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Sione Pouha Puts In His Two PDs’ Worth

Posted by Randy Lange on September 20, 2011 – 3:05 pm

So who were the major contributors to the Jets defense’s Sunday smothering of Luke McCown, whose 1.8 passer rating is the lowest of the last three seasons for all QBs with at least 15 passes in a game?

Well, there was Antonio Cromartie, of course, who had the fifth multi-pick game of his career and his first twofer since Game 3 of the 2008 season for the San Diego Chargers against a certain Jets quarterback with the name of Favre.

Then there was Eric Smith, who had his first interception since 2009. And there was LB Josh Mauga, who came up with his first pro pick.

But after those guys, who else, who else …

Pouha, perhaps?

Sione Pouha continues to show that he’s a pigskin magnet. Against Dallas he made it three fumble recoveries in two opening days, and a big one it was, coming in the shadow of the Jets goal line in the fourth quarter. And against the Jaguars, Big Bo was a brick wall for McCown passes coming over the middle.

On the Jaguar’s first pass of the game, Pouha stuck up his left hand and swatted the ball to the MetLife Stadium turf. And on the first pass of the second quarter, McCown tried to find Mike Thomas over the middle, Pouha elevated with that killshot left hand, and got a piece of the ball — with his left shoulder pad.

“I’ve been working on my volleyball skills,” Pouha told me afterward. “I played in high school. We all played volleyball. I played outside hitter. Now I’m an inside hitter.”

As a result Pouha achieved a rarity for a D-lineman — a two-PD game. Only nine other times since 2000 has a Jets lineman broken up at least two passes in a game. Shane Burton, a pass and kick blocker extraordinaire, had a pair of three-PD games, and the dearly departed (for New England) Shaun Ellis had four two-breakup games.

But the only true inside linemen to do it in that span before Pouha were Steve Martin in 2001 at Oakland and C.J. Mosley (who in fact played for the Jaguars vs. the Jets on Sunday) at New England in 2008.

As for McCown’s microscopic rating, Pouha said: “Big ups to the DBs, to those guys. They did their thing, everybody did his job. It was a great effort by us, plus we can improve.”

Not good news if you’re Jason Campbell, up next against the Jets D at O.co Coliseum this weekend.

Yes, O.co … Et Al

The Jets and Raiders will be playing at the same stadium they’ve (almost) always played in, popularly known as the Oakland Coliseum, but it will be the first regular-season game for the Raiders, in their home opener, under the place’s new name, O.co, which took effect June 6.

The Green & White have played the Silver & Black under two of the previous Coliseum names, Oakland–Alameda County and Network Associates. But despite their frequent trips to the Black Hole over the last two decades, they never played at McAfee Coliseum (2004-07) and no football was ever played at Overstock.com, a name that lasted about a month and a half earlier this year.

The Jets/Titans also played road games against the Raiders at Kezar Stadium (1960) and Candlestick Park (’61) in San Francisco, at Frank Youell Field in Oakland (1962-65), and, in the La-La years, at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles (1982, ’85 and ’93).

So for those scoring at home, the Jets have played at the Raiders under seven different stadium names at five different venues.

Welcome Back

The Jets have announced this afternoon that they have filled the two practice squad spots that opened up Monday with two names familiar to Jets fans from the summer — seventh-round WR Scotty McKnight and LB Matt Berning.

Rankings Report

Here is where the Jets stack up in different categories after two weeks of the NFL season:

The overall offense is ranked 21st in yards per game, the Jets’ lowest since they were 29th after two weeks last season.

The rushing O is 28th in yards per game (and 27th in yards per attempt). The last time the Jets ground game was ranked lower was when they were 29th after five weeks in 2007.

The passing offense is 13th in net yards per game, the third-highest weekly ranking for Mark Sanchez’s offense behind last week’s seventh and the No. 9 position after the ’09 season opener at Houston.

The overall defense is eighth in yards allowed per game, back in the top 10 after starting out at 23rd due to yielding 390 yards to Dallas in the opener. The Jets’ D has been in the NFL’s top 10 for 28 of the 36 weeks of the Rex Ryan/Mike Pettine regime.

The rushing defense is ninth in yards allowed per game, marking the 21st consecutive top 10 week for the run D.

