Losing to McGahee hard to take

Losing to the Bills was even harder to swallow with former Hurricanes teammate Willis McGahee piling up yards.

Updated: November 10, 2004, 9:37 AM ET
By Jonathan Vilma | Special to ESPN.com

Vilma diary
Editor's note: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets, will chronicle his rookie experiences in a weekly diary for ESPN.com. This is No. 13 and for the previous diaries, look below.

  • Diary No. 12: MNF spotlight
  • Diary No. 11: First loss
  • Diary No. 10: Coming from behind
  • Diary No. 9: Happy homecoming
  • Diary No. 8: Heading home
  • Diary No. 7: Road trip
  • Diary No. 6: First win
  • Diary No. 5: City Championship
  • Diary No. 4: Playing Peyton
  • Diary No. 3: Finally on the field
  • Diary No. 2: Short week of camp
  • Diary No. 1: Ready for camp
  • Sorry to say guys, but we took another knock on the head this week. It's even more frustrating when you lose to a team that you beat already. On top of that, it had to be Willis McGahee , my Hurricane buddy, former teammate for three years, that runs for 100-plus yards (132 yards on 37 carries) on us. If that wouldn't eat you up inside, I don't know what would.

    What can I say; it was just one of those days where nothing goes your way. We will rebound because we know we're better than that, but I know that I was looking forward to winning this game, so we could call ourselves one of the dominant teams this season. It didn't work out that way, and all that means is that we have to try harder and work harder.

    Jonathan Vilma
    Linebacker
    New York Jets
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    2004 SEASON STATISTICS
    Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
    51 37 14 0 1 1

    No time to dwell on the past, we have another big game ahead of us this weekend against the Ravens. It's a big challenge this week going against arguably the best running back in the game right now, Jamal Lewis. Not to mention I'll be paying close attention to a few Hurricane alumni (Ray Lewis and Ed Reed) on the defensive side of the ball. I wish them well, but not this week.

    The veterans are saying I'm supposed to hit my rookie wall pretty soon. Right now I'm having too much fun to think about it, so who knows what will happen. I get real excited each week because it's a different challenge where I know if I play less than 100 percent on any play, it could be that one play that changes the game. It's hard enough being a rookie; I definitely don't want to be that guy who causes us to lose and miss out on the playoffs.

    I'm getting ahead of myself. We're still 6-2 with the fourth best record in the league. We just need to find our groove again and not look back.

    Until next time ...

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