Jets worried about Jets, not Patriots, after loss


Jets worried about Jets, not Patriots, after loss

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti

FOXBORO -- You heard about this game all week: Patriots versus Jets. Rivalry week. The week Rex Ryan's crew returns for the first time since booting New England from the playoffs and jet-planeing triumphantly through the tunnel and into the AFC championship game.

The implications escalated along with the media chatter.

A Patriots loss would put them at 1-2 in the AFC East; a Jets loss would put them at 2-3 overall. It isn't just divisional football, it's Jets Week.

But if you go by New York's postgame reaction, this was Just Another Week. Almost every Jets player interviewed after the 30-21 loss at Gillette Stadium spoke about . . . the positives.

"We're going to take this game and learn from it as best we can and just move forward," said defensive back Darrelle Revis. "Hopefully, catch them the second time around when we play them later on in the season."

Yes, that was Revis. New York's talented, trash-talking cornerback was in move-on mode after the loss and couldn't be bumped off course. The whole locker room was set to a mellow simmer if not soaking in ambivalence. The Jets dressed quietly but weren't sullen; they talked with the media, but weren't provocative.

The Patriots took Week 3's loss to the Buffalo Bills harder.

"We had a great game plan coming in," Revis shrugged. "We knew a lot of things that they were doing, but . . . they executed. Tom Brady is an unbelievable quarterback. He made some great throws and those guys ran some great routes."

Revis spoke good-naturedly about his much-hyped coverage match up against Patriots receiver Wes Welker. Welker is a man on fire in 2011 and has recorded more receiving yards (740) through the first five games than any player in NFL history. But the Chargers did limit him to 81 yards on seven balls in Week 2. And his average per game over the last six seasons is 61.5 yards.

Holding Welker to 124 on five catches isn't exactly a shutdown night. But if the Jets are bothered, they're hiding it well.

"We stressed this week of playing tight coverage. The one out route that Welker did on me, I had him blanketed and the ball . . . " Revis laughed softly and shook his head. "I don't even know. It's like he shot-putted it up and it went straight down in to his hands."

Antonio Cromartie, Revis' other half, was also undaunted.

"It's frustrating, but it's football," he said. "You have your ups and downs. You've got to take the negative with the positive. The biggest thing for us is that we just stay together and build on the things we're capable of doing good. We actually played pretty good, we just didn't play good enough to come out with the win today."

But Revis had to be one guy salivating for the rematch, right? It would only be right, considering he's the very vocal President of the 'I Hate Brady' club.

"Definitely," he said of the November 13 game. "But that's further down the line. My concern right now is getting ready for Monday night against Miami."

Can you believe him? Can you believe these bright-side Jets?


This isn't Week 13 with both teams tied at 9-2. The Jets weren't embarrassed in excess of 43 points -- they hung within six until the last minute of the game. And Sunday night certainly wasn't anywhere close to a divisional title game.

Pride will always factor into this rivalry, but the Jets say they're more concerned with the bigger picture right now. It's really not so crazy considering this game follows an ugly 34-24 loss in Oakland and an uglier 34-17 loss in Baltimore.

"It's a lot of frustration; we lost three games in a row. It's tough," Revis said. "It's tough right now, but we got to stop committing mistakes out on the field. We've got to be consistent in our game play. It was a tough game tonight."

There's just too much work to do. Quarterback Mark Sanchez balked a la Jim Mora when asked about grinding it out to the playoffs.

"Forget about the postseason right now,"he said. "It's not like we're out of this thing, but we need to just win."

The thing about the Jets is, you know they'll do the work. Whether they're up or down, there won't be any shrugging at New Meadowlands after Week 10.

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Patriots 'steel' a win in latest edition of TB Times


Patriots 'steel' a win in latest edition of TB Times

The New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-16, and the latest edition of The TB Times was quickly distributed to the Facebook world.

This time, Tom Brady, Chris Long and Malcom Brown are spotted sneaking out of Heinz Field with a steele "W," the headline reads "Pats Steel one in Pitt."

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Gostkowski: 'I stink right now...That's just the bottom line'


Gostkowski: 'I stink right now...That's just the bottom line'

Stephen Gostkowski is one of the most successful kickers in NFL history, and he's currently the higest-paid kicker in the league. He has set a certain standard for himself, and he told reporters on Sunday that he's not reaching it. 

Gostkowski spoke to members of the media after missing one of the four extra points he attempted in New England's 27-16 win over Pittsburgh. It was the second consecutive game in which Gostkowski missed a point-after try.

"I'm not happy with the way I'm playing," he said. "Mechanically, I need to be better. Just not playing good enough for this team right now. Keep my head down and keep working. I'm putting the work in. I'm trying the best I can. Need to figure out how to switch it up so I can be more consistent."

He added: "I don't really talk about reasons why I make or miss a kick. No one knows, nor cares to understand. I stink right now. That's just the bottom line. It'd be nice to be able to enjoy these wins a little more with the team. But it's not about me. The team's played great. Luckily the team keeps picking me up, I guess."

Gostkowski has now missed five kicks on the year, including field goals against the Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland.

"Obviously there's something going on and I'm gonna work my hardest to fix it," he said. "That's all I do. This is my job, I take it seriously. No one feels worse about screwing up than I do. It stinks to come in when you win and that's all you talk about is the one bad play you had. But that's the nature of the position. You deal with it . . .

"I've always held my head high, and I will always go out there with confidence, no matter if I miss 100 in a row so that's just the way I'm put together. I'm gonna keep working hard to do the best. Talk about a few feet here or there, we're not having the conversation. Just gotta tighten it up and be more consistent."

Gostkowski was asked if he was at a point with his confidence where he still wanted to take crucial kicks late in games.

"I always want to help the team win," he said. "I'm not scared to screw up. I've screwed up plenty of times in my career. Just kind of piling on right now. At my position, you only get so many opportunities. That's part of it mentally is taking advantage of the opportunities you get. I know that's the deal coming in. It's not like a news flash. This is my eleventh year doing it. Right now I just stink, and I need to figure out how to get better. It's just not working out. Kind of piling on, but I'm gonna hold my head high, keep working hard, keep doing the best I can as long as I keep getting the opportunities."

Gostkowski did not get into any of the mechanical issues he might be dealing with, and he did not explain whether or not he sees a kicking coach to help him with his form. Though this would certainly qualify as one of the most difficult stretches of his professional career -- if not the most difficult -- he said he's dealt with bad spurts of play in the past, and he's hoping to come out of this one soon.

"Being a professional athlete is tough," he said. "When you're doing good or you're doing bad. A position like mine, there's no hiding when you screw up. It's just part of it. You gotta learn to roll with the punches. I've seen guys that have been really good have tough stretches, and I've seen guys come out of them. I mean, I've played bad before. You play long enough, you're going to have stuff like this. Just timing-wise it just kind of stinks. If there was one thing to point to to fix it I would've done it by now. But I need to be better."