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This Week Jets Are Building a Brick Foundation

Posted by Randy Lange on October 13, 2011 – 5:14 pm

Brick is the nickname of the Jets’ left tackle. But it’s also a metaphor for the preparations this week for the Jets’ Monday night game against the Dolphins.

Stack the bricks.

Head coach Rex Ryan used the phrase at the end of his Wednesday news conference and the players have seen the saying around the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center this week. It is from the family of NFL and sports catchphrases that also include Eating the Elephant and Chopping Wood. It is the way the Jets plan on digging out of their 2-3 hole with a win over the winless Dolphins.

“I experienced this two other times in my career as head coach,” Ryan said of suffering through three-game losing streaks. “The only way we fixed it back then was by working hard, trying to get better each day, and that’s what we’re doing now.”

The brick-stacking has taken several different forms. Ryan and his staff instituted a basketball/hockey horn that went off several seconds after the snap with the idea of improving the offense’s tempo. The O made improvement from the Ravens to the Patriots but not enough, so the horn is back.

“Especially with this team,” Ryan said of coordinator Mike Nolan’s Dolphins defense. “We know they’re going to be blitzing us. The bigger the game, the more you get from Mike. We know it’s coming.”

Mental errors such as penalties? “We’re working hard on that, there’s no question,” he said. “I don’t want to say exactly what we’ve done. We still aren’t doing the pushups yet, but we’ve certainly talked about it and are doing things, even off the field, to get better in these areas.”

Defense against the Miami running game? “We talked about alignment-assignment-technique,” he said. “That’s been our mantra this week. That’s the way we’ve really approached it this week.”

Not overlooking the Dolphins’ goose egg in their win column? “I look at the Dolphins, they’re very competitive. Even this year at 0-4, they’ve been in every game. This is a competitive team, a very physical team. When you think about this team, the first thing that comes to mind is that this is a very competitive, well-coached football team. We’ve only beaten them once since I’ve been here.

“We’ve got to find ways to beat them.”

Need more incentive? Two NFL facts. Since 1990, 40 percent of teams that start 0-4 (30 of 75) win their fifth game. And 7.5 percent of teams that lose to go 2-4 make the playoffs.

The Jets say they remain confidence.

“I think it starts off each week, because even if you win, you kind of start from scratch,” said G Brandon Moore. “I think we have enough veterans and enough guys on this team that understand that we’ve lost three games in a row but we’re still good football players and competitors. And you go into each game anew. So I don’t see confidence being a problem for this team.”

Payne Free … of Cast

WR Logan Payne finally had the short cast removed from his left wrist. I asked him for a one-liner on how he felt. He gave me one word “Freedom, I guess you could say.” OK, that’s six words. But the key word is free.

“I’m still waiting for them to let me off the leash,” he said of the Jets’ doctors and trainers. “I’m kind of getting antsy. But we’re going to push it as much as we can. The doctors see it every day and I get it X-rayed twice a week.”

So he’s not yet ready to return to action — especially because some of the pins involved in the surgery on his wrist six weeks ago are protruding through the skin.

But it’s a measure of the Jets’ interest in him that they kept him on the active roster and are hoping to get him on the field this season.

And Payne likely will come out as if shot from a cannon. He’s technically a second-year pro, but he first signed with Seattle in 2007 and got on the field for the first two games of the Seahawks’ ’08 season, when he caught three passes for 39 yards and three first downs. Then he hurt his knee, spent the rest of the year on IR, and proceeded to bounce to the practice squads of the Lions, Chiefs, Vikings and Jets.

So if Payne can get on the field and make just one reception this season, it will be his first pro catch in over three years. Good luck with the coming weeks of rehab, Logan.

Injury Reports

Besides Payne, the Jets’ first injury report of the week lists 12 players. Not practicing in team drills Thursday were C Nick Mangold, DT Ropati Pitoitua (knee) and CB Isaiah Trufant (hamstring).

On Mangold’s ankle, Ryan said: “I just think he’s a little tender. He’s going to be like this for a couple of weeks. He’ll be limited, I would anticipate, tomorrow in practice … but I expect him to play.”

On Pitoitua, Rex said, “We’ll see,” on Trufant, “I think he’ll be out this week.”

