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Jets Notes: Skins Up Next, Ratcliff and Lowery Look Good

Favre hands off

Favre hands off

Chemistry Part II

Part of Chemistry is knowing what the other guy is thinking and knowing his next move. Laveranues Coles and Chad Pennington had this down pat and was a big part of the reason why Coles was traded back to New York from Washington a few years back. Laveranues Coles to date has been silent with the media since the QB change (Favre / Pennington). You see Coles and Pennington are boys, meaning best of friends. I am sure this had something to do with the Camp Tannebaum / Mangini (Public Relations department) regarding the news conference with Brett Farve about this subject. Ninety eight percent of Americans live pay check by pay check and must work in a corporate atmosphere where rendering your service is why you get compensated. Mr. Coles needs to get over this and understand this is a job that he gets compensated to do. As working Americans know you need not to be best of friends with your co-workers to get the job done. Yes, we all loved Chad Pennington the person but we now have Brett Favre the Quarterback!!! As a Jet fan it is nice to hear your QB say there is an open line of communication between each other but actions like standing alone by yourself during practice is not being read well by on lookers. Coles did get a new deal with the team before camp and needs to understand this is a business and his company has supplied him with the tools and resources to be successful.

It will be interesting to see how many WR’s the Jets keep on there 53 man roster. David Clowney who was a fifth round draft pick last year from Green Bay that the Jets picked up late last year looks like he will make the team after a great game vs. the Browns not only as a WR but on special teams. Coles and Cotchery are locked in. That leaves David Clowney, Brad Smith, Wallace Wright, David Ball, and Marcus Henry.

Camp Happenings and Updates

Brett Ratcliff and Dwight Lowery were rewarded for there efforts vs. the Browns by getting more time with the first and second string. Some say Ratliff might beat out Clemmons for the second string QB spot by the time camp ends.

Favre admits to the offense being difficult to learn. The Jets needed to offset Chad Pennington’s weak arm with motions and shifts to better read the defense and to get the match up they wanted (and to see what spy gate (aka. the Patriots) were doing). I can understand until now why the coaches have been keeping with the same offense since the trade for Favre but now the coaches need to be creative and keep it simple and play the hand they have. And that is to Brett Favre strengths as well. Everyone needs to adjust. It will be interesting to see a head coach and an offensive coordinator adjusting with a QB who is older and much wiser to the game then they are.

TE’s Chris Baker and Bubba Franks have been getter some good looks. Favre is known for using his TE’s. TE Dustin Keller continues to impress and is more like a TE/WR like Kellen Winslow is in Cleveland.

I would like to see more of RB Leon Washington on screens and draws in a split backfield with RB T Jones. Use them like a Thunder & Lighting tandem (Reggie Bush & Deuce McAlister and or Bradshaw and Jacobs).

The defense has not been anything spectacular so far. ILB David Harris has just started to practice regularly and never heard of OLB Pace is still not living up to expectations (maybe learning curve). Gohlston is still raw. Jenkins is keeping his weight where he needs it to be and also adapting.

Special Teams = The kick off and kick off return units have to get better in a hurry!!! They were one of the weaker units last year as well.

Fantasy Spin

Communication is a big key on developing a rapport between QB and WR. Jerrico Cotchery has been taking full advantage of this situation. Since the Jets acquired Brett Favre, Cotchery has been the WR reaping the most benefits so far in camp. Cotchery was one of the first players to speak with his new QB, and immediately spoke on what routes he likes to run and where he likes to have the ball placed. Cotchery has also been busy working on strengthening his hands in the weight room, standing closer to the jugs machine, and getting extra reps before and after practice so he can get a better handle on Favre passes. After five days of practice, Favre understands he needs to get the ball in his WR’s hands in open space so they can use there strengths as they are not burners. Lavernous Coles better wipe his tears and start to take advantage of the best QB he has ever had because he as well as Favre are well past there prime. This is why I believe Jerrico Cotchery will be the Jets number one WR this year and statically his best as a pro. Remember Cotchery broke a few of Torry Holt records a NC State.


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