Jets Update

<P>Jets defensive end John Abraham is playing on a very high level right now. He made a myriad of big impact plays throughout the Jets 24-0 win over the Dolphins, including his 10th sack of the season. Abraham had his way with Dolphins right tackle Todd Wade. </P>

"I faced him in college and he was tough then," Wade said. "Now he's gotten better. He has a great burst off the ball, and I had my hands full all day with him." Abraham also stopped James McKnight with a big hit on a quick toss that gained just one yard. He has improved immeasurably at stopping the run recently. He's turning into an all around force now, not just a pass-rushing specialist.

"He understands that if he wants to be a complete player, he has to play the run," Herman Edwards said. "The only way he gets to sack the quarterback is if we play great run defense."

Report Card:

PASS OFFENSE: F – The Jets were awful passing the ball. Vinny Testaverde's 76 yards passing were the fewest for a Jets quarterback in a victory since 1971. RUSH

OFFENSE: C – Curtis Martin didn't have a lot of room to operate and finished with just 66 yards. The Jets missed started right guard Randy Thomas (ankle). RUSH

DEFENSE: A – The Jets running defense has been much better over the last month and this game was a good example. They shut down Lamar Smith (19 carries-53 yards). The improved play of defensive tackle Steve Martin has been a key factor in the resurgence.

PASS DEFENSE: A – The Jets secondary baffled Dolphin quarterback Jay Fiedler with a combination of zone and man-to-man. The Jets intercepted him three times.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – Punter Tom Tupa landed punts on the one and two-yard lines and finished with a 48.3 average. John Hall connected on a 43-yard field goal. The return game was nothing special.

COACHING: B – Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell coached a great game. On the other hand, the offensive coaches need to go back to the drawing board. Aside from a 17-yard TD strike to WR Laveranues Coles, the Jets offense was poor.

Quotes: Jets safety Victor Green on the Jets dominating defense helping the inconsistent offense - "We have to continue to play this way and hopefully the offense will catch up with us and we feel we can win the thing," Green said.

Jets coach Herman Edwards on Santana Moss finishing with no catches in his NFL debut "He has never played a game in the NFL," Edwards pointed out about his prize rookie. "What did you expect Bob Hayes?"

Player Notes: WR Wayne Chrebet took painkilling shots in his injured shoulder in order to play against the Dolphins. Chrebet finished with no catches, but was basically being used as a decoy. G Randy Thomas is still being hobbled by a high ankle sprain. He has missed the last three games, but could return after the bye-week.

DE John Abraham is having a great season with 10 sacks. He is consistently giving opposing tackles fits. CB Aaron Glenn has really taken to the Jets new Cover Two defense. He has five picks and is having a Pro Bowl level season. P Tom Tupa had a great game against Miami. He landed one punt on the one-yard line and another on the two. He finished with a 48.3 average.


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