Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jones’

TJ gets no love but keeps racking up the yards

Thursday Night Football (Dec 3 2009) was hardly the greatest advert for NFL football, but it did have at least one magic moment.

 
New York Jets running back Thomas Jones, who has been more ‘under the radar’ than a Russian sub in the Cold War, reached his fifth consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season.
 
Considering he was not seen as a fantasy stud at the start of the 2009 season, Jones has shown the skills that makes a running back quite special.
 
He has tremendous durability, and Thursday’s game was his 60th consecutive game in the backfield.
 
At present Jones is scheduled to rush for 1,424 yards, his best ever total in his 10 years of NFL football.
 
The Jets stand at 6-6 and have a shot at a Wild Card (just about) despite rookie QB Mark Sanchez doing his best to throw the ball to the other team. Jones has helped to stabilise the J-E-T-S with his great vision and gutsy running.
 
With Shonn Greene the rookie RB waiting in the wings Jones has been inspired to play some fantastic football, having only fumbled twice (and lost none) in 239 carries so far this season.
 
Jones is only 1,117 yards away from 10,000 rushing yards,  putting him 30th in NFL history, having already surpassed legends such as Jim Taylor, Roger Craig, Priest Holmes and Larry Csonka in the all time regular season rushing charts.
 
I say give some respect to Jones. This is a player who played for the Chicago Bears in a Superbowl and finished with more rushing yards (112) than Walter Payton (61) did in his only Superbowl performance, and Jones has another feat over Payton in that he scored a Superbowl touchdown too.
 
I read that Jones’s mother worked night shifts in a coal mine, talk about being inspired from an early age.
 
Jones deserves another Pro Bowl appearance to go with his 2008 appearance (his only one in his career) but I suspect that he may be overlooked by the mind blowing season being had by Titans speedster Chris Johnson.
 
I hope for the sake of Jones and his family that the Jets win out and finish 10-6 but I suspect 8-8 will be where they will finish and Jones’s season will be lost¬†amongst the annals of faceless NFL statistics.¬†¬†
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Favre gets used to his new colours - Pic by Steve Coleman Associated Press

Favre gets used to his new colours - Pic by Steve Coleman Associated Press

The whole Brett Favre Green Bay Packers saga during this off-season¬†has had more yawns than an intercontinental sleeping championships, so it with some degree of relief that number #4 has left Wisconsin for the sleepy town of New ‘goddam’ York.

Gulp!

This means the Favre saga Рa bit like Mr Balboa in Rocky VI Рwill go a few rounds too many in the ring.

The New York media will no doubt waste a small rain forest in paper analysing¬†Brett’s move to the Big Apple, calling him names ranging from the¬†‘ressurection’ to ‘a grey haired over the hill dreamer’, but face it the New York Jets are NOT a Superbowl ready team like the Green Bay Packers.

The Jets have simply not got the defensive talent or the offensive line to make it into the post-season.

Thomas Jones is an average starter at best, a non glamorous starter that neither scares opposing teams nor exites home fans. Laverneus Coles is coming off an injury at wide-out, and Jerricho Cotchery is consistent but he is not the man to get you to the final dance.

Green Bay was the team Brett should have stayed at if he wanted a shot at the next Superbowl, now he will end his career in some kind of ugly kelly green and white mess on the AstroTurf of Giants Stadium.

I will say in here and now on NFLFANINENGLAND that Brett Favre will NOT make the playoffs with the New York Jets. He will potentially throw 3,000 yards in 2008, he may even extend his outstanding consecutive starts record, but Brett will not be tasting the rarefied air of the playoffs let alone the Superbowl.

The fact the Jets and Packers agreed a deal that means the Packers get a¬†1st round pick if Brett makes the Superbowl is not optimistic, it’s downright bonkers.

The hype for the Jets v Patriots game in week 2 of the 2008 season will be out of control. The Pats are a team on a mission, and also incredibly the same team that Favre beat in his only ever Superbowl win.

I think one man that has been given an incredibly raw deal is unemployed quarterback Chad Pennington, who must have a sore back after being shoved out with one hefty push towards the exit part of the New York Jets practice facility.

Yes Pennington did not have an incredible 2007, but he was the NFL comeback player of the year in 2006, and has the NFL record – YES THE NFL RECORD for completion % for all NFL quarterbacks who have attempted a minimum of 1,500 passes – better than Tom Brady, even better than Joe Montana or Steve Young.

Anyone out there think that the Jets can go better than my 2008 prediction of 6-10 ??? Please post a response

Now at least we get to see if former Cal quarterback Aaron Rogers is the real deal Рthank goodness !