Tag:Colin Baxter
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:47 pm

Simms doesn't know if Rex can alleviate pressure

M. Sanchez got crushed during the Baltimore game (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets have the most important game of their young season this Sunday when they travel to New England to face the Patriots. Lose, and they’re 2-3, stuck behind the Patriots and the Bills (and maybe in not that exact order!) in the AFC East with about 1/3 of the season gone. Win, and they give New England their second loss and, if the Bills lose, New York would join a three-way tie for first place.

But with the way the Jets were embarrassed last Sunday vs. the Ravens, is there really a reason to believe they can recover to beat New England? Can Rex Ryan save the day?

“I don’t know if he can take the pressure off his team this week,” said “NFL on CBS” lead analyst Phil Simms, who will be covering the New England-New York game. “Everything has changed.  He’s in a scenario now that he has never been in since he’s been a head coach.  It will be interesting to see how they approach the game and what their overall philosophy will be for this game.  How is Rex going to manage it?  Do they still think they’re going to open up the offense and be a throwing team?  Or are they going to go back -- it’s hard to switch in mid-season?  It can’t be cured in one week.  They just have to get the ship going in the right direction this week.”

One problem with the Jets opening up the offense with the pass is that quarterback Mark Sanchez was dominated by Baltimore last week.

In the Jets 34-17 loss, Sanchez was 11 of 35 for 119 yards and an interception and seemingly was put on the ground after every play. But this week Ryan promised a return to the ground-and-pound game, which will take pressure off Sanchez and make New York much less one-dimensional.

“When your offensive line is in trouble, your quarterback is going to be directly affected by how many times he gets hit, and that shows in his performance,” Simms said. “ Look at what he did against the Baltimore Ravens.  If you go back and dissect that game, there were probably nine throwaways, minimum, and at least six throws he had no idea where he was throwing because he was getting hit upside the head at the same time.  I’m not exonerating him from everything, but you surely can’t judge what he’s doing based on what he was presented against the Baltimore Ravens.”

Simms makes a good point about New York’s offensive line. With Colin Baxter struggling at center to replace Nick Mangold – who is slated to return this week – and with Vladimir Ducasse in the game, New York couldn’t stop Baltimore’s front seven from doing whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted vs. the Jets.

“In the NFL, when there is a weakness in your offensive line, it doesn’t hurt your offense, it hurts your whole football team,” Simms said. “It hurts your quarterback, the receivers, the running backs, the situations your defense plays in.  Right now, the Jets have a few obstacles to overcome. “

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Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 12:45 am

Nick Mangold inactive Sunday with ankle injury

Posted by Will Brinson

Nick Mangold suffered an ankle injury during Week 3's trouncing of the Jaguars and initial indications showed that the Jets center would miss two to three weeks.

But Mangold, one of the toughest guys in football, wanted to get back on the field for Sunday night's game in Baltimore. However, according to Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Mangold's pre-game workout didn't go well enough, and he'll be inactive for Sunday night's game against the Ravens.

Mangold's absence could make for some tough sledding for the Jets offense -- he's the anchor of that line, and Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson have already struggled enough to push the ball between the tackles.

Both have less than a four yards per carry average thus far on the season, and against a viscous Baltimore front seven that ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing at 84 yards per game, it's unlikely that we'll see that average go up.

Especially since Mangold won't be there to help fortify the line. Rookie Colin Baxter will likely get the start, and he's got some big shoes to fill.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 3:34 pm

Mangold has high ankle sprain, to miss 2-3 weeks?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets rolled over hapless Jacksonville on Sunday 32-3, but everything wasn't cream cheese for Rex Ryan's crew -- center Nick Mangold injured his right ankle during the first quarter and didn't return to the game.

The injury, caused by Jags linebacker Daryl Smith landing on Mangold's leg, has been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain and could sideline Mangold for up to two to three weeks, according to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Mehta's source tells him Mangold is "definitely out" for Week 3's matchup against the Raiders and that "it could be awhile" before the All-Pro center gets back on the field.

Mangold is renowned for being tough but despite a notoriously high pain threshold (no, really, just search "Mangold" on Twitter) it seems unlikely that the Jets would rush him back.

"You lose a great pro like that for any amount of time, it hurts," one Jets player told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman.

This is correct -- Mangold keys that offensive line and and now undrafted rookie free agent Colin Baxter will need to step in and fill some very big shoes. Mangold, by the way, hasn't missed a game since he was drafted in 2006.

Given how sloppy the Jets offense looked on Sunday, this isn't the greatest time to be missing the center, either -- the Jets hit the road for the next three weeks to face off against Oakland, the Ravens and the Patriots.

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