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Hawaii 5-0
09-12-2012, 12:53 AM
Advanced Scouting: Week 2

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By Mike Bires


New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill is a rookie from Georgia Tech. Former Yellow Jackets have presented the Steelers with problems of late.

PITTSBURGH – It was a record-setting Week 1 in the NFL as five teams made history by scoring 40 points or more. Leading the way were the high octane New York Jets, who put up 48 with touchdowns from their offense, defense and special teams.

That’s the most points the Jets had scored since September of 2008 when Eric Mangini was coach and Brett Favre the quarterback.

On Sunday, the Jets will be at Heinz Field playing against the Steelers, who gave up 31 points to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in their season opener.

Here’s a scouting report on the Jets, who won with ease at home this past Sunday, 48-28 over the Buffalo Bills.


Big news during the off-season was the acquisition of Tim Tebow, the quarterback who ended the Steelers’ playoff hopes last year. But Tebow hardly played against the Bills (he was on the field for 12 plays, eight as a Wildcat QB, one at tight end and three on special teams). The Jets didn’t need him.

Mark Sanchez, the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft, enjoyed one of his finest performances as a pro. Sanchez completed 19 of 27 for 266 yards, three TDs and an interception. His 123.4 passer rating was the second-best of his career.

“More than anything over the course of the last couple of years, he’s probably improving at becoming a mature player and a leader, which most quarterbacks do with time,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

On the receiving end of two of Sanchez’s TD passes was rookie wide receiver Stephen Hills, a second-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech.

“We’re somewhat allergic to wide receivers out of Georgia Tech,” Tomlin said.

In their last two games, the 29-23 wild-card loss in Denver included, the Steelers were victimized by Demaryius Thomas, a former Yellow Jacket who has combined for nine catches for 314 yards and two TDs.

The Jets' other starting wideout is ex-Steeler Santonio Holmes.

When the Jets run the ball, their workhorse is Shonn Greene, a 1,054-yard rusher last year who carried 17 times for 94 yards and a TD against the Bills.

Up front, the Jets’ best two players are four-time Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold and three-time Pro Bowl left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson.


There isn’t a team in the league with a better cornerbacks than the Jets.

“You talk about their strong cover people,” Tomlin said. “Darrelle Revis is an obvious example. He’s the best in the world at what he does. Antonio Cromartie is their other (starting) cornerback. He had a pick-six last week. He’s a top notch, veteran professional. He is a very good cover man. In the slot they have Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick out of Boise State University a few years ago. He had an interception also in last week’s game. He is becoming a very experienced nickel-back corner.

“Those three guys are first-round pedigree-type guys. They are capable of covering people and playing bump-and-run. They provide a lot of opportunities for their defense to do a lot of things by their capability to cover people in a bump-and-run fashion.” Revis, an Aliquippa native who played at Pitt, suffered a mild concussion Sunday after against the Bills but is expected to play Sunday.

The most notorious defender in the Jets’ front seven is inside line backer Bart Scott, who spent the first seven years of his pro career with the Ravens. In a 2006 game in Baltimore, Scott sacked Ben Roethlisberger with a ferocious blind-side tackle that the Steelers' QB still says is one of the hardest hits he's ever taken.

The Jets have two promising defensive linemen in their base 3-4 alignment.
Muhammad Wilkerson, a first-round pick in last year’s draft, and Quinton Coples, a first-round pick this year, are listed Nos. 1 and 2 at left D-end.


Since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger, the Jets have struggled when playing in Pittsburgh. They are a combined 1-8 in games at Three Rivers Stadium and Heinz Field. Their only win was on Dec. 19, 2010, a 22-17 victory jumpstarted when Brad Smith returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.

Surely Tomlin hasn’t forgotten that play. And he’s well aware that the Jets scored a special teams TD this past Sunday against the Bills. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley returned a punt 68 yards to give the Jets a 21-0 lead.


Here's what Ryan, who's in his fourth season as Jets coach, had to say about the perceived "circus" atmosphere that surrounds his team: "Our opponents will take us seriously. I promise you that."


Hawaii 5-0
09-12-2012, 01:43 AM
News & Notes: Tomlin expecting Revis to play


New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis suffered a mild concussion in a Week 1 win in Buffalo.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com

PITTSBURGH — If Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is true to his word, the NFL’s best cover cornerback will get plenty of action Sunday.

Over the years, teams have often shied away from throwing in Darrelle Revis’ direction. More often than not, the Aliquippa native shuts down opposing wide receivers he covers. He’s already racked up 19 career interceptions with the Jets, the latest coming this past Sunday in a 48-28 win over the Bills.

That has scared off a number of quarterabcks who chose not to throw in the direction of “Revis Island.”

“You’ve got to play football and utilize all eligibles. He’ll be defending one of them,” Tomlin said Tuesday if the Steelers will dare challenge Revis. “We’re not going to shy away from confrontation. But at the same time, we understand his reputation is well-earned and deserved.”

Revis, who’s in his sixth pro season, suffered a mild concussion Sunday when he was accidently kicked in the head by a teammate. But he’s expected to play this week against the Steelers.


In their 31-19 loss in Denver, the Steelers ran 71 offensive plays. Only 25 of them were designed running plays.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed 40 times. He was sacked five times and he ran once when forced out of the pocket on a pass play.

Of those 71 snaps, the Steelers lined up in three wide receiver sets 52 times.

No doubt, the Steelers believe their “Young Money Crew” of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are capable play-makers. Also, with Roethlisberger using the no-huddle for much of the game, the Steelers couldn’t sub out of their three-receiver sets.