The passing defense is No. 1 in the league in interception percentage. The Jets have intercepted 8.2 percent of opponents’ passes (five out of 61). They’re also first in interception-return yards, 96, mostly as the Cro flies.

And scoring defense is third in points allowed per game, marking the 12th week under Ryan/Pettine that the Jets have had a top-three scoring defense.

Finally, the Jets are third in the NFL in something I like to call YPPD — Yards Per Point Differential — that measures how efficiently teams score points against yards from scrimmage gained and allow points against yards from scrimmage allowed. The No. 1 team in the NFL is Houston, No. 2 is Detroit. New England is seventh and Buffalo ninth.

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36 Responses to “Sione Pouha Puts In His Two PDs’ Worth”

  1. By IRA on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, S. Martin and Burton were like old throwback players always getting their hands up to knock down passes.
    Pouha has to be right up there as one of the most underrated players the Jets have drafted maybe all-time.

  2. By scjoe on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, stadium names and locations not withstanding, can you tell us how many times the Jets have played the Raiders over the years and how many of those games have been on the road, and what are the respective records?

  3. By Randy Lange on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, the Jets and Raiders have played 37 times in the regular season, 18 times at the Jets’ home (Jets are 9-8-1) and 19 times at Oakland (Raiders are 12-6-1). Additionally the teams have played four times in the playoffs, with three of those games at Oakland. As you know, the Jets are about to play at Oakland for the 10th time in the teams’ last 12 meetings since 1999. Immediately prior to that stretch, the Jets played the Raiders at home nine times out of 13 meetings from 1968-97.

  4. By scjoe on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know if this upcoming Raiders game can be classified as a team “you are supposed to beat” I watched their first game and parts of their second game, and although you can still see how disfunctional they can be at times, there is still a lot of talent there. I think there team speed is second to none, there P/K duo is probably the best in the NFL. I believe it will take an even better effort then we saw vs Jax to pull this one out. The screens and short passes to McFadden could be killers.

  5. By Howie D on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think Shotty’s O will crack the top 10 one day, stranger things have happened.

  6. By Hans on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Good to see two familiar faces have come back. Let’s see if we can keep em.

  7. By carl on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think this defence is still missing a pure pass rusher like a Suggs or Ware! I like Wilkerson,Devito and Pouha The DB’s are playing lights out!!! Whats up with Sanchez ? He needs to get up for every pro game period! Go Jets!!!

  8. By Karan on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think some of the most underrated jets players include Sione Pouha, Brandon Moore, David Harris (within the league, he’s rated right on the team) and even though he’s not a Jet anymore, I want to say Jerricho Cotchery. Btw, is J-Co injured in Pittsburgh right now? Have not seen him in any type of action there.

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    The stat I like the most is the number of points allowed, which is really all that matters. A lot of teams, like the Pats, Giants, and Chargers, have had “tough” defenses in recent yrs that have somehow managed to give up 400 or so pts in a season. “Tough” means you don’t let the other guy score, it’s as simple as that.

  10. By IRA on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    I found this interesting about Greene’s #’s. It seems they are running a lot more 3 WR sets this year. Don’t have this years #’s but last year Greene had 81 carries – 353 yds and a 4.4 per carry avg with 2 WR sets. When they went 3 wide his #’s dropped a lot per carry down to 3.1.

  11. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Love when the Jets play at home and Pouha make s a play and the crowd goes Poooooooo. Other teams have that and I get jealous. The last time we had that I think was Hugh Douglas,still mad about Parcells getting rid of him!

  12. By no one listens to Blinka on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    I been reading a little into Colin Baxter, it seems he was rated pretty good. How serious was his knee surgery and when did it happen. And why do you think the Chargers cut him, are they deep there?

  13. By Randy Lange on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Blinka, Rich Cimini reported for ESPN.com that Colin Baxter played the last four games of his U. of Arizona career with a torn meniscus in his right knee and missed the Alamo Bowl to undergo surgery. Baxter said he had a suture procedure on the knee that took a little more time to rehab, surely a reason that he went undrafted. He was one of the Chargers’ UDFA signings on July 26 and was a final cut on Sept. 3. I can’t speculate on why the Chargers waived him but their three backup O-linemen for New England all have 3+ years of NFL experience.

