Jets Notes

Moving the ball hasn't always been the problem with the Jets this season because they've been in the red zone six times in three games. Their problem, however, has been getting the ball in the end zone. With just one touchdown in six trips to the red zone, the Jets are at 16.7 percent -- third-worst in the NFL.

The Jets were talking about their frustration in the red zone before the 23-16 loss to the Patriots, but that game proved their inefficiency to scored touchdowns once inside the 20 as a glaring weakness.

When defensive tackle Chester McGlockton sacked Tom Brady and forced a fumble the Jets recovered midway through the third quarter, they had the ball at the New England 13 down 9-6. Yet the Jets managed to gain just one yard in three plays to take the field goal.

"I would be disturbed if we only had one chance down there, we've had six and we're king of the field goals," offensive coordinator Paul Hackett said. "The fact that we've been in the red zone six times would indicate that we're moving the ball and when you get there, get your (stuff) together. We get the opportunity, now we've got to get it done."

Entering Monday night's game, only three teams in the NFL have kicked more than the six field goals Doug Brien has for the Jets this season.

"You've got to score, you've got to score seven points," center Kevin Mawae said. "That's the mentality, you've got to get it in the end zone. You've got to take a turnover and turn it into points."

Hackett takes a lot of the blame for this because of the imbalance between the run and the pass once the Jets get inside the 20. In 23 red-zone downs, the Jets have thrown 13 times, ran seven times and kicked three field goals. Hackett says he has to give running back Curtis Martin the ball more when the Jets get in the red zone.

"I feel good about where we are (in the passing game) but its about scoring points and those points have to be scored when we get in the red zone," Hackett said. "That's about running the ball and about balance. It's as simple as that."


--QB Chad Pennington did not play Sunday and is expected to miss at least another six weeks with a fractured and dislocated left wrist. Pennington is shooting for a return by the Nov. 9 game at Oakland but realistically, his recovery will take at least a few weeks longer than that.

--CB Donnie Abraham did not play because of a fractured right shoulder and is expected to miss at least seven more weeks.

--DE John Abraham missed parts of the second half with a sore hamstring and is listed as questionable for the game against the Cowboys. Since Abraham is a speed rusher and hamstrings are tricky injuries that last a while, there is a good chance Abraham won't play or at least be limited this Sunday. If Abraham doesn't play or plays less, second-year DE Bryan Thomas will play more.

--DE Bryan Thomas played much of the second half because of John Abraham's sore hamstring and got his first career sack. Thomas, last year's first-round pick, has been a disappointment thus far.

--LB Marvin Jones missed parts of the second and third quarters because of dehydration but will return to practice this week.

--WR Wayne Chrebet remained in the receiver rotation but played primarily on third downs because of a sore knee that kept him out of practice most of last week. He should return to practice and will play Sunday.

--WR Curtis Conway may still be adjusting to the ball thrown by QB Vinny Testaverde. He dropped three passes Sunday, including a 12-yarder that would have been good for a touchdown in the third quarter. Conway still led the Jets with five receptions for 70 yards.

--PK Doug Brien had hit six straight field goals before missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter that would have cut the Patriot's lead to just four points.

--DT Chester McGlockton got his first sack of the season and played well once again. His playing time should increase in the rotation of tackles. It's a tough situation because the Jets want to play rookie Dewayne Robertson as much as possible -- he also played well after a slow start in the first two games. Do the Jets play the veteran over the younger player in a losing season?

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to get a win. We need to get a win before the break and then try to get it going again. Last year at this time, we were in the fog. We were losing by 28 to 30 points. We got a little closer this week. I told them not to hold their heads down." -- Jets coach Herman Edwards on the Jets 0-3 start with Dallas their only chance to get a win before the bye.



PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Curtis Conway dropped three passes, including a touchdown, Wayne Chrebet stepped out of bounds to nullify a 32-yard touchdown catch and QB Vinny Testaverde was just 3-of-12 on third downs. Santana Moss had 142 yards receiving last week, so where was he against the Pats on Sunday? He had just one catch for 17 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Curtis Martin tallied 53 yards on 15 yards against a mediocre Patriots defensive line depleted by injury as the game went on. It may be that Martin's skills are declining but it's starting to look more like the Jets' offensive line is much more adept at pass blocking (allowing just two sacks) than run blocking.

PASS DEFENSE: C-minus -- The Jets continue to get a good pass rush going and sacked Tom Brady five times. Second-year DE Bryan Thomas subbed in for John Abraham during parts of the second half and tallied his first career sack. DE Shaun Ellis continued his excellent play with his team-leading fourth sack. S Sam Garnes and LB Sam Cowart, however, dropped interceptions that would have given the Jets excellent opportunities.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The Jets allowed 147 yards rushing to a Patriots team that has a pass-oriented offense and no real star in the backfield. They also couldn't stop the run despite the Patriots' thrown together offensive line, which started a rookie at center while two other starters switched positions.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- It seems tough to criticize a punter for his throwing and a center for his receiving abilities but C Kevin Mawae was probably the wrong person to throw to on the fake field goal and P Dan Stryzinski overthrew Mawae a bit.

COACHING: C-minus -- For the second week in a row, coach Herman Edwards passed up the chance for a sure field goal and took a chance, this time faking a field goal while on the Patriots 16. The Jets threw to C Kevin Mawae, who let the throw go off his fingertips. This instance wasn't as harmful as when the Jets went for it on fourth down the week before against Miami, but how much confidence is the team losing each time they fail. The coaches aren't responsible for all the dropped passes and dropped interceptions but the Jets have started slowly every game this season and that's something the coaches can do something about.

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