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New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2008-11-05


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2008-11-05
--The Jets had five penalties for 34 yards Sunday in their 26-17 win over Buffalo, but to hear some of his teammates talk, they were surprised Abram Elam wasn't flagged for delay of game on his marathon 92-yard interception return for a touchdown, putting the Jets ahead to stay on the final play of the first quarter. It also was Elam's first career interception, and the fourth-longest interception for a score in team history.


"It looked like he was about to give out at the (Buffalo) 40-yard-line," free safety Kerry Rhodes joked, adding that the play took about 10 minutes.

Elam, who started in place of Eric Smith (head), had a slightly different view.

"It happened so fast," said Elam. "It was a big momentum swing."

--Leon Washington made a smart play on a third-quarter kickoff. He was hoping the ball would go out of bounds, but when it didn't, he put his right foot out of bounds and reached inbounds to grab the ball. Because of an arcane NFL rule, the ball was considered out of bounds by the kicking team, giving the Jets the ball at their 40 and leading to a four-play touchdown drive. Had Washington fielded the ball inbounds, he could've been tackled inside the Jets' 10.

"I had to be about six feet" tall, Washington joked, noting how he had to make a long stretch to grab the ball. He said he's known the rule since he was a rookie in 2006.

"We've practiced that quite a bit," coach Eric Mangini said Monday. "That's something that (special-teams coach) Mike (Westhoff) has emphasized since he's been here. Leon actually got that same exact situation (in practice). It wasn't this past week, but it was the week before during practice where we had one right on the sideline and he stepped out and fielded the ball. It was just really an aware play on his part and a substantial change in field position.

--Jets coach Eric Mangini was lucky he wasn't burned by accepting a penalty for an ineligible man downfield when Trent Edwards had thrown incomplete on third-and-11 from the Jets' 25 in the first quarter. Mangini was hoping to push the Bills out of field-goal range, but Edwards capitalized on the decision by completing a 22-yard pass to Roscoe Parrish for a first down. But the turn of events benefited the Jets when Elam picked off Edwards three plays later on a play in which Parrish fell down.

"It led to a touchdown, so I guess it was a plus decision, in retrospect," Mangini said, defending his odd decision. "I'm happy for that reason. It's like anything else. I've done it the other way where I haven't (accepted the penalty), and it's allowed someone to be in field-goal range and kick a field goal. (I was) really thinking we probably should have taken that and played tight coverage and seen what was going to happen. It's like anything else--they convert it, it's a negative decision, if they don't, and you get them out of field goal range, it's a decision that takes points off the board. Like I said, I've done it both ways, and you don't anticipate that they're going to convert on third-and-16."

Mangini should thank Elam for bailing him out. The decision was especially questionable because a 48-yarder is well within Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell's range. He boomed a 53-yarder in the third quarter.



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Added: November 5, 2008

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