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Believing is Half the Being PART II

My update to you great nflgridirongab.com fans after the Jet Patriot game I wrote about having the confidence and believing that you will win is always half the battle and it is something all the great teams have and need during successful seasons. I also have been telling you that the Jet brass needed to tailor the play book down to Brett Farve strengths. After the San Diego Charger game last Monday night the Jets looked like they had one foot in the grave. Players and coaches looked baffled. All week you heard the word, “believing”. Well vs. the Arizona Cardinals, we saw what we have been waiting for since we acquired future Hall of Fame QB Brett Farve.

If you want stats on the game stop reading and go to our game re-cap because what my readers get is in depth knowledge of what really goes on. Scores and stats tell only some of the story. Six days ago no one would have thought the Jets would find success anytime soon. Grand ma would always say, “You have to hit rock bottom before you can go up”. I would say the Jets hit rock bottom Monday night and as a result it actually helped the Jets find a rhythm and develop rapports among themselves. It took a blow out game for both the coaches and players to realize they need to find a way. For one game they had the answers and actually looked like they have played with each other before.

One record Brett Farve will have with the New York Jets is a six touchdown effort in one game. Those six touchdowns were a result of coaches letting players play to the best of there capabilities. We didn’t see much of those motions and shifts as we did in the first three games. They let Farve do what he does best. Thinking will only hurt you in the NFL. The game is too fast to think during a play. You practice every scenario during the week so your reactions and athletic ability take over during the game. And that is what we saw, “Farve being Farve”, “Coles being Coles”, & “Cotchery being Cotchery” etc…

This resulted in a domino effect. Not only did you see the energy amongst the skilled position guys on offense but it carried over to special teams and the defense. Do not look into Kurt Warner final numbers too much because that came against a prevent defense with a 34 point lead and the Cardinals have the best WR tandem in the NFL.

When you stop worrying about things you can not control and have the confidence that you can and will make some things happen the energy spreads to your teammates like wild fire.

There are 16 regular season games in the NFL. Coaches measure the season quarterly (every 4 games) to get a good idea of what they have and what they need to do. Going into the season I bet most Jet fans had the Jets going 2-2 during the first quarter of the season. No matter what has happened during training camp & those first four games the Jets are still 2 and 2 and the outlook is bright once again.

There is energy now back in the locker room and coaches office. That energy leads into confidence and believing in one another even more. My readers that is called chemistry. When Lavernous Coles gave the ball back to Frave after catching it for a touchdown, that was his way of letting Farve and the fans know that he believes and is now on board.

I take offense when I hear the Jets do not have break away speed and WR’s that can not stretch the field. I recall L Coles breaking Deion Sanders 40 yard dash time at Florida State and wasn’t it Jerrico Cotchery who broke Torry Holts records at NC State? Both have tremendous FOOTBALL SPEED and as you witnessed vs. the Cardinals they can make plays when given the opportunity (when the coaches keep defenses honest and go vertical).

In Sales we hear the phrase KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid). Keep it simple Mangini.

Play the hand you have and be creative off of what works.


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