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Joe Gibbs: Jets > Patriots

We will like you into the ground.

Let's review a few facts about the New York Jets. They have the NFL's 29th-ranked defense. They have the NFL's 30th-ranked offense. They're 29th in time of possession. Their offense is 26th in scoring--behind such high-powered teams as 0-8 Miami--and their defense is 26th in points allowed.

This week, they'll be turning to a new quarterback, second-year guy Kellen Clemens, who's thrown four interceptions to one touchdown and has a QB rating of, let's see, 46.0. Which makes him, let's see, the NFL's 54th-ranked passer. Which makes him, let's see, bad.

The Jets are, in a word, execrable. Which is why they are the NFL's third-biggest home underdog this week, 3.5-point dogs, at home, to a team that just lost by 45. Joe Gibbs, though, is a crafty man. He knows that behind every such veneer of incompetence lies a more sinister underbelly of ferocity, a bubbling mid-section of potential dominance just waiting to belch its way to the surface.

"The other thing about this team," he said of the Jets on his weekly radio show, "if you talk to several players, they really like each other."

They like each other! Run for the hills! Hide the women and children! Pack away your sideline surveillance equipment! Reshuffle your power rankings! Call Vegas and tell 'em they've got the line all wrong! The Jets might be a 1-7 team with an untested quarterback whose best offensive weapon is out with a concussion, but gosh darn it, they get along real friendly-like. God forbid if members of the offensive line occasionally enjoy tea and crumpets together. But give credit to Gibbs for consistency: every week, where others see a field full of vulnerable poppies, he sees nothing but crazed junkies. More Gibbs on the Jets:

* "They were in the playoffs last year." (So, they used to be good.)

* "Their coach was AFC Coach of the Year last year." (So, he used to be good. Some of these are now from his Wednesday press conference, by the way.)

* "They've got a change in quarterback, and from what I can tell and every bit of information we get, they really like him." (Goodness, they're well-natured all the way around, aren't they?)

* "We know how they played Baltimore; they were down there taking shots at the end zone to try to tie the game up at the end of the game." (So, they occasionally lose gallantly.)

* "They have the lead on the Giants with eight minutes to go in the game." (So, they also know how to blow late leads.)

* "They're going into the bye week; who knows what their coach is going to offer them going into the bye week?" (Seriously. Maybe he'll offer them gold star stickers or something.)

* "We've got to go to the Jets--which, any time you travel like that, particularly in New York, is a tough deal--and play them up there." (Especially considering that the Jets have won a terrifying two of their past six home games.)

* "They have high quality players." (Indeed. That particularly rare brand of high-quality 1-7-type players.)

But look, we all have to find a way to get motivated. I can't tell you how many times my bosses have patiently explained just how much I need fear the writers from the Washington Times. A Pulitzer hiding inside each one of 'em. Plus, they really like each other.

(PS: Did you see the headline in The Onion last week? "Joe Gibbs Calls Time Out to Decide How to Use Remaining Time Outs.")

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2007; 3:36 PM ET
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gold star stickers -- you crack me up!

Posted by: tkozikow | November 1, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Conan O'Brien thinks this post is fabulous.

Posted by: | November 1, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Word of the day: Execrable.

ex·e·cra·ble -- adjective:

1. utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent.

2. very bad: an execrable stage performance.

Related forms:

ex·e·cra·ble·ness, noun

ex·e·cra·bly, adverb

And, in a sentence:

Chad Pennington has an execrable habit of recovering from injury.

Posted by: Red Sox Monster | November 1, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

someone tell Joe that he won't even get to sniff New York on his way to the Meadowlands. he will get to sniff the hell out of New Jersey, however. mmmmmm......Exit 16W!

Posted by: jamie | November 1, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Patriots just scored again... :(

Posted by: Sean Taylor | November 2, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of this stiff roaming the Redskins sideline looking like a 5,000 year old deer in head lights.

I'm so sick of Danny Snyder and all of his lies and gimmicks.

I'm so sick of Vinny, our 75 Associate Assistant Head Coaches, FedEx Field, etc.

The whole thing is becoming old, kinda like a Gibbs press conference after (and now before-thanks Steinberg) a game.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | November 2, 2007 7:47 AM | Report abuse

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