Jets Making Adjustments for Bollinger

The Jets might have to adjust some of their signals Sunday in order to avoid former teammate Brooks Bollinger relaying inside information to his new team, the Vikings.

The Jets likely will alter some of their signals on offense this week, because former Jet Brooks Bollinger, now a Viking, went through the entire training camp with the Jets.

"I'm sure he can" help the Vikings, Chad Pennington said. "I'm aware of that. But at the end of the day, it still boils down to execution. A lot of times in the no-huddle, they have to get their calls made, their game plan executed as well. You don't want to think too much about that because they've got a lot of things to do well."

Bollinger was traded to the Vikings just before the final preseason game for DT C.J. Mosley and a late-round draft choice. Mosley, who has only been activated for three games, saw his most extensive action against Buffalo and had five tackles. Bollinger is nursing a sprained left shoulder, suffered against Chicago on Dec. 3. He was the Vikings' third quarterback last week.

The Jets "are about as thorough as they come and I know what kind of job they do and I know how they operate," said Bollinger, who downplayed his ability to help the Vikings with inside information. "I don't really know if there's anything I can tell them. I mean obviously I've been around the personnel, but they just do so much on both sides of the ball and they do so such a good job of scouting themselves and changing things up, not showing the same look twice. What we were doing in training camp and what they're doing now, I'm not sure that they're even close."

On that same conference call with Jets' writers, Bollinger said, "I don't really have (a timetable to return) and I'm being completely honest with you. I was kind of chuckling when I made that last statement because I know you've heard it a few times. I really don't know. I'm showing up every day and doing my rehab, trying to progress.

"It's just disappointing the way that it happened, because my comfort level was growing and I had a chance to get in the game a little bit. But that's part of the game. I just have to take it from what I can and move forward.

PERSONNEL IN FLUX

As the starting running back turns: Kevan Barlow has been inactive the last two weeks and has been getting a crash course in special teams. But he said this week his left knee still isn't 100 percent after arthroscopic surgery during the off-season. Leon Washington got the start against Buffalo a week after Cedric Houston started at Green Bay, but Houston had the most carries in both games.

The right cornerback situation may be getting settled, as Hank Poteat now has started three consecutive games. But the Jets are still rotating most of their defensive personnel, and it was backup CB David Barrett who was burned for Lee Evans' 77-yard touchdown.

First-year coach Eric Mangini likes to rotate players on defense, not just for situations, but for entire series. But that philosophy cost the Jets twice against Buffalo on Sunday when they allowed two game-breaking touchdowns.

First, at least four backups were on the field for Willis McGahee's 57-yard touchdown run. Defensive linemen C.J. Mosley (acquired in the Brooks Bollinger trade) and Bobby Hamilton were neutralized at the line of scrimmage, and LBs Brad Kassell and Matt Chatham couldn't close the hole. Kassell, in particular, missed his assignment.

On Lee Evans' 77-yard touchdown reception from J.P. Losman, both S Kerry Rhodes and CB David Barrett bit hard on Evans' inside fake. Barrett is a reserve these days.

NOTES
  • Veteran LG Pete Kendall, who has played alongside both rookie C Nick Mangold and his predecessor Kevin Mawae, was asked to compare the two.

    "They're different types of players," Kendall said. "I'm sure if (Mangold) had some glaring breakdowns, that would have been the story, but he hasn't had those glaring breakdowns. He's a different player than Kevin, but I don't want to say that they're polar opposites. Kevin runs about as well as any center in the league, and with our scheme right now we don't really ask the center to run as much.

    "Nick hasn't had the opportunity to develop or show those things. Kevin will forever be known as turning the corner and leading some sort of outside play with Curtis Martin right there at his hip. A lot of people think of a center as someone who can only go from A-gap to A-gap and that certainly wasn't Kevin's M.O."

    BY THE NUMBERS: 7 — That's the amount of 100-yard individual rushers the Jets have permitted this season. They are Willis McGahee (Buffalo), who did it twice, Fred Taylor (Jacksonville), Ronnie Brown (Miami), Reuben Droughns (Cleveland), Thomas Jones (Chicago) and Ahman Green (Green Bay).

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yes, we will be. I like being outside though. I'm more of an outdoor guy." — Coach Eric Mangini when asked if the Jets would practice in their bubble to simulate playing in a dome

  • Viking Update Top Stories