Jets must deal with noise as well as Seahawks

Jets must deal with noise as well as Seahawks

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Take the decibel level of a NASCAR race. Combine it with the sound at a heavy metal concert.

That's what CenturyLink Field can sound like for a Seahawks game.

And that's what the New York Jets are preparing for on Sunday.

So coach Rex Ryan had the speakers turned up to max volume and a staffer pumped in music - anything from West Side Connection's ``Gangsta Nation'' to ``Get Right'' by Jennifer Lopez - to create the loudest environment possible during practice.

That practice was held indoors Wednesday because of a snowstorm, but made sense under any weather conditions because it's the closest way to simulate what the Jets will face in Seattle; Ryan calls it ``a hostile environment'' where ``the fans are over the top.''

He meant it as a compliment.

``Notoriously, this is a tough place to play,'' Ryan said. ``When you think of an indoor-type atmosphere, it's kind of like the noise level that you get there, even though it's an outdoor stadium. But that doesn't make a difference.''

Ryan mentioned the high number of false starts by visiting offenses at Seattle as a tangible example of the Seahawks' home-field advantage. The Giants once had 11 of them, turning coach Tom Coughlin's face more crimson than usual.

The NFL once sent out a memo about complaints of artificial sound being added to amplify crowd noise at the Seahawks' stadium - something that seems ludicrous considering the pitch at which the fans shout.

Most memorable on the sound meter, perhaps, was Marshawn Lynch's stunning 67-yard TD run in the 2010 wild-card playoff game on which he broke a half-dozen Saints tackles. The cheering on that play registered as a minor tremor on local seismic equipment.

``It's awesome. We definitely use it to our advantage,'' said former Jets running back-kick returner Leon Washington, now a Seahawk. ``We've led the league the last five years in false starts on the opposing team. The energy the fans bring to the stadium is so loud.

``When I'm about to do a kickoff return, I can feel the energy the fans are giving me. It's awesome playing here. We know when opponents come here to play us it's going to be a tough task for them to get a win. We definitely use it to our advantage.''

Indeed, the Seahawks (5-4) are 4-0 at home this year, albeit one victory was that infamous 14-12 win over Green Bay that marked the end of the replacement officials in Week 3. They are in the midst of the NFC wild-card chase, although catching San Francisco (6-2) in the AFC West might be too much of a chore.

New York is 3-5 and desperate for a victory to get back into the AFC race.

Even opposing defensive players notice the difficulty of playing in Seattle. Although the crowd quiets down when the Seahawks have the ball, it's not exactly like a library. And when the defenders are trying to meet on the sideline while their offense has the ball, well, it can be fruitless.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie was happy that Ryan had music blaring inside the practice facility, calling it ``very helpful'' to get acclimated.

``In a place that loud,'' he said, ``communication has to be good, verbal and non-verbal.''

Facing the biggest challenge in that area will be quarterback Mark Sanchez, his blockers and receivers. It's hard being on the same page when the book is shaking from reverberating noise.

Sanchez has never played at Seattle - the Jets lost 13-3 in their only visit to CenturyLink Field - but has been forewarned by teammates who have, as well as friends around the league. That he will be facing his college coach at Southern California, Pete Carroll, only adds more spice to the matchup.

``It's the loudest stadium in the league,'' tight end Dustin Keller said. ``Just a tough place to play.''


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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.