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Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Film Room: Jets vs. Giants Christmas eve preview

Posted by Eye on Football Analyst Andy Benoit


This Christmas Eve battle carries significant playoff implications for both New York teams. With the hype already built in, we can get right to the breakdown.


1. Rex Ryan
The loquacious third-year head coach has already said his is the better team in this game and if that “better team” loses, the blame will be on him. That would make two weeks in a row.

Rarely do we call out a coaching staff in Film Room posts; it’s dicey given the depth of preparation and various subtle and unknown factors that go into a gameplan. But rarely do we see one staff thoroughly outwit another staff the way Andy Reid and his crew did against Ryan & Co. last week.

The Eagles offensive line and backs had no trouble stoning the Jets’ blitzes. That’s noteworthy given that Philly’s front five and LeSean McCoy have been inconsistent in blitz pickup this season. With Jim Leonhard injured, the Jets had to scale back their coverages. They may have scaled too far back; Michael Vick, a poor field reader, diagnosed the Jets’ secondary with ease.

Afterwards, there were reports that Eagles receivers were calling out the coverages prior to the snap. In most of those instances, the Eagles were aligned in spread formations, which widened the Jets defense. That gave Vick clearer looks and, as NFL Matchup Show executive producer Greg Cosell pointed out, it dictated some favorable blocking advantages for the Eagles run game. Instead of adjusting and being proactive, the Jets stagnated and became reactive.

2. Giants run game vs. Jets D
Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine are two of the best in the business. It’s unlikely they’ll be flat two games in a row. It helps that they’re facing a Giants offense that can’t run the ball. When the Giants do attempt to run (and they will), it won’t be from spread formations like the Eagles. They’re a power run team that girth over quickness up front and relies on fullbacks and tight ends on the edges and lead-blocks.

The Jets are tailored to stop this brand of rushing. Nose tackle Sione Pouha will command extra attention inside, leaving one-on-one mismatches for either Muhammad Wilkerson (a fast-rising rookie with a willowy frame and improved explosiveness) or Mike DeVito (a low-to-the-ground energy guy with an underrated burst).

That’s just in the trenches. At the second level, the Jets linebackers present even greater problems. About the only way to beat them is to make them guess wrong (solid, assertive veteran Bart Scott especially can misdiagnose and overreact at times). The Giants running backs, however, have not proven fleet enough this season to trust on draws, counters or other misdirection runs.
Ballard and Keller have been safety valves for their QBs this season. (Getty Images)

3. Tight Ends
In recent weeks, Jake Ballard has evolved from a lumbering but effective seam pass-catcher to something of a potent all-around receiver. He runs a wider variety of routes than anyone would have guessed and is more than a dumpoff option for Eli Manning. One reason for this could be because defenses have been more inclined to double the Giants receivers outside.

The Jets may not have to double given they can match Darrelle Revis on Hakeem Nicks. But that doesn’t mean Ballard won’t be a significant factor Sunday. The Jets linebackers are not particularly comfortable in coverage, and Manning may even like the matchup of Ballard on safety Eric Smith.

Because the Jets corners play so much man, they’re not going to be too responsive to play-action (the corners are outside and watching the receiver, not inside where they can see the quarterback and linemen carry out fakes). Thus, when Manning does fake a handoff, it’s likely Ballard’s defender is the one he’ll be trying to manipulate.

For the Jets, tight end Dustin Keller is critical because, as you’re about to read, he’s Mark Sanchez’s safety valve.

4. Jets passing game
The Giants are usually willing to cover tight ends with linebackers, especially if nickel ‘backer Jacquian Williams is on the field. It’s possible, though, that they’ll find a way to put a safety on Keller.

He’s often Sanchez’s go-to guy in passing situations. This is gold star for Keller, but more than that, it’s a black checkmark for Sanchez. Because he’s as jittery in the pocket and as unreliable in his progressions as he was his rookie year, the Jets’ passing attack is full of simplified one-read plays. A lot of those one-read plays – rollouts, short drag patterns, flairs to the flats, short hooks, etc. – naturally target a tight end. It helps that Sanchez, for all his short-comings, is superb throwing quickly between the numbers.

The Jets have not been able to consistently incorporate their wide receivers in the passing game this season. Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress have not gone over 50 yards receiving in the same game since Week 1. Four times they’ve both been held to 40 yards or less. Some of that is on them (Burress, in particular, has had trouble getting separation as of late), but most of that is on Sanchez and an offensive line that, thanks to right tackle Wayne Hunter, can’t always sustain protection for a seven-step drop.

