Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Deep Threat

Before the deal was even made between the Redskins and the Jets, quarterback Chad Pennington gave up a $2 million dollar signing bonus to make room for the reunion of Laveranues Coles and the New York Jets. Pennington just wasn’t getting it done with Santana Moss in the line up, but with a healthy Coles look for the deep threat to come back to the New York Jets play book.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Place Kicker

- from ESPN.com

Not since Sebastian Janikowski came to Oakland in 2000 has a fan base been as excited to see a place-kicker drafted as the Jets' is about Mike Nugent's arrival. The Ohio State team captain has the leg to kick 50-yarders. And, the best part for Jets fans, he's not Doug Brien. You'll recall, painfully perhaps, that Brien missed two potential game-winning field goals in the AFC divisional playoffs at Pittsburgh.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

New Acquirements

The Jets recently signed on unrestricted free agent guard/tackle Ethan Brooks and first-year quarterback Bill Whittemore. Brooks spent the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens where he jumped around on the offensive line. He was originally a seventh round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons.

Bill Whittemore started on the collegiate level with the University of Kansas. He was originally also drafted by the Falcons but waived soon after. Whittemore has spent a year in the AFL with the Nashville Kats.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Vick King

The Jets recently announced the acquirement of free agent running back Vick King, who comes to the Jets from the ranks of the Miami Dolphins. He was originally signed to Tennessee but was released shortly after. King attended McNeese State. During his time with McNeese he put out 562 carries for 3,130 yards and 26 touchdowns. Hopefully, he’ll work just as well for us.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Jets Team With Shoprite, Kraft, Nabisco, Clorox & Acosta to Fight Hunger at Taste of NY Gala

- from the official site of the NY Jets

The annual New York Jets Taste of the NFL Celebrity Gala took place at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport in New York City on Wednesday, May 11th. This annual event, presented by the Jets in conjuntion with ShopRite, Kraft, Clorox, Nabisco, and Acosta Sales and Marketing Company, is a five-star culinary event melding the flavors of food, wine and football in one fabulous star-studded event. All proceeds from the event went to benefit ShopRite Partners In Caring, a year-round community-based program that fights hunger in the communities. ShopRite Partners In Caring serves including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Jets continue push for new Manhattan digs

- from ESPN.com

Joe Namath, the New York Jets' most famous alum, urged lawmakers Monday to build a new stadium in Manhattan for his former team.

"A prediction?" Namath said. "We're going to have that stadium."

Unlike New York's 1969 Super Bowl win over the Baltimore Colts, Namath wouldn't guarantee a political victory for the Jets.

"Yeah, well, I had a little bit more to do with it, too," Namath said.

The Jets want to build a 75,000-seat stadium that would also be the centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics if the city is awarded the games. The project, which needs Albany's approval, would include a convention center. While the stadium itself would be financed by the Jets, the state and city would each contribute $300 million for related projects.

But key figures, including State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, have yet to support the proposal. The Public Authorities Control Board is to vote on the matter May 18.

Assembly members, labor unions and other stadium supporters rallied outside the Capitol on Monday. Bruno, who met with Namath on Monday, still hasn't made a decision, said his spokesman, Mark Hansen.

Opponents of the stadium include the owners of Madison Square Garden. They have filed a lawsuit seeking to void the Jets' successful bid for the right to build on the site of the West Side rail yards from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

MSG, which would compete with the new convention center for sports and entertainment events, says the bidding procedure for the rail yards was flawed and unfair.

This isn't the first time that Namath has supported the Jets. He started appearing in radio advertising paid for by the football team in August 2004.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Team Report:

- from FOXSports.com

FB Jerald Sowell, unhappy with his contract, was a no-show for the first two weeks of the offseason program. Sowell is coming off a career year (45 catches), but he had better be careful not to overplay his hand. Under new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, the fullback won't be as big a part of the passing attack at it was in Paul Hackett's system. Heimerdinger believes in using the tight ends and wideouts; Hackett treated the tight ends like linemen, which meant for opportunities for Sowell. . . .

