Jets tailback Curtis Martin also suffered a knee injury against Miami, but it wasn's serious. Martin said that if the game wasn't a blowout, he would have gone back in. Martin's injury allowed Lamont Jordan to finally get some quality time, and he responded in a big way with 14 carries for 115 yards. He also had a catch-and-run for 21 yards. Jordan made himself a fortune last night. He is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and Monday Night Football is great showcase to show general managers and coaches around the league what type of player you are. Any team in the market for a free agent running back this spring, would be crazy not to go after Jordan. The Oakland Raiders, who will be in desperate need of a feature back, will make a bee-line for Jordan. They tried to trade for him around the draft. Their offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, was a Jets assistant for two years under Herman Edwards, and is a big fan of Jordan . . .
Not to take anything away from the Jets running game, which shined on Monday night, but the Dolphins front seven is very undermanned. Linebacker Junior Seau got hurt in this game. Also, both Dolphin starting defensive tackles, Tim Bowens and Larry Chester, are out for the year. Starting defensive tackles Jeff Zgonina and Bryan Robinson are undersized and probably should be backups. Also, the trade of defensive end Wale Ogunleye to the Chicago Bears has hurt the front four significantly. Ogunleye's replacement, David Bowens, is undersized and a backup at best. So the Dolphins are playing with three undersized journeyman on the defensive line and the Jets offensive line dominated them . . .
Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler took an awful beating in this game. After the game, he was seen in the X-Ray room of the Meadowlands . . .
The Jets secondary played better against the Dolphins than they had the previous few games, but this might be a little misleading. The Jets pass rush was outstanding, and they didn't have to cover for very long on many plays. There was a blown coverage on tight end Randy McMichael's first quarterback touchdown. Safety Eric Coleman was late coming over. The Jets didn't cover McMichael very well the whole game. He finished with seven catches for 87 yards . . .
Santana Moss is not having a very good year as a punt returner. Last night he had 4 returns for (-4) yards . . .
With both Jets defensive ends John Abraham and Shaun Ellis are having Pro Bowl years, and defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson stepping up his game inside, this is allowing nose tackle Jason Ferguson to have a career year. He was being blocked one-on-one inside last night, and was too much to handle for the Dolphins interior line, especially right guard Taylor Whitley . . .
Linebackers Eric Coleman and Jonathan Vilma were added this off-season to improve the speed of the linebacker corps, and both delivered as advertised against the Dolphins. Eric Barton had a great first quarter. On the Dolphins first drive, he didn't fall for a flea-flicker. He hit Fiedler as he was throwing, forcing an incompletion. Then on the Dolphins second drive, he crushed tight end Donald Lee, forcing a fumble recovered by Reggie Tongue. Then on the Dolphins third drive, he looked like he was shot of a cannon, when he bolted up field and stopped running back Sammy Morris for a loss of one on a sweep left. Barton had a fourth quarter back, beating left guard Jeno James up the middle on a blitz.
Vilma was very active in run support and led the team with nine tackles. He stopped Morris for no gain twice in the first half. Vilma stopped RB Travis Minor for a loss of one on the first play of the second quarter. Vilma shared a sack with Jason Ferguson in the third quarter on a sack up the middle. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Vilma showed his great speed tracking down Morris on a swing pass for a loss of one.
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