On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Jets Game Plan – Only on SNY

    Jets Game Plan is a 30-minute preview show co-hosted by Jeane Coakley and Brian Custer with analysts Ray Lucas and Erik Coleman, providing a comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup.

  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM EST Live Jets Talk LIVE: Pregame Get your most compreshensive game preview as Jets Insiders Eric Allen and Amanda Pflugrad are joined by Herbie Teope of Chiefs Digest in Kansas City. JTL kicks off at 11:30 a.m. from Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST Jets Open Mic – Only on SNY

    Exclusive live "start-to-finish" coverage of Rex Ryan's press conferences every Monday and Wednesday from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Jets Open Mic is a 30-minute telecast throughout the NFL season.

  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST Inside the Jets

    “Discuss the team’s gameday performance and the Jets’ match-up for the upcoming week. Hosted by Bob Wischusen,“Inside the Jets Radio Show" on ESPN New York 98.7FM is aired weekly the day after every game throughout the season.”

  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST Jets Extra Point – Only on SNY

    Every Tuesday throughout the season, Jets fans can tune into Jets Extra Point, a weekly show that dissects the previous week's game with detailed analysis. The show will also feature exclusive interviews with Jets players and coaches. Host Brian Custer is joined by Ray Lucas and NFL Insider Mike Garafolo


  • Wed., Nov. 05, 2014 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST Jets Extra Point – Only on SNY

    Every Tuesday throughout the season, Jets fans can tune into Jets Extra Point, a weekly show that dissects the previous week's game with detailed analysis. The show will also feature exclusive interviews with Jets players and coaches. Host Brian Custer is joined by Ray Lucas and NFL Insider Mike Garafolo


  • Thu., Nov. 06, 2014 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST Jets Game Plan – Only on SNY

    Jets Game Plan is a 30-minute preview show co-hosted by Jeane Coakley and Brian Custer with analysts Ray Lucas and Erik Coleman, providing a comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup.

  • Fri., Nov. 07, 2014 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Jets Game Plan – Only on SNY

    Jets Game Plan is a 30-minute preview show co-hosted by Jeane Coakley and Brian Custer with analysts Ray Lucas and Erik Coleman, providing a comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup.

  • Sat., Nov. 08, 2014 10:00 PM - 10:30 PM EST Jets Game Plan – Only on SNY

    Jets Game Plan is a 30-minute preview show co-hosted by Jeane Coakley and Brian Custer with analysts Ray Lucas and Erik Coleman, providing a comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup.

  • Mon., Nov. 10, 2014 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST Jets Open Mic – Only on SNY

    Exclusive live "start-to-finish" coverage of Rex Ryan's press conferences every Monday and Wednesday from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Jets Open Mic is a 30-minute telecast throughout the NFL season.


Report: Bob Sanders Visiting Green & White

Posted by Nick Gallo on March 2, 2011 – 11:43 am

Former Colts safety Bob Sanders is visiting with the Jets today, according to ESPN 1050 New York.

The recently released Sanders (5’8″, 206) has visited the Jaguars and Bills as well this offseason. Sanders, an Iowa product, was named the AP’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 but has played in only nine games the past three seasons while battling injuries.

In all the 30-year-old Sanders has played in 48 games in his seven-year career and has compiled six interceptions, 373 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has never played 16 games in a season, but in the two seasons that he played in more than six games for the Colts, he was a Pro Bowler, in 2005 and ’07.

Two More Transactions

The Jets announced two more player departures late this afternoon when they waived DE Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick of the ’08 draft, and terminated the contract of veteran tight end Ben Hartsock.

JT: Let’s Do It Again

Jason Taylor, another former Defensive Player of the Year, released by the Jets on Tuesday, told The Associated Press today he would like to play another season with the Green & White.

“I want to play in New York for sure,” Taylor told AP before the Honda Classic pro-am golf tournament. “I told Rex yesterday, if I’m going to play, I want to play with the Jets. If they’ll have me, I think I would enjoy doing it again.”

