Mark Anderson Rookie Diary: Entry 6

Young defensive end Mark Anderson has certainly slowed down after an incredible start, but he is still in the conversation to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year. In this installment of his Rookie Diary, Anderson writes about the relief of winning again, Devin Hester's incredible touchdown, and what he sees from the Jets on film.

It was a relief to get the win after the way things turned out the week before against Miami. I think we had something to prove and that we were able to do what we set out to get done.

The game against New York didn't begin the way we'd wanted it to initially, but we were able to straighten it out fairly soon. I don't think that any of us ever doubted that we could get it done. It was just a matter of getting each play accomplished. I think all of us enjoyed [Devin Hester's] long return. We were standing on the sidelines yelling at him to keep going. It really put a lot of energy on our side of the field.

It will be strange to be returning again to the same place (Giants Stadium) this weekend. It's almost as if we just should have stayed there and waited for the Jets. It's a good facility. I felt comfortable there despite the bad weather.

We had big heaters along the sidelines by our bench, so if any of us got really cold or wet, we could stand there for a while and get more comfortable. But really, when you are involved in a game, you aren't really that aware of the weather conditions unless it is really terrible outside.

Anytime you have an away game, there is a certain change of pace. Your rhythm is off a little bit, and you have to adjust. That comes from the time change and from traveling to an out of town hotel, that kind of thing. You just learn to adjust as you go along. A lot of it is learning to pace yourself. For example, on the plane coming back to Chicago that night, we weren't doing a lot of celebrating. Mostly we were sleeping or just chilling out, trying to get as much rest as we could.

A three-game road trip is a lot, and we need to conserve ourselves as best as we can. We are facing some good teams, and it's important to be at the top of our abilities both physically and mentally.

We adjust our gameday routine to the time that we play. Naturally, if the game is at night as the last one was, we try to rest during the day as much as possible. This next game will be at the usual time, then in New England we're going at 4:00. It can get confusing, but that is where the coaching staff comes in. They help us adjust so we are in good shape by game time. Jetlag really isn't a problem as we are in and out so quickly we never have to change our internal clocks.

I have watched some of the Jets games on television. It looks like they are a fast team. We'll be taking apart some film this week to see where they are strongest and plan our defense accordingly. They are fast and can come out strong, so I don't think it will be easy, but I think we are confident in our abilities. We'll be looking to take the crowd out of the game and to get things done as quickly as possible.

We are confident and ready to get into the remainder of the season. For the most part, the members of this team try to avoid what the media has to say about us. Otherwise, we'd always be worried whether we were good or not. It would be too much of an up-and-down swing mentally. We're just concentrating on what each of us has to do to get the win. If we come out on top, then that's good enough for us.

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