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Prep for the Pats: Today’s Practice ‘Crisp,’ ‘Sharp’

Posted by Randy Lange on October 6, 2011 – 4:43 pm

Most reporters and fans, even players and coaches, are human, and it is human to erroneously assume that coincidence equals causality.

Still, there was last week’s final Jets practice before playing Baltimore …

“I tell it the way it is,” head coach Rex Ryan recalled at today’s news conference. “Last week we said we had a poor practice on Friday with the offense. And we had a poor game.”

But the reason Rex brought that sore subject up again this week was for the purpose of comparison. “We had a great practice today,” he said. “Very, very few mental mistakes. Guys were bouncing around. We just looked crisp, we looked sharp out there. Great communication.

“You can tell by the way we hit the practice field today that we’re ready to play.”

That’s a good thing because as everyone around these green and white parts knows, this week is Patriots week. Nothing less than the Jets’ best will do at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, and even their very best might not be enough.

But a great practice week can be one big piece to a victory puzzle involving the Jets’ biggest rival.

“Going into New England, you definitely want to be going in with a feeling of comfort and confidence in everything you’re doing,” said guard Brandon Moore in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center locker room. “You don’t want any question marks going in there because they’re a good team and they’re coached by a good coach.”

Safety Brodney Pool, happy to accept congratulations for his first half-sack of the season on Sunday night (he has 5.5 for his seven-year career, also wasn’t about to dispute the premise that great practices help optimize game performances.

“Practice is huge this week,” Pool said. “We want to get back on the winning track. It’s a division game. We don’t want to be behind these guys. This week we’ve just hunkered down with all the [defensive] calls, everybody’s been getting extra film in, and out on the field during practice, the way guys are moving around, it’s just crazy, man. It’s how you want it to be.”

Yet how many times did the Jets have what they felt was an impeccable set of Pats Week practices, only to come up short against Tom Brady & Co. on Sunday? And as good as this week may turn out to be, can it overcome the trends the Jets reluctantly set in the road losses at Oakland and Baltimore?

Yet as Ryan argued, he’ll sign up for the good week and take his chances with his guys on Sunday.

“If you go out during the week studying tape and practicing to the best of your ability, in this league it doesn’t guarantee you a victory. But if you don’t do it, it almost guarantees you a defeat,” he said. “We obviously have to be a lot better than we were the last two weeks. Going against the Patriots, if we’re not at our best, we won’t win this game. We have to be at our best and then well see. I feel confident we will win.”

Injury Watch

The Jets’ injury report was improved today over Wednesday as WR Plaxico Burress (elbow) was a full participant in team drills, LB Calvin Pace (abdomen) was limited, and rookie DL Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder) went from limited to full. LB Garrett McIntyre (concussion) remained DNP. “It’s probably real questionable about McIntyre,” said Ryan. “I think everybody else will be ready to roll.”

For the Patriots, three players who didn’t participate in Wednesday’s team drills were limited in today’s team work — DL Albert Haynesworth, TE Aaron Hernandez and DL Mike Wright. That made it 11 players in all who were limited. Four remained out of team drills for a second day — LB Jerod Mayo, T Sebastian Vollmer, RB Danny Woodhead and WR Julian Edelman.

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9 Responses to “Prep for the Pats: Today’s Practice ‘Crisp,’ ‘Sharp’”

  1. By wayne on Oct 6, 2011 | Reply

    Pats are pretty banged up too……Key run stopper, if he plays will not be full strength, weak secondary………..Play a reasonably effective defensive game, and take advantage of their seriously weak D and this game can be had………Easier said…….

  2. By russ on Oct 6, 2011 | Reply

    getting up for one game is not the answer…watching Pats they plan every game and feature different schemes based on opponents weakness…we seem to show up and hope to run a few plays…kinda like watching a pick up game offense….

  3. By ThatGuyShaun on Oct 6, 2011 | Reply

    Pats defense is awful. That’s the good news. Jets offense needs to wake up, in a huge way. I just don’t think they will. SHOULD be able to take advantage of their very bad secondary. Probably won’t. I love out routes.

  4. By Russell on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, I had a couple of thoughts. With Bryan Thomas probably done for the season, why don’t the Jets bring back LB Cummings who was released by Dallas. He seemed like a good fit for the Jets. As to the offensive line, I know they added Landolt but I was thinking the could add someone like either Daniel Loper, he plays both guard and tackle, or bring back Robbie Felix. Felix was on the Jets practice squad last season. This week at New England, I would like to see the Jets establish the running game and then use more play action pass plays.

  5. By IRA on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t be fooled by that injury report. My bet is most play.

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    You put your finger on it, russ. Despite a new owner, coach, staff, and players, this team still doesn’t seem to know how to stay consistently up for every game over the course of a season. Sometimes I watch this happen and feel like I’m watching a game from 1966 or 1986. The only thing that hasn’t been tried over all that time is hiring a coach and giving him more involvement in the front office, as Hank Stram wanted when he didn’t hire him in the ’70s, as Shanahan wants wherever he goes now. I suspect this might be the card we have to play at some pt to really change the Jets’ culture. I’m as iffy on Rex as I am on Sanchez now that he’s shown to have little to contribute on O and a disturbingly arbitrary approach to personnel.

  7. By Steve on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    whats going on with the new rookie Ellis? going to play anytime soon

  8. By no one listens to Blinka on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    We need a win to end my bitterness.

  9. By davetharave on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    A huge part of stopping NE offense is Welker and whoever is at tight end. Would like to see one of our linebackers line up over Gronkowski all day and just hit him at the line, slow him down, disrupt any pass pattern he’s trying to get into. As for Welker, I know the defense doesn’t have the same corner covering the same guy every play but if Revis isn’t on him a majority of the time . . , well I don’t think Cro is fast enough to stay with him and Wilson is quick and all but maybe not enough experience yet. It would be great if KW could stay with him, they’re about the same size. And would somebody please smack that Wooden Head if he tries to catch the ball ?!

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