A conversation with Lamont Jordan

Q)You said in training camp you looked forward to playing the Jets . . .

Jordan: You know what? It's really not about the fact that I'm going back to New York this week. I came off what I think is probably the worst game I played in my NFL career, and for me it's all about how I bounce back from that game.

Q)You seem hard on yourself about the fumble, but it looked as if a helmet hit the ball?

Jordan: Doesn't matter. it doesn't matter. As a running back, they trust you with the ball, and since I've been here I haven't put the ball on the ground. You look at a guy like Tiki Barber, who since he's been in the league, he's been a solid back, but doesn't get the credit he deserves because over the years he's put the ball on the ground. Fumbles and turnovers change the tide of the game, not only putting the ball on the ground, but I had a dropped pass, gave up two sacks and my man hit the quarterback three times. From the standards I set for myself, and those that have been set for me since I came into the NFL, my performance in the San Diego game was far below my standards. You have one week where you have a bad game, now it's about how am I going to react to the game?

Q)Have your teammates been as candid about their play as you are about your own?

Jordan: I don't know. I don't concern myself with that. I know that the only thing I control is what I do and how I react.

Q)Certainly in September, you looked at this game and it was going to be special and meaningful, going against Curtis. It may be different because you're coming off a difficult game, but playing against Curtis and all those guys has got to mean something . . .

Jordan: It does, going into the game, but once opening kickoff, none of that really matters. Those guys are going to be coming out to knock my head off. I feel like coming into this game, they could care less if we throw for 400 yards as long as I don't get off against the Jets. That's just the reality of the situation. I know those guys pretty well, and I know this is going to be a very, very physical game. You look at the record, you look at the game, there's one thing I know is a Herm Edwards team, and regardless of their record, they're going to come out and play.

Q)Do find it strange that you and the Jets have had this parallel existence - both thought you'd be playoff teams, struggling, etc. . . .

Jordan: I don't concern myself with that. I'm not even worried about that. I'll take one more question.

Q)If you do win this game, how sweet would it be for you?

Jordan: It would be sweet for the fact that we get another victory, not so much as me playing against the Jets. I still have nothing but the utmost love and respect for Herm. I have the utmost love and respect for the organization and my teammates, out there, they will always be my teammates and I still have love and respect for them. But I know that once opening kickoff comes, they're going to come and tackle me and I'm going to go out and try and run those guys over. That's what it's about.

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