Monday, December 27, 2004

A Lost Opportunity

By Casey Pearce, from the official site of the New York Jets
All the New York Jets wanted for Christmas was an invitation to the postseason. They’ll have to wait one more week to see if their Holiday wish will be granted. The Green & White dropped a 23-7 decision to the New England Patriots at the Meadowlands Sunday and missed an opportunity to clinch an AFC Wild Card berth in the process.

“We knew what was at stake, and we didn’t get it done,” said head coach Herm Edwards . “We needed to win this one to get into the playoffs, and they came out here and kicked our tails.”

The Patriots offense kept Chad Pennington and company off the field for most of the afternoon. New England won the time of possession battle by more than 11 minutes and never let the Jets establish any offensive rhythm.

“We just couldn’t convert anything,” Edwards said. “They controlled the clock and dictated the pace of the game. We didn’t get many opportunities on offense.”

After a slow first quarter, Tom Brady led the Patriots on a 15-play, 59-yard drive that ended in a 28-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri. The kick gave New England a 3-0 lead. Brady completed five of his seven passing attempts for 49 yards on the drive.

The Patriots held New York to just 101 yards of total offense in the first half and allowed little running room throughout the day. Curtis Martin had a season-low 33 yards on 13 carries.

Midway through the second quarter, Brady capped off an eight-play, 86-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Daniel Graham. The two-time Super Bowl MVP was 21-for-32 passing Sunday, racking up 264 yards and two scores.

After forcing the Jets to go three-and-out late in the second quarter, New England was again able to build on their lead. Brady hooked up with Deion Branch for a 21-yard gain that set up Vinatieri’s second field goal of the evening, a 28 yarder that made it a 13-0 contest at the break.

The margin would widen in the second half. Vinatieri’s 26-yard field goal late in the third quarter pushed New England’s lead to 16-0, and Brady’s second touchdown pass of the afternoon, a six-yard toss to Deion Branch, pushed it to 23-0.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Jets got on the scoreboard when Pennington put together his best drive of the day. New York’s signal caller completed seven of nine attempts on the Green & White’s only scoring march of the afternoon. Santana Moss’s 15-yard catch and run made it a 23-7 contest, but unfortunately that was as close as the Jets would get.

After holding Corey Dillon to just 24 yards in the opening half, New England’s feature back churned out a tough 65 yards in the closing two quarters to help control the pace.

“Once Dillon got going, we just couldn’t get on the field,” Edwards said. “We asked a lot of our defense today. They were out there a long time and held tough, but it makes it difficult when they have to be out there that long.”

Despite falling Sunday, the Jets continue to control their own playoff destiny. With a win over the Rams in St. Louis next week, New York will be invited to the postseason.

“We just didn’t play well today,” Edwards said. “Fortunately, we’ve got another week. We still have an opportunity to get in the playoffs, but now we have to go win one on the road.”

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

LaMont tramples on Jets' 'O'

BY RICH CIMINI, DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
During the Jets' 17-6 loss to the Steelers, LaMont Jordan was so upset by the lack of offense (and probably his own lack of playing time) that he fumed on the sideline, cursing to himself. Yesterday, he vented publicly, sans the expletives.

Jordan, standing in the middle of the locker room, ripped the Jets' offense, basically saying it turns to mush against top-flight competition. The backup running back, turning up the heat on the entire organization, also said it would be "very embarrassing" if the Jets don't qualify for the postseason after a 5-0 start.

"In my opinion, if we don't make the playoffs, we would be the most underachieving team in the NFL," he said. "We have too many good players. ... Offensively, for us to be playing the way we're playing, that's unacceptable."

The Jets (9-4) still have the inside track on the AFC's top wild-card berth, but they could slide if the offense doesn't perk up over the final three games. Herman Edwards and Chad Pennington echoed that sentiment, but no one said it more bluntly than Jordan.

"Offensively, we haven't gotten the job done at all," he said. "Right now, we're struggling. Against the good teams, we don't do anything. That's the bottom line.

