Jets Gear up for Return Trip to Oakland

As the Jets prepare to once again head out to Oakland, Herman Edwards hopes his team will give a repeat performance of last Saturday.

"I tell you what, if they can copy what they did
last Saturday, now that's pretty good," said Edwards.  "I mean, like my dad used to tell my mom, "that's good cooking," if they can do that.  That's hard to do."


Edwards talked to his players about last week's games and stressed the importance of keeping your composure and playing for a full 60 minutes. He went over specific instances of each of Sunday's two games, and indicated what he would have done in certain spots. He also paid particular attention to the two-minute drills in those games.


The Jets and the Raiders are becoming very familiar with each other. This will be the fourth time the two teams have played each other in almost a calendar year. The schedule of opponents for the 2003 season has already come out and the Raiders will be hosting the Jets again next season. That would be five games in roughly two years, all at Oakland.


The Jets have no one on their injury list heading into Sunday's game, but don't let that deceive you. This is the postseason and several players are banged up and spent time in the training room on Monday.


After the Jets' dominating playoff victory last Saturday over the Colts, Vinny Testaverde presented Edwards with the team ball. The players have been praising Edwards for the last several weeks as being the one who kept the ship afloat and never let them stop believing. Edwards was honored by the gesture, but in modest fashion, turned around and gave the ball to owner Woody Johnson.


"I thanked him and I turned around and gave it to Mr. Johnson because I thought he deserved that, said Edwards. "It was his first win as owner in the playoffs. I was giving it to the guy who put it all together and gave me the opportunity to be head coach and really stuck with me early in the season."


The team will practice on Wednesday and Thursday and have a walk through practice on Friday, before flying out Friday afternoon to Oakland.





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