Limited were LS Tanner Purdum (low back), CB Donald Strickland (concussion) and RB LaDainian Tomlinson (calf) . Full-go were CB Marquice Cole (hamstring), DT Marcus Dixon (shoulder), LB Garrett McIntyre (concussion), LB Bart Scott (toe), DT Martin Tevaseu (low back) and DT Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder).

For Miami, five players were limited today down in South Florida, four with hamstring issues: CB Nolan Carroll, S Chris Clemons, CB Vontae Davis and RB Daniel Thomas. Also limited was TE Will Yeatman (shoulder). Full participants were DE Tony McDaniel (hand) and LB Koa Misi (neck).

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24 Responses to “This Week Jets Are Building a Brick Foundation”

  1. By Christopher on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    The switch from “Ground and Pound” to “Grunt and Punt” has been working flawlessly. so what is the problem?

  2. By Pranit on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    If the Jets have to do something this year, they should blowout Miami. Miami doesn’t even have a starting QB for god’s sake. They just got Matt Moore, so he doesn’t even know the offense, and even if he did — it shouldn’t matter. He’s not a starting caliber QB in the NFL.

    Lets also see the offense..can they start rolling now? If not now then forget about it. Schotty, don’t establish the run just because you are told to. Play the weakness of the opponent. Do we have to tell you that??

  3. By scjoe on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    True,true and true, the 0-4 Dolphins are dangerous. They are better then their record indicates, they are physical and competitive. Don’t underestimate them just because they are 0-4. A loss, and they are 1-4 and we are 2-4. A must win? No. A very important win? Yes. 2-4 will not put you out of the playoffs, but starting 2-4 with 2 of those losses with in the division makes it that much more difficult. Lets just hope Rex gets the message across to the troops.

  4. By russ on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Two byes back to back …should have plenty of time to get work done….

  5. By Donovan G on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I know this has nothing to do with this article,but I’m watching the audible on ESPN and Trent Dilfer said that Sanchez had wide open receivers throughout the whole pats game and he failed to find them. This tells me he locks on to WRS and never scans the field…

  6. By happy slappy on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    The problem with the Jets is Schotty..he looses focus on the most critical of moments ..run run run and run then pass ..create a balance but you have to punch the opponent in the mouth from the get go ..he doesnt inspire confidence.get it or get lost!!!

  7. By scjoe on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Pranit, Moore has been there since camp began, he should not only know the offense but may even be an upgrade to a very inconsistent Henne. Also, the Jets will see a much better defense then they did against NE. This will not be easy based on records alone.

  8. By wayne on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply


  9. By IRA on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Underestimate the Fish? Why? The Jets haven’t been playing good themselves. I doubt we see RP this week thats why Tevaseu was brought up. Well you know i have been saying for awhile they tinkered with the roster too much. I looked back at the 45 man actice roster for the Pitt AFC Ttitle Game. Well if you include BT and Turner being hurt now its 15 players missing from this years 45. Thats a 33% turnover. Thats not a good thing.
    Still think they can get this turned around if they al come together as a unit. Lets wait and see.

  10. By Chicago Bob on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    With an inexperienced QB starting for the Dolphins, at worst the Jets should win the battle of field position – that being said, there is no excuse for not putting points on the board. When you look around the league and see teams with less offensive talent than the Jets doing more, it is obvious something is wrong with the system. There is a reason Schotty is no longer getting consideration for any head coaching positions – we should be thankful the Jets had the good sense not to hire him as head coach when Herm Edwards left – it would have been comparable to the Rich Kotite era.

  11. By kw65fan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Steve…from an earlier post…Just boys being boys…bickering is fun especially when you roll your eyes and half of them don’t know what their talking about. So true Tom64…it is like they are comparing apples to oranges…stats don’t mean anything…they just get buildt up in garbage time. NEWS FLASH…Do NOT take Moore lightly….not sure if it is last year or year before…when with Carolina he blew the Giants out of the Meadowlands and they didn’t make the playoffs…something like 41 to 7. Hes been with the Dolphins, knows there playbook…DO NOT TAKE HIM FOR GRANTED….