The 6’6”, 250-pound pass rusher played for the Dolphins for 12 seasons and the Redskins for one before coming to the Jets last offseason.

Taylor filled in while OLB Calvin Pace rehabbed his broken foot and played in the OLB rotation all season, making a few game-changing plays. His late strip sack of Tom Brady secured the Jets’ Week 2 victory over the Patriots, and his safety helped the Jets defeat the Steelers in Week 15 at Heinz Field in Taylor’s hometown of Pittsburgh.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 27 Comments »

Mike T: Preparing for Whatever May Come

Posted by Nick Gallo on February 24, 2011 – 6:23 pm

While the state of free agency uncertain, all eyes around the football are focused on the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and that includes Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan, who came in to scout the prospects. Tannenbaum addressed the media and discussed his plan of attack heading into the NFL Draft in late April.

“I guess philosophically I’m quality over quantity as it relates to the draft,” Tannenbaum said. “Every draft has its own story to it.”

In recent drafts the Jets have traded up to get their men, including when they selected Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene in 2009. This year’s version of the draft will be different for most teams because of the labor uncertainty. With a number ofplayers lined up to become free agents, Tannenbaum and his player personnel staff are going about business as usual.

“We’re preparing like we would from the standpoint of the different silos to improve the team, be it free agency, potential trades, the draft,” he said. “From our standpoint, as we’ve told our organization, we’re going to keep preparing and we’ll be prepared whenever they say to go and whatever the rules may be.”

Ryan and his coaching staff are just as intent on finding ways to improve the team this offseason, and they’ll work hand in hand with the personnel side to build another Super Bowl contender. The interests of his coordinators, Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Pettine, will be in Ryan’s in mind when working with Tannenbaum and staff over the next few months.

“We have an incredible scouting department and a GM that knows the blueprint for success,” Ryan said. “So I really lean on Mike Tannenbaum and Joey Clinkscales and Scott Cohen and all of the guys. With that, the coaches get involved, and then we have an incredible process that we go through.”

There are many different ways the Jets could go with their first-round pick, including safety and outside linebacker, which have been suggested by many. Others, however have noted that nose tackle Kris Jenkins has torn his ACL in each of the last two seasons and there might be a few defensive line prospects available at the end of Round 1.

“For our defense, the depth is really important and we’ve tried to load up there,” Tannenbaum said. “There are some interesting guys. We’re going to sit down with some of them over the next few days and it certainly could be a possibility for us.”

Tannenbaum has been known to be aggressive with making draft day moves throughout the years, so don’t be surprised if the Jets don’t ultimately select at their current positions throughout the now-three-day draft. He did say, however, that since Ryan has come over from Baltimore, they’ve adopted a simple, effective strategy for the draft that he’ll take into this year’s event.

 “We’ll certainly take the best player,” Tannenbaum said. “We’re going to stick to that philosophy. It could be a pass rusher, it could be a safety, it could be an offensive player.”

The Jets have a fantastic base of talent and attacked the re-signing their “Core Four” of Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and most recently, David Harris, who was franchise-tagged was reported to have signed his one-year tender, although the team would not confirm this. The draft is on a separate level from the normal offseason moving and shaking this season, and with many players due to be free agents, the Jets are eager to find a way to get as many of the same faces from the 2010 team back on the roster for 2011.

“All I’m going to say is we want all of our players back,” Ryan said. “We know that’s not realistic but we know we have an outstanding football team and we want them all back.”

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 15 Comments »

Martin Turns Sights to Next Year’s Hall Class

Posted by Nick Gallo on February 9, 2011 – 12:26 pm

While media members were anxiously filing into the Houston Ballroom at the Sheraton Dallas on Saturday night for NFL Network’s live broadcast of the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame selections, Curtis Martin, back north, was making his way to the gym.

“Saturday was pretty relaxing,” Martin told Eric Allen of newyorkjets.com when he visited the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center this week. “It’s funny. I don’t get the NFL channel on the cable that I have, so I had to go down to the gym, the weightroom actually, to watch it on their television.”

