Final Thoughts On Jets/Pats; First Thoughts On Jets/Steelers

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A few final thoughts on the Jets ending the Patriots season (wow, I love typing that)…

- Here’s a toast to Shaun Ellis and Jerricho Cotchery, a couple of Jets veterans who have been beaten by the Patriots for too long and stepped up with monster games.

- Santonio Holmes, how did you get those feet down?

- I can’t watch the replay of Shonn Greene’s game winning touchdown enough.

- Drew Coleman and Eric Smith picked the right time to have big time games.

- The Patriots went to Danny Woodhead way too much. It is almost like they built their game plan around him as an attempt to rub the Jets nose in the acquisition.

- How reliable and clutch has Braylon Edwards been this year?

- Wayne Hunter and Matt Slauson were quietly terrific, despite being the most unheralded players on the offensive line.

First thoughts on Jets/Steelers

- Pittsburgh is a very different team than the Colts and Patriots. The Jets played an inspired game against them earlier in the year but didn’t have to deal with Troy Polamalu, who obviously brings an entirely different dimension to their defense.

- Mark Sanchez needs to play with the same confidence he did against New England and that he did earlier in year against the Steelers. Pittsburgh, like most teams, will have a tough time covering both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, never mind Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller.

- The Jets should have the same division of carries between LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. They shouldn’t be afraid to run the ball against Pittsburgh’s front seven.

- Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will be tough match-ups in the slot. I expect another defensive game plan that will be defensive back heavy. The Jets need the same effort from all the backs who are active once again.

  • Coach

    Joe,
    I will say that if the JETS beat the Steelers this week it will be the greatest playoff run by a wild card team that I can recall. Even better than the Giants run in 06. Otherwise, I really don’t want to comment on their classlessness! I am sure there are varied opinions on every website but to me facts are facts. Enjoy your run while it last because as you can see it is very difficult to get to the SB and even more difficult to win it. PS-Thank you for your support of S-Club this weekend, we are all very grateful.

  • Tony C

    Its always difficult to get to the SB, no guts no glory. We made it to this dance for the second year in a row. And now its time to take it to the house. One more round to prove to everyone we belong, and one final round to prove we’re the best. Here we go!

  • johny B

    Great game and for some reason I always look at the mistakes – and this week here were my thoughts.

    1. If Shonn Greene went down after the first yard marker on the last Jets TD run, wouldn’t the game have been over since the Pats had 1 timeout left and the Jets could have just run out the clock with the new set of downs? instead, by scoring he made his D come back on the field and gave the Patriots some life when they scored and tried another on-side quick.
    2. Cromartie… vs. colts he stayed in front of the punt and it almost hit his leg (in end the Colts wasted a challenge on this so ended up well) and then against the Patriots he ran in front of a punt again – why isn’t he just staying away? Then he picked up the on-side kick instead of just falling on it (again, it ended well – but seemed stupid).

    Are these things the coach should be advising their players or am I offbase?

  • Joey C

    johny that was Holmes that the punt almost hit him in the leg…..and i totally agree on him pickin up the onside kick