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Preparing for the Heat as Well as the Dolphins

Posted by Randy Lange on September 21, 2012 – 3:19 pm

The Jets will be playing a doubleheader this weekend as they attempt to topple the Miami Dolphins in part by triumphing over the Miami heat.

Not as in LeBron-Dwyane-Chris but rather as in hot-hot-hot. The forecast for Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla., at the 1 p.m. ET kickoff is expected to be around 85°, with a heat-index reading close to 100°. As new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin reminded Dolfans this week after beating the Raiders last week (and the Jets perhaps subliminally), “Obviously, establishing a presence on your own home field is important, and September 1 o’clock games historically have been successful for this team.”

The Jets are mindful of the heat ahead and have been taking steps to be ready for the blast of South Florida air inside the now aptly named Sun Life Stadium.

“We definitely practiced it all week long,” head coach Rex Ryan said at today’s post-practice news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, adding that one major component was in simulating the Dolphins’ up-tempo offensive pace. “This team is averaging snapping the football probably with more than 15 seconds on the [play]clock, 20 seconds maybe. They’re super-quick, unlike really any team in the league.

“We challenged our guys during the week, every team period. Our scout team and our coaches did a tremendous job getting lined up and ready to roll.”

Ryan and his trainers also stressed optimum hydration and rest. And you don’t have to tell a player like LB Aaron Maybin twice about hydration.

“I’ve been taking extra Gatorade, Pedialyte and water. I’ll probably have a couple of extra IVs the night before,” Maybin said. “I sweat a lot. And the heat can wear on your defense especially as the game goes on.”

Some Jets wore extra layers of clothing and did extra cardio work this week outside in the mid-70s temps around Florham Park, N.J. It’s all done with an eye toward leveling the playing field somewhat against those heat-tempered Dolphins.

“It’s definitely an advantage because it is hot and humid,” said S Yeremiah Bell, who knows the situation well since he played for Miami his first eight seasons in the NFL. “Why wouldn’t you want to play in the same place you practice? It’s kind of like a cold-weather team playing in the snow.”

But, Bell counseled, “You know what’s coming. All these guys in here know what they’re in for. It’s only an advantage if you let it be.”

It’s also maybe less of an advantage than the Dolphins would like opponents to believe. Their win over the Raiders actually was their first “September 1 o’clock” game in four years, since from 2009-11 their early home games all kicked off either shortly after 4 p.m. or at night. Before last Sunday, the last time they played at home in September at 1 p.m. was against the Jets in the 2008 opener. And the Jets, with Brett Favre in his first game at QB, prevailed, 20-14.

The point being, the Miami heat is an edge but hardly an insurmountable one.

“Most of us have been playing football our whole lives, and we’ve played in hot weather before,” Maybin said.

“Obviously we’ll see when we get out there,” Ryan said. “We feel pretty good about it.”

Final Health Report

The Jets’ injury report grew by one to 21 names today, yet their health should be OK for Miami.

CB Darrelle Revis, after declaring on Thursday that “I’m going to play,” practiced full-contact today and is listed as probable for the Dolphins. And Ryan when asked about Revis specifically, pointed to the 16 probables and said, “I’d say every one of those guys I expect to play.”

LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) and FB John Conner (knee) are doubtful. It looks as if Garrett McIntyre will start again at OLB and Konrad Reuland will add his increasing number of plays. “Konrad’s got fullback reps, tight end reps, U reps at the other tight end,” Ryan said. “It’s a good thing he’s got that Stanford education. He’s had to use it these past couple of weeks.”

Two more are questionable: TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) and CB Ellis Lankster (low back). Keller, despite his opinion that he’s ready to roll again, is iffy, with Ryan saying Dedrick Epps could be active again, especially if Keller is deactivated but possibly even if DK is active.

As for the probable list, it includes QB Mark Sanchez (low back) and the newest listee, DT Kenrick Ellis (illness). But all the probables practiced full today and appear ready to roll at Miami.

We’ll wrap up Miami’s Friday injury report here when it comes in.

