Updated 5:55 p.m. ET
Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed at his news conference today that consultant Tom Moore, who was at practices last week and at the Washington game on Sunday, will be with the Jets at least through New Year’s Day in Miami.
“I felt good about it the whole time,” said Rex. “His wife does have that veto right, but she did not exercise it and he will be here the rest of the season.”
Ryan also said the perception among some that Moore’s presence at Florham Park is a shot at O-coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is false.
“I have great confidence in Brian,” he said, adding that having the former Peyton Manning/Colts OC around “can only help. A guy like Tom Moore, how can he not help your team? He’s helped me so I know he’s probably helped Schotty, [Mike] Devlin, Henry [Ellard], a lot of guys, so we’re happy to have him.”
Moore said much the same thing in a sitdown with reporters early this evening.
“I strictly observe. That’s my role. It’s fun being where the action is, if you want to know the truth,” the white-haired 73-year-old. “I just make observations. Brian runs the show. He’s the coordinator. He has done and is doing, in my opinion, a tremendous job. I think the coaching staff here does a tremendous job. I’m extremely impressed with everything about this organization. It’s a privilege for me to hang around here.”
Ryan said now that Moore’s on site, perhaps his title will be mega-consultant. Moore was asked what that “promotion” means.
“I’m from down the South,” he said with a smile. “That must be a big-city term.”
B.Moore’s Sidelined … for Now
One of the guys that Tom Moore likely will be able to keep an eye on this week is Brandon Moore, no relation. B.Moore, who contributed to another solid offensive line performance in the 34-19 win over the Redskins but came out of the game with a hip injury that had him sidelined for today’s practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
But Ryan said there’s no question in his mind about Brandon’s availability against the Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
“We all assume Brandon’s going to play,” he said. “He’s played in how many straight games?”
The answer to that is 117 consecutive regular-season games and starts. The starts streak is first among active NFL guards, the games streak is second to Jake Scott’s 120 for the Titans.
Similar to last week, when Moore and his linemates contributed to a franchise rarity of no sacks allowed and 6.0 yards per rush against the Bills, on Sunday the OL was at it again. This was only the 13th game in franchise history in which the Jets didn’t allow a sack (that blitz takedown of Mark Sanchez by CB Kevin Barnes was negated by his helmet-to-helmet contact with Sanchez) and rushed for three or more touchdowns.
The last time before Sunday was the 2009 “Win And We’re In” game vs. Cincinnati. And on that list are two games against the Chiefs: at KC in 1975, when John Riggins was the RB and Joe Namath the QB, and in 2001 in the Meadowlands, when the tag team was Curtis Martin and Vinny Testaverde.
Dixon: An Armed Force of One
Not only did the officials almost miss Marcus Dixon’s first career forced fumble Sunday but Dixon nearly did as well.
“I was going down, the gap was huge, so I was trying to close the gap and I saw the running back,” Dixon said of the third-quarter running play by the Redskins’ Roy Helu. “And I threw my arm. I was really trying for the tackle but I hit the ball. Then I kind of got up dazed because I hit my head on the ground. The grass didn’t help that much.
“But when I got to the sideline, I was saying, ‘That was my fumble. Make sure I got my fumble.’ “
He wouldn’t have if Ryan didn’t throw his red challenge flag. Ref John Parry’s crew didn’t see the ball rattle out of Helu’s grip on that hit and ruled that when David Harris and Bart Scott hit him 4 yards later, the ball hit the ground and Eric Smith picked it up, Helu was down by contact.
But Parry reversed the call into a Jets recovery, giving Ryan and his staff their second two-challenge-reversals game in three years. (The first was 2010 Game 2 vs. New England.) The Jets couldn’t convert on Nick Folk’s 40-yard missed FG, but in a way the first of three second-half takeaways for the Green & White got the ball rolling toward their comeback victory.
It also continues Dixon’s improving visibility in the D-line rotation.
“Coach Pettine told me early in the year, the more reps, the better you get. I think I’m getting used to playing. I’m learning a lot from Bo and DeVito and Coach Carrier. I try to take everything in and use it some way. I just do everything within the scheme, I don’t go outside of the scheme, I don’t go wild-card anybody. I just stay to the scheme. We have a great scheme that fits me and allows me to play.”
The Jets’ injury report swelled from last week’s 10 to 16 today, but still doesn’t look dire, except perhaps for DT Mike DeVito. “I don’t feel near as comfortable about that one,” Ryan said of his D-line strongman, who has sat out three of the last six games with knee issues. “I know he’s doing everything he can. He’s out there in full pads. I don’t want to say no, but quietly we’ll say very, very doubtful.”
Besides Brandon Moore, the only other DNP was ST Ellis Lankster (low back). Limited besides Dixon were Joe McKnight, who wore a bulky brace to protect his hyperextended right elbow, LB David Harris (ankle) and S Eric Smith (knee). Nine players were full-go and all are listed here.
Kansas City’s injury report, by comparison, is the picture of health. Only three players are listed: QB Kyle Orton, who injured a right finger on his only play of the Chiefs’ 10-3 win at Chicago, was limited, as was 16th-year C Casey Wiegmann (a Jet, don’t we all remember, for three games in his rookie season of 1997), also with a finger. LB Demorrio Williams (groin) was full-go.
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