Saturday, April 19, 2014


Line will be key to success for Jets
By MIKE LEVIN


CORTLAND, N.Y. (WKTV) - The first signs of football season are upon us as NFL training camps have opened all over the country, like the Jets at SUNY Cortland.  After missing the playoffs the last two seasons and an unknown future ahead for head coach Rex Ryan, Gang Green has a lot of work to do before the season starts.

The first question NY needs to address is who their starting quarterback will be.  Mark Sanchez will have some stiff competition from first round draft pick Geno Smith.

But the questions don't end at QB as the Jets need to figure out who will run the ball as well.  In order for the offense to be successful, they'll need good blocking as well.  Cue a new crop of linemen who have been brought in this season, like Stephen Peterman, who's excited to be a Jet and to just be back on the football field.

"We do all that training all season," says Peterman.  "The fun part is when you're out here working on stuff getting better, picking up blitzes, picking up as much stuff as our defense does and then getting it and building up with a group of guys and getting to the game and watching everything we worked on happen out there.  So it's a very exciting time."

"You have to be physical on both sides of the ball," says Ryan.  "You look at the guys that we brought in, three guards.  Willie Colon, Peterson from Detroit and we draft Brian Winters.  They're all the same kind of mentality, just tough road graters type guys... You bring in those guys 'cause that's what you want in your team... We should be able to knock that line of scrimmage back a little bit."

"They give you a playbook for a reason," says Colon, who previously played for the Steelers.  "You just got to do your job, that's the bottom line.  There's no excuses in this business.  The great teams don't make excuses, they're always on their job and they get it done.  That's where we've got to be."

The Jets hope to have everything squared away by the start of the season, try to make a playoff run and maybe even host the Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium.