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News » New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2008-08-28


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2008-08-28


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2008-08-28
--Moving vans were in the parking lot, and crates and boxes were in the halls. On Aug. 26, the Jets held their last practice at Hofstra before moving to Florham Park, N.J.


"They might as well move it out to Wyoming someplace," said John Schmitt, who played center for the Jets from 1964-73 and is a Hofstra alum. "They might as well be a million miles away from home."

Schmitt, who lives on Long Island, still vividly remembers the Jets' Super Bowl-winning season of 1968, which, coincidentally, was their first at Hofstra.

"It's like taking the wind out of you," Schmitt said, adding the Jets' training camp "has been there forever. Since our Super Bowl year, we went to Hofstra in '68 and everything went right for us. ... Hofstra is a great place. It was just like being home."

Coach Eric Mangini called Tuesday "a special day. ... I had a lot of great experiences here. My first practices as a defensive coach were here. The experiences with Bill (Parcells), Bill (Belichick) and the rest of the guys on that first staff I was with. Charlie Weis, Mo Carthon, Romeo (Crennel), Al Groh. It was a really good group of guys -- Todd Haley and a bunch of guys that have gone on and done really great things. That experience is special to me.

"It's a special place," added Mangini, a Connecticut native. "I have really enjoyed Long Island. I enjoyed it for not just a business perspective or a professional side, but from a family side. We lived in Garden City. My kids went to the Hofstra Daycare which is the best, not that I have that much experience, but (I like) the quality of teachers there. (It's) a great group of people."

--Eric Mangini didn't deny published reports that Mike Westhoff will be returning to the Jets as special teams coordinator, but said "nothing is done."

Westhoff resigned from his post at the end of the 2007 season because he had to have surgery on his left leg, and the Jets hired Kevin O'Dea, the assistant special teams coach for Chicago for the last two seasons, to take his place. The Jets finished third in the NFL in average drive start after kickoffs last season, and were 29th this preseason through the first three games. Ben Graham is 17th in net punting after being 16th during the 2007 regular season.

"I'm happy with Kevin," said Mangini, adding "we're not really at that point (of Westhoff returning) because medically there are still things he has to take care of. Mike, to me, was a lot more than just a special teams coach. I know that that's the most visible aspect of what he does, but he was a really big asset in terms of game management, penalties and some of the decisions. ... I respect Mike a lot. He helped me a lot and I'm not opposed to Mike coming back in some capacity."

--The Jets were docked for 12 penalties Aug. 23 in their 10-7 preseason win over the Giants, 10 by the offense, including five by the first-string.

Part of the problem was that in Brett Favre's second start, he had a much bigger package of plays to work with than he had the week before against Washington.

"I was concerned because we put a lot more in," he admitted. "We were playing a defense that wasn't as vanilla as Washington. They give you a lot of looks, they are one of the most active fronts in football. That was a concern, as well. They bring a lot of different blitzes and a lot of different looks. I knew I'd have to be thinking about protections and things like that.

"I guess my worries came true," Favre added. "As disappointing as it was that those plays were called back, we see (from) the end result how good it can be."

Favre lost two completions totaling 78 yards because of penalties. Included in that was a 49-yard touchdown to Jerricho Cotchery.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- Penalties on the Jets' offense against the Giants in their preseason game. Nine were for illegal shifts, formations or procedure as the Jets certainly weren't on the same page with each other.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Really, it comes down to mentally being sound. You can run all the laps (in practice) you want, but when the live bullets start flying you just have to do your thing." -- QB Brett Favre on the Jets' offensive penalties against the Giants, and how running penalty laps in practice for such mistakes isn't necessarily a cure-all.



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Added: August 28, 2008

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