Hi, everybody, thanks for stopping by. We've already got a ton of questions, so let's get to it.
Hi Rich...thanks for pointing out what seems like a situation in which the offense is trying to once more find an identity with Holmes in the mix...regarding the growing pains in offense, do you think camp has something to do with this as well? I mean, even though Holmes didn't begin his suspension until opening day, if I remember correctly, the Jets rarely played him with the first team offense....I wonder if that took away from them knowing how to use all 3 WR's in the same package...thanks!
It's an interesting thought, Sal, but I don't think they could've done anything differently in camp. They couldn't give Holmes a ton of reps in the preseason because it would've come at the expense of a player(s) who needed to be ready for opening day. I think they're just going through some growing pains now.
Hey, Rich. Can you describe what happened in the collision between Pool and Revis? Will both be 100% for Sunday?
Well, Justin, I didn't witness the collision. The media weren't at practice when it happened. From what I hear, there was a crossing route and they collided, with Pool getting the worst of it. Revis is fine. Pool, from what I understand, is practicing today, so that's a good sign.
Who do you think is the Best Rookie Player for the New York Jets So Far This Season?
That's an easy one, Chris: FB John Conner. He gets it by default because Wilson, Ducasse and McKnight are non-factors. Conner is gonna be a good one. The Jets are breaking him in gradually, letting him learn behind the wise head, T Rich.
Do you think there are too many weapons on offense to keep them all happy?
I know this has been an issue of late, partly because we've been writing about it so much, but I don't think there can be too many weapons. Isn't that the name of the game, putting as much talent as you can on the field? Utilizing, and maximizing the talent is another story.
Hey Rich,Do you see the offense getting back on track against Detroit this week or will they continue to struggle? The offense really hasn't clicked since Buffalo, but they have too many weapons to be held in check for this long. Though I like the Jets D, Detroit has been putting up 37 points at home, so we're going to need to score 20+ points to win.
Detroit has an interesting D. The Lions make a lot of plays (INTs, sacks, TFLs), but their attacking style often creates seams and leaves them vulnerable, especially against the run. They're yielding 6.1 on first down runs, and you know the Jets are planning to exploit that. What the Jets can't do is panic. There will be some negative plays, but they have to stay poised and patient because they will hit some big plays.
If the Jets couldn't muster up a W against the Packers (who nearly--and probably should have--lost to Shaun Hill and the Lions), how concerned should they be about visiting Detroit this Sunday?
Very concerned. The Lions are 2-1 at home, averaging close to 38 ppg at Ford. They're a different team at home. But let's not make them out to be the Greatest Show on Turf just yet; they have a lot of flaws.
Hey Rich - I was looking at the Pro Bowl balloting, and T-Rich is conspicuously absent. Connor is the only listed FB from the Jets. Richardson is a 4-time pro bowler. How can he not be on the ballot? Is it possible they made the decisions the ONE day T-Rich was cut by the Jets?
I didn't know that, Greg. That surprises me. Maybe the people who create the ballot based their names from watching "Hard Knocks," which painted Conner as THE guy and Richardson as the soon-to-be axed graybeard. Obviously, T Rich should be on the ballot, not the kid.
Do you think that Revis is having a let down kind of year because of the holdout? Should he be worried about how well Cromartie is playing? Is it time to put Kyle Wilson on a milk carton?
You're right about Wilson, because he's close to milk-carton status. Revis isn't letting down at all. He was hurt for about 4-5 weeks. I expect Revis to be Revis for the remaining games, barring another injury.
Boomer and Carton threw you under the tracks this morning.What do you think of Bob Poppa? Dude should be doing Natl Gig.
Is this the same Carton that guaranteed the Jets were going to put in a claim for Randy Moss? Ha!
Rich, will the CUSE continue to roll againist Louisville??
One more win and the Cuse is bowl-eligible. Louisville will be without QB and leading rusher for this game...but I don't want to jinx it.
What's the latest word on Steve Weatherford? is he in danger of losing his job?