"People around here might not like me saying that, but it's the truth," Jordan continued. "I'm a guy that speaks the truth. Against good teams, against good defenses, we haven't done a thing. If anybody has a problem with what I said, then they have a problem, but I'm speaking the truth."

He's right. Against the two best teams they've faced, the Steelers and Patriots (both 12-1), the Jets managed a total of 13 points. Another way to look at it: They've played five games against top-10 defenses (in points allowed), and they've averaged only 12.6 points per game in those contests.

Jordan claimed he wasn't blaming offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, saying it's an across-the-board problem.

"I'm not the only one who's upset with what's going on, offensively, but I'm going to step up and say something about it," said Jordan, who had only three carries against the Steelers. "That's how I feel. If we're going to go to the playoffs, the offense has to get the job done. ... If everyone on the offense doesn't feel the same way I do, there's a problem."

Edwards seemed more disappointed by this loss than the previous three. After downplaying the measuring-stick angle in the days leading up to the game, he acknowledged that losing to Pittsburgh showed the Jets aren't an elite team - yet. And if they can't beat the big boys, it could mean an early exit from the playoffs, he predicted.

"You're going to lose the first game, you're going to be out," Edwards said. "That's not a lot of fun. Why even go? I mean, that's like going to Disneyland and saying you can't ride any rides."

Edwards said the Jets have played three upper-echelon teams - Patriots, Steelers and Ravens - and they've lost all three. They're 2-4 against teams with winning records.

"It's to a point where you're a little disappointed," said Edwards, adding, "I'm tired of talking about it. The players are tired of talking about it."

The coach said they need more big plays in the passing game. In the last five games, the Jets have produced only six completions longer than 20 yards. In the two games since Pennington's return from a shoulder injury, they've managed only two pass plays in the 20-plus category.

"If we're going to be a championship-caliber team, we have to score points," said Pennington, noting that the weekly goal is 24 points - a mark they've reached only four times. "You can't expect to win a championship scoring under 20 points."

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Jets Grind Out Comeback Win Over Browns

By Casey Pearce

The New York Jets trailed the Cleveland Browns for nearly two and a half quarters Sunday afternoon, but they gained the upper hand when it counted.

Justin McCareins caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Quincy Carter with 5:32 remaining in the fourth quarter Sunday to give the Green & White their only lead of the contest as the Jets improved to 7-3 on the season.

“It wasn’t pretty at all,” head coach Herm Edwards said of his team’s 10-7 win. “We had to come here and get a win, and we didn’t care what we had to do to get it. After what we went through last week, this win was huge for us, and it shows what kind of character we have as a team.”

The Green & White struggled to find any offensive rhythm in the opening half as Carter was sacked five times. The Jets amassed just 79 yards of total offense through two quarters and found themselves down 7-0 at halftime.

“Quincy may have held the ball a little longer than he should have because he didn’t want to turn it over,” Edwards said. “He adjusted and made some good throws that helped us late.”

New York threatened early as Carter hit wide receiver McCareins for a pair of 12-yard gains on the first two plays of the game. After two short runs by Curtis Martin, the Jets were forced to try a 43-yard field goal. Doug Brien’s attempt was blocked by Cleveland’s Orpheus Roye and fell well short.

A field position game followed as Toby Gowin and Derrick Frost traded eight punts in the opening half before the Browns broke things open. Following a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty against Shaun Ellis, Cleveland running back William Green ripped off a 21-yard run to put the Browns in business. Four plays later, Jeff Garcia found tight end Aaron Shea from three yards out to give Cleveland a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Garcia enjoyed an impressive first half, completing 10 of his 17 passing attempts for 88 yards and a touchdown, but an injurty to his throwing shoulder forced the former Pro Bowler to sit out the second half. Kelly Holcombetook over but was just 4 of 10 for 32 yards in relief of Garcia.

The Browns got a chance to extend their lead late in the half, but Phil Dawson’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right, keeping it a one-possession contest. It was Dawson’s first miss of the season.

