running back on the flat route. Mark and I were on the same page with it. He just hit me in stride and I tried to make a play off of that.”

Mr. Understatement did more than try. Cotchery took the ball in the open, motored down the sideline, made one Patriot miss, hurdled safety James Sanders at the 25 after Dustin Keller knocked him down, and didn’t stop until he was pushed out of bounds at the NE-13.

Fifty-eight yards in all, 50 after the catch. That equaled the second-longest YAC play of J-Co’s career. It was the second-longest by the Jets this season behind Edwards’ 67-yard TD, 56 of it YAC, at Miami in Week 3.

It was classic J-Co.

And Cotchery classically summed up the net effect of that play.

“After that, when we get closer to the end zone, the Patriots usually try to find a couple of guys to double down there,” he said. “They tried to double three guys — myself, Dustin and Braylon — and left Santonio singled. He made them pay for it. That’s a prime example of what happens when everyone is rolling.”

He could probably get a little more production if he yakked about his lack of passes, but that’s not Cotchery’s style — although he said he enjoys listening to the yakkity-yak around him on this team, and at the same time gave a hint of why he and the rest of these Jets remain so dangerous to do what they’ve said all season they plan to do.

“I’ve gotten used to it, There’s a lot of guys who love the game of football and we love one another in this room. Bart Scott last night was hilarious,” Cotchery said of the Madbacker’s ESPN postgame interview with Sal Paolantonio. “We have passionate guys, emotional guys in this locker room. When someone tells you you can’t do it and you have that much passion about the game, you just want to go out and get it done.”

One final note on Cotchery: The reception was the third-longest of Cotchery’s seven-year Jets career. All three have come against the Patriots.

The Day in Florham Park

It’s been an interesting day here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center so far. Snow, sleet and freezing rain have been falling all around North Jersey since the early morning hours. It was a hike getting to the base of operations, and around 8:30 a.m. the facility and some of the surrounding areas in Florham Park were hit with a power outage.

The outage lasted an hour but power has since been restored and didn’t interrupt the Jets’ preparations for Pittsburgh. In any event, it’s a players’ day off and Rex Ryan won’t be speaking again until Wednesday.

The best news I can give you on the activities here is that outside my second-floor perch I can see that once again Blake Hoerr and his grounds team are expertly scraping the FieldTurf field clean of the crusty precip that has already fallen. Pittsburgh is expected to be very cold and perhaps snowy when the Jets and Steelers kick it off Sunday at 6:30 p.m., so the turf field here will give the Jets a few days to acclimate to the possible conditions.

Meanwhile, we’ll have a few more stories today from Eric Allen and Nick Gallo to accompany this long-winded blog, which continues below with a few more notes I’ve worked on from the win over the Pats.

Protecting the Sanchize

Sanchez and his personal protectors are on another sackless roll. In the last five games (including the Buffalo game, when Sanchez played one series and didn’t drop back), the Jets have yielded three sacks.

Sanchez was equally well-protected last season from Game 15 through the AFC title game at Indianapolis. But the last time before ’09 that the Jets allowed three sacks in a five-game in-season span was the end of 2001, when Vinny Testaverde was sheltered for the entire second half of the season on into the ’01 wild-card game at Oakland.

Another sackless game at Pittsburgh — a tall order, we know, yet on Dec. 19 Sanchez was sacked just once for zero yards by the Stillers — and the Jets will have yielded two sacks in their next five-game span, which would be only the eighth time that would have happened in franchise history.

Long Drive to Nowhere

Here’s one that’s a stretch but stay with me on it. The Jets held Tom Brady and the Patriots scoreless on that massive 7-minute, 45-second drive, an absolutely pivotal stop for the defense. Only twice before in the past 25 seasons have the Jets kept an opponent out of the end zone on longer fourth-quarter drives in victories.

Most recently, that happened in the 2004 AFC Wild Card Game at San Diego, when the Jets held Drew Brees and the Chargers to then-rookie Nate Kaeding’s 40-yard missed field goal following a 7:58 drive in overtime en route to their 20-17 OT win and an AFC Divisional Round date, coincidentally, at Pittsburgh.

The only other such opponent-frustrating success was a 7:47 drive by Kelly Holcomb and the Browns at Cleveland earlier in 2004 that ran into the fourth quarter and ended on Phil Dawson’s missed 34-yarder, an instrumental stonewall in that 10-7 victory.

