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Jets defensive coordinator suggests prayer as way to stop A.J. Green

Antonio Cromartie AP

The Jets face the Bengals this weekend, which means they will have to try to come up with an answer to the question of how you stop Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.

Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman has likely been coming up with several options on that front, but not all of them have to do with safety help over the top or other schematic tweaks. As Thurman explained, cornerback Antonio Cromartie might want to ask for some help from up above with keeping Green from lighting up the scoreboard.

“What does he need to do?” Thurman said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “Put his hands on him and pray, pretty much.”

It’s tough to count on divine intervention, so Thurman’s suggestion of a physical approach will likely be the one that the Jets put into practice on Sunday.¬†Cromartie has enough size to make that approach a good idea and he’s played very well through the first seven weeks of the season.

The Green-Cromartie matchup should be fun to watch and the winner of it will significantly improve his team’s chances of winning the game. If that turns out to be Cromartie, the AFC playoff chase will have an unexpected participant in the Jets.

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30 Responses to “Jets defensive coordinator suggests prayer as way to stop A.J. Green”
  1. bishopbengals says: Oct 25, 2013 11:22 AM

    It’ll be a good matchup. Hoping to see AJ get multiple TDs.

  2. larry321 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:24 AM

    Big jets fan here, but Cromartie has NOT played very well this season. Last week he himself graded his season to date as a C.

  3. jolink653 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:33 AM

    Interesting that Aqib Talib just went out and shut down AJ Green for the most part; no reports saying he prayed for anything

  4. pftfan says: Oct 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    This is where the Jets are really going to regret releasing Tebow.

  5. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 25, 2013 11:43 AM

    After playing great last year Cromartie has been inconsistent surprisingly this season. Our secondary has to step it up & continue the the tightening up trend from last week in order to keep winning!

  6. joemammy says: Oct 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    Yeah…either prayer or Joe Haden.

  7. bigdaddytg says: Oct 25, 2013 11:52 AM

    How can you go Agence Anthony its Showtime Let’s go JETS

  8. realskipbayless says: Oct 25, 2013 11:59 AM

    GO GREEN AND GO BENGALS

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    Dalton is the only one who can stop AJ.

  10. Iain says: Oct 25, 2013 12:05 PM

    So if Cro comes up with a pick this week is it getting labeled “divine interception”?

  11. lobzila says: Oct 25, 2013 12:07 PM

    Depends on which Cromartie shows up for the game. The monster who intercepted Peyton Manning three times in one game and made the most awesome physically talented one handed picks the world has ever seen, or the one who cant cover or tackle anyone on occasion. He can be a monster on defense with speed and power, or a mediocre player who is soft on defense. He will make the highlight reel either way, I hope to see him as the monster he was.

  12. ken14andersonforhof says: Oct 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    if the Jets can figure out how to stop Green, then they have to cover Bernard, Sanu, Eifert,Marvin Jones, and Gresham,,and if they can cover these guys then the Bengals will have to throw in the secret weapon, and have Sanzenbacher come in and make a couple of one handed touchdown catches..PRAYER MAY BE THEIR ONLY HOPE!! WHO-DEY!!!

  13. natijim235 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:11 PM

    the whole jets team should be praying – who dey!

  14. t8ertot says: Oct 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    AJ is going to have a monster game. And if the jets double team him, look for the TE’s, and Gio to have big days as well.

    WHO DEY

  15. axespray says: Oct 25, 2013 12:22 PM

    Who Sam Shields who locked down AJ and Torrey Smith for most of those games w/o any Safety help this year.

  16. lrjets says: Oct 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    jolink653 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 11:33 AM
    Interesting that Aqib Talib just went out and shut down AJ Green for the most part; no reports saying he prayed for anything
    ____________________________

    If the Patriots turned to prayer, praying for the shut down of an opponent should be, say 23 on the list of prayers.

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    Play short zones across the board, forcing Dalton to throw it deep.

    Then sit back and get ready to catch what appears to be a punt.

  18. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says: Oct 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    GO GREEN AND GO BENGALS

    ———

    So you’re rooting for both teams???

  19. dino8500 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    Funny how all these fans of other teams want to brag about how “their” corner shut down AJ. Yet he has 43 rec for 619 yds and 5 td’s already this season. If everyone is shutting him down how does he have these type of stats? Admit it you can’t shut AJ down you can only hope to slow him down and contain the damage he does.

  20. backdapack4evr says: Oct 25, 2013 1:14 PM

    Jets = joke
    Bring on the clowns
    In 10 years a clown suit will be the jets throwback uniform!!

  21. green41563 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    ken14andersonforhof says:
    Oct 25, 2013 12:10 PM
    if the Jets can figure out how to stop Green, then they have to cover Bernard, Sanu, Eifert,Marvin Jones, and Gresham
    ___________________________________

    Right, which is why the Jets are much more concerned with Green.

  22. sellout1983 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:04 PM

    Rex has been doing a lot of film study on AJ, and says how great his feet are..

  23. uwsptke says: Oct 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    Or he could watch film on how Sam Shields completely shut him down in week 3.

  24. rcali says: Oct 25, 2013 3:55 PM

    I see a lot of holding and Pass interference penalties coming Cro’s way.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    CORRECTION: TRIPLE TEAM (Talib, 2nd corner, and safety) shut down Dalton/Green in the rain

  26. dlk47823 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:41 PM

    Its not going to b about the secondary- Its gonna be about the Jets beast of a D line beating up Cincy line. #1 against the run, #2 in sacks. Andy’s in big trouble.

  27. dlk47823 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:45 PM

    packerWhacker- I wouldn’t be commenting on A bengals game. They throttled your sorry cheese eatin’ bunch!

  28. getweird4u says: Oct 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    jolink653 says:Oct 25, 2013 11:33 AM

    Interesting that Aqib Talib just went out and shut down AJ Green for the most part; no reports saying he prayed for anything
    ???????????????????????????????????????
    % catches for 62 yards , while not a great game I wouldnt say he shut him down?! Shutting down is what that Bengal Defense did to that NE offense!

  29. getweird4u says: Oct 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    *5

  30. getweird4u says: Oct 27, 2013 2:23 PM

    joetoronto says:Oct 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    Play short zones across the board, forcing Dalton to throw it deep.

    Then sit back and get ready to catch what appears to be a punt.
    __________________________________

    Your QB is Terrell Pryor hahahaha I have been a Bengal/Buckeye season ticket holder for 9 years now and if there is a QB who throws a deep ball that more resembles a Punt than TP I have yet to see him. What is your Raiders record again??? Lets go put on spiked shoulder pads and talk about our 30 year old Trophies.SMH It is 2013 and My fav team is light years ahead of your fav team #fact #whocaresaboutyourOLDOLDOLDsuccess

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