Wednesday Whispers - Bigger role for "Yogi"

It is going to be very hard for the Jets to run on Buffalo.<p>

In the first match-up, Curtis Martin took a major beating and managed just 77 yards. "They are one few defenses in the league that are able to stop the run with just seven players," said Jets quarterback Chad Pennington.

Attempting to run on this team will be a lot more difficult than against the Miami Dolphins. Remember the Dolphins talented, huge defensive tackle tandem of Tim Bowens and Larry Chester are both on IR. The Jets dominated the Dolphins undersized backup defensive tackle combination. This week, they face the immense task of dealing with Sam Adams and Pat Williams, one of the best defensive tackle combinations in football. They are both excellent run stuffers. Not only do Adams and Williams do a good job stopping the run, but they do a great job of keeping the Bills linebackers clean so they can make a lot of tackles. In the first Jets-Bills game, middle linebacker London Fletcher had 21 tackles. "[Adams and Williams] are a load to move out of there in the run game," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "They are very good with their technique."

"You don't block Sam Adams, you just try to get in his way," said Jets coach Herman Edwards.

And the fact that the Bills don't have to use eight men to stop the run helps them a great deal in coverage. Also helping them in coverage will be the likely return of cornerback Troy Vincent, who missed the first Jets-Bills game with a knee injury. The Jets picked on his replacement Terrence McGee quite a bit. The savvy Vincent will be much harder to deal with. What will also help the Bills this time around is the return of strong safety Lawyer Milloy. He missed the match-up with a broken arm, and the Jets picked on his replacement Pierson Prioleau the whole afternoon . . .

The Jets will not have a full week of practice coming off their Monday night game against the Dolphins. But since they played the Bills a little under a month ago, a lot of the information is still fresh on the minds of the coaches and players. This should help the Jets deal with a short work week. They can only hope history doesn't repeat itself. Last year they played in Buffalo after a Monday night win over Tennessee, and lost 17-6 to the Bills, playing an awful game . . .

Linebacker Sam Cowart has been upgraded to probable this week, and will likely make is return from the injury list. He's been out since Week Two with a knee injury. The Jets haven't defined how they are going to use Cowart this week, but Herman Edwards tends to ease players into action coming off injuries. Wide receiver Santana Moss and safety Jon McGraw are two examples of that. So expect Jon Vilma, coming off his best game as a Jet, to continue starting at middle linebacker. Cowart will be part of the defense in certain situations . . .

While Brent Smith knee injury isn't serious (MCL sprain), he will not be active this week.

With Smith out, the Jets will little experience at the backup offensive tackle spots. Remember Smith is the backup swing tackle. So in Buffalo, they will have rookies Adrian Jones and Marko Cavka as the backup tackles. But remember Dave Yovanovits was a left tackle at Temple, so actually he might be the first tackle in, if their is an injury to either starter . . .

The Jets expect nickel back Derrick Strait back this week from a foot injury. Expect him to be part of the package this week on passing downs . . .

One reason defensive tackle Jason Ferguson is having a standout season is the emergence of Dewayne Robertson at the three technique tackle spot. Robertson is getting double teamed so much, Ferguson is getting a lot of one-on-one situations. Against the Dolphins, Ferguson dominated guard Taylor Whitley . . .


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