Sunday was another day of milestones for Martin. Midway through the first quarter, the ten-year veteran surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the season, making him and Barry Sanders the only backs in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of their first 10 seasons in the league. With 88 yards in the game, Martin also passed Hall of Famer and fellow Pittsburgh alum Tony Dorsett to move into sixth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

After forcing Cleveland to punt on their opening drive of the third quarter, the Jets were able to get on the board. Carter went downfield to Santana Moss and McCareins for plays of 12 and 14 yards respectively. The one-two punch of Martin and LaMont Jordan on the ground put New York in field goal range, and Brien’s 41-yard kick made it a 7-3 contest. Carter was sacked just once in the second half and finished 11-for-20 passing for 116 yards and a touchdown.

“We did a good job of countering what they were trying to do to us by getting the ball out there quickly,” Edwards said. “They blitzed us a lot and did some good things early. When our runners started moving the chains, that relieved some of the pressure and really helped us.”

The Green & White got a favorable bounce when Browns return man Dennis Northcutt muffed a punt late in the third quarter. B.J. Askew recovered for the Jets to give the offense the ball in plus territory. Unfortunately Carter was intercepted three plays later, and the Jets were unable to cash in on the turnover.

The Browns proceeded to chew up 7:33 of the game clock on a 17-play drive in which they advanced to the New York 17-yard line. But the Jets got yet another break when Dawson missed for the second time on the afternoon, the latter miss coming from 34 yards out.

“Things did go our way a little bit, but our defense played fabulous,” Edwards said. “They came up with some big stops and kept the game within reach. All we wanted was a chance at the end, and they gave us that.”

The Jets took over and put together an impressive 10-play, 75-yard that led to their first lead of the ballgame. Martin and Jordan opened the drive with seven consecutive bruising runs that pushed the ball to the Browns’ 33. On 3rd-and-11, Carter connected with McCareins just short of the sticks, but the long-armed receiver used every bit of his 6-2 frame to stretch just past the first down marker.

“I knew I was a little short when I ran the route,” said McCareins, who finished with a game-high six catches for 71 yards to go along with his game-winning touchdown. “I just reached out and was fortunate to make the play.”

Carter immediately turned to Moss for a 13-yard pickup that put the ball on Browns’ 11. McCareins then put the finishing touches on the drive when he caught a quick flare and broke a tackle before waltzing in for his third touchdown catch of the season. Brien’s PAT made it a 10-7 contest.

“We’d practiced those throws all week because of some of the things we anticipated from Cleveland,” Edwards said. “They leave the corners out there and play off coverage. With Santana’s ability to make people miss and the fact that Justin is a hard guy to tackle, we took advantage of that.”

Donnie Henderson’s defensive unit quickly forced a punt, leaving Jordan to single-handedly run out the clock on his own and preserve New York’s seventh win of the season. Jordan rushed for 73 yards Sunday with 64 of those coming in the final quarter. As a team, the Jets ran for 157 yards Sunday.

“Offensively, we struggled a little bit early,” Jordan said. “When you run the ball, you have to just stick to it, and eventually one team is going to get tired. You have to give them credit defensively, but we kept fighting and put it in the end zone when it counted.”

The 7-3 Jets will have little time to enjoy their seventh victory of the season as they step out of conference next week with a trip to Arizona to take on the Cardinals next Sunday.

“It feels good, but we’re not going to rest until we make the playoffs,” Jordan said. “This was another step towards that, but we’ve got six more now. Our mind immediately turns to Arizona.”


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Late Scoring Frenzy Gives Jets Lead at Half

By Casey Pearce, From NFL.com

New York fans vividly remember the 23-point fourth quarter rally that it took for the Green & White to pull out a 40-37 overtime victory the last time the Jets and Dolphins met on Monday Night Football.

There was no need for a late comeback this time. The Jets jumped on Miami early and scored on their first four possessions of the second half en route to a 41-14 victory over the Dolphins Monday Night.

“Coming off of a loss, we needed that,” Jets head coach Herm Edwards said. “We played well in all areas and were able to pull out a big win. You don’t want to get a couple of losses in a row, and we were able to avoid that trap.”