  14. By kw65Fan on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Kris who…???? Jenkins that is. Oh how we cried that we were doomed when he went down each in last 2 years. But who stepped up each year and is currently a terror in the middle…Pouha…thats who. A diamond in the rough. Isee Rex molding him just like his fav in Balt…Ngata. Don’t know what there feeding them in those Somoan Islands…but they are producing BIG linemen. Keep it up Pouha…in years to come it will be you and Ngata at the Pro-bowl….would of loved to see on same team (JETS), but Ngata just signed a 5 year contract…Oh Well.

  15. By no one listens to Blinka on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply


    He's a solid player, but not a player that other teams worry about like Jenkins.
    We miss an impact player on the D-line. And I miss Jenkins. Hope he has a good career in the media.

    Eh, who cares what I think, no one sells my jersey,

  16. By GaryC on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    yes Ira,those numbers kind of contradict,because when you go three wide it usually opens up the middle of the field on defense,which kind of reinforces why the jets offensive line isn’t up to snuff so far this year.maybe go three wide more with McKnight in backfield and take advantage of his elusiveness.Also Greene is terrible as a pass receiving back.

  17. By IRA on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    uncle joe, Trading Douglas was not one of the better moves Parcells made. Basically they traded Douglas for picks they used on Boose, K. Williams and E. Bateman.
    Whats to say Wilkerson won’t become an impact player. Sure Jenkins was but he just couldn’t stay on the field. How about DeVito the kid has made some impact playes the past few years. Sometimes you just don’t need a complete stud on the DL. They have some very good players that make impact plays when needed. And who knows how K. Ellis will turn out?

  18. By Frank on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer stop defending Sanchez already we are in year three and he has all kinds of weapons and he isn’t getting it done. You keep throwing out stats how about he is 17th in passer rating as you quoted. Ira look at Fred Jackson he is rushing for over 6 yards a carry in a spread offense. The reason? beacause Fitzpatrick is throwing darts all over the field 7 TD’s and 1 int and a 109 QB rating. Again teams are stacking the box the Jags had 5 down lineman a bunch of times to stop the run because Sanchez is not very good. Poor reads and staring down receivers continue to plague him. I am still giving him the benefit of the doubt ONLY because he played well in the playoffs and has a knack for winning but he must improve! He is an average QB.

  19. By GaryC on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    come sunday everyone talks seymour and kelly on the D line for raiders but watch Lamar Houston,last years pick for raiders and shaunnesy from wisconsin,both guys will rush hard and Hunter better be up to task.

  20. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer,go back to what Walt said yesterday about the Jags held Chris Johnson to 42 yards and beat Tenn. The same Tenn. that beat Balt.,the same Balt that beat Pitt! Mark Sanchez is STARTING his 3rd season, with new #2 & #3 wideouts who were BOTH limited in a LIMITED training camp & offseason. It’s NOT who starts out the fastest (BRADY) it’s who’s lasting the longest (SANCHEZ)

  21. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    When the game is on the line and in his hands,it’s hard to find a QB in his first TWO seasons, who has produced and come from behind and win as well as Sanchez. Throw in the way he handles the NEW YORK MEDIA, something that CANNOT be overlooked and although I admit I hated the pick when they made it, I don’t want ANY other QB in the league for my NEW YORK JETS!!!!!

  22. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    And you know in last years Championship game against Pitt., if he got the ball back at the end there he was gonna march down that field and win that game.

  23. By Ed in Tucson on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez is an enigma. He’s completed better than 63% of his passes but when he misses he really misses, 4 TDs & 3 Ints and a QB rating of 87.7, not bad but definitely not elite. The run game hasn’t been able to synch yet, the timing is still off (I blame the lockout) which may be one of the reasons that Schotty is so pass happy this season (68 passes/48 runs). I’d like to see a more balanced attack, with maybe a few more runs than passes. I’d be curious to see what MS’ completion % is on short passes & on long passes. I think his interceptions & incomplete passes mount as the length of his passes grows. Buffalo ran for 217 yds v Raiders, we should focus on running early & often, side to side, tire out their D line & get back to ball control

  24. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    And Kyle Wilson is starting to show little tiny glimmers of hope. I am especially happy with his tackling.

  25. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone watch that Turning Point show from last week with Revis micd up? I feel if Dez Bryant gets his head together he can become the BEST WR in the league, but after his first catch on Revis it was AWESOME watching Revis ABUSE him. Never realized how IMPRESIVE Revis is with bumping at the line. And then the laughing in Bryant’s fustrated face, CLASSIC!

