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New York Jets Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-30


New York Jets Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-30
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--FS Eric Smith received a one-game suspension and a $50,000 fine from the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Arizona WR Anquan Boldin on Sunday. Smith will sit out the Jets' game against Cincinnati on Oct. 12. Smith may have suffered a concussion himself on the hit. Abram Elam or David Barrett likely will replace him as the starter against the Bengals.

--RB Jesse Chatman returned to the Jets after not being allowed to practice or attend team meetings during a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy. Chatman is eligible to play against the Bengals on Oct. 12.

--P Ben Graham was released for the second time in less than two weeks. Graham averaged 43 net yards on two punts in a 56-35 win over Arizona on Sunday, but coach Eric Mangini was unhappy with his lack of hang time.

--WR Chansi Stuckey had two receptions for 12 yards and no touchdowns against the Cardinals. Stuckey had caught one touchdown pass in each of his first three NFL games.

--RB-KR Leon Washington had seven rushes for 26 yards and four receptions for 17 yards against Arizona. He had only two opportunities on special teams, one punt return for 9 yards and one kickoff return for 18 yards.

REPORT CARD VS. CARDINALS

PASSING OFFENSE: A-plus -- The one blemish was Brett Favre's first-quarter interception, when he threw off the wrong foot to the other side of the field. He said he thought there was a penalty on the Cardinals and that it was a free play. Other than that, he was brilliant, tying a team-record with six TD passes. WR Laveranues Coles had three TDs and Jerricho Cotchery added two as the Jets exploited a banged-up Cardinals defense.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- This was a second straight subpar game for the Jets in this category, as both Thomas Jones and Leon Washington found little room to run, averaging 2.9 yards a carry. The biggest play was WR Brad Smith's first offensive touch of the season, a 17-yard end-around in the second quarter that led to a touchdown.

PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- Obviously, the Jets did a much better job in the first half, when they forced four turnovers from Kurt Warner, getting two fumbles and two interceptions. LB David Bowens had two of the five sacks of the immobile Warner, and pressure by NT Kris Jenkins led to a pick by FS Eric Smith. Darrelle Revis' 32-yard interception return was his first TD as a pro.

RUSH DEFENSE: A-minus -- Arizona was limited to 2.8 yards a carry and didn't even do much in the first half before the game got out of hand, as the return of Jenkins (back), who missed the final three quarters of the loss to San Diego, allowed the Jets to clog the middle. However, the Jets didn't have any tackles for loss other than sacks.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus -- The Jets forced seven turnovers and allowed five TDs, so Arizona punted only once. The again-released Ben Graham's two punts weren't good in terms of hang time, but he did manage a 43.0-yard net. Jay Feely had a so-so day, connecting on two of three FG attempts, missing wide left from 44 yards. He also missed a 22-yarder, but a running-into-the-kicker gave him a second chance from 20 yards, which he converted.

COACHING: A-minus -- Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did an excellent job of attacking a vulnerable Arizona defense that was missing S Adrian Wilson and leading sacker Bertrand Berry because of injuries, and Bob Sutton's defensive game plan of harassing Warner was good, too, although Arizona made some good offensive adjustments at halftime. Eric Mangini's decision to go for two points with a 19-point lead with 1:54 left was a curious one, and Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't seem to like it. Mangini indicated Monday he still wasn't sure if his team's lead was safe.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 30, 2008

Alan Faneca Name: Alan Faneca
#66
Position: G
Age: 31
Experience: 11 years
College: LSU
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