When Flags Flew

Pittsburgh wasn’t a game that will go in WR Santonio Holmes’ time capsule. But say what you want about the flags, Tone caused a bunch of them to fly.

The four penalties for 52 yards called against Steelers Ike Taylor and Keenan Lewis in covering Holmes were the most marked off due to one Jets player since at least the mid-Nineties. The only other time in that span that a Jet drew four penalties in a game was last year when Plaxico Burress forced four penalties on the Raiders, primarily Stanford Routt, but only three were marked off with one declined.

Prior to that, just six other Jets have caused three major penalties by opponents since 1995. WR Keyshawn Johnson did it in ’99 at Denver. WR Wayne Chrebet followed suit the next year at home vs. the Broncos. Keller as a rookie TE got a trifecta at Tennessee in 2008, and Holmes coaxed three penalties out of the Chargers (two on Quentin Jammer) last season.

DE John Abraham is the only Jets defender to get a trio of penalties thrown at his opponents in a game. Abe did it twice — three holds vs. Kansas City in 2002 (one against Hall of Famer-to-be Willie Roaf), and three more holds at Buffalo in 2005.

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19 Responses to “Preparing for the Heat as Well as the Dolphins”

  1. By IRA on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yes it was cooking there in 08 and i hope it does rain this week maybe help cool off everybody. As long as the Jets don’t turnover the ball they should win this game. I can’t see a rookie QB beating the Jets unless we gift wrap it for them. Shut down R Bush and they will be fine but i do expect a close game. Jets 20-17!
    Randy, Any time i read about big Abe i can’t stop but wonder what if they had kept him. I really believe they would’ve gone to the SB in 09 or 010 if they had him.

  2. By scjoe on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    I can tell you first hand the heat and humidity in S Florida is almost unbearable. But lets not forget one thing, the Dolphins are also playing in it and those white jersey’s they will be wearing do nothing more to cool them down then a day dream of cool Fall breeze in NY. I am not saying it don’t effect your body, I am saying it effects theirs just as much.

  3. By scjoe on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, by the way, “you don’t GET USED to it”

  4. By No one cares what Blinka thinks on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    I”m getting tired of the way wes scout players. Just seen an interview of Chandler Jones, the Patriots pic. Seems like the guy has a great attitude then I see the way Couples behaves and I’m wondering if the Jets consider personality when they scout a player? Wouldn’t you want to go with the player with the better head if if he’s considered just a little below the other guy in the talent department?

    Eh,who cares what I think,

  5. By Tom Spicer on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    We have to stop Reggie Bush & make Tanehill try to beat us thru the air. With Revis back we should be able to shut them down. We will have trouble running the ball vs them there front 7 can really stop the run (not that it matters anyway Greene is terrible). The O line has done its part so far if it plays like it did in the 1st 2 gamea it is going to come down to. Mark being more accurate & the WR’S catching the balls that they should catch.

  6. By Jersey Joe on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely NO Excuse if they lose this game- are you kidding me? Rookie QB -team is rebuilding – dumping older players – releasing several of their best starters – Sparano knows this teams weaknesses – One dangerous offensive player (Bush) – Revis is back – Rookie Miami Coach etc ! Jets defense should PUNISH Tannyhill into picks and fumbles ! Randy any word on the Bart Scott melt-down – do you think Ryan should fine or bench Scott for outbursts like this (conduct detrimental to the team) ?? This was supposed to be the New and Improved Bart – Leaner, Faster new attitude, ready to “ball’

  7. By joeyjets12fla on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    back in the 80s raymond berry used to bring the pats to s. fla in tuesdays. it was very effective

  8. By Jet Blue on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    The heat never seemed to bother Marino and the Marks Brothers. If a team is prepared both physically and mentally, weather should not be a factor. It’s the coaches job to prepare the team. Don’t know what to expect from the Fins. They looked motivated last week against a mistake-prone Raider team. If anything, they’ll be bringing it this week as far as effort goes. Let’s see what Rex learned from last week’s downer. If they show up with the same old Jets game plan (cross fingers and hope we don’t lose), it could be a long day, and another valuable lesson for Rex. It’s show time for this team. No more excuses and promises of playing better. Get ‘er done!
    JFS64Tom: Loved your Tom Tresh reference ealier. Classic!