  26. By IRA on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Gary, First of all i think its safe to say they don’t trust McKnight yet running the ball because of his hands and decision making. They need to get him into space and get him the ball so he can make plays with his athletic ability. He can’t run between the tackles. Lets wait and see what happens this week though. Still think Powell needs to get a chance to play some snaps.
    uncle joe,
    100 % correct if Sanchez had one more series they win that game. Thats why that loss was so difficult to take.

  27. By Christopher on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Doesn’t Pouha have some friends back “in those Somoan Islands” that can play on the O-Line? :)

  28. By Jimmer on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Our DL is not under-nor-overrated. No probowlers this year. They’re adequate. Our LB’s are better than average. The backbone really is the secondary. With ES missing 2 picks, but still getting one, I think alot of teams are gonna shy away from wherever he is. Cro is gonna get hit with most passes, as will whenever JL is trying to cover a TE. I think the pass D was so good this past week was that weren’t always rushing 7.

  29. By Christopher on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    uncle joe, I saw that too…great show. Revis is a beast, and as you saw with the one Bryant catch, it takes a perfect pass and perfect throw to complete one on Revis, and you only get that play once (as you saw they tried to go back to that same play and Revis picked it off). Of course if on that play it really was man to man coverage, Revis doesn’t get the chance to undercut that route and get the pick.

  30. By scjoe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think to say that “if” MS had one more series they win that game (Pit) would be the same as saying “if” he hadn’t fumbled earlier, or “if” he had played a lot better in that first half, we win that game. Lets be real. A comment on that “half glass” some of you have talked about.If you are of the opinion “the glass is half full” you would be 100% right, if you are of the opinion the glass is “half empty” you would be 100% right too. Point being, the glass is not FULL. Just one thing about you half full guys, you better take that same position should your team go 4-12 or 5-11. It’s much easier to take that position when your team is winning.

  31. By Tom Spicer on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, Just like a said in the last post in one game he threw for 335 yards & 59% percent completion percentage the other game 178 yards in 3 quarters & 70% completion percentage. You do not put ups those kinds of numbers in the NFL & stare down your WR’S sorry it does not happen.

  32. By Howie D on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    MS was off vs. Jags, with picks and miss to Plax in end zone, but the kid’s still a winner. Folks tend to see only the obvious mistakes, but it’s total play calling that matters, and that’s on Shotty. Randy’s Ranking Report is where Shotty’s been since he got here – overall 20th ranked offense. Do we really want to win the Superbowl or are we complacent with mediocrity? Is management blind? What does T’ baum and Woody see in Shotty that’s contrary to the facts? We would be the current SB Champs now if we had a better OC at the helm. Can’t blame MS, D is solid, we have ample weapons. No more excuses. This 2-0 start is masking a big problem – not firing on all cylinders. Turn the O duites over to someone else. 5 years of the same is enough.

  33. By uncle joe on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe,BOTH the fumble and the slow first half were not Sanchez’ fault in that Pitt game. The comeback,,,,WAS!

  34. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hilarious and true about this dreaming of an extra series vs PIT and the glass that’s simply NOT FULL, scjoe, and of course I agree with you about Schotty, Howie D.

  35. By scjoe on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    uncle joe, take a close look at Sanchez stats in that first half of the Pit game and tell me if you want to rethink your statement that it was not his fault. The fumble we can give him the benefit of the doubt, but not the first half stats. Any improvement on those stats and we win that game, but then again we are both talking “if’s” here which really don’t matter at this point.

  36. By Tom Spicer on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    SCjoe, Actually wrong we never even had the ball in the first half the D got totally dominated. The Pitt O had the ball 13 minutes & 13 seconds of a 15 minute 1st quarter. We had the ball for a WHOPPING 1 MINUTE & 45 SECONDS! Our O never had the ball to do anything with it. The D gave up 226 yards of O in the first half alone & they rushed for over 180 yards on us. I can post every number of that game copyed & pasted. The facts are the facts we could not run the ball we ran for 50 yards all game. Our D could not get off the field we were dominated in time of possiesion. Meanwhile Mark had a 102 rating, completed 60% of his passes, had 233 yards, had 2 TD’S & zero picks. Please tell me 1 good run we had all game or 1 good stop the D made?

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