FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jerricho Cotchery was just a rookie when the Jets beat the Chargers, 20-17, in overtime of their wild-card game Jan. 8, 2005. Yet it remains one of the brightest memories of his career.
"A lot of things stick out," he said Friday. "We had the winning field goal and that sticks out in my mind, everyone running out on the field . . . That was a great feeling going into the locker room, cheering with all the guys. And I was just a rookie having a blast, just having the time of my life."
Cotchery also recalled the personal foul against Eric Barton on a last-minute fourth-down pass by Drew Brees that gave the Chargers another shot at tying the game in regulation, and the raucous flight home from the West Coast.
Not all playoff memories are good ones, though. Cotchery said the team was not as focused when it last reached the playoffs after the 2006 regular season. The Patriots beat the Jets, 37-16, in a wild-card game on Jan. 7, 2007. "We were feeling our way through the '06 season," he said. "A lot of guys were tired and we fought hard to get into the playoffs. But I didn't get the sense that we were really sure where we were headed."
Scott limited, probable
LB Bart Scott (ankle) was limited in Friday's practice, but the rest of the team participated fully and the Jets will go into the game with eight players listed as "probable," including Scott, Shaun Ellis (knee), David Harris (ankle), Thomas Jones (knee) and Donald Strickland (quad).
The Jets will remain on East Coast time in California. Tip sheets to players suggested not drinking anything with caffeine after a certain hour and pulling the heavy blinds closed in hotel rooms . . . The time between the Jets' last Super Bowl win (Jan. 12, 1969) and the date of their potential next one (Feb. 7, 2010) is exactly 15,000 days.