Sunday, September 8, 2013
Notes: Colon already feels Jets-Pats hatred
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's never too early to start banging the drums for Jets-Patriots.
The AFC East rivals meet Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass., and guard Willie Colon already was feeling the vibe after Sunday's 18-17 win over the Bucs. Colon is new to the Jets-Patriots rivalry, but we're talking about someone to experienced Steelers-Ravens. So he knows the deal.
“I’m not new to any rivalry," the former Steelers guard said. "It is what it is. We hate them, they know it and we’re going to go and get them."
And here we go.
Dawan misses: Safety Dawan Landry almost ended up the goat of the game. He missed a tackle on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, turning a 10-yard completion into a 37-yard gain. That set up a go-ahead field goal, Rian Lindell from 37 yards, with 38 seconds left in the game.
"He was open and I missed a tackle, and that's pretty much it," Landry said. "I just missed a tackle."
Landry covered Jackson in the slot, a mismatch, and he arrived a split-second too late. Rex Ryan took the bullet, saying he botched the call.
"I wasn't clear with my communication on that call," the Jets' coach said. "That one mistake almost cost us the game. ... Landry was where he was supposed to be. We didn't have a seam-flat player where we needed one, and that's trouble. We never had someone on the No. 2 [receiver] when we were supposed to. It wasn't clearly communicated from my end, and that was a huge mistake."
No pity: The Jets showed no sympathy for linebacker Lavonte David, whose mindless late-hit penalty on Geno Smith cost his team the game.
"I think they need to tell No. 54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to catch his own flight home, because that was the worst penalty at the worst time," Jets linebacker David Harris said.
Injury report: Tight end Jeff Cumberland and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley took blows to the head on vicious hits by Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron, respectively, both of which resulted in personal fouls. Cumberland and Kerley were taken to the locker room and were allowed to return to the game and passing concussion tests, according to Ryan. ... Center Nick Mangold hurt his right elbow in the third quarter. He, too, was taken to the locker room, but returned for the next series.
Newcomers contribute: Some of John Idzik's free-agent additions made key plays. Tight end Kellen Winslow caught a team-high seven passes for 79 yards, including a touchdown. Outside linebacker Antwan Barnes recorded a sack. And Landry had an interception. It wasn't such a great start for running back Chris Ivory, who dropped a pass and was held to 15 yards on 10 carries.
Odds and ends: Ryan improved to 4-1 in openers. ... Stephen Hill set a career high with six receptions. ... Robert Malone's 84-yard punt was the second-longest in team history. It was the longest punt since Chuck Ramsey's 79-yarder in 1978. The record is held by Steve O'Neil, who had a 98-yarder in 1969. ... Five draft picks made their debut -- cornerback Dee Milliner, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (half-sack), quarterback Geno Smith, guard Brian Winters (backup) and fullback Tommy Bohanon (one catch for 21 yards). Rookie wide receiver Ryan Spadola, an undrafted free agent, also played. ... The Jets' running game was brutal. Bilal Powell and Ivory combined for 44 yards on 22 carries. The leading rusher was Smith (47 yards).