Posted Dec 30, 2009
Teaming with Revis is Ryan’s former safety in Baltimore, Jim Leonhard, a guy that can give Revis plenty of knowledge.
“Revis is just a really good player, flat-out," Palmer said. "Reads formations and plays, he can run, he can play the ball, he can press, he’s good in and out of his breaks. Leonhard has played against us a ton, so he understands what he’s seeing. He’ll try to jump things and recognize formations. Just a smart, heady player that makes a lot of plays. He’s not Ed Reed -- there’s only one of those in the league -- but he’s a very good player.”
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jim Leonhard wore an incredulous look on his boyish face, wondering what Michael Turner was talking about.
Turner, the Falcons' Pro Bowl running back, reinjured his right ankle on the first carry of Sunday's game when Leonhard tackled him after a 7-yard gain up the middle. Turner was forced to watch the rest of the game from the sideline.
After the game, he hinted he thought the Jets and Leonhard were specifically targeting his injury, an assertion the 5-8, 186-pound safety laughed off as absurd. "The only time you can have an opportunity to think about something like that is if he's held up in a pile or you are laying on the ground twisting his ankle or something," Leonhard said. "That's the only time that you even think about, 'Oh, he's got a bad ankle.'
". . . Very first play of the game and he comes running clean through a hole. I didn't know which ankle was bad. It's not like I'm trying to go for an ankle. I'm trying to get the man to the ground.
"He's an All-Pro running back. I'm not worried about trying to hit him on a bad ankle or anything. It's just one of those things that happened. There was no intent to hurt Michael Turner."
Rex Ryan came to Leonhard's defense.
"It's a ridiculous statement," he said. "Michael Turner is 250 pounds. Jim Leonhard is about a buck-90. The only thing they have in common is their ankles are the same size. You've got to tackle what you can tackle. If he's up top, we're talking about why the guy ran him over. He's a running back. He's going to get hit."
How else can you explain the unfathomable litany of events that have unfolded to leave the Jets with this unthinkably delicious scenario: Win and they're in."We feel like it's got to be meant to be with all the breaks we've caught the last few weeks," Jets safety Jim Leonhard said.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Safety Jim Leonhard said once the Colts replaced Peyton Manning with rookie backup Curtis Painter in the third quarter of yesterday's 29-15 win over the Colts, he saw a different look in the eyes of the defensive front seven.
"Those guys smelled blood," Leonhard said.
LB Calvin Pace drew blood, sacking Painter and forcing a fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a TD by DE Marques Douglas for an 18-15 Jets' lead.
"I got a step on my guy and the quarterback is in sight and all I'm thinking is, get there quick, before his arm comes forward," Pace said.
"It was a straight coverage and straight rush and [Pace] beat the tight end clean," Leonhard said. "It was a great play on his part. It's what he does."
Pace leads the Jets now with seven sacks. For Douglas, it was his first career TD.