The Jets’ No. 28 made the final 10 in the voting by the 44-member Hall of Fame selection committee but was not chosen to be one of the seven enshrined in Canton in July, but Martin is the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history and believes he has an opportunity to make the Hall in 2012.

“I think I have a good chance but it is tough competition every single year,” Martin said. “It’s definitely the people who are the elite to ever even play the game. This year, I said to the press earlier that I thought that the voters made a good decision on the class that they chose. Marshall [Faulk], Deion [Sanders], Richard Dent, all of them, they deserve to be there, so it was just an honor to be in the top 10 finalists.”

Perhaps the three most qualified new candidates for the Hall next year are former Jets coach Bill Parcells, former Chiefs guard Will Shields and ex-Giants RB Tiki Barber. Other candidates that just missed the cut this year include RB Jerome Bettis and a trio of top wide receivers — Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed.

Martin gushed about Parcells, who Martin said would have introduced him at the enshrinement ceremony if he had made the Hall this year.

“Bill Parcells means a lot to me,” Martin said. “I think that my career wouldn’t have been half of what it was if it wasn’t for him. He taught me the ropes. He taught me the mentality to have. He taught me how to be a professional and he also gave me some good tips on just being a human being and a man.”

Martin finished his career with 14,101 yards and 70 touchdowns and also caught passes for 3,329 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Pittsburgh native still shares the NFL record with 1,000 rushing yards in each of the first 10 seasons of his career. Parcells was his head coach for his first two seasons with the Patriots, then in seasons 4-6 with the Jets.

“I look up to him,” Martin said. “He’s one of the first male role models in my life that I had that type of respect for, almost like a father-like respect, and it’s been the same from the day I started playing for the Patriots until today. We still have that close relationship.”

As a result, the two have the chance to enter the Hall in the same class next season. Parcells has become a legend in the coaching circuit, and Martin will be known as one of the most consistent and mentally tough players in Jets and NFL history.

“If Parcells and I hypothetically were to get in there together,” Martin said, “I would be glad that I didn’t make it this year.”

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 8 Comments »

Revis Drops In on Super Bowl, Makes His Pick

Posted by Nick Gallo on February 3, 2011 – 6:01 pm

Today at Radio Row at the Super Bowl media center in Dallas, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stopped by and chatted with various news outlets about the big game on Sunday and this upcoming offseason. With labor talks the hot topic of conversation, Revis told media members about his plan over the next few weeks as the NFL and NFLPA attempt to come to an accord on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“I’m just going to sit back and wait,” Revis said. “I just think that’s the only thing you can do, get information from the agents and the team and just go from there.”

While the three-time Pro Bowler signed his latest contract last summer, many of his teammates can become free agents. Wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes come to mind, but in Revis’ eyes it’s his partner on the other side of the defense who is also an important piece of the puzzle. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie had three interceptions and led the Green & White in passes defensed this season.

“It would be very important,” Revis said of having “Cro” back. “We need him. He’s made a lot of plays for us. But we’ll see. I don’t know the situation. I know he’s free but I hope we re-sign him because he’s a great corner.”

Cromartie and Revis helped contain both the Packers and Steelers’ potent offenses this season, but Revis knows just how dangerous both Super Bowl teams’ quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, can be, both in the pocket and when they scramble and make plays with their feet.

“Aaron can scramble as well,” Revis said, “but he’s a very smart quarterback and he picks and chooses to throw it deep or throw it short. I just think to defend Rodgers you have to put pressure on him. But Ben Roethlisberger and their offense, I think they have the edge because they extend plays and they have routes off of their regular routes when he scrambles and that can mess a secondary up if you don’t latch onto the guy for the whole down.”

With the fast track at Cowboys Stadium, Super Bowl viewers may be in for a game that sees a lot of deep passes and Houdini-like escapes by both Rodgers and Roethlisberger. The Green & White have a quarterback of their own in Mark Sanchez who is adept at moving his feet in order to make a big play, and Revis noted that any quarterback that can escape pressure can be effective.

