Jets four-fold mission

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 1:00am

1. Get the crowd excited. New York Jets fans are among the least patient in the league, especially with a team that is losing. The Jets need something positive to happen early in the Monday night setting in the Meadowlands to keep the crowd from turning on them.

2. Gather some Moss. The Jets most electrifying player is wide receiver/return man Santana Moss. New York needs him involved in as many touches as possible both offensively and on special teams to give him the opportunity to make a game-breaking play.

3. Harass the quarterback. If the inexperienced Billy Volek gets the nod Monday night, the Jets' sack tandem of Shaun Ellis and John Abraham (17.5 combined sacks) will try to make him make decisions under duress. The Jets not only need pressure up front, but they probably will want to throw as much confusion and disguises into their scheme as possible.

4. Stop the run. The Jets have been pitiful this season at the basic cardinal rule of defensive play - stopping the run. The Jets are allowing opponents to rush for an average of 154.5 yards per game, and that has to be better Monday night in order to beat the Titans.

- Terry McCormick

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