JETS ARE THE JETS

You don't actually expect the Dolphins to take the Jets lightly because New York got spanked at home by New England last Sunday, do you? On the contrary, the Dolphins expect a fired-up New York team to show up at Pro Player Stadium.

The Jets have had their problems early this season. Kickoff returner Chad Morton bailed them out in the opener against Buffalo, but the offense has been inconsistent and the defense has been abused.

Still, you certainly won't hear the Dolphins take shots at them. On the contrary.

"They have a very talented team, there's no question about that," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "Our guys respect them as much this year as we have at any time."

Jets coach Herman Edwards went off on his team this week, with some of his players saying it's the angriest they had ever seen him.

A 44-7 loss at home will do that to a coach. But the Dolphins can see the Jets using that as extra motivation this week.

"I'm sure after last week they all want to come out and play hard," said linebacker Zach Thomas. "That is why we have to prepare for everything."

As much talk as there has been about The Streak, the Dolphins have been busy this week worrying about this year's Jets, who certainly are a lot better than they've played in the first two weeks of the season.

"We have an awful lot of respect for them," Wannstedt said. "Our players respect Curtis Martin, the addition of Sam Cowart, the players they have on defense, John Abraham. Our focus is on that.

"How are we going to stop (Laveranues) Coles? How are we going to stop their running game? Our focus is on this year."


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