“I think if any quarterback scrambles it’s rough on the secondary,” Revis said. “If there’s really no pressure on him and he looks downfield, he can hurt you. I mean, guys break their routes off, especially the Steelers, they break their routes off. Some guys might be doing an out route and do an out-and-up when they see him scrambling. So they have rules in their offense. I think any quarterback is dangerous when they scramble.”

During the regular season, the Jets and Revis lost at home to Green Bay but beat Pittsburgh on the road, then fell to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. That last game clearly impacted No. 24’s pick to win Super Bowl XLV.

“I think I’m going with the Steelers just because they have the experience,” Revis said. “They’ve been there, done that. They’ve won two and the whole team has experience in being in the Super Bowl. I just think overall the experience of their team, you can see it. They go to the playoffs every year, they’re always close to the AFC Championship Game or going to the Super Bowl.”

Sanchez Says No Shoulder Surgery

QB Mark Sanchez is also at the Super Bowl venue now and he told some Jets beat writers this evening that he won’t require surgery on his right shoulder. Sanchez is expected to have a busy Friday on Radio Row and we’ll report on what he tells the nation’s sports talkers, starting with ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning.

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 21 Comments »

Ray Lucas Still Believes in Jets’ Destiny

Posted by Nick Gallo on February 1, 2011 – 8:50 am

On Radio Row at the Super Bowl Media Center in Dallas, it’s a feeding frenzy for former and current football players who stop by to chat with the media. During his whirlwind tour of the nearly 100 radio stations that are covering the big game this week, former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas reflected on the fact that the Green & White were just one defensive stop and one touchdown away from being one of the teams in North Texas.

“It’s not right, it’s just not right,” Lucas said. “It’s bittersweet. This place would be rocking and rolling if the Jets were here. I did believe that they were a team of destiny. I still do believe that they’re a team of destiny. I still think that we’re going to be here next year, wherever the Super Bowl may be. But I think Rex Ryan has the ship going in the right direction.”

According to Lucas, however, even if Ryan is the navigator, he has a lot of work to do before next season begins. With many high-profile players eligible for free agency this offseason, Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum will have to be judicious and creative in continuing to build the nucleus of the team through free agency and the draft.

“It’s going to be interesting though to see how many guys we get to keep this year,” Lucas said. “As far as the draft goes, we need somebody to rush the passer — hands down, one guy that comes in especially to get the quarterback on his back.”

Two of the most intriguing pair of potential free agents are wide receivers Braylon Edwards (53 catches, 904 yards, 7 TDs) and Santonio Holmes (52-746-6). The duo, who form part of  the  “Flight Boys,” were a fantastic complement to one another throughout the year, as the 6’3” Edwards was able to physically dominate cornerbacks and Holmes made game-deciding catches in nearly half a dozen contests.

“I do think it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Braylon and Santonio,” Lucas said. “I think that you go after Holmes first. I do think we might luck out and get one more year out of Braylon Edwards, but I do think eventually somebody is going to pay that kid, but for a quiet season, he was spectacular.”

Both were helped by the improving play of second-year QB Mark Sanchez. The Southern Cal product threw for 3,291 yards and 17 touchdowns during the regular season in leading the Jets to their second consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance.

“I was one of his harshest critics his rookie year,” Lucas said. “The way he played in the postseason his rookie year blew me away. This season he’s done things to make himself better where he’s not losing games, he’s not taking chances. He’s playing really smart football. I think [coordinator] Brian Schottenheimer had a lot to do with him and how he played this year as well with the game plan with getting him in rhythm early and then him throwing the ball downfield.”

Schottenheimer utilized his two dangerous wideouts along with Jets stalwart Jerricho Cotchery and two more favorite targets, Dustin Keller and LaDainian Tomlinson — all five had at least 41 regular-season receptions — and did his best work in the playoffs, where he now has four road wins in his short career.