No, he would've been gone by now if they had any intention of canning him. It was a horrible decision, but he's having a solid year punting the ball. Unloading him would've been cutting off their nose to spite their face.
Hi Rich, thanks for the chat. Who do you see calling the defensive plays the second half of the season? Who called most of the plays last Sunday against Green Bay. I think we did a good job on defense. Also is Coach Ryan going to get more involved in the offense?
As Ryan likes to say, I think it'll be a combo platter on defense, with him and Pettine splitting the play calls. Whoever did it against GB obviously did a good job. I wouldn't be surprised if Pettine does most of it vs. Detroit because, as you will read in a story that will be posted shortly, Rex spent extra time with the offense this week.
Do you think that they are grooming Mcnight to be LT's replacement or will they go elsewhere? DO you think LT will be back next year?
Right now they're just hoping McKnight develops into a serviceable player. LDT is signed for two years, so as of right now, I'd say the expectation is that he's back in '11.
I was at the game Sunday against the Packers and as tough as it was to watch, i felt like the Jets got shafted on those reviews (granted Rex shouldn't have burned both in the first half). How did you feel about the calls on the fumble and the two interceptions? They played a big part in the game.
As I wrote in my column after the game, I thought Rex misused his replay challenges. There was no reason to use the second challenge because it wasn't a scoring play and, even if they had prevailed, the Jets would've been punting anyway. Came back to burn them, as everybody knows. Rex disagrees with me on this, but I think the Keller play might have been over-turned by a challenge. He appeared to be down with possession.
Rich, I was pulling my hair out telling them to run the ball on Sunday. They clearly got away from ground & pound and Sanchez should never have almost 40 attempts. Despite his press conf yesterday, do you think Shotty realized that he needs to run the ball more?
Hey, I hear you, Billy. Don't worry, Schotty got the message. Funny moment yesterday: Schotty actually said his wife was second-guessing him a little bit -- in a loving kind of way, of course.
What's up with shone Greene why aren't the jets playing him
Great question, Evan. Lots of factors: LDT is having a strong season. Greene's game is limited; he doesn't catch well (as we saw last week) and he runs pretty much between the tackles. I also sense that Greene isn't as explosive as late last season. Scouts have told me that Greene seems overweight. Haven't confirmed that, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Hey Rich,Should the Jets loose this week, can we kiss our super-bowl hopes goodbye?
Where's the faith, Evan? It's only midseason, lots of football to go. Look at last season, and how much things changed.
Aaron Rodgers took some shots at the Jets fans this week. Do you think their homefield advantage has been weakened at the new stadium?
Another good question: The crowd was dead on Sunday, as Rodgers pointed out, but I talked to a couple of people in the crowd and they told me they were dead because the team seemed dead. The Jets haven't had a HFA in forever. They can't blame it on renting from the Giants.
Schotty has to go to a more ground and pound approach this sunday at Detroit, right?
Don't worry, he will.
Could last week's debacle be the harbinger of something more ominous? It seems that over the years when the Jets start getting positive press they start believing the hype and next thing you know, , there goes the season - see 1986, 1994, 1997, 2000, et al.... I REALLY believe the Jets future is blindingly bright with Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan but Jets fans like myself with no connection to the Super Bowl III team have been incessantly tortured. What say you?
It was a bad game, no doubt, but there are ebbs and flows to every season. There's no reason to be concerned now, but if they have another stinker in Detroit, it might be time to get jittery. The Jets are a good team, a healthy team, so I don't anticipate a major collapse.
Do you think Rex is regretting the decision to cut Woodhead? Based on his success in NE it seems like the Jets made a poor choice.
Obviously, it doesn't look good for the Jets, but if they had kept him, what would be his role? He'd be a third-down back, LDT's spot. They'd have to dress 5 RBs, which would mean cutting back at another position. The thing that hurts them, numbers wise, is having two FBs on the active roster. Not many teams have that. I'm happy for Woodhead. Reminds me of Chrebet. You love to see stories like that.