Rally On

We’ve just gotten word that there will be, as many suspected there would be, a Jets AFC Championship Rally in Times Square in New York City on Thursday, Jan. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The rally, being presented by Hess, JetBlue and Pepsi Max, will give Jets fans in midtown an opportunity to show their support before the Jets take off for Pittsburgh on Saturday. We’ll have more details for you on the rally as we get them.

Jets in the SNY Net

SNY has beefed up its Jets coverage this week and details the fresh programming in this article on its Website. Check out the story to find out when Damien Woody, Mike Pettine, Tony Richardson, Brandon Moore, Mike Tannenbaum and Sione Pouha, among others, will be making appearances.


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77 Responses to “Classic Cotchery Was Back on Display at NE”

  1. By commentman on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Cotchery always comes up big with yards after the catch, since we have Santonio and Braylon taking the 1st and 2nd corners, he is stuck with the 3rd corner and he will come up huge in this pittsburg game as he did in new england, he has always been one of my favorite players

  2. By Gmany3k on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s one that’s a stretch but stay with me on it. The Jets held Tom Brady and the Patriots scoreless on that massive 7-minute, 45-second drive, an absolutely pivotal stop for the defense. You know when a team is beaten when they start to emulate you and the point you make can be spun around pretty cool.for those that don’t get it . That drive looked like the Same Old Jets talk about a copycat league.

  3. By Dave on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    If the Jets need motivitation, please remind them of how 2 missed kicks knocked us out of the playoffs vs the Steelers in 2004!!! The motivation for this game is WIN IT FOR THE FANS WHO SUFFERED THROUGH THAT LOSS! The Steelers moved on and we didn’t! REVENGE!!!!!!!

  4. By Kleckofan on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy- I know its early in the week, but any news on Brad Smith? I hope we can remain as focused as we have been now that the Evil Empire up north has been vanquished. Sanchez must have a great game against Pitt with rushing yds being so difficult. On the positive side, the defense seems to have really found itself and the coaches discovery that mixing coverages works better than constant blitzing is very encouraging. Go Green and White!

  5. By Randy Lange on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Kleckofan, I’ve heard nothing new on Brad Smith. Rex wasn’t asked about him Monday and Brad wasn’t in the locker room. We’ll know a lot more Wednesday.

  6. By steven on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, you know the Steelers are coming up with ways to Steel the Ball and create turnovers. You know the Steelers are going to go after Mark Sanchez. Do you think the Jets will be able to handle the rush? I don’t see the JETS being able to sack Rothlsberger that much and with the way he’s able to scamper around he is eventually going to find someone open even if he has to throw it 60 yards. Do you think the Jets defense can cover the receivers and do you think the Jets defense can get to Rothlisberger? Do you think Mark Sanchez will be able to move the chains on the Steelers # 1 defense? I think whoever gets the most turnovers will win.

  7. By Patty on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, I think with Pryce, Devito, Pouha, Ellis, Pace and Taylor, the Jets have some stout ability to move the line back into the quarterback. I don’t think there is a better lineup on paper in the NFL. I do miss Jenks. Yet we don’t seem to get that push into the quarterback that will shut down the quarterback in every game. Are the Jets getting tired? Do you think they will be able to hold up under the massive Steelers offensive line and a quarterback Rothlisberger that can’t be put on the ground? This quarterback won’t come down with arm tackles. He is so elusive. Do you think the NY Defense will win the contest with the Pittsburg Offense?

  8. By Randy Lange on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Patty, Big Ben is tough to put on the ground and/or separate from the ball but far from impossible. In his 11 games this season he’s been sacked 38 times, including three times by the Jets, led by Drew Coleman, on Dec. 19 and six times by the Ravens on Saturday. And the Jets didn’t look tired in sacking Tom Brady five times on Sunday. As Rex Ryan would say, we’ll see.

  9. By Patty on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    PS: Do you think the defense would get more sacks if the person who got the sack on Rothlisberger were to get $100,000 for each sack they get on Rothlisberger? The truth is if they get to the Superbowl, they will get that $100,000 and more for every sack they get.

