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Giants' fans: This isn't a Jet game, no need for security at Gate D



Monday, November 26th 2007, 4:00 AM

Minutes before halftime of Sunday's Giants game, more than 20 stadium security guards and several state troopers stood at different spots of the now notorious Gate D ramp at the Meadowlands.

It was as if they were stationed to protect a dignitary. All the while, several Giants fans wondered what was going on with so many men and women standing around in yellow security jackets.

"Guys, this isn't a Jets game," one Giant fan said jokingly to a guard. "You don't need to work so hard."

One week after a public uproar began over male fans harassing female fans at that same multilevel ramp with taunts to take their shirts off in what is an ugly ritual at Jets games, Giants fans drank and smoked at the ramp without incident.

Many of them found it laughable that Jets fans routinely plead for women to expose themselves in a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere there as reported last week.

"Typical Jets fan," said Jody Delanoy, a Giants season-ticket holder since 1958. "Disgusting. You wouldn't see Giants fans do it. Never. We are old-time fans. We are the real fans. Jets fans are all the young drunkards."

Delanoy said that he did not notice anything out of the ordinary with the large presence of security. The Meadowlands said it did not add additional security at the ramp in the wake of the spotlight being shone on the Jets-game ritual. A Giants spokesman said the same amount of security that stood at the ramp prior to the game was deployed there at halftime.

As two women walked past several guards, one said aloud, "I've never felt safer at Gate D in my life."

One older gentleman decided it was a good time to crack a joke.

"I wanted to show my (breasts) and they won't even let me!" the man shouted.

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It's too bad the Jets don't play the Steelers every week. There's a good chance they'd be in the playoff chase, and hell, they might've beaten the Patriots in the season opener (which I suppose means Pittsburgh players were kitted out in New England gear ... just go with it for the purposes of this discussion.).

Anyway, after the Cinderella performance last Sunday, it was business as usual on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys had their way with a Jets team that ranks last in most offensive categories. So who's to blame? Glad you asked:

It keeps getting worse for the Jets' offense, which seems lost under second-year coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Hailed last season as a clever play-caller and a head coach-in-waiting, Schottenheimer has slipped into the fog that has enveloped the entire team.

In 11 games, the Jets have managed just 14 offensive touchdowns, only two in Clemens' three-game stint as Chad Pennington's replacement.

As the New York Daily News' Rich Cimini writes, Schottenheimer is handcuffed by second-year quarterback Kellen Clemens, who's learning by doing, but at some point it goes beyond that.

The Jets also floundered with Chad Pennington under center for the first half of the season (though that may not necessarily be an indictment of Schottenheimer's abilities), and the running game has been nonexistent all year (again, save the Steelers game).

Obviously, this season's a wash -- with two wins in 11 tries, the postseason is out of the question -- but it will give Clemens valuable game experience. The problem, though, is that Clemens could be learning an entirely new offense if Schottenheimer and head coach Eric Mangini get canned this off-season.

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Jets Team Report

Posted: November 25, 2007

J.P. Pelzman

For Sporting News


QB Kellen Clemens' inexperience is becoming noticeable as he faces tougher teams. He has had problems with accuracy and decision-making. In this lost season, however, there's no point in going back to Chad Pennington, even though he gives them a better chance to win most games. The Jets need to evaluate Clemens over the final five weeks to feel more secure about him going forward. ...

The offensive line still isn't getting a consistent push in run blocking, and the coaching staff clearly is unhappy with third-year LG Adrien Clarke; he now is splitting time with second-year player Will Montgomery. ...

The defense is generating more pass-rush pressure, but OLB Bryan Thomas continues to produce little. Thomas had a career-high 8.5 sacks last season and was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He has been unable to overcome the extra attention opponents are giving him this year.


WR Jerricho Cotchery is a good route-runner with usually sure hands. He uses his strength to break tackles and gain yards after the catch. He isn't a speedster, however, so he isn't much of a vertical threat. He also has yet to show he can be a No. 1 wideout; he has struggled with double-teams as he fills of the injured Laveranues Coles. He needs to take the next step in his development.


OL Jacob Bender, the Jets' sixth-round draft pick last April, hasn't seen the field much this year but could be a starter next season. Bender, who played left tackle in a run-oriented offense at Nicholls State, caught the Jets' eye with his ability to fire off the line on running plays. He needs more seasoning on his pass blocking.

The Jets thought so much of his work ethic and ability to learn quickly that they moved him to left guard during training camp. They tried unsuccessfully to make him the starter after trading Pete Kendall. Look for Bender to be given every chance to win the right tackle job next training camp. Incumbent Anthony Clement has been steady, but management sees him more as a stopgap.