Rich, as I see it now the December 6th MNF game at Foxboro will decide the division, do you feel the same?
Absolutely. That'll be the one. And ESPN is loving it.
Loving LT's resurgence in New York - he is going to the slate with power! Do you attribute this to the offensive line, or do you think LT's fall-off in production at San Diego was over-played? WE will take his production - all night long, Bubba, all night long! Take good care. Have a good life. Bye Bye now.
I don't think his SD troubles were overplayed. He looked awful last year, but there were factors: High ankle sprain early in the year, de-emphasis of the passing game, mediocre OL, loss of his FB, Lorenzo Neal. Just goes to show how a change of scenery and systems can change things.
Dont you feel that both Schotty and Sanchez are getting a bad rap? Lets be really Sanchez has been accurate all season. THe receivers are dropping passes. I wasnt just the GB game, this has been happening all season. If the WRS catch those passes last week, Sanchez had 350+ yards and the Jets are 6-1. All the talk would be how much progress he has made.
The receivers haven't been dropping passes all season. According to STATS, they had 11 drops in the first 6 games, then had 6 against GB. Rex counts it as 8, because he considers the INTs drops.
Perhaps we need a replay guru in the booth to help Rex with the challenges, a la Grandfather Curl from Herm's clock management woes?
You have a great memory. You're referring, of course, to Dick Curl. One of my former colleagues, Ken Berger, nicknamed him Grandfather Clock and Father Time. But I remember they screwed up the clock management against the Ravens and Curl refused to comment.
Hey Rich. Coming out of camp, I was a big fan of Jeff Cumberland. Do you see him being active any time soon. He is a great pass catching TE, and a major upgrade over Matt Mulligan. Thanks and keep up the great work.
I agree Jake; I liked Cumberland in camp and I remember writing a story about him. He knows how to get open and he can catch. Problem is, Mulligan plays on special teams. I don't think cumberland would be a factor on teams. But the Jets like his upside for the future.
Do you think that the play of the offense last week is causing people to overlook how well the defense played against one of the best offenses in football?
You're totally right, but the Jets defense playing wel isn't news. The offense getting shutout is news. Facts of life.
Hey Rich, do you see Marcus Dixon being active any time soon? The kid has a ton of talent. Would love to see what him in action. Thanks.
Lots of questions today about Dixon, and I'll be totally honest: I don't know much about him. But since everybody is asking, I'll check into his progress.
Hey Rich,What is up with Santanio Holmes?? Does he have a case of the drops?? He is dropping balls like an average person might fumble and drop a store purchased Sir Issac Lime otter pop. Hit my mailbag with your thoughts.
I wonder if Braylon Edwards was referring to Holmes when he said the receivers were behaving with an "arrogance" when it came to catching passes. I don't have the stat at my fingertips, but I recall seeing somewhere that Holmes had a higher pct. of drops last season than Braylon, if you can believe that.
Why couldn't LT or Shon Greene run the ball last week against a hurting Green Bay defense? Is this Schotty's fault, or will we turn it around and get our usual 150+ yards on the ground in Detroit?
Make no mistake, the Jets will be in a running mode on Sunday. They'll start running as soon as they get off the bus.
Rich with all the rave about the illegal hits: has Rex addressed his defense about the issuse & have they made any type of adjustments or simulated tackling drills?
Pettine showed the video to the defense when it arrived from the league. They spent some time talking about it, but not a whole lot.
Who do you see being active first. Gilbert, Dixon, or Cumberland?
I'd say Dixon.
Going back to the replay, clock management question - why don't all teams employ somebody to handle those duties? What would it really cost - $5k/game and you don't get paid if you screw it up?
I know Belichick uses Ernie Adams, one of his oldest friends in football and widely regarded as the hidden genius behind the real genius.
Well, that's it for me, folks. Thanks for checking in. I'm looking forward to the game. I picked the Jets to rebound this week, but it won't be easy. Prediction: Weatherford and Cotchery are the heroes of the game. Wouldn't that be something? Take care and have a great day! Rich