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Jets tight end Chris Baker isn't buying this theory that the Jets can now be successful against all NFL teams because of how well they played against the Indianapolis Colts, perhaps the NFL's best team.

"No, you can't [think that way]," said Baker. "Every team is different. Obviously, the Colts are one of the elite teams in the NFL, but every week is a challenge; you can't compare it like that. You'll see later in the year, teams that don't have great records end up beating a team with a real good record. You have to be ready every Sunday. Any team can beat any team on any Sunday." . . .

The Jets got some great news when it was discovered that Cedric Houston's knee injury wasn't as serious as first thought. It's just a hyperextension, according to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger. A team source told Hutchinson that the player will only be out two to four weeks, and won't need surgery.

On Monday, Jets coach Eric Mangini, at an afternoon press conference, said he had yet to meet with the doctor, so he had no information for the media about the injury. Yeah right.

Hey Eric, it's fine for you not to share information about injuries with the press. That is your prerogative. But it's hard to believe you didn't know the nature of the injury by the time your press conference started at 2:50 on Monday afternoon . . .

The Jets have played four games this year, and in none of these encounters did they do a good job against the run. They are clearly struggling in their transition to a 3-4 defense. Players are doing too much thinking and not enough reacting.

"That's the NFL," said Jets defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen. "You've got a new group of guys and a new defense. We all collectively need to know where we fit in on everything."

Von Oelfhoffen thinks the Jets defense is getting closer to clicking.

"We're starting to see it and understand it," said von Oelhoffen. "Doing your job first is the bottom line and we're working on it." . . .

Expect a lot of wrinkles from the Jets special teams this season. Mangini and special teams coach Mike Westhoff have a lot of interesting things planned.

"Special teams isn't just a 'go get your hot dog and soda' play," said Jets punt returner Tim Dwight . . .

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum added a few older players this off-season, like Dwight, von Oelhoffen and linebacker Matt Chatham to be mentors to the younger players, and teach them how to do things the right way. The plan is starting to reap benefits.

"Guys are starting to understand that you've got to take your job home with you at night and also work on Tuesday," said Dwight. "You've got to be more professional. It's always been there, I just think it's more of a cumulative thing. The younger players are starting to learn and pay more attention. We play a lot of young guys and they are starting to understand that this is a job and you need to do some extra work." . . .

The leg injury that kept David Barrett out of the Colts game was a tough blow for the Jets. They were forced to play mainly Justin Miller against the Colts' outstanding #2 wide receiver Reggie Wayne. This match-up just didn't work out very well. And think about how much Miller struggled against Wayne on the Colts' game-winning touchdown drive. Don't you think he was tired after just running back a kickoff 103 yards? If Barrett was active, he likely would have covered Wayne on this series . . .

After a strong game in his Jets debut in Tennessee, the performance of backup nose tackle Rashad Moore has slipped. He had no tackles against Indianapolis.

When you combine this with Dewayne Robertson's inconsistent play as the starting nose tackle, you can understand why the Jets have had so much trouble stopping the run. Jets nose tackles aren't doing a good enough job keeping the linebackers free to make plays, and inside linebackers Jon Vilma and Eric Barton constantly have offensive linemen on top of them . . .

We keep hearing criticism of Mike Nugent's kickoffs. But keep one thing in mind: he wasn't a great kickoff guy at Ohio State, and the Jets knew this when they drafted him. The picked him for his field goal prowess, not his kickoffs . . .

Last year against Jacksonville, Jaguars defensive ends Paul Spicer and Reggie Hayward knocked out Jets quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler for the season.

Well, they clearly won't be as much of a threat to the Jets this year. Spicer is dealing with a groin injury and Hayward blew out his Achilles in the Jags' opener, and his season is over.

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