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New Jersey – It’s time for a heaping helping of Jets Whispers from the heart of Jets Country in New Jersey. Let’s get into it . . .
Aside from the strategic insight of former New England Patriots players Kenbrell Thompkins and Stevan Ridley and long-time Patriots assistant coach Pepper Johnson, the Jets have another huge asset this week in Kacy Rodgers.
The Jets’ defensive coordinator was the Miami Dolphins defensive line coach from 2008-2014.
That is seven years of facing Patriots twice a year. That is 14 games he was involved in game-planning for New England’s offense.
He has a great feel for them, and has been a tremendous resource this week in the Jets’ preparation . . .
Sheldon Richardson is done talking to the media.
“I don’t want to do interviews anymore roger hope y’all enjoy that BS,” tweeted Richardson.
Why is Richardson shutting it done? This quote.
“This is going to be another win for us,” Richardson told Metro New York. “We’ll let you all write the columns about validating wins and stuff like that. This is going to be another win in the win column if we got out there and execute and do what we’re supposed to do.”
This caused a national stir on the internet, getting linked to all over the place.
I agree with him. I’d stay away if I were him.
When I see reporters going over to Richardson’s locker to interview him, the thing that enters my mind is, “They are trying to get him to say something that will create headlines.”
They are often successful.
He’s a little bit of a loose cannon because he doesn’t always chose his words well.
He can be money in the bank for those trying to get website clicks.
I’m not into that. As a rookie, Laveranues Coles was inactive for a Monday night game, and he went off on Al Groh while I was interviewing him. I didn’t use it. He was young and didn’t know the impact of his words. I’m just not into reaching the brass ring on the back of young players saying stupid stuff. Maybe that hurts me competitively, but I don’t care.
Richardson needs to stay away from us. Good move . . .
You get the sense there is a decent chance the Jets will have both Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams. I’m not guaranteeing this, just reading the tea leaves.
And that would be huge for them.
They need all hands on deck at corner to deal with the Patriots’ myriad weapons.
And like I said, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie don’t match-up great with the Pats shorter-quicker targets like Julian Edelman. Skrine and Williams do.
Skrine, who is coming off a concussion, was in full uniform at today’s practice with his helmet. He had a red jersey on, which is how they handle guys in the concussion protocol.
All concussions are serious, but on the concussion scale, I don’t think this is a one of those real bad ones.
Looking at him, he doesn’t seem to be overcome with the malaise you often see with concussed players.
I saw Williams running around today, and the way Rodgers talked him today in his presser, it sounded like the Jets defensive coordinator expects to have him.
As the Giants proved in the past, and the Jets at times, the best way to deal with Brady is rushing three or four, and dropping everybody else.
You can mix in a blitz here or there, but you don’t want to over-due it against Brady, because he will exploit the holes in coverage that blitzes create.
October 22, 2015
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