1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2004
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Curtis Martin's injured knee wouldn't let him play. His heart wouldn't let him quit.Knowing he was too hurt to be effective, Martin still wanted to be in the huddle as the Jets attempted to rally in the fourth quarter. So he went to New York coach Herman Edwards and asked a favor."I said, 'Just let me go in there, let me look the offensive linemen in the eye and see if we can't get this thing going," Martin said.One week after mismanaging the game clock, the Jets beat it as Quincy Carter threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCareins with 5:32 remaining to give New York an ugly 10-7 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Is relying on the ground game the way to go with Pennington out?
The Jets have a great running back in Curtis Martin and they would be fools not to rely on him while Pennington is out. Anytime a backup quarterback comes in, especially one fairly new to the system, the game changes because of the coaching staff's confidence level. While the Jets may have all the confidence in the world that Quincy Carter will do a great job replacing Pennington, they still know that there are different skill sets involved. Both players excel at different things, so while attempting to find out how to get the most out of Carter, it's imperative that Martin keeps the pressure off him.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Browns RT Ryan Tucker sprained his right knee in the third quarter and didn't return. He will have an MRI on Monday. ... Martin (12,741 yards) moved past Tony Dorsett (12,739) into sixth place on the career rushing list. ... The Jets were 2-for-14 on third down, the Browns 2-of-13. ... Browns KR Richard Alston returned a kickoff 52 yards, the third consecutive week he's had one longer than 50. ... Cleveland started five drives at its own 40 or better and didn't get a point, punting four times and missing a field goal.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.6||3.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||3:56||AARON SHEA 3 YD PASS FROM JEFF GARCIA (PHIL DAWSON KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:16
|FG||5:54||DOUG BRIEN 41 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 48 yds, 5:23
|TD||9:28||JUSTIN MCCAREINS 11 YD PASS FROM QUINCY CARTER (DOUG BRIEN KICK) |
Drive: 10 plays, 75 yds, 5:55