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Jets not giving up on big-play offense


Jets not giving up on big-play offense
Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer readily concedes that quarterback Brett Favre has gone more to a short passing game in recent weeks, but he insists a post pattern to wide receiver Laveranues Coles - even with safety help over the top - is still in the playbook.


Over the past four games, the Jets have gone to a short passing game that has produced five touchdowns and just two interceptions while averaging 35.2 points.

Favre has completed 79 of 103 passes (76.6 percent) for 816 yards in those games. Just six completions have been for 20 or more yards.

"We say it all the time, it's game-plan specific," Schottenheimer said yesterday. "You look at Tennessee, very good pass rush, very good Football team with Kyle Vanden Bosch, (Albert) Haynesworth, (Jevon) Kearse and all those guys, it lends itself to trying to push the ball fast.

"Plus, a lot of people now are having to load up the box to try to stop the run, they're putting eight and nine guys up there so you can push it a little bit faster on the outside. Again, we have the plays to go up the field."

In the Jets' 34-13 victory over the Titans, Favre had only one completion of 20 or more yards in 32 attempts.

Schottenheimer insists that each game his play-call sheet has everything at the ready and the flow of the game dictates which way he decides to go.

"When the games get going, (you call) the plays that are working," he said. "The philosophy hasn't changed, it's just that we've been executing the short passing game very, very well and that's a credit to the players."

Even so, it's hard to believe that the Jets' decision to go to a short passing game wasn't based, in part, of Favre's interceptions. He had a stretch of seven interceptions in a four-game span prior to the change in play-calling.

And there has been another change in the offense. Schottenheimer has drastically reduced the different shifts and motions that were his trademark in his first two seasons. Instead, he has gone to an uptempo, more stationary offense in which the Jets are dictating the pace of the game with their balanced attack.

As a result, the Jets (8-3) are on a roll, having won five straight and seven of eight entering tomorrow's game against the Broncos (6-5) at Giants Stadium.

And as the Jets' offense has gone to another level, so too has the relationship between Favre and Schottenheimer. The pair aren't exactly finishing each other's sentences, but they no longer have to wear name tags in meetings.

The Brett Favre experiment that started in August has now produced the league's second-highest scoring team (323 points) and the Jets are on pace to shatter their franchise record of 419 points, set in 1968.

"I've always been very comfortable with Brett," Schottenheimer said. "There has always been that fact that as you go further and further down the road, down the season, there are things you begin to anticipate.

"Where you had to talk about things in the past, now you're able to solve it between each other. You don't even have to discuss it. I don't know if you call it in the zone. We're playing pretty well. We have a very good feel for one another."

* Notes: Rookie CB Dwight Lowery, who has been beaten for six touchdowns and a two-point conversion and lost his starting job to veteran Ty Law, knows Broncos sharpshooting QB Jay Cutler will be looking for him tomorrow.

"No question. I don't see why not," Lowery said. "They're a team that's going to attack what they feel our weaknesses are."

Lowery, a fourth-round pick, says he hasn't lost his confidence and isn't trying to hide when he's on the field.

"You don't play the position not to have the ball thrown your way," he said. "I'm fine. I'm a young guy and things aren't always going to go your way. It's how you respond to those situations."

Coach Eric Mangini said Lowery is working hard to get better and is not sulking. ...

Yesterday, Broncos Cutler was asked if his arm is stronger than Favre's.

"Yeah, I think so," Cutler told the Denver media while laughing. "What is Brett? Is he 40 yet? Thirty-nine, soon to be 40? I think he may have given me a run back in his 20s, but I think I got him now." ...

Veteran K Jay Feely, who has hit 10 straight field goals, will likely kick vs. the Broncos. ... With rain in the forecast, the Jets may turn to AFC leading rusher Thomas Jones (950 yards, nine TDs) to pound the Broncos' 26th-ranked run defense (144.5 yards per game). ... LB David Harris (groin surgery) and S Eric Smith (concussion) are listed as questionable. Harris isn't expected to play but Smith is a possibility. ... Broncos S Marlon McCree (ankle) is out and LB D.J. Williams (knee) is doubtful. Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey (groin surgery) is questionable but may play. ... The Jets, in connection with Jersey Cares, are sponsoring a coat drive tomorrow.

Dave Hutchinson may be reached at dhutchinson@starledger.com



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Added: November 30, 2008

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