Doug Brien, who became expendable when the Jets picked Ohio State's Mike Nugent in the second round, was released. It is amazing that Brien made 84 percent of his field-goals attempts in 2003 and 2004 and still got a pink slip. The reason, of course, is because he missed two in a playoff loss to the Steelers. . . .

The Jets made a good move by signing RG Brandon Moore to a modestly-priced, six-year contract. Moore, a former defensive lineman, was switched to guard and started 13 games last season. He's a talented, young lineman on an aging line.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Jets Draft Picks

The Jets did not look towards the first round in this series of the draft. Also, many fans were probably disappointed in the use of the first pick on a kicker. But, it is a position that needs some development. Secondly, they decided to put a pick towards the corner.

The first pick (actually 2nd round, 47th overall) was Mike Nugent. Nugent attended Ohio State and has a few years kicking experience. He set a team record with most field goals made in 2002 with 25 and also was awarded the Lou Groza Award, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate kicker.

Justin Miller was the teams’ second choice to fill a cornerback position. He also fell in the 2nd round and was the 57th choice overall.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Josh Evans

After almost entering his 10th season in the NFL, Josh Evans has decided on retirement. Evans, who is 32, was planning on playing throughout the 2005 season, but after undergoing multiple surgeries on his back decided that it was time to put the flame out.

Evans began his career when he was drafted with the Houston Oilers in 1995. He stayed with the franchise through their change to the Titans and then moved to the Jets in 2001.

"I feel like I’m going out on a good note. I played in a Super Bowl and had a great game. That was a dream of mine since I could remember dreaming. I was blessed enough to experience that. There’s 100 million people growing up wishing to experience something like that, and fortunately for me, I got that chance."
- Josh Evans

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

TARGETING:

- from FOXSports.com

Barring something unforeseen, the Jets will draft a cornerback or TE Heath Miller with the 26th pick. The candidates at cornerback are Carlos Rogers (Auburn), Justin Miller (Clemson) and Fabian Washington (Nebraska). The Jets need youth and speed at the position. They're set at right corner with David Barrett and are prepared to make Derrick Strait the nickel back, but the left corner spot needs an upgrade. Miller might be the most intriguing option because of his ability to return kicks.

At tight end, the Jets lost Anthony Becht (Bucs), and the only veteran left at the position is Chris Baker. Heath Miller has excellent hands and the speed to get downfield. The only concern is a sports hernia that prevented him from working out in the offseason. The Jets could draft a tackle in the second or third round, and N.C. State's Chris Colmer is a possibility. After losing Jason Ferguson (Cowboys), the Jets also must find a nose tackle on Day 1. Northwestern's Luis Castillo has caught the team's eye. On the second day, the Jets will address linebacker, the offensive line and, possibly, kicker.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Jets Pre-Draft Press Conference

The New York Jets just held their annual press conference this past Thursday where general manager Terry Bradway, head coach Herman Edwards & senior director of college scouting Jesse Kaye came together to discuss with the public plans for this draft.

"This is another opportunity for us in the draft to improve our football team. In the last four years, we’ve selected 28 players - 27 of which are still in the League. Not all of them are here, but the majority of them are here. Twenty of the last 22 picks are on our football team and have helped us win and made significant contributions. And we are looking forward to doing the same thing this year.”
- Terry Bradway

The Jets first pick is at 26, which is nicely later on in the first round than they typically have. The Jets staff also discussed Chad Pennington and Chris Baker during the conference.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

WR Laveranues Coles, acquired in a recent trade that sent Santana Moss to Washington, brings a physical dimension to the receiver position. His willingness to block should help the perimeter running game. Coles also runs precise routes and never uses "alligator" arms to catch a ball, a la Moss. Though his recent average yards-per-catch doesn't show it, Coles does have excellent stopwatch speed. A chronic toe injury bears watching. With Coles and Justin McCareins, the Jets have two tough-minded receivers who are not afraid to go over the middle.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

The Three Holy Running Backs

Everyone is wondering who will get their hands on the illustrious three running backs. This grouping is composed of Ronnie Brown, Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and the University of Texas’s Cedric Benson.

All three of these players have potential and every franchise is looking at putting their claws in during the first round of picks.

Brown and Williams are both coming from Auburn. Brown has the advantage by being slightly bigger build than Williams and therefore a better-rounded player. Overall, Williams has better footwork though. Benson has been UT’s workhorse for a while and put in some great stats. He is a little slower but has intense power because of his build.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Jets Re-sign Players

- from the official site of the New York Jets

The New York Jets announced Tuesday the re-signing of seven players: unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Josh Evans, unrestricted free agent linebacker Kenyatta Wright, restricted free agent wide receiver Jonathan Carter, restricted free agent guard/center Jonathan Goodwin, restricted free agent tight end Chris Baker, exclusive rights free agent guard Dave Yovanovits and exclusive rights free agent safety Oliver Celestin. The announcement was made by Jets’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Terry Bradway. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

2010 Super Bowl

In just five years, New York will host the Super Bowl. This past Wednesday, the National Football League owners announced that the 2010 event will be held at the New York Sports and Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. The stadium is set for a 2009 unveiling. The 2010 Super Bowl will bring great revenue to New York as it does for any place that holds it.

“Today is a landmark day, and the 2010 Super Bowl in the New York Sports and Convention Center will be a historic event. We’re thrilled about this announcement. I want to thank the NFL membership for granting the New York Jets and the City and State of New York the opportunity to showcase this week-long, mega-event in the greatest City in the world. The Super Bowl is more than a football game. The Super Bowl will have a tremendous impact on the local economy, and generate revenue for the community.”
Jets Owner Woody Johnson

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

OFFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS:

- from FOXSports.com

For the first time since 2001, the Jets are using a new offensive system. New coordinator Mike Heimerdinger is planning to employ a more vertical passing attack than his predecessor, Paul Hackett. Whether that style fits QB Chad Pennington is a key question. Pennington doesn't have a big arm and seems better suited to a short- to intermediate passing attack. Heimderdinger also is planning to make better use of the bench, rotating in players such as RB Derrick Blaylock and WR Jerricho Cotchery. He also hopes to make the tight-end position a bigger part of the package, but that depends on personnel.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Preseason Announcement

The New York Jets are preparing themselves for preseason gaming as it becomes closer and closer. Preseason play kicks off with the American Bowl on August 6th in Tokyo, Japan. A few nights later, it is followed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame game.

The Jets Schedule:

  1. Week 1: hosting the Detroit Lions
  2. Week 2: hosting the Minnesota Vikings
  3. Week 3: at New York Giants
  4. Week 4: at Philadelphia Eagles

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Jay Fiedler


Jay Fiedler has made it full circle. Growing up in Long Island and looking up to the players of the 80's Jets team, Fiedler has been making his rounds around different teams, but nowhere near his own home. After 9 years and five different teams, Jay Fiedler has signed with the New York Jets as a backup to Chad Pennington.

“I think the biggest part of it was the Jets’ enthusiasm for having me here. I visited three teams and all of them were in somewhat similar situations where the starting quarterback is coming back. I know that Chad is the starter. He’s done a great job over the past few years. I know his shoulder situation is going to allow me to come in and get a lot of work during the off-season and gain a lot of familiarity with the players around here.”
- Jay Fiedler

Fiedler spent four years as a backup for the Eagles, Vikings, and Jags. He began his career as a starter for five seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Generation Jets, 24/7 Garner Emmy Nominations

- from the official site of the NY Jets

The New York Jets learned on Monday that their two television properties, 24/7 with Herman Edwards and Generation Jets have earned Emmy Award nominations. Both shows air locally on WCBS-TV and are produced by Bill Zagger of B-Train Films in New York.

Generation Jets, the team’s animated children’s show which wrapped up its second season in January, has been nominated in two categories, children’s programming and sports programming series. The show combines animation and live action, introducing young fans to a unique group of New York City kids as they explore many of the city’s historical landmarks, meet Jets players and coaches and learn valuable life lessons through football.

“Generation Jets is one of the many successful components of our efforts to build our brand through our media properties," said Bob Parente, Jets’ Vice President, Business Operations. “The show has been a key component in developing our GenJets initiative which includes youth events and clinics, a kids fan club, a website, merchandise, an after-school enrichment program, Generation Jets Academy and other educational opportunities on the middle school and high school levels. But most of all, it has been a vehicle that allows us to reach out to our younger fans.”

Also qualifying in the sports programming series category is 24/7 with Herman Edwards, which has run for the past three seasons. The show, featuring Jets head coach Herman Edwards, provides exclusive interviews and rare team footage, and gives a unique look at the twists and turns of the NFL season and the Jets preparations in their week-by-week journey.

“Jets 24/7 with Herman Edwards and Generation Jets, along with our pre-season television broadcasts, exhibit the outstanding relationship between the Jets, WCBS and B-Train Films,” added Parente. “We are excited to have the opportunity to create quality programming that creates excitement about the Jets on so many levels. Ultimately, the fans of Jets are the true beneficiaries.”

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” said Zagger. “Our objective when we started was to help the Jets achieve their goals of developing exclusive and unique programming that would appeal to their wide fan base. Strong ratings, excellent feedback we’ve received and nominations like this seem to indicate that those goals are being met.”

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Marcus Paul joins Jets

Marcus Paul, former member of the New England Patriots, joins the New York Jets as Coach of Physical Development. As a member of the Patriots, Paul was part of the coordinator of player programs. He also worked very closely with Mike Woicik in the strength and conditioning areas.

Paul got his start as a ballplayer. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears back in 1989 and played for them for 5 years before he moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Paul progressed to coaching in 1998, where he worked under Mike Ditka’a staff with the New Orleans Saints.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

New News

The New York Jets recently announced the appointment of John Zernhelt. Zernhelt, who will be having his first year with the Jets, has been head coach of the Citadel Bulldogs. He has helped mold some fine players during his time with the Bulldogs. The Jets hired him on as the tight end coach after years of coaching college ball. Zernhelt has been with such teams as James Madison (99-02), South Carolina (96-98), Duke University (94-95), Rice University (92-93), East Carolina University (87-91), Marshall University (1981) and Ferrum University (77-80).

In addition, Dick Curl is moving up the ranks in coaching command. He becomes the new assistant to the Head Coach. Curl is on his third season with the Jets. Last year, Curl was the senior offensive assistant/special projects coach. He began his career with the Jets in March 2003.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

We hire a new QB coach.

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Jets have hired Tampa Bay assistant quarterback coach Jeremy Bates to become the team's quarterback coach.

Bates spent last week in Mobile helping coach the South's quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. He received an the job offer from the Jets while down there.

Bates is the son of Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates. He replaces Paul Hackett as the Jets quarterback coach. Hackett, served a duel role of offensive coordinator and quarterback coach last season with the Jets. Hackett signed last week to coach the Tampa Bay quarterbacks.
I guess you could say it was a trade between Tampa and our team. However, we will just have to wait and see what kind of effect he has on Pennington next year. GO JETS!

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Hard loss to the Steelers, crushes Superbowl hopes.

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Pittsburgh Steelers' greatest season since the 1970s was all but lost, Ben Roethlisberger's unbeaten rookie streak seemed to be over. Then Doug Brien missed the biggest kick he'll likely ever try.

Twice.

Jeff Reed did what Brien couldn't do -- make a game-winning field goal -- and the Steelers somehow beat the New York Jets 20-17 Saturday in a remarkable overtime playoff game filled with wild swings in momentum and emotion.

Roethlisberger overcame two huge interceptions -- one for a touchdown and another that appeared to doom the Steelers late in the fourth quarter -- to lead a decisive drive that began at their own 13 and sent Pittsburgh to next Sunday's AFC championship game at home against New England or Indianapolis.

Reed's 33-yarder with just more than 12 minutes gone in overtime won it and was his 19th successful conversion in a row, tying Gary Anderson's team record.

The loss will go down as one of the most excruciating in the Jets' star-crossed history. Brien's twin misses were doubly stunning disappointments for a gutty team on the verge of its biggest upset since Broadway Joe's guaranteed win over the Colts in the January 1969 Super Bowl.

``I've never seen anything like it,'' Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said. ``I'm not going to say it was a miracle, because that's crippled people getting up and walking, the blind seeing. But that's the closest thing to it I've ever seen.''

Steelers center Jeff Hartings felt much the same way, saying, ``God gave us another chance.''

Brien's 47-yarder with 1:58 remaining hit the goal post, but Roethlisberger gave the Jets the ball right back when his off-line throw was intercepted by David Barrett -- just the kind of mistake rookie quarterbacks are supposed to make in the playoffs, but Big Ben had rarely made during his 13-0 rookie season. The Jets then drove cautiously from the Steelers 37 to the 25, giving Brien a 43-yarder to win it on the final play of regulation.

But the kick sailed far to the left, not even close, and the given-a-reprieve Steelers danced joyously on their sidelines -- Roethlisberger right in the middle.

``I tried to hit it a little harder because I was real surprised I didn't have the distance,'' Brien said, referring to the 47-yarder. ``The second one I missed. The first one didn't go in.''

Brien's 28-yard kick in overtime beat San Diego last week -- yes, by the same 20-17 score -- and he hit a 42-yard FG to halt Pittsburgh's early momentum and make it 10-3 Pittsburgh early in the second quarter. He was 24-of-29 during the season.

``I had confidence in him, he made the one last week and I thought he could make it,'' Jets coach Herman Edwards said. ``We were kind of in a spot, there was nothing else we could really do, we had to kick the field goal. He's been a good kicker for us. It was just a tough day.''

The Jets became the first NFL team to play three consecutive overtime games, including their regular-season ending loss in St. Louis. They dropped to 0-7 in Pittsburgh and 2-16 all-time against the Steelers.

The Steelers are 1-3 in AFC title games under coach Bill Cowher, losing all three at home as big favorites, but linebacker Joey Porter senses this season will be different -- and not just because they have won a team-record 15 in a row. They were only the fourth NFL team in 26 years to go 15-1 during the regular season.

The Steelers won four Super Bowls in six seasons from 1974-79, but they have returned only once since, losing to Dallas after the '95 season.

``After what we went through today, I think it's our time,'' Porter said. ``The way these circumstances played out, it's our time.''

The Jets will wonder for years why they're not going to the AFC title game.

``This is about as frustrated as I've ever been in my career,'' said NFL rushing champion Curtis Martin, who was outrushed by Jerome Bettis 101-77 in a matchup of two of the NFL's top five career rushers. ``Right now I feel there is no end to my anger. ... We left our hearts out there today.''

And they left with a loss that might take more than an offseason to forget.

``I just feel bad for the team. I'll be fine,'' Brien said. ``I just feel bad for the guys that played so well, played so hard and came up short.''

The Jets turned two long touchdown returns, Santana Moss' 75-yard punt return and Reggie Tongue's 86-yard interception, into 17 consecutive points and a 17-10 lead in the fourth quarter that stunned nearly everyone in a jammed Heinz Field except the Jets.

After the Jets' 17-6 loss there Dec. 12, defensive lineman Shaun Ellis predicted they would win if they returned to Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Last week, it didn't appear anyone in the Steelers' locker room took him seriously.

When Bettis fumbled at the Jets 24 early in the fourth quarter -- his first fumble in 353 carries or receptions this season -- Ellis' confidence was looking like more than empty talk. Shades of Broadway Joe Namath?

But Roethlisberger then directed two pivotal scoring drives, just as he did last month against the Jets, with the first ending on his 4-yard scoring flip to Hines Ward. Roethlisberger finished 17-of-30 for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

``I did everything I could to lose the game,'' Roethlisberger said. ``I've got to play better. That was terrible. The game we played today is not going to cut it.''

Roethlisberger is only the fourth rookie to win his first playoff start since the 1970 NFL merger -- two others had prior pro experience in different leagues -- and he said he wasn't nervous.

``Maybe I should have been. I came out calm and relaxed and took it like a regular game,'' he said. ``Maybe next week I need to be a little more stressed.''

The Steelers, who haven't lost a divisional playoff game in seven tries under Cowher since 1993 and are 9-0 at home this season, surged to the 10-0 lead in the first quarter after Troy Polamalu's interception of Chad Pennington's pass. Bettis powered in from the 3 on the fifth play of the 25-yard drive following Roethlisberger's 9-yard completion to Ward.

Reed had given Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead with a 45-yard field goal.

