Monday, September 9, 2013
Green Day: Short-lived celebration
By Rich Cimini
The Jets have no time to savor their season-opening win. With a Thursday night game at the Patriots, the preparation starts immediately.
On Monday, the Jets will have a quick review of Sunday's 18-17 win over the Bucs. From there, the focus shifts to the Patriots, who opened with a 23-21 victory over the Bills. The Jets will be on the field for a late-afternoon practice. They will practice again Tuesday, and it's on to Foxborough.
At least they'll be feeling good about themselves. Some might be critical of the Jets' win, claiming they lucked out because of Lavonte David's mindless late hit, but it was a confidence builder. Confidence is everything is sports, and the Jets needed the boost after a preseason in which they were pounded by critics who predicted immediate doom and gloom. You don't want to be mired in self-doubt with Tom Brady & Co. looming in the near distance.
Naturally, there will be a lot of injury talk. Quarterback Mark Sanchez (shoulder) reportedly is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews, never a good sign. Center Nick Mangold (elbow), tight end Jeff Cumberland (chin) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (head) all returned to the game after getting hurt, but their injuries bear watching, especially on a short week.
ICYMI: Geno Smith is 1-0 as a starter. He experienced a few hiccups, but rallied the team to two field goals in the fourth quarter. He went 7-for-11 for 83 yards in the final period, earning praise from the Bucs. ... Rex Ryan was on his game, befuddling the Bucs with a terrific defensive game plan. And he rallied the team with a vintage motivational ploy. ... After months of speculation, Santonio Holmes played on his surgically repaired foot. He played more than anyone expected. ... Ryan wrote the headline: "Folk Hero." ... Darrelle Revis' anticipated return turned into a ho-hum affair.