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ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:20 PM) Either way yeah this team sucks. No playoffs for us. It's hard to blame Fitz though. He touched it out after having surgery and said his thumb hurts far worse than before the surgery. Plus the online was shit and he kept getting hit so it's hard to make Fitz a dud this week
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:20 PM) Fitz was under tremendous pressure all game
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:21 PM) If Fitz had good protection he would've made better throws. Also Marshall dropped a lot of easy catches
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:23 PM) f***........................
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:23 PM) I HATE THIS
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:24 PM) Dolphins looking to take us out next week also
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:24 PM) I think Mangold has a broken wrist
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:34 PM) Jets 4th loss by 7 points or less. I all 4 of them the jets had the Ball with under 2 mins to go with a chance to tie or win the game
santana Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:35 PM) noooooooo
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:36 PM) yessssssssssssssss
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:53 PM) So now we have to pull for the Pats against the Bills to stay even with them
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:53 PM) BOOOOOOOOOOOOO
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:54 PM) Hate my life
vjdbbq Icon : (22 November 2015 - 06:11 PM) SLIDE YOU f*** HEAD SLIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vjdbbq Icon : (22 November 2015 - 06:11 PM) I don't want to see Geno !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 11:42 PM) Report is mangold has a severe cut on his hand
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 02:12 AM) Jets playoff hopes are seriously on the edge of going down the drain with all the close records, tie breakers and better division win %.Steelers and Chiefs are prime for the 2 wild card spots. Jets pretty much need to run the table at this point for even a shot at a wildcard.
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 02:14 AM) Sucks big time after the season started so promising. 4-1 to total implosion. It sucks even more because we are so used to it we expect it every year now.
vjdbbq Icon : (23 November 2015 - 08:52 AM) Nice ass rob
MikeGangGree... Icon : (23 November 2015 - 12:31 PM) Jets cut copels today
MikeGangGree... Icon : (23 November 2015 - 12:32 PM) Coples
NJAzrael71 Icon : (23 November 2015 - 01:24 PM) Scott20119.....how about you go troll and spam some other site? Spammers can go f*** themselves.
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:39 PM) vjdbbq you have some serious metal and IQ issues. Why dont you go back to your old ways of never posting when you had only 5 or 6 posts since your join date in 07.
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:39 PM) mental
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:49 PM) Thanks for the news MGG. If the FO didn't try to shop him before the trade deadline it was stupid because releasing him now they get nothing. Maybe no one would've traded but if so even a 6th or 7th round draft pick or someone the team might be able to use would've been better than nothing
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:51 PM) He sucked this year but did have a career best 6.5 sacks in 2014 so a team change might work out for him.
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 07:36 PM) Couples will land on the Bills when Rex grabs him off waivers
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 07:37 PM) in the mean time does anyone think we would have a better record under Rex with this same team?
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 07:53 PM) Couples....it wouldn't surprise me and .....with Rex its hard to tell. His defensive scheming may be the best in football but this team has had a lot of injuries on both sides of the ball which has absolutely cost the team at least 3 games ......so as far as better record. it would be simply an opinion. Bowles has done a good job so I have no problems with him other than time out usage. That said I feel rex got a bad rap because he never had a qb even on Fitz caliber and Fitz is just average. But that is in the past so no sense even debating about it now. Rex is with a new team and we finally have a qb who doesn't completely suck. Still wish we had a true high level franchise qb though.
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:34 PM) Watching the game and I am finding myself yelling at the bills offensive playcalling
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:34 PM) Just stipupidity
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:35 PM) run the ball every time on first and second with zero sucess
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:36 PM) Out D is no where near as good as it should be under Bowles. I'm not sure why. I guess it's easy to blame Bowles but the bend and don't break philosophy isn't working
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:39 PM) They should ban that pick play.
MikeGangGree... Icon : (23 November 2015 - 11:54 PM) As bad as we have played lately we are still a better coached team without Rex. Rex still has no clue how to manage the clock
MikeGangGree... Icon : (24 November 2015 - 12:03 AM) See. Can't manage the clock
vjdbbq Icon : (24 November 2015 - 08:05 AM) Hello Rob
vjdbbq Icon : (24 November 2015 - 08:06 AM) They cut coples to save money in case he got hurt practicing since he hardly played ; a business move .
Jetsfan115 Icon : (24 November 2015 - 12:58 PM) our D was better with shit CBs last year. rex is just better at calling a defense then bowles
Jetsfan115 Icon : (24 November 2015 - 12:58 PM) hopefully milliner comes back. where has mcdougle been? revis hurt and cro hurt
Jetsfan115 Icon : (Yesterday, 02:37 PM) coples picked up by miami. we play him on sunday now lol
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 05:08 PM) We need a real edge rusher
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 05:08 PM) We are gonna trade Richardson or Wilkerson after this season, hopefully we can then get a edge rusher to compliment them
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 05:10 PM) I never wanted the Jets to draft Coples, he was clearly going to be a bust
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 05:10 PM) hes not athletic enough for OLB either, doesn't have enough fluidity in the hips. He can be a decent player, but he needs to be a interior pass rusher
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Article On Dkny- Great Read! Dunked on Greg Oden???