  9. By dougmc on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Seems as if we should have addressed the TE position. Keller is still down and I like Cumberland but after that, not so much. Reuland and the rugby player are pretty green. Reuland’s going to play multiple roles this week and it just seems that players were available a month ago. Hopefully Keller’s ready to roll.
    Need this win cause Niners and Texans are next up and they are obviously better then us at this point.

  10. By saideegirl on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Any thoughts on if Welker becomes available? He might be looking for a trade.

  11. By scjoe on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    dougmc, who do you think we are, NE? Where Belichek goes out the very next day and picks up a pretty decent TE (Winslow) after Hernandez goes down with an injury that is not even season ending. That is not the “Jet way” Mr T either don’t
    want to spend the money OR is instructed not to spend the money. Sad but true!

  12. By scjoe on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    saideegirl, LOL, that is funny. First of all Belichek would rather bury Welker in the depth chart before he traded him to the Jets. Secondly, the Jets would probably pass on him anyway citing that they are already “loaded” at WR and third, even if by some miracle they did obtain him do you honestly believe he would have numbers even remotely close to what he has up in NE?

  13. By Mike Jet Vet on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Ira. again all do respect. you sound like your confidence is waning in these Jets. not hearing much enthusiasm. I for one hate the thought feeling the NEED to hope and pray we beat a totally revamped Miami team. hoping Revis returns.give me a break. if we can’t beat Miami with or without him. this season will be another write off, with San Fan, Texans, and NE coming up. Next statement heat made affect team, I live in Fla. It’s not all that Hot certainly not for football. Spicer once again telling us what Sanchez needs to do but when he doesn’t it’s someone else s fault…Maybe we should video tape a game Sanchez won 2-3 years ago and send it to Met life instead of the team

  14. By Mike Jet Vet on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Blinka glad your acknowledging what I have said in many posts about our scouts.and their inability to spot talent

  15. By MPC on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Another great moment in the Rex era, Scott threatens reporter!
    So proud to be a Jet fan these days! Can not even sell my tickets, who wants them!
    When will Mr. Johnson wake up? Does he really think that all this negative PR anf Tebow are really good for the organization? He hired Managini a few years back cause he wanted to copy the Pats style.
    He really should study the Giants and see how they run a high class team!
    Starts at the top Woody! I do not even want to talk about draft picks, cause other than The big “four”, who have we drafted that is worthy??? How about the F.A. we picked up and give them tons of well deserved cash?

    Signed 20 year disgusted season ticket holder! Who has seen 2 home play off games in his life!

    Go Big Blue!

  16. By MEANGREEN on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    jjust read that Bryan Thomas is gone about time we need speed.

  17. By joeyjets12fla on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    talk about the heat i remember back in 93 i flew down to fla for my mothers birthday. a neighbor got me 3 tickets and i took myself and my only 2 sons at the time to the game. heat index on the field was 107. i remember watching the fins players being taken to the locker room they said that evenng on the news it was for dehydration. i mean you didn’t even want to have a beer it was so hot. at halftime i took my boys to the restroom and filled there hats with water and dumped it over there heads our guys for some reason didn’t seem to have as much of a problem even though we lost.

  18. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll pass on Welker, saideegirl, that’s going in the wrong direction. The future is Hill, Kerley, and whoever’s throwing to them next yr if it ain’t Sanchez. Glad you liked the Tresh reference, Jet Blue, only a real New York sports fan would get that one.

  19. By SCfromNY on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Maimi always gives the Jets problems. Not the best game played by 2 teams but that Monday Night comeback was, for me, very enjoyable.

    I have said earlier what others have said. What is wrong with our personel dept. We never find a surprise FA. And for the most part, with the exception of Revis better players are picked by teams picking after ours.

    There will be NO excuse for a poor performance in Maimi.

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