The Jets had all the emotional incentives they needed last Sunday: A season opener against the Dallas Cowboys…at home…on the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Even Rex Ryan admitted it was the most pressure he’s felt thus far as a head coach.
So will this Sunday’s game against Jacksonville be a trap game of sorts?
No way, said Derrick Mason.
“It’s football. You’ve got to get yourself up for the next following week,” the Jets wide receiver said. “It’s an AFC game and it’s worth more than just one game. And then it’s a home game as well. So that’s motivation enough. We don’t need to add anything else to help motivate it. It’s an opportunity for us to go out there and hopefully be 2-0.”
Added Kenrick Ellis: “I don’t think so man. We approach every game with the same intensity that we’re going in there trying to win so we’re going to do what we have to do to get the job done. As far as emotion goes, we’re going to be just as emotional as it was the first game because this is the next game and it’s the most important game one.”
Given the results of their last meeting – a 24-22 Jaguars’ win at the Meadowlands in 2009 -- Rex Ryan said there’ no way the Jets will come out flat.
“This one is huge and this one is easy because all you have to do is pop in the tape from two years ago when we played Jacksonville,” said the Jets head coach. “We pride ourselves on being a physical football team and all that. They handed it to us. They imposed their will on us. …They beat us at our place, so we’ll let the video do most of the talking.”
Mason, a former Baltimore Raven, knows all about the Jaguars’ defense.
“It makes them tough because they fly around,” he said. “They’re a fast defense and they’re relentless. They pride themselves on being physical. ”
That’s why it’s even more imperative the Jets get off to a quick start Sunday. It took them an entire half to settle down against the Cowboys, before squeaking out a 27-24 victory.
“You never want to get in the habit of having to play catch-up, in any game,” said Mason. “Dallas is a very good team and lucky for us we caught a couple breaks toward the end of the game and we stayed in it. We did not get down on ourselves just because we had a bad half. We stayed in the game, Sanchez stayed poised and we came out in the second half and put some points on the board. …We don’t want to be known as the team that can’t start fast. We want to be able to come out the gates, score points and make it a lot easier for our defense.”