“He’s growing up before our eyes,” Lucas said. “I wasn’t sure if he was a franchise quarterback a year ago, but I’m definitely positive that he’s a franchise quarterback now. If you look at what Matt Ryan did in his third year, the sky is definitely the limit for the Jets. The Sanchize — Mike Tannenbaum did the right thing.”

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 57 Comments »

Martin Threw 2 Passes, Both on the Money

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 29, 2011 – 10:57 am

Another career snapshot of Curtis Martin, who is in the running to be a first-year inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 in Dallas:

Here’s a list of the starting quarterbacks that Curtis Martin played alongside during his Jets and Patriots careers: Vinny Testaverde, Glenn Foley, Ray Lucas, Rick Mirer, Chad Pennington, Quincy Carter, Brooks Bollinger, Scott Zolak and Drew Bledsoe. During that stretch from 1995-2005 when Martin was active, none of these quarterbacks could say what he could — that they had a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

In the 2000 season and again in 2001, the Jets’ No. 28 threw the ball once for an 18-yard touchdown pass to WR Wayne Chrebet. For his career that makes Martin 2-for-2 for 36 yards and two TDs. Not a bad statistic to go along with the fourth-most rushing yards in NFL history.

The two games in which he threw those passes couldn’t have been any different. The first touchdown pass was the game-winning score in the fourth quarter of the “Flashlight Game” when the 3-0 Jets visited the 3-0 Buccaneers. In the week before that game, Buccaneer wideout and former Jet Keyshawn Johnson referred to himself as a “star” and Chrebet as a “flashlight”.

Martin, who had 120 yards rushing and receiving, had already caught a touchdown pass from Testaverde to bring the Jets within three points with 1:54 to play. Martin then put the Jets ahead for good, 21-17, with his strike in the back of the end zone to Chrebet with 52 seconds left. Afterwards, Key and Curt gave a hug at midfield, as the photo in our centerpiece captures.

A little more than a year later, back in Martin’s hometown of Pittsburgh, the 7-4 Jets faced the 9-2 Steelers in a game that could have drastically improved the Green & White’s playoff status with a victory. Unfortunately, the home team dominated the day, but the highlight for the Jets was Martin’s touchdown pass to Chrebet, which resulted in their only points of the night as they fell 18-7.

Regardless of the outcome, Martin, who had 87 yards rushing and receiving, proved in two important contests that he could be relied on to be a weapon not only on the ground, but also through the air.


Visit the Curtis Martin for Hall of Fame page

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 14 Comments »

Martin Mushes to 228 Yards vs. Steelers

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 27, 2011 – 2:38 pm

Another career snapshot of Curtis Martin, who is in the running to be a first-year inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 in Dallas:

It wasn’t pretty, but on a slippery, sloppy, snow-filled day at the old Meadowlands stadium, Curtis Martin was at his best.

It was Dec. 14, 2003, when Martin’s hometown Pittsburgh Steelers came to town for what will always be known as “the Snow Game.” As a result of weather conditions the game ended in a 6-0 Jets victory, and it was all because of Martin’s 174 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Martin tested his footing on the wintry mix before the game to get a sense of what he and the Jets would be dealing with for 60 minutes.

“I went out there early to get used to it and try to use it to my advantage,” Martin said. “I said, ‘I’m going to get a few people today.’ I was confident I wasn’t going to slip.”

He certainly did make the Steelers miss, particularly on a 56-yard scamper that brought the Jets all the way to the Steelers 10. Martin also did damage through the air with four receptions from Chad Pennington for 54 yards, including a 29-yarder. His largest effort since racking up 203 yards in 2000 against the Colts helped set up two field goals, which proved to be enough to beat Pittsburgh.

Martin passed John Riggins for 11th place on the all-time rushing list that Sunday and little did he know that his best season (2004) was still head of him and that eventually he’d become the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the day, however, was the fact that Martin eclipsed 1,000 yards for the ninth straight season to start his career, a feat achieved only once before in NFL history, by Barry Sanders.