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Post icon  Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:52 PM

A Jets Rookie Is Smashing Doubts and Ping-Pong Balls

Published: November 27, 2008

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Executives left their offices at the Jets' headquarters on a recent afternoon, drawn to a hallway by the sounds of trash talk and bouncing Ping-Pong balls.

With his body coiled into position, Keller turned on the ball and smacked a forehand. The ball bounced over the head of the rookie running back Jehuu Caulcrick and echoed down the hallway. As Caulcrick retrieved the ball, Keller hollered, "It's not even fun anymore, is it?"

Keller turned to table tennis as a hobby back in grade school because he found that dominating basketball games at the local Y.M.C.A. in Lafayette, Ind., came too easily.

Reminding himself of Forrest Gump, Keller beat his brothers at table tennis until they refused to play him. While in college at Purdue, he bought a table for his apartment. He told his coach he might go pro after he destroyed teammates so badly they broke his paddles.

"Ping-Pong is like most games," Keller said. "People just don't want to play me anymore."

It is this kind of confidence that allowed Keller to brush off the boos he heard on draft day to become at once the Jets' table-tennis champion and one of Brett Favre's favorite targets.

Keller does not exhibit confidence so much as he exudes it. He reminds his brothers that he dunked on Greg Oden, the Portland Trail Blazers center, in high school, twice. ohmy.gif He talks constantly while competing, in table tennis and pool and video games.

Even at age 8, when Dwight, his older brother by 10 years, played pickup basketball with friends, Dustin always tagged along. Dwight remembered that his brother held his own against high school seniors, never turning the ball over, always jumping in the older players' faces.

"Confidence is pretty much a family trait," Dwight said.

Sandwiched between two older brothers and younger twins, Keller needed that confidence to be noticed.

The boys were a basketball-playing bunch, all point guards except for the middle child, who was the tallest at age 15. Most evenings, they gathered at a neighbor's basketball hoop, where they would play until those neighbors came downstairs and told the boys they were trying to sleep.

"Each and every one of them will tell you they're the best at basketball," Keller said. "But I will, definitely, without a doubt, say it's me. And I'm going to be correct."

Maureen Keller raised them as a single mother who went to college and sometimes worked two jobs. Yet she still shuttled five children to games and practices, still found time to bake cookies and cook pots of chili for them and their friends.

Sometimes, she returned home to find the walls marked up from a mattress that the boys had been riding down the stairs. Once, she noticed the laundry chute had been damaged. Apparently, Dustin had become stuck while sliding down. Instead of removing him right away, his brothers tickled his feet.

