Jets' Coles frustrated by lack of playing time in loss

Updated: October 8, 2006, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New York Jets receiver Laveranues Coles bought 25 extra tickets for friends and family members to come see him play in his hometown.

 Laveranues Coles
Coles

Maybe that's why he was upset with his lack of playing time.

Coles finished with three catches for 19 yards in New York's 41-0 loss at Jacksonville and was clearly frustrated with his performance.

"I pretty much have no comment on things. I can only speak about what I did. I didn't play a lot of plays," Coles said after the Jets suffered their worst loss in 20 years. "I played very few plays and that's all I can say. I started the game, then I sat the second quarter, some of the third quarter and the majority of the fourth quarter.

"I don't know why. That's something you have to ask the coaches. I don't know. I just work here. Am I frustrated by it? Any time I'm not on the field, I'm frustrated. It's just something they have to deal with. It's not me."

Coles had been listed as questionable for the game with a wrist injury. But he said his wrist was fine.

"It didn't bother me at all. I wasn't hurt," he said.

He was disappointed being on the sideline more than in the huddle.

"I don't want to get into saying how I feel right now," Coles said. "You see all the time guys say things and then you have to come back and apologize for what you said. I don't ever want to end up on that side of things where people say he's a bad apple. When you lose a tough game like this, you just go back and regroup, kind of figure out again what your role is and where you fit in.

"I don't have all the answers as to what happened today. If I did I would be coaching. I'm a player. I do what I'm told to do. I'm just a pawn in a chess game. They move me here, move me there. They ask me to do something, I do it. If not, I leave it alone."

Jerricho Cotchery led the Jets with four receptions for 49 yards. Chad Pennington was 10-of-17 passing for 71 yards. He threw three interceptions and was sacked four times.

The Jets return home next week against Miami.

"I hope we rebound, but again, that falls upon our coaching staff and trying to figure out a way to get us back to going the right direction," said Coles, who is nearing completion on his $8 million, 25,000-square-foot home in nearby St. Johns County.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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