Perhaps this is the week the receivers come to life. One of them – likely Holmes – will be blanketed by Corey Webster, but the other will get to face either Aaron Ross or Prince Amukumara, two players who have struggled, especially in man coverage.

5. Jets run game
If turnovers hadn’t put the Jets in such an early hole at Philadelphia, we probably would be talking not about Rex Ryan getting outcoached but about Shonn Greene running all over the Eagles D.

The Jets ground game has had some juice in recent weeks. Greene is finally playing downhill, and the line, anchored by indomitable center Nick Mangold, has done a good job hiding its weaknesses and highlighting its strengths (examples: simple pull-blocks for left guard Matt Slauson, running off and not behind finesse left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, tight ends lining up on the right so that Hunter can maximize his raw strength as a strict north/south blocker, etc.).

The Giants, with their iffy linebacking unit, are not a staunch run defense (though second-year end Jason Pierre-Paul is coming close to singlehandedly changing that).

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:11 am
 

Braylon Edwards' trial set for July

Posted by Andy Benoit

Braylon Edwards’ charge of driving while intoxicated back in September could be headed for trial this summer. The Jets receiveB. Edwards (US Presswire)r (and current free agent) was due in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday but did not show. According to lawyer, Peter Frankel, Edwards’ flight from L.A. was delayed (he has been in California working at Mark Sanchez’s football camp). However, Edwards tweeted Monday morning, "GoodBye Cali I'm heading back home to Michigan."

Nevertheless, a pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for July 22. The judge initially asked for a pre-trial hearing date of June 3, but Edwards’ camp asked for a later date because of availability of more than a dozen witnesses (including teammates D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston, who were in the car at the time of Edwards’ arrest).

The district attorney said in November that a plea had been discussed, but according to Frankel, no offer has been made.

"We’re always talking about possible resolutions to the case, but it’s moving forward toward trial," he said, according to Jenny Ventras of the New Jersey Star Ledger. But Frankel did not dismiss the possibility of a plea deal. "I wouldn’t say anything's broken down; we’re still talking. We have somewhat different views of the evidence, but things have not been contentious at all. It’s possible we’ll work things out before the 22nd."

This case has been adjourned three times, twice because Frankel filed motions to suppress evidence collected at the police precinct and on the scene. It will be determined at the hearing whether that evidence gets admitted.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Gholston knows he shouldn't have been in car

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although Jets DE Vernon Gholston and LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson were utterly stupid to be in the car when Braylon Edwards was arrested on a DWI charge on Monday (police said he blew a .16, twice the legal limit), it’s refreshing to hear Gholston honestly talk about his decision.

Ferguson declined comment on the matter today, but Gholston didn’t go that route.

Gholston He told reporters (including the NY Post ) that the reason he and Ferguson went along with the Bearded One is because, simply put, they didn’t think he was drunk.

(On a side note, how well must Edwards handle his liquor to appear to his teammates, who should know him fairly well, that he’s sober enough to drive before blowing a .16? That’s pretty impressive, and maybe a little sad/scary. That’s also assuming Gholston is telling the truth).

Still, shouldn’t Gholston have thought to call the Player Protect hotline that gives pro athletes a no-cost, high-luxury way to get home if they’ve spent the night drinking entirely too much (or drinking at all)? Again, I like Gholston’s answer, because it sounds like something any old schlub would say: he just didn’t think about it.

“It’s something that was just presented to us (recently),” Gholston said of Player Protect. “When you talk about going out, you never have that mindset of drinking or what’s necessary (if you do drink). In those cases, you’re already out and things happen."

And the next time Gholston is out? I think he knows the answer. He’s already inputted the hotline number into his phone. And hopefully he has the mindset to do what’s right when he’s had a few drinks and not get into a car with an allegedly loaded teammate.
 
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Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:55 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 2:02 am
 

Now, the Jets truly are Super Bowl contenders

D. Revis, shown here intercepting a pass vs. Oakland, ended a 36-day holdout and should be ready for the season-opener against Baltimore on Sept. 13 (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The signing of Darrelle Revis changes the entire dynamic of the Jets season.

Now that I’ve read that sentence again, I realize that’s a pretty bold statement, because it’s hard to imagine one defensive player affecting his team in that way. But in the case of Revis, it’s true.

With Brett Favre, it’s true. With Peyton Manning, of course it’s true. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Andre Johnson, etc., it’s true.

Revis is the only defensive player in the league who can compare.

Without Revis – the No. 1 defender in the NFL – the Jets were good. Potentially very good. Sure, Mark Sanchez would have to improve on his rookie season. RB Shonn Greene would have to prove right the front office – which allowed Thomas Jones (331 carries, 1,402 yards and 14 TDs last season) to walk – and 31-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson would have to keep rediscovering his 27-year-old speed and arsenal of moves.