The Green & White enjoyed their most prolific offensive game of the season, racking up 472 total yards on the evening. LaMont Jordan and Curtis Martin rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown each, marking the first time since September of 1975 that two Jet backs have topped the century mark in a game.

The Jets got on the scoreboard first as they were able to cash in on a Miami turnover. With the Dolphins driving midway through the first quarter, Jay Fielder connected with TE Donald Lee for an eight-yard gain, but Reggie Tongue’s vicious hit knocked the ball loose. Tongue recovered the fumble, and the Jets took over at their own 48-yard line.

It took just three plays for New York to capitalize. After a 14-yard run by Martin, Chad Pennington found a wide-open Wayne Chrebet streaking down the middle of the field for a 35-yard touchdown that gave the Jets an early 7-0 lead.

Defensive end John Abraham continued his stellar play. On 3rd-and-four late in the opening quarter, Abraham sacked Fiedler for a nine-yard loss, forcing the Dolphins to punt. With the sack, Abraham moved into the NFL lead with 8.5 on the season.

Late in the second quarter, the Jets had a difficult time finding an answer for Miami TE Randy McMichael. The former Georgia Bulldog caught four passes for 63 yards as the Dolphins drove 91 yards for a game-tying score. On McMichael’s fourth catch of the drive, Fielder found him from 28-yards out for a touchdown to tie it at seven a piece.

The Green & White wasted no time answering. After a 14-yard run by Jordan, Pennington found Justin McCareins all alone near the sideline. As he was falling out of bounds, McCareins used his entire wingspan to stretch the ball over the goal line for the 27-yard touchdown. It was McCareins’ first score as a Jet and gave New York a 14-7 lead.

"He stretched out like Gumby," Edwards said of his receiver’s reach toward the end zone.

After forcing the Dolphins to go three-and-out, the Jets got the ball back at their own 30-yard line with 20 seconds left in the second quarter. Martin’s 12-yard run on a draw play followed by catches by McCareins and Chrebet gave K Doug Brien a shot at a 49-yard field goal with one second left in the half. Brien split the uprights, and the Jets took at 17-7 lead into the locker room.

The momentum that the Jets gained before the break carried over into the second half. On New York’s first possession of the third quarter, Pennington led the Green & White on a 9-play, 65-yard drive that Martin capped off with a 25-yard touchdown run. Brien’s PAT made it a 24-7 contest.

“The points we scored before the half gave us a lot of energy,” Edwards said. “We wanted to come out in the second half and put points on the board, and we did that.”

The Jets defense continued to harass Fiedler. On Miami’s opening possession of the second half, Jason Ferguson and Jonathan Vilma combined to sack the Dolphins’ signal caller and forcing another Matt Turk punt. The Jets sacked Fiedler four times Monday.

“Like we always try to do, we made them one-handed,” Edwards said. “We stopped the run and then really got after them.”

On the ensuing drive, a 47-yard reception by Santana Moss and a 21-yard catch by Jordan set up Pennington’s one-yard touchdown pass to TE Chris Baker, extending the Jets’ lead to 31-7. Pennington finished 11-19 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns on the evening.

After a 43-yard field goal by Brien extended the New York lead to 27, Jon McGraw intercepted Fiedler to give the Jets another scoring chance. Jordan rushed for 16 and 25 yards on consecutive plays and reached pay dirt on the latter to make it a 41-7 game.

Quincy Carter saw his first action as a Jet, relieving Pennington late in the game. Carter completed his only attempt on the night, an eight yard pass to Jerald Sowell.

The Jets (6-1) must now turn their attention to another AFC East foe. New York travels to Buffalo this Sunday to take on a Bills team that is coming off a 38-14 win over Arizona.

“We’ve got a short week to get ready for a good football team,” Edwards said. “Like always, we’ll enjoy this for a little while. Then we’ll start to prepare for another one that’s going to be big.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Pennington does it again

Down 14-13 with 5:58 to go, Chad Pennington calmly led his team 60 yards to set up the winning field goal. Doug Brien nailed the 38-yarder with 58 seconds remaining to lift the Jets to a 16-14 victory, moving them to 4-0 for the second time in franchise history.