  12. By Ablity on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    i got an idea…stop the run!!!

  13. By wayne on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply


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  15. By STAYLOADED on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think, if your winning 30-17 don’t stop there, keep putting points on the board, because we all know the JETS will do that. slow down as always. Until that 4th quarter whistle sound its not over. Spread out the offense and let it rip, no more dink and dunk. And the Offense line stand your ground, give Mark a few more seconds to throw and open holes to let the Running Backs Fly. Improvise,Adapt and Overcome.


  16. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Yup, Chicago Bob, other teams scoring way more pts than us with lesser personnel is one of the reasons I blame Schotty. To think that some people on this site are starting to doubt Holmes when we can’t even get on track to throw to him or anyone else over 8 yds. Anybody here who thinks SH would have 17 catches for a 13 yd avg on most other teams, stop dreaming now. By the way, I have to say I’m intrigued by him speaking out about throwing long the other day. I wonder if he thinks part of a captain’s job is speaking out like that. Or does he think he can actually take down Schotty single-handedly, which in this case I’d applaud? Surely he knows with the contract we just gave him, it would be insane to hold onto Schotty instead of him.

  17. By hawkfist on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Lets face it, the GM ruined this team. They haven’t had one full draft since Ryan is the HC. Trading up n down every year just to try and land some big shot free agent. In the last three years they’ve traded away the second round pick twice. They have dealt badly with these free agents, cancers all of ‘em. Right now the coaches have lost the team and they’re not gonna get ‘em back anytime soon. Sanchez s/b peeking at this point but he isn’t, that is lack of coaching or not enough talent. If it’s the latter figure it out then call it a day. This team is slow and lacks intensity something just smells baaaaaaad

  18. By kleckofan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    hawks- would tend to agree about Tanny, not that he has not made things exciting. It’s time to teach the younger players now and draft in every round next year; for need, not “best on the board”. We need speed everywhere. I sincerely hope no one gets on here and askes for us to go after Brandon Lloyd from Denver (apparently they’re shopping him)…not what we need, yet another new WR for Sanchez to get acclimated to. As for the state of the locker room, there’s no way we know what’s going on…media representations are to sell papers (site hits). We may well have circled the wagons as needed and are prepared to play inspired ball. Go Green!
    BTW, I’ll take Philbin and Elliott over Gastineau everyday!

  19. By Clarke W. Griswald on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    If they lose, is Shotty gone before they start the bye?

  20. By Jimmer on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Bush certainly isn’t running it up the gut. He only runs where we can’t stop anyone, outside. Don’t forget, somehow our defense made Henne look like the second coming of Marino. What are we gonna make moore look like? Can Sanchez stay off IR for another week?

  21. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Totally agree, kleckofan, and partly agree, hawkfist. Trading away the #2 is something that should be done very rarely, not routinely, and for someone young who can make an immediate impact, like a higher #1. Drafting “the best on the board” has resulted in some weird picks who haven’t contributed that much. Was Conner really so important? FB is practically extinct in the NFL, not hard to find one to just block. Were Powell or S McKnight really “the best on the board”? And yeah, no Brandon Lloyd or any other 30-yr-old FA’s, especially if we keep losing and this becomes a rebuilding yr. I’d like to see what we got with the young guys like Kerley and McKnight (and Ducasse) and find out within the next yr or so where we’re at w/Sanchez.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    If we gotta lose, Clarke, I certainly hope that’s the result on Tuesday. Schotty can leave Florham Park singing along on his car stereo with Lindsey Buckingham, “Monday morning you look so fine…Friday I got travelin’ on my mind…”

  23. By BillsJets on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    You watch Jet Fans the Dolphins will give us a game, even with their record being 0-4, They will give the Jets all that they can handle. Watch even with the Dolphins being 0-4 we still won’t be able to sack their QB, they will get to Sanchez more than we get to their QB. I have to agree with STAYLOADED, even if the Jets get a lead of 31 to 17 starting the 4th Quarter, the Jets better still keep putting the points on the board because I’ve seen too many come backs by the Dolphins on the Jets, So please Rex don’t let that happen, and lastly what’s with all the talk about the Dolphins being dangerous, don’t underestimate them, now If we are a so called playoff bound team this year, the Dolphins should be the last of our worries. Go Jets!!!

  24. By davetharave on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    I have been saying all week that anyone who is looking past this game is a fool, and I pity the fool. They better play hard as heck all game, no penalties and no mental mistakes or it will end up as another embarrassing moment in Jets history.

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