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Team Report: Inside Slant

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Several of the Jets' players said before Thursday's game that it would be a chance for the Jets to make a statement, to show they were much better than their 2-8 mark coming in might indicate.

But all their 34-3 loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day did was once again prove one of the favorite sayings of Bill Parcells, who coached both teams during his career.

You are what your record says you are.

In fact, the sheer dullness created by the combination of their lackluster performance and Dallas' dominance probably forced millions of people to actually have conversations with their relatives.

"We didn't say anything today," tight end Chris Baker said when asked about how the Jets had hoped to make a statement. "We scored three points on offense and had an interception for a touchdown. We didn't make much of a statement at all."

If they did, it was a cry for help for an anemic offense that produced only 180 net yards and went 2-for-14 on third downs. Fittingly, a fourth-quarter drive that seemed destined to produce at least a consolation touchdown ended about two feet short of the goal line when Baker was tackled by Patrick Watkins after catching a pass near the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 5.

Kellen Clemens had his worst game since being anointed the starting quarterback, going 12-for-27 for 142 yards with one interception, which was returned 50 yards for a second-quarter touchdown by Terence Newman.

"For only having two days (to prepare), they prepared very well schematically," Clemens said of the Cowboys. "They brought some pressure but they also played good behind it. They were flat-out very good on defense."

And, yes, the Jets were pretty bad on offense, as Clemens failed to get them into the end zone for the first time in his four starts. It didn't help that the Jets were without Laveranues Coles (sprained left ankle).

"We're a 2-9 team," said strong safety Kerry Rhodes, who had his second interception is as many games. "We couldn't handle the big stage, I guess. ... It's embarrassing to lose 34-3 anytime. It makes it even worse that everybody was watching."

Well, there's one consolation as the Jets move on. Their next game, against the Dolphins on Dec. 2, will certainly be broadcast to only a select few unfortunates. If Miami loses to heavily favored Pittsburgh on Monday night, the Dolphins will enter that game 0-11.

"We have to move on," Baker said. "There's nothing you can really say about it. (The Cowboys) are 10-1 and obviously the class of the NFC."

And the Jets are obviously at the other end of the spectrum in the AFC. But they say they're resolved not to quit.

"These guys are going to stick together," running back Leon Washington said of himself and his teammates. "I can promise you that."

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Plenty of blame to go around

By Gregg Hayim

Posted Nov 24, 2007

When Eric Mangini opted to insert Kellen Clemens into the starting lineup, the Jets were 1-7, and from a playoff standpoint, the season was already gone.

As the coach intimated after the Dallas game, the teams problems have much deeper roots than a single position. And if anything has been proved over the past month, it's that this is very much the case. But that's not to say the new man behind center doesn't deserve some of the blame.

"We have made a lot of changes at a lot of different point," Mangini said when asked if he agreed that the insertion of Clemens has not improved the offense. "I don't think that at any point the change was an indictment of any one person. You are always trying to find the best combination of people. That is something we will continue to do."

Whether the coaching staff wants to admit it or not, one of the chief functions of starting Clemens was to give the second-year quarterback an extended opportunity to prove whether or not he is in the teams quarterback of the future.

Given this fact, it would make very little sense for the Jets to re-insert Chad Pennington into the starting lineup. A decision that Mangini said never crossed his mind on Thursday evening.

The Jets have been given a lot of credit for staying close during most of their losses. The thinking is that they are not as bad as their record says they are. There could be some truth to this, but that was certainly not the case against the Cowboys.

The Jets did not stay close with the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, the Jets did little to demonstrate that they even belonged on the same field as their opponents.

The Jets were dominated in every facet of the game, but it was the offense that looked particularly inept.

Playing without his number one receiver, and facing constant pressure, Clemens didn't get much help from his teammates. But for his part, he didn't look all that sharp either.

His final stat line read 12 of 27 for 142 with no touchdowns and a lone interception. But what was more disturbing than the paltry numbers were the mental miscues. Clemens appeared confused by the Cowboys coverage's all game long, and did little to show that he is grasping the mental side of the position.

Of course, it would be unfair to write off the future of Clemens after less than a handful of games, but it would be unrealistic to claim that, thus far, he has been anything but unimpressive. If he continues to struggle over the course of the next five games, it will present the team with a very interesting scenario.

Undoubtedly the team will have a high draft pick in April's draft. Should Clemens fail to convince the Jets that he is their quarterback of the future, would the front-office consider putting a premature end to the Kellen Clemens era of Jets football by selecting a highly-touted quarterback with their first round pick?

It is unlikely scenario considering the enormous drafting blunder they would be admitting to. But it might be one worth considering, given the enormous talent of Boston College's Matt Ryan.

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