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  • [Jets] ABRAHAM A NO-GO

    By MARK CANNIZZARO
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    December 28, 2004 -- Though Herman Edwards sounded as if he's not ruling out having John Abraham ready to play Sunday in St. Louis, Abraham yesterday acknowledged that he'll miss his fourth consecutive game Sunday because of his right knee injury.
    "I'm not playing this week," Abraham said yesterday. "I'm still rehabbing. Even if I played I wouldn't be able to help because I'm not at full speed. Just being out there doesn't help the team. We're not playing chess. I don't think me coming in right now will help. Bryan (Thomas) has been playing well.

    "I'm getting better, walking better and feeling more comfortable. My goal is to be back for the first playoff game."

    Abraham said he's done little more than jog so far. Edwards said in tomorrow's practice the plan is to have him try to run on it. "We'll know more as the week goes on," Edwards said.

    Though Thomas has, indeed, played well in Abraham's absence, the Jets are badly missing his pass rushing prowess.

    "Obviously, he's a Pro Bowl player," Edwards said. "He's a dominant guy as far as rushing the passer. That's what he brings to the table. That's why he goes to the Pro Bowl. So he changes his game for you, he changes how you have to block, he changes your protection, as far as rusher. That's what he brings to the table."

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    Jets' defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said that Sunday's loss to New England "might have been my worst game as a defensive coordinator calling plays."

    "I put (the players) in some bad situations," he said. "If you go back and look at the game, some of my calls were great. It's the ones that don't work that beat you. I put them in some situations that were probably uncomfortable for them."

    Henderson, for example, took blame for the zone the Jets were in on a Tom Brady scoring pass to TE Daniel Graham, who was wide open.



    He said he opted to blitz Brady more than he did in the previous meeting because "I just didn't want to see him stand back there and deliver the ball like he did. I felt if we brought pressure up the middle we'd make him at least move around. For the most part we did that, but there were times he was throwing off his back foot and the guys would catch it."

    Henderson praised Brady's poise in the face of blitzes, saying, "I've been around some pretty good ones and he's right in there among the best. He took it like a man."

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    Henderson has been questioned why he keeps playing veteran CB Terrell Buckley in the nickel packages instead of rookie Derrick Strait.

    "As the defensive coordinator I have the right to play whoever I want to play," he said. "I took the stand to let 'T Buck' play over a young kid. That's the decision I made. When (Strait) got hurt he got set back. Once he got hurt we made the change. (Buckley) brings experience."

    *

    Edwards was asked if he feels now that he should have gone for the first down on fourth-and-two from the New England 37 trailing 13-0 in the third quarter to try to spark his dormant offense.

    "You can always look back at things and say, I wish you would have done that, like I wish we could have caught the ball this or that situation," he said. "No, you decide something there, that's what you feel in your heart and you do it. There's still a lot of time left at that point. So you rely on your defense at that point."

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    Re: [Jets] ABRAHAM A NO-GO

    Hmmmm, interesting, interesting. ;)

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      Re: [Jets] ABRAHAM A NO-GO

      Chances are Martz just added this to his list of Pro's for the Passing Game over the Running Game.

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      • DJRamFan
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        Wayne Chrebet has no intention of retiring after the season.
        Expounding on comments he made last week, the Jets' wide receiver said yesterday that he still has "plenty of football left in me."

        Asked if he wants to play in 2005, he said: "Oh, without a doubt. I don't think my ability has decreased or anything. I'm not on the field as much as I used to be, and my opportunities have decreased, but I guess at this point in my career, I guess that's what I want to do.

        "I love football," he continued. "One-third of my life has been spent in this locker room. This is where I want to be."

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        Chrebet is due to make $1 million in 2005. His status could be determined by March, when he's scheduled to receive a $400,000 roster bonus.

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        IMPROVEMENT?: Curiously, DE John Abraham (sprained knee) was upgraded to questionable even though Edwards acknowledged that his sack leader won't play against the Rams. Abraham, sidelined for three games, was expected to start running yesterday at practice. He hopes to play next week if the Jets qualify for the playoffs.

        HERM GETS HARSH: NT Jason Ferguson, describing Herman Edwards' rousing speech to the team, said the coach didn't pull any punches.

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        Originally published on December 30, 2004
        -12-30-2004, 02:17 PM
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