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Dennis Thurman encourages Kyle Wilson to trust the 'football gods'

Dennis Thurman looks on during a game against

Dennis Thurman looks on during a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Credit: AP, 2010

After four years in the NFL, Kyle Wilson should know better.

Dennis Thurman admitted as much on Thursday. But the Jets defensive coordinator nevertheless used his cornerback’s meltdown last Sunday against the Bills as a teaching moment.

“It gives us an opportunity to pull our guys together and say, ‘Hey, we have to be poised and we have to be in control out there,’” Thurman said. “Certain things are going to happen to you in a football game and on the football field. You don’t always have to try and take care of it and show bravado at that point in time.”

Instead, Thurman encouraged Wilson – and the rest of his players – to trust in a higher power.

The football gods.

“The football gods will allow you to get even with a guy, especially if he’s wronged you,” Thurman explained, adding that Wilson felt the officials weren’t paying attention to a particular complaint or concern of his on the field.

“It may not happen in that game, it may not happen the next time you play him. But at some point along the line you’ll get a chance, it will be a fair, clean hit and you’ll get your opportunity to get to pay him back. So you just have to wait and be patient and keep your head in the game.”

Asked about rookie Sheldon Richardson’s premature celebration on Fred Jackson’s 59-yard run, Thurman leaned back and smiled: “Another teaching moment.

“That part of it is good after you win, because the teaching moment doesn’t have to be so serious. …One of the things we had to stress to our guys is that if you don’t hear the whistle blow, don’t stop.”

Unlike Richardson, Wilson is in his fourth year in the NFL and the Jets defense. But he nevertheless committed four penalties on three plays early in the fourth quarter – prompting coach Rex Ryan to bench him briefly in order to calm down.

“Yeah, I mean to a degree you would think (he would know better),” said Thurman. “But everybody’s personality is different. People react differently to different things. You hope to not have to deal with that situation ever, even if it’s a rookie. You hope to never have to deal with it but at the same time if you do, you deal with it. Kyle knows, and hopefully he’s learned his lesson.” 

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