“It is something that I feel good about,” Martin said. “I’m not big on statistics and individual goals, but this one is special to me. I’m only the second person in the world to do this.”


Visit the Curtis Martin for Hall of Fame page

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 18 Comments »

Curtis Brings His Lunchpail, Feasts on Colts

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 26, 2011 – 2:09 pm

Another career snapshot of Curtis Martin, who is in the running to be a first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 in Dallas:

On Dec. 3, 2000, the 8-4 Jets were in need of just a few more wins to make the playoffs. When the  Indianapolis Colts (7-5), then their AFC East rivals, came to town, Curtis Martin knew that he and the Jets needed to make a statement.

On the Friday before the game, Martin and quarterback Vinny Testaverde gave the team a heartfelt speech after practice. The generally quiet Martin lit a fire and then sparked a 27-17 victory at the Meadowlands with a franchise-record rushing effort.

“I do more talking than what it appears,” Martin said after the game. “When it’s necessary, I’m not a guy who wastes words. I speak when I need to.”

Martin also rolled for a career-high and Jets-franchise record 203 rushing yards on 30 carries. During the first half alone he ran for 152 yards, including 93 second-quarter yards. Martin’s consistency and ability to move the chains helped the Jets muster 26 first downs for the game, 11 on the ground, and eat up a whopping 41:25 of the game clock against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Not only did Martin bruise through the offensive line with power but he also did it with speed and style, as he ripped off runs of 55 yards and 36 yards in the first half, which helped boost his average to 6.8 yards per carry on the day.

No. 28’s most important work, however, came in the fourth quarter as the Green & White’s 20-0 lead had dwindled to 20-17. Taking advantage of an Indianapolis turnover, Martin ran over right tackle for a 2-yard touchdown with 3:17 to go that put the game out of reach.

“The thing that I am happy about is I feel I had a major part in this win,” Martin said. “We brought our lunchpails to work and we worked hard on the running game and it paid off.”


Visit the Curtis Martin for Hall of Fame page

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 6 Comments »

STS*: Punting, Penalties, Field Position

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 22, 2011 – 11:59 am

During the regular season, punter Steve Weatherford led the NFL in punts inside the 20 and inside the 10, but in the past two playoff games he’s registered more touchbacks than he did throughout the entire 16-game season. Particularly against New England Weatherford was frustrated by his own performance, trying to pin the Patriots inside their own 2-yard line instead of going for safer kicks.

“It’s great to finish the regular season No. 1 in numerous categories, so that feels good,” Weatherford said. “But at the same time, the game against New England, I can’t wait to play the next game. I was thrilled to win that game but at the same time disappointed with getting touchbacks because that’s the worst thing. In my mind that’s the worst thing I can do.”

The last time the Jets played the Steelers was in Week 15, when Weatherford dropped three of his four punts inside the 20 and even had one downed at the 2, which quickly led to Jason Taylor’s game-changing safety. That play put the Green & White up, 22-17, meaning the Steelers needed a touchdown to win instead of a field goal to tie.

Weatherford noted that he’s going into this game with the same strategy that he did last time he went to Heinz Field, not the one he took to Foxboro.

“I’m looking for fair catches at the 7, the 8, the 5,” he said. “I’m not going to try to put it at the 1 every time. Earlier in the year I didn’t try to do that, I tried to get the ball down there with good hangtime so ‘Quice [Marquice Cole] could make a play on it. Last week I was just getting greedy. I was just trying to make a huge play for the team. Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce backwards like you want it to.”

The doctor of special teams, coordinator Mike Westhoff, studied the New England video and realized why Weatherford was a bit off the mark in the divisional round.

“We noticed that he was gaining a little ground, overstriding a little bit,” Westhoff said. “When you do that, sometimes at the last second, in order to not fall down, you fall back a little bit. That tends to put the ball lower and now you drive it so instead of hitting a soft wedge in, you’re hitting an 8-iron, and that’s exactly what he did. What we did is just like any other position, just like you’re a quarterback. You analyze the fundamentals and you go back and you break down the fundamentals and get them back to it.”