  10. By Anthony on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    This game was an emotional rollercoaster. As a Long time fan, I had knots in my stomach the whole week. I kept putting on ESPN and NFL network to hear the Jets don’t have a chance. Then they come out playing lights out. WOW..is all I can say. Watching the Jets systematically dismantle the Patriots and Tom Brady was amazing. I hate the Patriots and am happy we got to put them and their fans to sleep. I hope this week is no different. Come out and turn out the lights on the Steelers. Because I am sure I will hear they don’t have a chance again this week. J-E-T-S

  11. By IRA on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, Great post and info as always. That scoreless drive of the Pats for 7 and change was so big. It might have won the game for the Jets.
    I have always been big on J-Co’s #’s vs the Pats. He has always had their #. How about in 12 games since 06 including playoffs he has 52 catches-810 yds and 6 TD’s. It doesn’t get better than that. J-Co is the ultimate pro and i am glad he has been a Jet for his whole career so far and finishes his career down the road as a Jet.

  12. By Fish Hunters on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    All those drops by J-CO and all the wideouts this season were very uncharacteristic. They basically had a break-out game and at the perfect time!

  13. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t know why some scoffed when I said last winter that with Holmes and Edwards, J-Co would become a slot guy and probably one of the best in the NFL. I remember one guy saying he wasn’t fast enough for the slot when of course that’s exactly what he is fast enough for, since quickness is more important there. If you watch the interview with him, he’s strongly embraced that role and that’s what we need, three WRs who are big-play guys in many different ways. Since Fitzgerald/Boldin/Breaston I’ve been thinking we need to get something like that going and now we actually have it! Kleckofan, GREAT point about coverages vs. blitzing, I’m happy about that, too. I hope Smith can return kicks Sunday but that Rex buries not a ball but the Wildcat.

  14. By scjoe on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    I will agree with Ira on J Co. I have always maintained that. Also agree that the 6+ minute drive by NE that generated 0 points was huge. In this Pitt game, I will say exactly what I said last week, MS has to bring his A game, not just “manage the game” he did that, the Jets will absolutely have to win the turnover battle, they did that, they need to get a reasonable amount of pressure on the QB, they did that, they need to run the ball, they did that, the end result? 28-21 Jets. Against Pit, the part about running the ball will be much tougher then it was against NE, therefore, more pressure on MS The two teams are pretty evenly matched, the wild card here? Special teams, advantage Westhoff and the Jets.

  15. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, the folks I watched the game with were baffled by that Pats’ drive. We knew that the Jets’ coverage was taking away a lot of passing options, but it was still shocking to see the Pats playing it that way. Obviously, not having your D line blown out on every other play and and not giving Woodhead 50 yards of open field has a lot to do with it. But eventually I had to think that overconfidence on the Pats’ part was a factor as well. As I just wrote to Shaughnessy in Boston, when I saw that the poll on his paper’s site was WHETHER THE PATS WOULD COVER THE SPREAD OR NOT, yeah, I had a feeling they were headed for a fall and that’s why I told that to the Pats fans on this site in no uncertain terms. PIT’s murder but we beat ‘em once, so…

  16. By scjoe on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    There were a lot of “hero’s” in the NE game, probably none more then Ellis, but kudos to David Harris, 9 tackles, 2 assts. and a huge INT although we didn’t get any points out of it, I do believe it set a tone and stayed in the head of Brady. Also to BE, a great catch down the side line, and pure determination on that TD catch. I don’t want to get caught up in the debate about which WRs are resigned for 2011, I hope BE, SH, and J Co are all on the team, but if you had to chose, I think the play of BE during the year speaks volumes. It will be an interesting off season, just hope it don’t start for another 3 or 4 weeks. Go Jets!!!

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, one of the really great things for Rex, Schotty, the front office, the fans, and the team itself about winning these four playoff games is showing all those people and Sanchez himself that he can become the elite QB we need. It’s old school “Same Old Jets” thinking to get grateful too soon, to start saying he’s already “good enough,” and this is of a piece with refusing to believe that we could actually carry 3 of the best WRs in the NFL. Today Rolle and Phillips ON THE GIANTS were on the radio in Miami implying politely that Coughlin’s no fun AND SAYING OPENLY that they’d love to play for Rex. These are all new things that no Jet fan has ever seen, not even Joe who was hesitant to really say the Jets could beat NE. So it’s all good!

  18. By Pranit on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Lets make it happen …beat the steelers !!! …prepare even harder…pay attention to every minute detail….such opportunities don’t come along often…

  19. By Purpleflash on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Scjoe, I think you have got it pretty accurately analysed above. I think the Jets will be able to sack Big Ben a few times, as he holds on to the ball too long (that is his strength as well as his weakness – strength because it allows him to find the open receiver who is improvising, weakness since it allowed him to be sacked 38 times, risking turnovers). So with this, it will come down to if the Jets Secondary can retain coverage for extended periods of time like they did against the Patriots. If they can, it will become Big Ben’s weakness, as well as if the Jets can get a few well timed quick hits on blitzes.

  20. By 37 year fan on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    J Co ,… you are loved brother ….Nobody deserved that more than you …Remember earlier in the season when he pulled the groin and made that unbelievable diving catch ? …That is pure heart baby …That’s what J Co gives every time ….Bart Scotts intervue after the game was classic ….I think he spoke for everyone ….sick of the hate ,.. and disrespect .

  21. By Brian on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    As a life-long Jets fan for 38 years, I am ashamed of the way the Jets conduct themselves. Of course I am ecstatic of the outcome but it’s a bitter sweet pill to be so thrilled to get over the hump against the Pats and at the same time disdain the way the Jets represent themselves. The anger, the swearing, the awful role-modeling for kids is deplorable. If only kids didn’t look at athletes as role-models then I would careless. As a father of two young boys asking what does, @!*## Brady mean? I shouldn’t have to explain that anymore than I should have to explain to them what viagara and cialis are during halftime. It’s simply unnecessary and obviously stems from a coach without concern for the impact on youth.

  22. By 37 year fan on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think The Steelers stand a chance …

  23. By IRA on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe,
    Jets only have the advantage on ST’s if Mizzou can play. They missed him on the return coverage teams. Can’t give up big returns like Edelman had last week or Tate. And eveybody knows that Heinz Field is the toughest stadium in the NFL to kick in. Also Weatherford needs to get back to form. He has been off his game in the playoffs so far. He did have a great game in Pitt last month.

  24. By davetharave on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    If our secondary continues to play like this Ben will have trouble finding open receivers no matter how long he gets. The Steelers O-line is banged up and unstable right now, so the hope is to get a good pass rush with 3-4 guys and have the rest in coverage with a blitz here and there just to keep them honest. On offense we displayed the multi-weapon threat at NE that LT and Holmes were brought in for. We seem to be playing better each week and gaining momentum. I don’t see it as a shock or even an upset if we win this, this team was built to do exactly what it did against Indy and NE, just gotta keep doing it.

  25. By Ablity Mouwon on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    if ellis play like that every week it will be might hard to beat us, the key to this game is cro vs mike w….and the running game of the steelers, we have to be ready to being commented to stop the run. i thought i’ll live my whole life without seeing a green and white superbolw..come on rex prove me wrong..and i feel so happy for the old timers jets fan whom have suffer through so massive headaches, its time to end our pain jets………coolest site of the game lol when harris caught the pick, they showed a clip of the jets fans and i can read his lips and he was saying the same thing i was lets go, lets go…lol i like every true jets fans with all my heart and i hate bandwagers. come on let tear that black and yellow curtains down

  26. By jetintn on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with Anthony I can’t remember a game I wanted more than the NE game. My wife says I’m not allowed to watch the game out in a public establishment, guess I get a little excited to say the least. My only concern going forward is Folk and Weatherford, a little help form these guys will go a long way.

  27. By scjoe on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, I hear you, but I will take Cro returning kicks and Westhoff running the show on STs over what Pit has to offer anytime. I think the coverage in general has been good, that return by Edelmen was an exception to the rule, the fact Lowery over ran the play didn’t help either. I do have concerns about Folk and Weatherford though, but will still stick to my position that we have the advantage on STs.

  28. By Tom Spicer on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Cotchery had the catch & run of the game you have to love this guy. He is a team player who didnt wine when he had to become the 3rd WR & hurt & liimping madt the catch of the year in the Browns game.

  29. By 37 year fan on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    We gotta get our kicker back ….

  30. By scjoe on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    64tom, you know that I am not in any group that would be “grateful” to soon re: MS. I have already gotten into trouble with a few here who are less then happy with my “opinion” of his play, even though it is not actually an “opinion” that said, I am a big believer in that old saying “never say never” that not only is true for MS future here, but the resigning of ALL those front line players we need to resign. T and Rex are in a much better position to analyze the roster and make the best decisions on who can and who can not be resigned then I am. I think more like a fan, they on the other hand think more like FO officials who’s job depends on the decisions they make.

  31. By Peter on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Check LIST for this weeks game against the STEELERS:

    1. (BLOCKING, BLOCKING,BLOCKING) for the Offense. The FORMULA does NOT change! ****(BLOCKING,BLOCKING,BLOCKING)****. OL, TEs, WRs a HAT on a HAT. And STAY on your BLOCKS!
    It doesn’t matter WHO the PLAYERS are on OFFENSE or who the COACH is, OFFENSE is ALL about ***(BLOCKING)**** ….VINCE LOMBARD said it.

    2. And the same thing for the SPECIAL TEAMS (BLOCKING,BLOCKING, BLOCKING).

    3. MARK SANCHEZ must throw (ACCURATELY).

    4. Jets WIDE RECEIVERS must CATCH and HOLD onto the football.

    5. NO FUMBLES or TURN OVERS from the Jets RBs, SANCHEZ or the WRs.

    6. JETS DEFENSE must PRESSURE Ben.

    7. JETS DEFENSE must TACKLE and STRIP the football.

  32. By GaryC on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    polamalu makes plays and he gambles, time for shotty to go over the top when he decides he wants to make the highlight reel.also some missdirection plays will also help sanchez and the defensive ends pace and thomas better watch the reverses to wallace and sanders. they are a lot faster then edelman and welker.

  33. By Sam on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Message to REX RYAN, BRIAN SCHOTTY and WOODY JOHNSON.

    1. JETS will have to make sure they BLOCK ****(TROY POLAMALU)****. The JETS might have to ASSIGN some one to BLOCK (TROY POLAMALU) and (JAMES HARRISON) in this game.

  34. By 37 year fan on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    On this day 11 years ago Woody took over as owner of The New York Jets …. Thanks Woody you saved this franchise .

  35. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, “if I had to choose”? — get used to not choosing. I won’t guarantee anything but a team that works this hard to get this far in only 2 yrs will do whatever it can to keep the right guys. Brian, I wouldn’t say some of the stuff certain Jets have but I think quite honestly and with all due respect to your boys, you’re being highly unfair and unrealistic. A lot of raw things are done in any sport or business this huge, including by those wonderful Boy Scouts the Patriots, and I’ll cut the Jets or any other team some slack for reacting to it in the moment. It was MUCH WORSE in the old days in pro sports but a million cameras and replays weren’t there to catch it. Like it or not, anger and swearing are actually a big part of the game.

  36. By joshdarveau on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    the biggest thing for the jets is, at least i think, is to make sure they dont leave the game in nick folk’s hands

  37. By scjoe on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Purplrflash, I believe the Steelers issues along the offensive line will be exposed this week. I think that they, just like us, will try to establish the running game to counter those issues, I just don’t think it will be enough for them, that said, I expect a low scoring game in the 16-13, 19-16 range. A FG could decide this game and I certainly hope that Nick Folk is up to the task.

  38. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    joshdarveau, I like your comments about Folk, as we saw NE wasn’t beaten on FGs. scjoe, I actually appreciate your tough view on Sanchez, it’s too easy to over or underreact about a player after one good game. Better to assess things more fully after one good season, as I’m sure Woody, Mr.T, and Schotty will about who to sign. Some folks don’t look at the back story, though. NOT ONE PLAY SH has made this yr — well, maybe a few drops — has surprised me, the guy came here with an unbelievable resume. Edwards less so but he’s improved with us. Every other second somebody at the top is praising SH and BE thru the roof and it’s just weird to hear that 2 days after a season like this, we’re gonna start pinching pennies, with them or anybody…

  39. By scjoe on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    64tom, you are right on with SH, no argument here, I have stated that I would love to have both back along with J Co, is it realistic in this day and age of NFL salaries? I just don’t have that answer. The salary cap is a big stumbling block, otherwise I would agree with your statement that there are a lot of players out there, some of them soon to be FAs, who would love to play for Rex, and that is a good thing, but remember those all important 2 words SALARY CAP. We will have to take a wait and see for some of these players as to where their dedication lies, with a popular HC or to the almighty dollar. I could go out on a limb and give you my opinion right now.

  40. By laurence on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy, is there going to be another rally or something like that at the stadium again this week?

  41. By Alex on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Randy,

    Just read that rally will be in NYC on 1/20. That is nice but not good for people who work outside of Manhattan. Last week’s rally was great at the stadium!! We need to have something like that for the fans. Please pass along my idea. I am sure I am not the only one who love to go back to the stadium or even Florham Park.

    Thank you,
    Alex

  42. By Randy Lange on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    laurence and Alex, the only thing I’ve heard so far is the AFC Championship Rally in New York’s Times Square on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. As soon as we get anything more on that rally or any other rally, we’ll let you know.

  43. By oneday on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a huge fan, but doesn’t anyone here realize the only reason the jets won was because the Patriots dropped TWO touchdown passes. Complete those and game over

  44. By AZ Jet Fan on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    I’m still on cloud 9 after this game. I love it. I agree with Dave, we need to avenge that play off loss from 2004 when we could have won at end of regulation and again in OT. I still loose sleep over that game. We would have faced Patsies in AFC Champ game. Please Folk don’t be a Doug Brien.

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

    The full text of Rolle’s radio interview is a shocker. The guy is trying to talk his way off the team almost as much as Moss did on the Vikes and he just signed a huge deal with the Giants earlier this yr. Some on this site said we shoulda gone after him. I’m not necessarily saying we shoulda then or should now. But I’ll ask the gloom and doomers on who we’re not gonna be able to sign to multiply Rolle by probably a few dozen or more players around the NFL who are undoubtedly thinking the same thing. Jet fans have been thinking half-empty for too long, we’re on the verge of a new era of half-full or better. Asked about resigning with the Jets a few weeks ago, Holmes said, “We’ll talk after the season.” Yes, we will, and not just with you.

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

    P.S. Rex will also assess who to sign, of course — I threw Schotty in there because if he can set a standard of scoring TDs instead of long drives for missed FGs, minimal screwing around with stuff like the Wildcat, and at least some sense that it’s a good idea sometimes to just run the ball and get the first down or TD, I’ll be happy to see him stick around. What I’d really like to know is if the strange calls have more to do with him or Rex, but I suppose we won’t know that for yrs unless one of them leaves. For now I’ll just be happy with a more conventional O that allows Sanchez to learn to use all his weapons. No accident that last Sunday was really the first time he’s ever done that and not surprisingly, a huge foe went down.

  47. By IRA on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe,
    With all the way the Jets have won games this year has been a little strange. They are very good and pulled off some last second wins. We all know what happened back in 04 with Brien’s failed FG’s. So not only do the Jets win for the 2nd time in Pitt in 5 weeks which goes against everything from their history in Pitt. Folk kicks the game winner .
    Jets 23 – Pitt 20
    GO JETS!!!!

  48. By IRA on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Its really amazing how sanchez raises his play in the post season. During the regular season his comp % was 54.8 and so far in the playoffs its up to 60.7 and same holds true with his QB rating. From 75.3 up to 91.6. This kid is a money player and gets the job done when the pressure is on. Just like his five 4th QT come from behind wins this year.
    And let’s give some credit to Schotty too. Last year and this year his playoff games have been called very well.

  49. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    J-CO another of MJV guys said several times hes the best pocession reciever in the league period …along with guys like Brad and Eric Smith Diggs Colemen Coles and now Lowery who has now grain my respect are all unsung heros of this team…Ok that said Revis is back to last years form although no one is worth what he makes Cro is getting better S-H B-E Are becoming more then I ever expected Sanchez is on his way to stardom watch and see.. GO JETS

  50. By alex on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Randy,,
    Anyone we can contact to tell let them know how We or I feel about just a Manhattan rally?

  51. By Randy Lange on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    alex, besides the Times Square rally, there will be a fans’ sendoff of the Jets to Pittsburgh from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Saturday morning from 9 a.m.-noon. More details to come later today.

  52. By frank on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ira i think Folk makes it if game is tied but if score is 20 -19 pitt when he lines it up im not so sure. Different dynamic. But hey then again this isnt same old jets right. Gotta retrain myself after all these yrs.

  53. By Tom Spicer on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    After the season that Braylon has had I have no doubt he will be back. He has played so well I think he has forced the Jets to sign him. Braylon was known for the drops really I cant remember any he has had this year. I also think that Homes will be back in 12 games he put up the same numbers that Hines Ward put up in 16 games. The guys that wont be back are Jenkins (unless he takes a big pay cut), Taylor (also unless he takes a big paycut), Woody ( he is 34 Hunter will be the starter next year), T Rich (replaced by Conner). I am pretty sure about the above the next 3 I am not sure but Ellis, Cromartie & LT may not be back. Elllis (if they draft a D lineman in the 1st round), Cromartie (if he wants to much money) & LT mabye the Jets see

  54. By Tom Spicer on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    next years backfiled as Greene & McKnight I dont know?

