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Sep
6
2008

Captains, Westhoff and Revenge

The journey begins in Miami.

Brett Favre has garnered most (if not all) of the attention in Jets Land this preseason and he received a little more when he was named one of the offensive captains despite being in Green and White for about a month.  The rest of the "C's" went to Alan Faneca (another new acquisition), Shaun Ellis and Kerry Rhodes on defense and special teamers David Bowens and Leon Washington.  Does a team really need all those captains?  Probably not, but it's a show of respect for past accomplishments on and off the field.

That's why the news didn't come as a surprise to me.  Actually, I would have been shocked if No. 4 wasn't given the C.  I'd like to know the quarterback that wasn't named a captain this year.  Show me that team and I'll show you a team that's in for a long season.

In other Jet news, the team welcomed back a familiar face this week.  Mike Westhoff rejoined the Green and White as ... well, he doesn't have an official title, but he'll be calling all the special team plays this season.  Westhoff was the Gotham Green's special teams coordinator from 2001-2007, but left this past offseason to undergo a procedure on his left leg.  He has had eight operations on the leg since a malignant tumor was first discovered in 1988.  So, what is to become of new ST coordinator Kevin O'Dea?  I guess he will be "assisting" Westhoff this year.  I'm not sure how that's going to work, but I'm glad Westhoff is back on the sidelines.

And it looks like rookie Dwight Lowrey will get the start at cornerback against the Dolphins Sunday.  Justin Miller has been nursing a dislocated toe and will probably miss the game altogether.  Then again, who knows what's going on with the Jets when it comes to injuries.  Eric Mangini treats everything like it's a question of national security.  Anyway, Lowery turned heads this preseason and looks like he has the goods to make it as a legitamite corner in this league.  Still, preseason and practice aren't the regular season and he should expect to get picked on early and often in the passing game.

Speaking of the passing game, the Jets will go against an old friend at quarterback Sunday.  Chad Pennington (in case you haven't heard) will be under center for the Fish.  Pennington has downplayed the revenge factor heading into this matchup.

"I approach it as opening day. I approach it as the first of a 16-round fight. It's a long season. I think I would be doing myself a disservice as well as my team for me to get all emotional about it and to act like this is the only game left in the season," Pennington said.

Good answer.  Pennington always knew how to play it cool, but I'm not buying it.  In fact, I doubt anyone is.  It will be an interesting chess match since Pennington knows the Jets and vice versa.  But I don't think Pennington has the pieces in Miami to get the job done.  Yes, Ricky Williams has had big games against the Jets in the past (530 yards rushing and five touchdowns in six games) and Ronnie Brown, who rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns last season against the Green and White, looks like he'll also be ready to go.  Hopefully, newly acquired nose tackle Kris Jenkins will throw his weight around and nullify the running game.  The Dolphins will also go with two rookies on the offensive line (left tackle Jake Long and right guard Donald Thomas) and their wide receivers (Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan) don't scare anyone.  If the Jets can control the running game, which is something they failed to do last season, then they should be in good shape.

Here's a Dolphins fan's view of the game.

Time to see if the new faces are better than the old ones.
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