The fifth-year Illinois product will need to be on point in this game, which will certainly be decided by field position. Every inch will be fought for, which is good for the Jets because on special teams they’ve been especially good at making every yard count. In fact, the Jets are in the midst of a five game streak with no penalties on special teams, the longest such streak in this millennium for the Green & White.

“I think it’s going to play a big role in this game, the field position advantage,” said special teams ace Lance Laury. “We’re going to have to go out and punt the ball and stop them down on their side of the field. It’s going to be a big point in the game.”

Laury mentioned that the penalty-free mark is likely a result of players using proper technique and fundamentals. In addition, players like Cole as the flyer have employed their athletic advantage to put themselves in positions to make important plays while avoiding penalties. Cole has been the stopper on  many of Weatherford’s punts, including Week 15 when he caught the ball at the 2.

“Marquice has done a great job all year getting down there and downing the balls and forcing fair catches and I couldn’t ask any more out of him,” Weatherford said. “So I’m just going to try to go out there and do the best that I can do. I can’t try to put it at the 1 every time. That’s what I tried to do last week and it didn’t work so well for me. I’m just going to try to go out there and create field position for our team and do what I do.”

*Special Teams Saturday

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Gallo | 10 Comments »

Sights and Sounds from Today’s Practice

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 21, 2011 – 2:28 pm

Nick Gallo will provide some of the sights and sounds of practice every day through the end of the season at which there is media availability. From today’s 30-minute media window.

■ As the week has progressed, the mood among the players has changed only a little, but there was a noticeable pep in the Green& White’s step at today’s practice in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center fieldhouse. During stretches, safety Brodney Pool was laughing with secondary coach Dennis Thurman, and cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Drew Coleman were also exchanging some chuckles.

■ When the whistle blew to start the individual drills, many of the Jets burst into sprints to get to their position coaches, even including 16th-year FB Tony Richardson. During those drills, Pool and close friend and fellow S Eric Smith guarded each other tightly as Thurman threw passes down the sideline. The running backs were practicing a foot quickness drill and catching passes out of the backfield.

■ On the other side of the field, the defensive linemen were having some fun. Trevor Pryce and Shaun Ellis, the elder statesmen, were throwing over-the-shoulder passes to other D-linemen, and head coach Rex Ryan even got in on the action for a rep or two. Close by, Revis was practicing his left-handed passing as he tossed balls back to Thurman. Needless to say, Steve Young would not have been proud of the throwing form and it brought laughs from his teammates in the secondary.

■ The energetic, fun mood was pervasive as QB Mark Sanchez was seen chasing RB Shonn Greene playfully after the latter received a pass from RBs coach Anthony Lynn. Soon, however, the intensity picked up. OL coach Bill Callahan worked with his beasts in the trenches and QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh was directing Sanchez on his footwork and moving his body efficiently and quickly in the pocket.

■ While the offense began to work on its game plan, the defense continued to work on fundamentals. Thurman threw passes down the sideline to his cornerbacks and safeties so that they had to tap their toes down before going out of bounds. The inside linebackers were working with coach Bob Sutton as they simulated different route combinations and how they wanted to cover them.

■ The offense then began to use a scout team to simulate different Pittsburgh Steelers players and defensive alignments while they implemented a variety of playcalls. Some of the D-linemen and OLBs continued to separately work on getting a jump off the snap of the ball and shedding blockers while the DBs were also working on a host of coverages.

Partial Practice Playlist

Bart Scott Remix

■ “Green  and White” by TwonDon (remake of “Black and Yellow” by Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa)

■ “Dark Fantasy” by Kanye West

■ “Renegade” by Styx (plus crowd noise)

■ “Till I Collapse” by Eminem (plus crowd noise)

Posted in Nick Gallo | 5 Comments »
%d bloggers like this: