Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:10 pm

Shonn Greene (ribs) questionable to return

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without LaDainian Tomlinson dressed for the game , it was imperative that Jets running back Shonn Greene stay effective and stay healthy. For now, the latter might keep him from accomplishing the former.

After making a four-yard reception late in the first quarter in which he was hit by two Broncos defenders, Greene was shaken up and eventually slowly walked off the field. After he was examined by trainers on the sideline, Greene was taken to the locker room. He is now questionable to return with a ribs injury.

Joe McKnight has taken his place in the Jets offensive backfield, and Bilal Powell also is available.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:35 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 7:30 pm

Blustery conditions won't help Broncos attack

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While we continue to discuss the passing abilities of Tim Tebow -- and whether Denver can continue to win with him or whether Tebow is so awesome that it doesn’t matter how poorly he passes -- we have some bad news for Broncos fans tonight.

No. 1: it’ll be cold and windy tonight with temperatures expected to dip into the mid-40s with 10 mph winds. So, it’ll probably be uncomfortable unless you have a heavy coat and, maybe, a nice cashmere sweater. No. 2: Tebow’s passing accuracy probably won’t be helped by the blustery conditions.

So, that’s not good, unless you remember what happened last week when Tebow completed all of two passes and the Broncos still managed to upend the Chiefs. Adding further to the good news, it sounds like running back Willis McGahee, injured last week along with Knowshon Moreno, will play tonight vs. the Jets.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:39 pm

Report: Willis McGahee to play Thursday night

Posted by Will Brinson

Thursday night, a week's worth of smack-talk and questions about the read-option offense will culminate in a Jets-Broncos matchup (pregame it right here) that could set offense back 40 years.

Helping Denver's cause on Thursday is the fact that running back Willis McGahee, who left Week 10 in the first quarter with a hamstring injury, will reportedly play on Thursday.

That's according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, who writes that "barring a setback in warm ups prior to kickoff" McGahee will be good to go.

McGahee was critical to the Broncos win over the Raiders in Week 9, rumbling for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Lance Ball carried the rock 32 times against the Chiefs in Week 10 after McGahee left the game, but wasn't nearly as effective. John Fox said recently that McGahee could have re-entered the game against the Raiders in an emergency.

And the Jets, whose coach wrote the book on stopping the read-option, represent a much more difficult challenge defensively than either Oakland or Kansas City.

McGahee was listed as questionable all week long, but John Fox said it was possible he could play. Provided McGahee can play and be effective, Denver's decision to keep him out for the rest of the matchup against the Raiders appears to have been the correct one.

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 9:07 pm

Eric Decker's girlfriend to sing at NYJ-DEN game

Should he score, Decker has no plans to present his girlfriend with a football. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There are any number of reasons to watch Thursday night's matchup between the Jets and Broncos: will Tim Tebow win for the fourth time in five starts? Will Rex Ryan unleash the 46 Defense on Denver's new(old)-fangled read-option? Will Darrelle Revis fall asleep on the field?

Enquiring minds want to know and all that. If you don't find any of this compelling, there's this very hard-hitting news angle: Jessie James will be performing during halftime. No, not that James. Or that one.

This one. (It's a MySpace page! How cute.)

You know, the country music singer who also happens to be dating Tim Tebow's favorite target: Denver wide receiver Eric Decker. (He caught one of Tebow's two passes last week -- a 56-yard touchdown strike, no less -- and he was targeted on two or three other occasions.It immediately reminded us of Montana and Rice, too.)

Decker was asked Wednesday about the halftime show.

"Who's the halftime entertainer? Some lady, a beautiful girl?" he asked, according to the Associated Press. "I'm excited. I wish I could sneak out, but don't tell Coach Fox. I've got somebody recording it for me.

"We were there yesterday for her last rehearsal, and it was fun seeing her out there. She's just getting back into it, she took a little time off to write her record and now she's getting back into it."

So that happened.

What won't happen, however, is a repeat performance of Bills wide receiver David Nelson's touchdown celebration last week in Dallas. He hugged Cowboys cheerleader Kelsi Reich and then presented here with the football. Nelson and Reich are dating (no word on if they have a MySpace page).

"She's going to be up in one of those suites," Decker explained of James. "So, I'm not climbing the wall and trekking up there. Maybe I'll throw it to her."

Or you could have Tebow deliver it.

Better yet: if things really get serious, have Tebow propose for you. No, seriously: 

From the YouTube description (March 2010): "This is Tim Tebow helping Ian Lis propose to his new fiance Sarah Springer... Tebow had the ring for 45 minutes waiting for the couple to come up and take a photo with him and his Heisman Trophy. He was more than happy to help make the occasion one they will never forget." 

Yep, that's how Tebow rolls.

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 11:52 pm

Fox on offense: 'We can't do that other crap'

Posted by Will Brinson

Whenever a new schematic fad comes into play in the NFL, we're generally encapsulated by it until it stops working. And if Tim Tebow's the guy running the new fad -- in this case the read-option offense Denver's installed over the past few weeks -- the scrutiny's really cranked up.

Well, John Fox's new Broncos will get a serious test when the Jets come into town (on a short week, with a Thursday game no less). Needless to say, we should expect some new wrinkles from Fox.

"Do whatever the hell it takes," Fox told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington this week.

Recapping Week 10

"I mean, what the hell? You don't get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean?

"If we were trying to run a regular offense, he'd be screwed."

But not too many new wrinkles. Fox pointed out to Darlington (who spent time watching film with the Broncos coach; the whole article's definitely worth a read) that while Tebow knows the offense really well -- he's been running it since college, really -- everyone else on the Broncos roster is still learning it.

Make no mistake, though. The offense is certainly tailored to Tebow.

"After the loss to Detroit, we decided if Tim is going to be our guy, we can't do that other crap," Fox said. "We had to tweak it."

We saw new tweaks against Kansas City and we should expect to see new tweaks against the Jets as well. The real issue for Fox will be whether or not Rex Ryan, who should know how to stop the read-option offense, knows them as well.

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:36 pm

Pick-Six Podcast: Will Tebow option keep working?

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

We're less than 24 hours away from the -- surprisingly -- heavily-hyped matchup between the Jets and ... the Broncos? (Apparently the Jets are frustrated they lost to New England and now taking their smack-talking out on Denver.)

So we break down whether or not the option will continue to work for Tebow against Rex Ryan and the Gang Green.

Our good friend Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk also joins the show to discuss whether or not the Lions are in trouble when it comes to a playoff berth and how much we should read into the Patriots improvement on defense.

We also break down the injury-riddled Monday that just went down, debate whether or not Michael Vick should start this week, and discuss whether or not Matt Leinart and Tyler Palko can save the Texans and Chiefs, respectively.

Did we mention that you should subscribe to the podcast via iTunes?

If you can't listen to the podcast below, download it here. And if you'd like to keep working while listening in your browser, pop that puppy out in a new tab here.

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:55 am

Revis on option working with Tebow: 'No'

Posted by Will Brinson

Two starts into the Read-Option Era (it's a subset of the Tim Tebow Era) in Denver, we have empirical evidence that John Fox's new offense works. Despite that, there's still plenty of skepticism from folks around the NFL how long the Broncos' run can last.

One such skeptic? Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who had some pretty bold words about Denver's read-option offense following practice on Tuesday.

"The biggest thing for the secondary is for us not to fall asleep," Revis said, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "We can't fall asleep back there in the secondary. It can get boring, especially if a team keeps on just running the ball, series after series, play after play."

That's not to say that Revis thinks the read-option couldn't work -- he thinks it can if you put the right personnel in place.

"Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and Chris Johnson at running back,” Revis said. "Yeah, it can work. Those are probably the two fastest guys that can get out on the edge."

But with Tebow? Revis isn't quite as confident. Well, actually, he's quite confident. Just not in the Broncos.

Recapping Week 10

"No. Not for a whole season," Revis said. "We know what they're doing. And we feel comfortable in our game plan.”"

As my colleague Ryan Wilson noted earlier Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan wrote the book -- literally -- on stopping the read-option offense, utilizing his father's 46 defense. Knowing that, it's understandable why the Jets would be confident heading into their Thursday night matchup, even if they are still licking their wounds from getting beat down by the Patriots and playing on a short week.

But don't worry, the criticism and skeptics and doubters don't bother Tebow.

"No, not really," Tebow said when asked if he was bothered by Revis' comments. "He’s a great player and I’m looking forward to playing him."

The best line of the week, though, still belongs to Ryan, who joked that he'd like to see more of the read-option around the NFL ... from certain teams.

"I’d make a recommendation to New England to go to this style of offense with Brady," Ryan joked Tuesday. "That would be good."

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:15 pm

Report: Tomlinson won't play against Broncos

Tomlinson suffered a sprained MCL last week and he may not play in Denver Thursday. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It looks like LaDainian Tomlinson, one half of the Jets' "Ground and Pound" running game, won't play Thursday against the Broncos. He didn't practice Tuesday and head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Tomlinson sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee late in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots.

Ryan didn't rule Tomlinson out during his Tuesday press conference, but sources tell the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that Tomlinson was a no-go for Denver. Tomlinson suffered a similar injury in the playoffs following the 2007 season, when he was with the Chargers. Reporters questioned Tomlinson's toughness at the time, and that led to a testy Norv Turner providing some frank answers.

Recapping Week 10

"That's the stupidest thing you could ask," he said. "The guy wasn't able to go. The doctors and trainers said he couldn't go."

It didn't help that San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers played through a sprained knee. It prompted teammate Luis Castillo to call Rivers "the most courageous teammate I've ever had and the most courageous man I've ever seen."

Following practice Tuesday, Tomlinson said the injury was to the same knee that sidelined him nearly four years ago.

“It’s not as serious as the one in the playoff game," he said. "The one in the playoff game was pretty significant. This one is not as bad. If the game was Sunday, for sure I know I’d be able to play. Since it’s on Thursday, I can’t say that I’m going to be able to make it.”

Tomlinson added that he didn't suffer a setback Tuesday and might lobby to travel with the team to Denver.

“I would love to," he said, "but the problem is when you start the game-planning… you kind of think one way: 'Well, he’s not out here. He’s not going to make it,'" Tomlinson said. "Then they move forward with the game plan. Then, all of a sudden, 'Oh he’s going to play.' It makes it tough. At the same time, I want to play. But I don’t want to hurt the team in trying to play (if I) can’t do anything.”

The Broncos lost their two top running backs, Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, in the first quarter of Sunday's Chiefs game and all Denver did was run the ball 55 times. Whether the Jets show that kind of dedication remains to be seen, though we expect that Ryan will have a plan for slowing Tim Tebow and the read-option that currently has the Broncos on a two-game winning streak.

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