The Jets will try to stop Michael Vick from turning the ball over on Sunday, and they started with a litany of drills during the week.
“We have a couple of gauntlet things that we put him through,” Rex Ryan said. “Basically, you have a line of guys on both sides and you’re ripping the thing out. David Lee, he has three or four of these drills that he uses. We are doing them twice. Normally you do them once a week, we are doing them twice a week right now.”
The head coach is confident that he and his staff can fix Vick’s issues.
“When he is escaping, he just has to sense it and make sure you put two hands on [the ball], protect it on your inside shoulder,” he said. “Those type of things we teach, but sometimes out in that space, when he is avoiding, it is hard to change somebody’s running style, but understand when you are getting ready to get hit that thing has to be tucked. Those are the big things you talk about.”
Ryan was asked if the upping of the drills was a result from the six turnovers in Week 8, and joked “Yeah, I guess we should have had it the week before.”
CB Darrin Walls (calf, knee) did not practice on Thursday.
WR Jeremy Kerley (illness) was able to practice after sitting out on Wednesday.
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (finger, shoulder), LB Demario Davis (finger), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder) were all full participants in practice.
Smith was able to throw 50 or so passes in practice.
“Today’s practice was a little better then yesterday’s, and I thought yesterday’s was good, but we all know that doesn’t mean anything,” Rex Ryan said. “So we will find out. But, it definitely beats the alternative, so I liked it.”
Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett have vented alone long enough, this week they open the Mailbag to let the fans join in on Jets group therapy. Plus, a Chiefs preview and The Forecast rages on.
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Michael Vick, Rex Ryan, Geno Smith and Willie Colon talk about the starting QB switch as the team prepares for the Chiefs.
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Coming off a loss to a very human Bills team and standing alone at the bottom of the AFC East at 1-7, there’s a lot of HOT TAKES!!!
around the Jets right now … as one might expect.
- When will the hammer fall on Rex Ryan?
- Was the addition of WR Percy Harvin just a way to flash a shiny object at fans??
- What’s to be done about Geno?!?
- (Follow up question, is Roc Nation Sports slated to fill the 2.0 version for any Master P / sports punchline?!?)
- Should the Jets just hit the reset button????
- Who can be the front office hero of this franchise?????
- Can Terry Bradway use his necromancy to summon a 1986 Bill Parcells to the 2015 Jets?!?!?
- Dood! We should totally hire The Grudes and give him full control over personnel!!! What could possibly go wrong???
John Idzik’s Monday press conference did nothing to alleviate the problem, and might have only made it worse.
And now the townsfolk with pitchforks and torches are at the gate. ESPN New York’s Johnette Howard is one of those who wants to burn it to the ground, but notes that something funny happened on the way to the fullscale insurrection. To read more of this story, click here
Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Bills. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.
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