Shonn Greene (23) of the New York Jets runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 26 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills At New York Jets: Jets Cruise, 38-7

The Jets rolled over Buffalo 38-7 in a glorified pre-season game.

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Jets Cruise Over Buffalo

Week 17 turned into a glorified pre-season game for the New York Jets as they rolled over the Buffalo Bills 38-7 in a nice stat cushion game for the backups and some starters. Mark Sanchez didn't throw a single pass, as Brad Smith saw extended work in the Wildcat and Mark Brunell threw a pair of touchdown passes. The defense forced six turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from Marquice Cole in a dominant performance over a hapless Bills offense led by Brian Brohm,

Joe McKnight took advantage of both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene being inactive for rest and turned in 158 yards on 32 carries. Calvin Pace and Jason Taylor both played terrific games, and hopefully can roll some of their momentum into the playoffs, where the Jets opponent remains undecided but could very well end up being the Indianapolis Colts

While it was nice for the Jets to get 11 wins, there honestly isn't too much worth investing in this victory. It is time for the playoffs, which is the only place the team can back up their big words from the pre-season.


Sal Alosi Trip Costs Jets $100K

The NFL has fined the New York Jets $100,000 for the sideline tripping incident earlier this season involving Sal Alosi, the team’s strength and conditioning coach. That, of course, is pocket change for an NFL franchise, but the fine is another stain a franchise that has seen a number of unseemly off-the-field incidents this season.

The NFL called Alosi’s trip of Miami’s Nolan Carroll and his subsequent admission that he instructed sideline personnel to line up in such as fashion as to inhibit gunners on the opposing teams “a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic.”

The NFL apparently also took into consideration comments by Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff insinuating that the New England Patriots utilize this sideline tactic.

Alosi has been suspended indefinitely by the Jets. I still believe Alosi should have been fired, if for no other reason that the organization needing to make some type of statement that the outside nonsense that has nothing to do with football needs to stop.

Best guess here is that Alosi never works for the Jets again. He will probably quietly find other employment during the off-season and slip out of sight. At least I hope that’s what happens.


Buffalo Bills At New York Jets: Backups Could Make Case For Playoff Playing Time

It is no secret that many of the Jets backups will see extended action this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Here are a few players that can make a case for playing time the following week in the first round of the playoffs --

1. Joe McKnight - "The reason we released Danny Woodhead" has slowly been getting more involved and actually turned into a pretty good special teams player. However, he should see plenty of reps at running back this week and with a strong performance could be involved in the Jets offensive game plan the following week. McKnight has the speed to get to the outside that neither Shonn Greene or LaDainian Tomlinson possess and also has the ability to line up in the slot.

2. Marquice Cole - A guy that has played all over the Jets secondary this year and has shown some potential. You have to wonder whether he could be more effective than Drew Coleman or Dwight Lowery. If Cole puts together another strong performance Sunday, perhaps he will be involved in more defensive packages during wild-card weekend.

3. Kyle Wilson - Unfortunately our 2010 first round pick has been somewhat of a bust so far this year. I am sure the defensive coaching staff will give him a longer look than usual this Sunday and maybe if he has learned to play the football in the air, he will split nickel reps with Drew Coleman again.

4. Marcus Dixon - Another random defensive lineman who has more sacks than Vernon Gholston. Dixon was activated for the only the second time last week and still recorded his first sack of the season. He is a big body who might provide an upgrade over Gholston in the defensive line rotation.


Rex Ryan: 'Right Now We're Very Confident'

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was on ESPN New York Radio this week discussing the state of the Jets. Sports Radio Interview has the entire transcript. Here are some of the highlights:

On him still believing that his defense can and will get better:

“Well no I think we can definitely make it better, from the front end, the backers, to the back end. We weren’t getting off blocks, that’s not how we play run defense. Our pad level was high, we’ve got to get our pads back down, and we’ve got to start getting extension and ripping off blocks. I always call it walking off blocks; you shed a guy, but that’s all you do, you won’t get your body in position to make tackles and that’s really what was happening. Poor tackling, and our inability to get off blocks and shed blocks like we normally do, we weren’t as good at.”

On if he plans to play starters more than he might otherwise next week so that they can work on improving prior to the playoffs:

“Well, here’s the tough thing: this is not a preseason game by any stretch. So you’re trying to win, but you’re also trying to make sure you’re healthy for the playoffs. We’re already in so it’s a fine line, but it’s not like there can be wholesale substitutions. So there’s going to be a lot of guys playing, starters playing, things like that. I just want our guys to get back to the fundamentals of what we’ve taught since training camp and lean on that, lean on your technique, lean on those things that you know how to do, and rely on that and some standards we have on defense – flying to the ball, shedding blocks, not walking off blocks, and being a good tackling team. That’s what this thing is based on. It’s not just about scheme and that kind of stuff.”

On how confident his team may or may not be after all the ups and downs of the season:

“Well right now we’re very confident. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. We’re confident that we can beat you with our offense, we can beat you with our defense, and we can beat you with our special teams. And I don’t know how many teams can really say that. We’ve done it. We’ve beat teams when the defense has kind of had to carry the day; same thing with the special teams; and same thing with our offense. So that’s what gives me confidence and gives our team confidence. Playoff time you’ve got to be hitting on all cylinders, and that’s what the mission is…”

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