“We feel comfortable with our wide receiver group, not only three but four. Jerricho Cotchery is (also) a valuable member of our group,” Tomlin said. “Of course, the way the game unfolded, that personnel group was a consistent one for us. We felt like we were capable of moving the ball. It’s an asset to us so we utilize it.”


One of the bright spots in Denver was the production from running back Jonathan Dwyer. He carried nine times for 43 yards, an average of 4.8 per pop. He fared much better than starter Isaac Redman, who carried 11 times for only 20 yards (1.8 ypc).

“We haven’t sorted out specifically what that rotation is to this point,” Tomlin said of the division of labor for Sunday’s game against the Jets. “Obviously, I thought Jonathan Dwyer provided a spark play and represented himself well and will probably get an increased opportunity because of it.”

Reserve backs Chris Rainey and Baron Batch combined for only three carries against the Broncos.


It appears that injuries to two starters on the offensive line — right tackle Marcus Gilbert and right guard Ramon Foster — aren’t serious. Gilbert suffered a hyper-extended knee in Denver while Foster had what Tomlin described as an “optical migraine of some kind.”

“With blurred vision and so forth, we were going to use extreme caution,” Tomlin said. “He wasn’t able to return to the football game (but) it appears to be a non-issue moving forward.”

Tomlin said that both Gilbert and Foster will probably play Sunday against the Jets.

“Gilbert may be limited in the early part of the week but it won’t stop him from participating in this upcoming game,” Tomlin said.

In other injury news:

Linebacker James Harrison, who didn’t play in Denver due to a nagging knee injury, worked out Monday and will run again today. His status for Sunday will be determined by how his knee reacts to any work he does at practice the next few days.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall also didn’t play in Denver as he recovers from off-season knee surgery

“We’ll see how the week takes us,” Tomlin said. “I thought he had a good week last week. He’s done a nice job with the things we’ve asked him to do and we’ll just continue to move forward and put our heads together as the week unfolds and see if he’s the guy for us this week.”

Strong safety Troy Polamalu suffered a right calf strain in Denver. He will be limited at practice this week but is expected to play against the Jets.


Hawaii 5-0
09-12-2012, 02:15 AM
Jets' Tebow brings reduced role vs. Steelers

By Alan Robinson
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The circus is coming to town. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s immediate priority is making sure the sideshow doesn’t become the main event.

He stood under that big top only eight months ago with Tim Tebow as the ringmaster and Tomlin is not the least bit interested in a repeat performance, this time by the New York Jets.

“I really think what we saw in their last game is just the tip of the iceberg,” Tomlin said, referring to Tebow’s role in a wildcat offense during the Jets’ 48-28 romp over the Bills on Sunday.

Tebow, of course, masterminded the Steelers’ stunning ouster from the AFC playoffs in January by playing the type of game they clearly didn’t believe he had in him. An unpolished passer, he threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns against a defense that appeared to dismiss his throwing ability, and he also ran for 50 yards and another score during the Broncos’ 29-23 win.

Now, only a few days since the Steelers returned to Denver and lost to a far-different type of quarterback, future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, guess who’s coming to Sunday dinner at Heinz Field?

Only this time Tebow is in a far-reduced role than what he had with the Broncos, and one that some Jets fans already wish were trimmed down more. Tebow was so ineffective in the wildcat Sunday, he was booed at one point when he replaced Mark Sanchez.

Tebow was on the field for 12 plays, eight under center, one as an H-back and three on, get this, special teams. His biggest contribution was recovering an onsides kick; he didn’t complete a pass and he ran for 11 yards on five carries.

Still, Tomlin insisted Tuesday the Steelers will devote practice time to defending Tebow, even though Sanchez is coming off a career game statistically: 19 of 27 for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Sanchez also led the Jets past the Steelers the last time he played a regular-season game in Heinz two years ago.

“It will require some extra work on our part,” Tomlin said of the wildcat.

“It will not be an extended or unusual extra amount of work in preparation.”

The wildcat surfaced when Tony Sparano, then the Dolphins coach, used running back Ronnie Brown as a single-wing type tailback who could rush or pass. When Tebow was tormenting the Steelers on Jan. 8 in Denver, he operated out of a spread offense rather than a wildcat.

Jets coach Rex Ryan hired Sparano as his offensive coordinator with the reasoning that the wildcat would force defenses to spend time preparing for it and, thus, less time getting ready for the conventional Sanchez offense.

“They (the Bills) did a nice job against the wildcat, but it’s something you have to prepare for,” Ryan said. “As much time as that team spent on the wildcat, maybe it took away from some other preparation.”

And if any team is determined to be prepared for Tebow from here on out, it’s the Steelers.

Ryan also likes having Tebow on the field because the extra manpower devoted to him means the receivers often are in man-to-man coverage or what the Steelers were playing when Demaryius Thomas beat Ike Taylor on the 80-yard touchdown play that ended their 2011 season.

However, the offense generated so little during the preseason, and so much press coverage ESPN practically became embedded in the Jets camp that the New York Post parodied the circus-like atmosphere by portraying Ryan, Sanchez and Tebow as clowns in a caricature.

The Jets promptly went out and produced a franchise opening-game record 48 points against the Bills.

This week, the Steelers don’t want the Jets sending in those clowns again.

“It’s a big week for us,” Tomlin said. And not just because the Steelers are trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2002.

Sometimes, as Tomlin is well aware, the circus act that attracts the most attention is the illusionist.