  55. By Tom Spicer on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    This week will be even harder than last week the Steelers have the best D in the NFL I see it coming down to a field goal. Last time we had 9 points that we will not be able to count on this week, 2 for a saftey & 7 on a kickoff return. The probability of that happeing again is not good. Plus last time we played them they did not have Polomalu he is there best player on D & mabye the best player on the team.

  56. By Tom Spicer on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    We have to be able to run the ball like the last time we played them. The game of football since it first started is won & lost in the trenches. The lineman never get all of the glory but the line is where the game is won & lost. The 3 keys to winning this game are 1 We have to run the ball 2 We have to stop there run 3 We can not turn the ball over. Points are going to be very hard to come by & when they are passing the ball there O line is not the best I think we will get to Ben a few times the key is when we get to him we have to take him down.

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

    scjoe, Collinsworth has a column on msnbc today called “Ryan Turning the League Upside Down,” in which he talks about how many players are saying they want to play for Rex. So I’m optimistic there are some guys who’ll consider things other than just $. Today on this site Edwards talks about how much he wants “10 and 17″ to stay together at Jets WR. Maybe he can talk Holmes into it but while SH did say that thing about talking after the season, I’m not gonna give in to old school Jet fan negativity and condemn him a priori, for all we know he’ll sign in one day. And oneday, it’s never as simple as two plays determine the game. You could say if Harris runs the INT for a TD, game over, too. Pats had their chances to come back and blew ‘em.

  58. By 37 year fan on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Oneday the patsies are lucky we didn’t drop a forty burger on them …..David Harris almost took it to the house…and if we recovered any of the three fumbles that we pounded loose ,…they’d be looking at a total humiliation

  59. By russ on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    there are no gimmick in this game…its smash mouth football….think ole fashioned Raiders offense…

  60. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    I may be a bit off topic here but I was thinking about Matt Snell & Emerson Boozer on my walk to work this morning. LT & SG are a powerful 1-2 punch but Snell, the FB had more power than SG & more speed than LT. If I remember correctly, he led the team in rushes & yds. And then there was Boozer, remembered mostly for his speed & elusiveness, he could also run over linebackers.
    We’ll need that kind of running to beat the Steelers. If ever we needed ground & pound to win a game, this is it. We have to start with a drive like the opening drive v Buffalo wk 17. Once we establish ground superiority we can start rolling MS out on short-medium passes taking it slow, not hurrying to score. Keeping Berger Boy’s buns on his bench should be a priority

  61. By 37 year fan on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Braylons’ Emotion when he scored that touchdown after dragging two defenders with him …. I’ll never forget ….

  62. By GaryC on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, has the bloom worn off of holmes, you seemed a bit annoyed about him saying we’ll see about resigning with jets.are your feelings changing that he is maybe looking for the big money instead of hanging with the good ship lollipop that rex is building.

  63. By GaryC on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    cotchery will go down as one of the most undervalued jets of all time,chrebet, mehl,hasty to just name a few.

  64. By GaryC on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    would like for the jets to maybe use some 5-1-5 packages to keep big ben in pocket. front wall of ellis and pryce on inside and pace, taylor and thomas on outside to keep him in pocket.lets see how he does when he is in the pocket and trying to read the defense.

  65. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    During the last Pats game someone said that BS averaged 7.5 yds p/c out of the Wildcat. Why would anybody want to bury that kind of production, other than personal peeve?
    In his posts Tom 64 usually makes 2 or 3 points, some good, some not so good, then he has to show his hatred for the Wildcat, despite the fact that it’s productive. It reminds me of Joe Biden’s line about Rudy Giuliani’s idea of a sentence: “a noun, a verb & 9-11″
    This is not meant as “unpleasantness.” I’m just saying that the Wildcat is one of the most productive weapons we have & I don’t understand what the rational reason for hating it is. Without BS & the Wildcat we would not have made the Play Offs last season. It’s another wrinkle that Pit must prep for.