The Jets appeared to be in big trouble, down 10-0. They scored only six points in each of their last two games against the Steelers and hadn't scored more than 10 points against them since 1988.

Pennington, whose arm strength and decision-making were questioned following his three-interception performance in Pittsburgh on Dec. 12, went 21-of-33 for 182 yards and an interception against the NFL's top-ranked defense.

Moss' 75-yard dash down the sideline was the first punt return for a touchdown in Jets playoff history and was a big jolt to the Steelers' normally strong special teams, which allowed only one punt return longer than 10 yards in their last 11 games.
Doug Brien seemed to have let the pressure get to his head. It was a extremely disappointing end to a good season. Chad Pennington did his part to overcome the Steelers, however, Doug Brien did not. Pennington played to the best of his ability, but ended up coming up short. Lets stay healthy, and make another run for it next year. GO JETS!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Great game, Great outcome!

From sports.yahoo.com:
Just imagine. On Saturday night there was a crucial mistake committed by a Jet in a playoff game that won't live in infamy as another sad "Same Old Jets" turning-point moment.

Just imagine. On Saturday night there was a crucial mistake committed by a Jet in a playoff game that won't live in infamy as another sad "Same Old Jets" turning-point moment. Eric Barton's late hit on San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter might only inspire a handful of angry calls to New York's sports radio stations this coming week.

Barton's ill-advised play will certainly not be remembered in the same breath as Mark Gastineau's game-turning late hit on Bernie Kosar in the Jets' ill-fated playoff game at Cleveland in January of 1987.

That's because Barton's boo-boo was redeemed by Doug Brien's 28-yard field goal with 0:05 remaining in overtime that pushed the Jets to a 20-17 Wild Card playoff victory over the favored host Chargers and a date next weekend on the road against the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I needed guys to dig me out of this and they did," Barton said afterwards, obviously relieved by Brien's heroics.

The Jets' victory, you see, was one of second chances.

Gang Green's defense had already begun a victory celebration when Brees' fourth down pass fell incomplete in their end zone with 24 seconds left in regulation and the Jets leading 17-10. But the Jets defenders didn't see that Barton, pressuring Brees on a blitz, had clubbed the quarterback on the helmet with his right hand after the pass was thrown.

The penalty gave the Chargers new life that Brees converted into a game-tying 1-yard TD pass to tight end Antonio Gates and leading to the overtime period.

Then the football gods turned their collective backs on the Chargers. On the host's second possession of OT, rookie kicker Nate Kaeding was wide right on a potential game-winning 40-yard field goal attempt.

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington drove his team downfield to set up Brien's game-winner, completing an 18-yard pass to Santana Moss and a 12-yarder to Justin McCareins. Reserve running back LaMont Jordan broke loose on a 19-yard run to put Brien in range.

After concluding the regular season with only two touchdown drives in two games, Pennington threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a season-long 47-yarder to Moss. He finished the night completing 23 of 33 for 279 yards.

Brien had a particularly bizarre evening, missing a 33-yard field goal on the Jets first drive of the night, barely making an extra point, and converting a 42-yarder in the third quarter that hit the right upright before bouncing on and over the crossbar. The field goal gave Gang Green a 17-7 lead.

The Jets also dodged bullets on consecutive plays in the third quarter - administrative miscues, if you will -- that saw them line up only 10 men on defense on two consecutive plays. San Diego, however, failed to capitalize on the mismatch.

And, aside from Barton's late hit, the only other major lapse in poise occurred on the Jets sideline, when head coach Herman Edwards and running backs coach Bishop Harris had to be separated by fullback Jerald Sowell after the duo became engaged in a heated second-half discussion.

"It was a family dispute," said Edwards after the game.

And now the Jets family is on to the second round of the playoffs.

Chad Pennington never ceases to amaze me. He has come through many times this season, this game is not any different. Curtis Martin also played a fantastic game. He had 153 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. With those 2 leading our offense, I believe that we will can make it all the way this year. Even though I love games like Saturdays game, I would really prefer to not have us in a game winning field goal situtation. But all it comes down to is who has more points on the board, and as long its the Jets I will be fine. Keep up the good work Jets and we will be in the Super Bowl in no time at all.