Here is Kerry Rhodes and his delightful quote on Jay Cutler, “I don’t like him, I don’t want to talk about him today. Next.” I love that Rhodes is honest there. If you’re a competitor, and you took it on the chin all night, it’s OK if you don’t profess love for the guy who got the better of you.
Here is Brett Favre on the two passing plays with one yard to go for a first down in the third quarter:
“On the first pass, they covered,” Favre said. “On fourth-and-one, it was a play where they were going to load everyone in there because it was fourth-and-one. We just took a chance on a pass. We played the odds. We had converted on some big ones earlier in the year on those types of situations. Given the situation we were in, I haven’t talked to Brian Schottenheimer, I think they were good calls. They didn’t work, and I’m no different than anyone else, it is always easy to second guess it when it doesn’t work.”
Jerricho Cotchery said he had possession of that ball in the first quarter, the reverse from Brad Smith. (Wildcat alert!) Here’s his description of the play.
“Coming around I just couldn’t get a grip on the ball,” Cotchery said. “Brad made a good toss to me. I just couldn’t get a good grip on it. Once I was going down to cover up the ball I had it covered up until the dude came in and hit me. That is when it (the ball) came out.”
Eric Mangini was mad after the game. His nose was still red from the rain and wind, and he was all buttoned into that black windbreaker, and he looked angry enough to spit. Here’s what he opened with.
“I was really disappointed with the way that we played today,” Mangini said. ” We’ve established a certain way to play football around here. We’ve established a certain identity and that was nothing close to that today. I don’t think we played well in any of the three phases. I don’t think we coached well. I think when you have that – this is what you get.”
Bottom line, the Jets knew the Broncos were going to come in pass-heavy. (Even I knew, check back to my post with the Master P video.) And still the Jets could not stop the pass. If you are going to look for patterns or big picture issues to come, think about the teams the Jets could meet in the playoffs, and whether those teams present a problem through the air. Think San Diego, and over 400 yards passing for Matt Cassel at New England, a game the Jets were very fortunate to win in OT. If the Jets want Be a threat in the postseason, the team will have to neutralize the pass.