Burned by former teammate again

For the second straight week Jonathan Vilma had to watch a former Miami teammate come up big for the opposition.

Updated: November 16, 2004, 1:22 PM 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. 14 and for the previous diaries, look below.

  • Diary No. 13: Playing McGahee
  • 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
  • Trust me guys, we're going to get this losing thing turned around. Sometimes, I would rather just be blown out so at least I know I never had a chance to win anyway. Me and overtime have a mutual hatred for each other because every time we cross paths, he refuses to cooperate. All I ask for is a win, but overtime has a different perspective. For all the Canes' fans out there, overtime wasn't friendly to us two years ago in the Fiesta Bowl either.

    This 20-17 OT loss to the Ravens hit me especially hard because as I talked about last week, I hate losing to former teammates. Of course, it would have to be Ravens safety Ed Reed that had a game-changing play (an interception of a LaMont Jordan pass that Reed returned 78 yards in the second quarter). When I saw that, all I could say was, 'it would be Ed Reed to pick it off for a touchdown.' Though he didn't score (it was called back because of a penalty), it did lead to a touchdown.

    I felt we did a really good job defensively, but it wasn't enough. We held Jamal Lewis, one of the best running backs in the game, to under 75 yards rushing. That's saying a lot in the NFL these days. What we have to understand is that it's not okay to keep giving up points because of our mistakes. I have yet to see a team manhandle us, and I doubt that will happen because we have too many athletes here.

    We have Cleveland this week, and I'm going against my former head coach Butch Davis. Last time I saw him was at the NFL Scouting Combine, so it will good to beat him first ... then say hi afterwards. For whatever reason, I seem to be missing the 'beat them' part when I go against a friend.

    We'll see this week. That's the only good thing about a loss, there's always next week.

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