Jerricho Cotchery told reporters Monday he was hoping that quarterback Mark Sanchez wouldn't look his direction on the overtime play where the wide receiver pulled his groin muscle. Sanchez did and Cotchery, despite the injury, made a diving leap for the highlight catch and the first down. Cotchery called it "a slight adrenaline rush.".Quarterback Mark Sanchez had injured his calf muscle late in the third quarter on a third down play, but returned to the game on the next series without missing a snap. Head coach Rex Ryan is hopeful that Sanchez will practice on Wednesday at full speed and won't have to be slowed down at all. "I think he's going to be ok," Ryan said. "Being able to finish a game generally means that's a good sign that you can play the next week."
One player who wasn't able to finish the game for the Jets was left guard Matt Slauson. The second-year tackle out of Nebraska had injured his knee two weeks ago in Detroit and was limited in practice last week. Slauson again was hobbled by the injury on Sunday. "Slauson feels better today than he did this time last week," Ryan said on Monday. "That's encouraging."
Sunday saw Rex against Rob as the Ryan twins clashed. Rob Ryan, the twin brother of the Jets head coach, is the defensive coordinator of the Browns. It was a long afternoon for "Cleveland Bob" who saw the Jets offense churn out nearly 100 plays against his defense and hold the ball for more than 20 minutes of possession then the Browns. "I was going to call him to bust his chops - he's probably still breaking down that film with the 97 plays against them," the Jets coach said. "I don't think he was in the mood to hear that. It's always a special thing going up against your brother. You always hate to see him lose."
It was the return of the ground and pound at Cleveland Browns Stadium, with the Jets rushing the ball 43 times with their running backs and through Brad Smith in their wildcat package. The 168 yards on the ground was the second highest rushing total of the season for the Jets since the Week 4 win at Buffalo.Sunday's win saw a rare sight, no David Harris keying the team with the lead in tackles. Harris was tied for second on the defense with "just" six tackles, tied with safety Jim Leonhard and one behind fellow linebacker Calvin Pace. Harris had led the team in tackles in each of the previous four games.