After last weeks performance not up to his par, Mr. Pennington really pulled it off this week. He and Curtis Martin really played a great game. It probably shouldn't have come down to a field goal but a win is a win and a close win is entertaining. We are getting especially lucky this year with no big injuries and it is really helping us get to we want to be this year. If we can keep up this play, we can get the Patriots in 2 weeks. Now lets make it 5, and get the 49ers while they are down.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Keep it up

This week, I think I can safely say, we have a much easiar game then our first 2. The Dolphins are struggling quite a bit and its being reflected on their playing. Chad Pennington is back and ready to play and lets just capitalize on the Dolphins' self doubt. Lets get a win and keep the streak alive!

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Again and Again

Rookie Erik Coleman continues to play great defense and Curtis Martin although not a large yardage gaining rushes, he had quite a few that built up. These 2 continue to dominate on the Jets and for now I like how they are playing.Chad Pennington is passing the ball good. If we continue to win like this, we will be in the playoffs in no time. Our next game is against the struggling Dolphins. Although they havn't gotten off to a great start, we shouldn't underestimate their will power even with the loss of Ricki. Lets get another one JETS!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Erik Coleman spares no time

Erik Coleman stopped the Bengals in their tracks during the season opener. He didnt waste any time coming into to the game with his first NFL game being one where he makes a game saving interception. Curtis Martin also spared no time getting out there. He got nearly 200 yards rushing, averaging over 6 yards a carry! If we can keep up this kind of play, I have no doubt that we will end up with a great season. Keep up the good work Jets!

Monday, September 06, 2004

Cuts

The following players were cut in the last week:
Mikhael Ricks, Wes Bautovich, Ryan Myers, John Paul Foschi, Casey Cramer, Ian Smart and Little John Flowers, Ken-Yon Rambo, Matt Dominguez, Lance Nimmo, Curt McGill, Jason Nerys.
On a better note, we beat the Eagles in a nail biter on Friday.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Better Start

After blowing out the Colts and beating the Giants, I am more impressed this year by the way our Jets played. I am really excited to see how they do in the regular season and post-season( if you get my drift).So lets get pumped up about a bound to be much bigger season you guys! Lets go JETS!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

A true test...

With a game I would like to forget from last week, we have a true test to see how we improved against the AFC powerhouse, the Colts. Not only are we trying to prove something, but they are too so we need to keep our heads up high and our bodies low to the ground and make some spectacular tackles and plays out there! Lets get em' Jets!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

New Season

Hey guys, the preseason is about to get under way. If you guys havn't been keepin up with the Jets, heres who they got in the draft.
From sports.yahoo.com:

1
12 (12)
Jonathan Vilma
ILB
Miami (Fl)


3
13 (76)
Derrick Strait
CB
Oklahoma


4
12 (108)
Jerricho Cotchery
WR
North Carolina St.


4
36 (132)
Adrian Jones
OT
Kansas
(Compensatory)

5
11 (143)
Erik Coleman
S
Washington St.


6
13 (178)
Marko Cavka
OT
Sacramento St.


7
12 (213)
Darrell McClover
OLB
Miami (FL)


7
33 (234)
Trevor Johnson
DE
Nebraska
(Compensatory)

7
34 (235)
Derrick Ward
RB
Ottawa (Kansas)
(Compensatory)

7
35 (236)
Rashad Washington
S
Kansas St.


Anyways, lets get out their and support our Jets.. GO Jets!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

2004 Jets Schedule

Hey folks,

just putting up the 2004 New York Jets schedule from NFL.com:


2004 Preseason
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 13 at New Orleans 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 at Indianapolis 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 27 New York 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 3 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.

2004 Schedule
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 12 Cincinnati 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 at San Diego 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 26 Open Date
Oct. 3 at Miami 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 10 Buffalo 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 17 San Francisco 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 at New England 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 1 Miami 9:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 at Buffalo 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 Baltimore 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Arizona 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 5 Houston 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 19 Seattle 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 26 New England 4:05 p.m.
Jan. 2 at St. Louis 1:00 p.m.



All times are Eastern

Friday, July 16, 2004

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