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

    Not at all re Holmes, GaryC, but you might recall my post a few weeks ago saying I’d bargain hard and smart with him, Edwards, and anybody else. It’s a little like with chicks (oops, sorry, PC king Goodell might not approve of such talk), you come on too strong and you’re finished. No, the most satisfying thing about the NE game to me personally is seeing SH, BE, and J-Co do the Fitzgerald/Boldin/Breaston thing I mentioned yesterday. And MJV, there’s an article today, I forget where, that says after we lost to NO last yr, Rex told Mr. T we needed better WRs so he went out and got them. And don’t think we won’t need them this Sunday, we won’t beat PIT just by running. P.S. to Ed: Weird how no teams even use a FB like Snell these days, eh?

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

    Spicer, I’m trying to think only about Sunday but I wanna congratulate you on your sober analysis of who might be back next yr and not. Obviously no team with SH, BE, and J-Co in their prime will want to lose any of them. I don’t know if Jenks will even try to come back after those injuries, Taylor says he’s thinking about a 2nd yr. I think we’ll want LT back but not play him as much and I think Cro has earned his slot, though he’s in no position to ask for too much $. This’ll horrify MJV but if B Smith asks for too much $ they may let him go, he didn’t work out at WR, the Wildcat’s gonna be in the rearview mirror, and it’s not that hard to replace a KR. Plus while I’d love to keep him, he’s probably dying to start somewhere, anywhere!

  68. By 37 year fan on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    THIS SUNDAY WE ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL >>> BELIEVE IT

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

    Ed, guess ya didn’t see my post to Ablity saying that for me it’s more about when Schotty calls the Wildcat. We have a young QB with limited college experience, injuries, not the most accurate arm, and all kinds of O weapons that he’s just now learning how to use. Does that sound to you like the kind of guy who should have his rhythm interrupted by Wildcat calls just as he’s made his first few good plays of the game, which is invariably when Schotty calls it? I can see calling it once or twice a game, especially if you let Smith throw it once in awhile. But when you trade up for and spend that kind of $ on a young QB, I can’t see putting more emphasis on trick plays than on the biggest investment the team has made in anybody in decades.

  70. By GaryC on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    the wildcat is good but needs to have a new wrinkle with it like a reverse or a throw from Smith.buy the way from one of my previous posts. smith is another very undervalued jet over the years, maybe both smiths.

  71. By Tom Spicer on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    ONEDAY, I remember the one drop by Crumpler that forced them to kick a field goal but please tell me what the other dropped touchdown was. I watch the game 2 times & never saw another dropped touchdown?

  72. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Tom64 I am willing to guarantee Rex and Mike -T will let 2-3 players go be4 they let B-Smith go he is the MVP of this team B-E S-H and L-T will be here next year Cro and J-CO may be casualties even if we have to rebuild our whole defence book it.. Woody Big Jenks ELlis a few DB’s maybe Leonhard Thomas I hope wilson and J-T are history T-Rich will retire V-G don’t know what we’re gonna get if anything for that waste of $$$ time and draft pick If the CBO don’t end 2011 .. lets get it this year GO JETS

  73. By The Cincinnati Kid on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Since the bye week the Steelers have beaten Cleveland (5-11), Miami (7-9), Cincy (4-12), Oakland (8-8), Buffalo (4-12), Baltimore (12-4), Carolina (2-14), and Cleveland (5-11)….. and they should have lost to Buffalo and Baltimore (twice). Since the bye week they have lost to New Orleans (11-5), New Eng (14-2) and J-E-T-S (11-5). The Steelers are nothing special. One of the oldest teams in the league on defense and very shaky on the O-line. J-E-T-S control the lines of scrimmage and win 20-16.

  74. By oneday on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, the other dropped pass was to Welker on the goal line. it was well defended, but dropped none-the less.

  75. By Tom Spicer on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    ONEDAY, You are right that is a dropped pass I didnt consider it one because Eric Smith hit him so hard parts of his helmet came off.

  76. By Randy Lange on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, just to add my two cents, the Eric Smith helmet cruncher came after a Wes Welker 7-yard reception to the Jets 2 late in the third quarter. oneday is double-dipping when he says if the Patriots didn’t drop two TD passes, they would’ve won. Welker’s drop came with 30 seconds to play. On the next play, Tom Brady hit Deion Branch for the Pats’ final TD to make it 28-21 with 24 seconds to play. Alge Crumpler’s first-quarter drop came on a field goal drive. So the Pats didn’t lose 14 points on two dropped passes, they lost only four.

  77. By 37 year fan on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Spicer those “parts of the hemet” was actually the Patriots sticker I don’t think i have ever seen that come off like that ever in #& years of football …it looked like in slow motion it was vaporized . Along with the patsies season …

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