A semi-special guest at the Jets’ practice today at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center was Tom Moore. “Semi-” because Moore is, after all, a consultant for the Jets, but “-special” because he hasn’t come to the complex much since training camp, instead breaking down Jets practice videos and advancing the Green & White’s next opponents primarily from his Hilton Head, S.C., home.
“Tom came in late last night and we put him out there, put him to work,” head coach Rex Ryan said at his daily news conference following practice. “It’s always good to have him in there, his knowledge and perspective. … He and Schotty talk all the time, they send emails back and forth. We got him out of the house and he’s here today. I’d like to get him around here more. I’m going to try to keep him here. We’ll see if his wife will let him.”
Moore is, however, retired, so we’ll see how well that goes. But as an on-site consultant, you can be sure that Rex, OC Brian Schottenheimer and even DC Mike Pettine will bounce some ideas off of the former offensive coordinator for Peyton Manning and the Colts.
Offensively, of course, one trend the Jets sure want to cure is their slow-starting engine. Dating to Game 4 of 2010 at Buffalo, the Jets offense has generated one first-drive touchdown and two first-quarter TDs.
The Jets have picked up the pace in the last three quarters — their 20.3-points-per-game average over Quarters 2-4 in their first 11 games puts them on a 323-point pace for those quarters, which would be their most since the 1998 team scored 338 points over those three quarters. But still, a faster start in the final five games would make things easier during the Jets’ uphill stretch run.
“We’ve tried a bunch of things,” Ryan said. “I haven’t asked him that specifically, but maybe I will while he’s here.”
As for the defense, the Jets are doing some very nice things this season. They’re eighth in the NFL in total yards allowed, seventh in passing yards allowed, fourth in opponents’ third-down conversion rate, and third in opponents’ passer rating. But closing out games? After the Tim Tebow Broncos rescued their Week 11 game over the Jets on their final possession and the Bills almost did the same Sunday, Ryan and Pettine are seeking answers to that question.
“If you’re going to be a true dominant team on defense, you’ve got to close those things out,” Ryan said. “Are we a dominant defense? I don’t think there’s a dominant defense in the league this year. But are we pretty good? I think we’re pretty good. I think we’re capable of being better.”
Maybe Moore, whose Colts offenses frustrated the Jets defenses a few times over the years, such as in 2006 in the Meadowlands and in Lucas Oil in the 2009 AFC Championship Game, has a few pointers for the Green & White defense this time around.
“The players really respect Tom. He talks to the defensive guys, the offensive guys. It’s good to have him here,” said Rex, who added that after Moore was on hand for the Jets’ October win over the Chargers, he’s “trying to get him to come to the game” against the Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday.
The Jets injury report following today’s practice was identical to Wednesday’s, with Mike DeVito (knee) the only DNP and Vlad Ducasse (knee) the only player limited during team drills.
The Redskins’ report grew by two players to 13 today, with WRs Jabar Gaffney (foot) and Terrence Austin (hamstring) added to the list as limited in today’s practice. Also, LB London Fletcher (ankle), who didn’t practice Wednesday, was limited.
No Flex-ing Next Week
The Jets’ home game next Sunday, Dec. 11, vs. Kansas City will remain as originally scheduled with a 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning, Rex Ryan, Tom Moore, Washington Redskins
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