Jets QB Clemens shows toughness -
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It's all about the coaches, now! I was excited when we got Mangini and Schottenheimer--two younger guys! I though we'd get away from the ultra conservative style we always play--I really didn't want to say vanilla! But we have two 30 something guys who are coaching like they're 70! Protecting against the mistake ususally, if not always, leads to a mistake! These guys seem to be be coaching
to protect from the mistake! Oh well, just another year without a Jets Championship! After almost 40 of them, I'm getting used to it!
In last nights interview on Fox 25 in Boston when questioned about the Patriots unusually low concussion rate, not one this year, Dr. Robert Cantu a leading authority on concussion stated, blows to the jaw have nothing to do with concussion. This confirms the head in the sand stance, the brain injury community has taken on the issue of the cervical / spine relating to concussion. It also further exacerbates the non- disclosure of the chin strap as the conduit to the skull base the NFL has created As Michael Kaplin president of the N.Y. brain injury association puts it, non-disclosure of past study negligence could bankrupt the player pension fund. Withholding statistical evidence about a medical discovery it has known about for over 6 years with the N.E. Patriots has created a legal catch 22 for the league and union. If there were a diametrical shift in the focus of brain injury research, the brain injury researchers would loose their lucrative study grants and then have to go back to their real jobs. www.mahercor.com
The Jets scored a coup by landing Thomas Jones and then blew it by giving away Kendall. They appear to lack NFL caliber players at left guard and right tackle, while all it would take is two journeymen at those positions to have a competitive offense. Ernie Accorsi tried this once, and stuck Jim Fassel with Ian Allen as a starting lineman. This turned a dangerous offense featuring Kerry Collins, Tiki Barber, Shockey and Toomer into garbage and got the durable Collins injured. When Coughlin came in to replace Fassel, he realized that such a line, even with the addition of Chris Snee, would get his qb's killed and got Accorsi to reacquire Jason Whittle during the preseason. Mangini should have been all over Tannenbaum about sabotaging his team and demanding that he go out and get a real lineman or two. Since the Jets have more secrets than the CIA, we'll never know what they were thinking.
Shaun, like most others you are missing the boat with the analysis of the advantage of Clemens over Pennington. You wrote "Clemens didn't show us the one big advantage he has over Chad Pennington - his longest pass picked up 39 yards - but then again, the Jets stuck to the Pennington playbook and kept calling for short routes." Chad's problem is far from just not being able to throw the long ball. He can't throw any ball, short passes, out passes, or any other passes, with any zip whatsoever. Therein lies the greatest advantage. QB arm strength isn't just about distance, it's also about velocity. Chad's floaters consistently get knocked down and picked off, whether they're 4 yard passes or 40 yards. Clemens will help open up and improve this offense even if they never throw the long ball.
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