The Jets have a wonderful opportunity ahead of them here in Week 7. Nobody will give them much of a chance to win in New England, but you wonder what the reaction would be in the football world if the Green & White pull off the stunner.
Most pundits didn’t think the Jets were a playoff team at the beginning of the season and that legion only grew after the injury list expanded and the Jets suffered from uneven play. Yet both the Jets and the Patriots have identical 3-3 marks and one club will move to 4-3 Sunday evening.
The Jets are well aware that the outside world has written them off and they could care less. This is an extremely difficult spot for Rex Ryan’s crew, but don’t believe for a second that they don’t think they can go north and score a victory.
(We will come back with another Q&A on Thursday, so get your questions in. Also remember Jets Talk LIVE will air at 3 PM Thursday as I'll be joined by a couple of player guests and I'll tell you how this upset can happen.)
Q: Do you feel we should invest in a WR or RB or will these players we have step up? If we should invest, should it be a rookie or an experienced player? Why didn’t we re-sign Plaxico Burress? He was a large part of our No. 1 red zone offense last year.
EA: Unfortunately there are big-time questions at running back as the Jets get preparations underway for the Patriots.
So the spotlight could move to
Hilliard, a 5’11”, 235-pound fullback, was ironically waived by the Patriots on Sep. 19. The Jets have displayed confidence in Hilliard during his short stay as he appeared in 22 offensive plays and 19 special teams plays against the Colts.
The Jets will continue to look at all possibilities, but I don’t anticipate a move at wideout.
Q: Have you heard anything about
EA: Excellent question. Nose tackle Sione Pouha is absolutely gutting it out here in 2012, having appeared in three games while attempting to battle a debilitating back injury.
Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine are going to continue to mix up their fronts and they like to rotate the linemen up front.
Harrison is a hell of a story, making the club out of William Penn (Iowa) as an undrafted free agent. He came in the game cold against the Texans and made a key third-down stop. Harrison appeared in seven snaps against Indy while former Colts DT
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Q: Why doesn't Rex Ryan coach his players up during the game? I see very little if any interaction between him and his players at a time where I feel his motivation could go a long way.
EA: Coach Ryan spends a lot of time interacting with players throughout the week leading to the game. He addresses the team each work day (Tuesday is the Players Day Off) at the facility and delivers a talk Saturday night at the team hotel and then inside the locker room prior to kickoff.
During the game, he is very involved with his coaches. Mike Pettine and a number of the defensive assistants are upstairs while offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is on the sideline. I think Coach Ryan allows his coaches to coach their respective units because he believes in his staff. With that being said, I have seen Rex talk to players on numerous occasions. These players are professional athletes and they have to be self-motivated.