WR Braylon Edwards would have to keep making those impressive catches, and two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL – LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold – would have to keep opening holes while keeping Sanchez off his backside.

In fact, after watching the Jets first-team offense blast the Giants first-team defense in the preseason opener, I wrote I thought Rex Ryan’s squad could compete for the Super Bowl.

A quick passage from that blog post:

Ugh, I hate myself for writing something like that based on one measly preseason game in which the team I’m touting lost by 15 points. But the first-team offense, for the most part, looked very good – except when the Jets got to the red zone – and the defense, like last year, looked pretty nasty. They looked like a team that still could be playing in February.

If ….

If, that is, they get back Darrelle Revis. Because without Revis, New York might not be the Super Bowl team coach Rex Ryan thinks they can be. A virtual unknown WR named Victor Cruz made that pretty clear tonight during the Giants 31-16 win against the Jets.


Now, the Jets have their “If” back. And with their “If” in the mix, this team becomes one of the best in the league.

The Jets front seven remains unchanged. Which, when you’re talking about NT Kris Jenkins and Vernon Gholston (who has had a strong preseason) and LB Bart Scott and LB David Harris (sadly, the only one of the Core Four who won’t receive a new contract) is a good thing.

Without Revis, though, the secondary looked awfully thin. Antonio Cromartie is solid No. 2, but Cromartie is no Revis when he's being counted on to be the shutdown CB. Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick out of Boise State who now has lost his starting job, was inexperienced, and the rest of the secondary was the kind of secondary who would allow Victor Cruz, an undrafted rookie free agent playing in his first NFL action, to have a breakout game and catch three touchdown passes.

Now, the question becomes: what kind of shape will Revis be in when he flies to New York on Monday to sign his new contract and begin practice in preparation for the Sept. 13 season-opener against the Ravens?

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Revis spent part of his 36-day holdout in South Florida working out with former CB Ty Law. He should be in pretty good shape.

That said, the Jets knew they couldn’t go into the season without their best player. You could see the tension in the face of GM Mark Tannenbaum as this weekly saga played out on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Ryan, even though he was kidding when he went door to door in the season’s first episode looking for Revis and begging him to return to the team, knew he needed Revis in his defense. Ryan was being funny in that scene, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t telling the truth.

That’s why Ryan, in a move straight out of Vikings coach Brad Childress’ playbook, flew to South Florida this weekend to saw howdy to Revis and to add a spark to the contract talks.

Even until the end, Tannenbaum – who said he explored trading for other CBs – wasn’t sure the deal would get done.

"I really wasn't optimistic,” he told reporters in an early Monday morning conference call. “Until it was done, I really didn't think he'd be here."

Yet, here he is. The “If” has returned. The best defensive player in the league – the only one who could have this kind of impact on his squad, one way or the other – is back. And the Super Bowl trophy awaits.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:46 am
 

Hot Routes 8.24.10: Get out of the press box!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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-A Giants press box attendant asked Steelers icon Dan Rooney to leave because Rooney’s pass was only valid for the owner’s box . The press box attendant apparently didn’t know it was Dan Rooney. (No excuse, though: any half-witted attendant should know that whoever is important enough to get an owner’s box pass is more than important enough to be in the press box.) Rooney graciously left.

-Of the Jets’ “Big Four” – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and David Harris – it looks like Harris will be the odd man out for a new contract this season. The uncapped year’s 30 percent rule appears to be part of the problem. Harris will make less than $1 million this season.

-According to the Boston Herald , OG Logan Mankins doesn’t spend money. Which means he doesn’t have to worry about lost wages if he doesn’t play this year for the Patriots. Which is looking like a real possibility.

-Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is averaging more than twice as many more yards per carry this preseason than new acquisition Thomas Jones (7 yards to 3.1), but Charles isn’t worried about the stats at this point in the preseason.

-All offseason we’ve been writing about how the Bears don’t have enough quality pass-blockers to execute Mike Martz’s system . It’s only the preseason, but because this proves our point, we’ll remind everyone that Jay Cutler was sacked five times against the Raiders Saturday night.

-Brian Urlacher has a calf injury, but it doesn’t appear to be at all serious .

-The Ravens are upbeat about how Ed Reed’s rehab from hip surgery is going . Some somewhat good news on Sergio Kindle – Baltimore expects him in town by the end of the week .

 -Dallas rookie WR Dez Bryant isn’t scheduled to return in the preseason, but he’s still on track to start the season opener Sept. 12. After suffering a high ankle sprain, he’s lost about 10 pounds.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 11:44 am
 

What's really happening with the Revis holdout

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you want to get a former NFL executive’s take on the Darrelle Revis-New York Jets contract impasse, check out what Andrew Brandt writes today for the National Football Post .