"All kinds of mischief went on," she said. "They didn't tell me until it was too late to punish them."

During tough times, Maureen Keller turned to a familiar saying: One day we'll look back at this and laugh.

She said it when they ate tuna casserole for the third night in a row. When she accidentally bought one of the boys women's basketball shoes. When she took them to school in her old car with a drooping ceiling held together by thumb tacks.

"Looking back on it, I really don't know how she did it," Dustin Keller said. "I don't know when she had time to sleep."

In high school, his mother brought him to volunteer at homeless shelters and to her job working with people with developmental disabilities. Those experiences exposed another side of this confident middle son, a tender one.

He befriended one man with Down syndrome. Each year on that man's birthday, Keller escorted him to Purdue's football offices to meet the players and the coaches. Another woman who also had Down syndrome accompanied the family to every football banquet, calling Keller and his brothers her bodyguards.

"These people we had the opportunity to get to know, they don't care how much money you have or what you look like," Maureen Keller said. "They know immediately if they can trust you. They know what you're all about."

If the boys learned caring from their mother, they took their confidence from their father.

Willie Keller Jr. was a playground legend in Lafayette, a basketball star who Maureen said would be the first to tell everybody so. They divorced when the boys were young, and not long after, Willie Keller Jr. died. Hundreds of locals, including the mayor, attended his funeral.
The family prefers not to talk about the events that led to his death. Maureen Keller said that people sometimes overcome mistakes and sometimes succumb. "Unfortunately," she said, "that's what happened with him."

Keller experienced his share of loss. In high school, his good friend died from cancer. They had played together on different teams, in different sports.

Maureen Keller guided her son through the losses, reminded him that he was his father's legacy, that he would accomplish all the things Willie Keller Jr. did not.

Even now, when she looks at her middle son, she sees his father, all outgoing and charming and athletic. But the confidence, the kind that would not allow Dad to admit he had lost to one of his sons in basketball, stands out more than anything.

It was there when some fans booed Keller back in April after the Jets had traded up to draft him. It was there against New England in overtime, when Keller caught a 16-yard pass on third down that led to the winning field goal. And it was there against St. Louis when he gained 107 receiving yards.

"I wish I had him when I was younger," Favre said. "He's going to have a lot of 100-yard days, a lot of big plays. He has no idea how good he can be."

Earlier this week, after her sons bought her an iPhone, Maureen sent Dustin a text message. She reminded him of the dandelions he used to pick for her, and of the dozens of cards that she kept from him over the years.

Even though her son had been invited for Thanksgiving at the home of a Jets employee, she considered sending food overnight anyway turkey and ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes and Dutch apple pie, Dustin's favorite.

For his part, Keller has been paying her back. He is covering the cost of graduate school, so she can teach students with special needs.

And earlier this year, after church around Mother's Day, the boys took their mother outside and pointed to a shiny silver fully loaded BMW. Dustin remarked at how nice the car was, and his mother made a mental note to remind him not to become too materialistic.

Again, the boys pointed at the car. Then Dustin handed her the keys.

"She might have just now stopped crying from that," he said.

Mostly, when the Kellers look back now, they laugh the way Mom always said they would.


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:14 PM

good read.Cool about the Oden dunk.I kind of doubt he could do it now though.

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:18 PM

ughh he was on 1st and 10 and they were asking about his playing days back in hs.

from the interview he couldnt even really remem if he played against him. or what happened. so its nonsense. i doubt he dunked on oden and if he did he surely didnt remember during the interview.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:45 PM

Dustin Keller is becoming the true first down maker, 33 catches this year. 24 of those are for first downs. He is becoming that clutch target on 3rd downs. He is what this offense was missing, we needed a 3rd target. We finally got one! I like how during the Titans/Jets game at one point it was like this. Cotchery-6 catches Coles-6 catches Keller-6 catches. I mean I don't like the number 6-6-6, but its cool how they are spreading the rock through these 3.
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