What I found interesting was when Brandt writes about  the three-year, $45 million contract of Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. This is the standard by which Revis wants to get paid - as in, he wants to be the highest-paid CB in the league - but as Brandt writes, it’s actually a two-year contract. In the third year, the Raiders must pay Asomugha the quarterback franchise tag number or he can walk. Why a quarterback instead of a cornerback? Because the quarterback tag number will be much higher than the cornerback tag number.

If Asomugha leaves Oakland, that means the cornerback market will reset once again because he’ll have another crack at a free agent contract with another team.

Brandt also writes about how the conclusion of the Revis saga will affect the rest of the Jets locker room.

An excerpt:

The Jets know that however they reward Revis will be precedent for their negotiations with Nick Mangold, David Harris and others. They have recently completed a deal for D’Brickashaw Ferguson with a “rolling guarantee” structure.

The Jets are willing to reward Revis at the top of the corner market – save the Raiders outlier deal with Asomugha -- but want to be consistent with their structure from the Ferguson deal, which requires that the player make it to February to receive the full benefit of his guaranteed money.

Teams have to stand for something in the way they operate and it is hard for a team to make exceptions for players – no matter what caliber of player – and look the rest of their players in the eye with different terms.


Revis, of course, won’t want a rolling guarantee. He’ll want a full guarantee. Brandt also argues that Revis’ team believes he’s on a different level of playing field anyway. He’s such a game-changer that he should be handled the way Minnesota handled Brett Favre (basically, let him do pretty much whatever he wants). Ferguson’s deal won’t mean much to Revis, because Revis is that much more important than Ferguson. That would be Revis' mindset, anyway.

So, how will this all play out? Brandt writes, “I would anticipate Revis back on the field – with a new deal -- in the first three weeks of the season. The better question will be what type of new deal. As with his rookie contract, I suspect it will contain some elements of the structure he wants and some that the Jets want. My strong sense, though, is that it will be a relatively short-term deal – two or three years – that is almost fully guaranteed and allow for another negotiation at that time.”

When we’ll all likely to get sucked into this rigmarole again.

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:35 am
 

Mangold says he won't hold out

Although he’s unhappy with the fact he doesn’t have a new contract, Jets center Nick Mangold told NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Friday that he won’t hold out from training camp.

"There's no reason not to be here," Mangold told the network, as detailed by the New York Post . "It doesn't seem that it would do me any good to (hold out), so I'll be there with bells on."

Among the New York core four of Mangold, LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, LB David Harris and CB Darrelle Revis, only Ferguson has been given a new contract. But what can Mangold do about it?

"It's disappointing right now where we're at, but it's one of those things you go through," Mangold said. "I'm a professional. I've done everything the right way, and I'm going to continue to do that, be there for my teammates and coaches. We'll see how it all plays out."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 7:40 pm
 

All the Jets news that's fit to print

A few notes on the Jets from today:

1. Team owner Woody Johnson doesn’t sound all that concerned about the logistics of signing the final three of the Core Four. This, according to the NY Daily News .

From Manish Mehta’s article:

The Jets still haven't worked out new deals for Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and David Harris, but the man in charge insists the fan base shouldn't worry.

"I think the fans know that we have to run the team ... and we have to run it within the rules," Johnson told the Daily News Monday. "The fans know that we are trying to win. We are using our best judgment – (GM) Mike Tannenbaum, all of the coaches and me as well."


The Jets inked LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson to an extension last week, but the uncertainty of next year’s potential lockout has made it more difficult to sign Revis, Mangold and Harris.

2. The Jets have announced they’ll establish a Ring of Honor for the New Meadowlands Stadium that will open this season. The first class of inductees: Weeb Ewbank, Winston Hill, Joe Klecko, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard and Joe Namath. The ceremony will occur during halftime of the Aug. 16 preseason game against the Giants.

“This organization has always had a deep appreciation for and admiration of those who have worn this team’s uniform,” Johnson said in a statement. “These six men span generations of Jets football, all embodying the best of this game and what it means to truly be a Jet. With this new stadium, we now have a proper way to salute those who have helped make this franchise what it is today.”

3. More from Mehta and the Daily News . According to a team official, the Jets have sold 75 percent of their 9,000 unsold personal seat licenses and they remain confident they’ll move the remaining PSLs in time to avoid any potential local TV blackout.

Already, the team has cut the prices of the PSLs by up to 50 percent, but the Jets also said they would not further reduce the prices.

--Josh Katzowitz

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