2005-12-02 / Sports

Bollinger Looking To Make Difference For Jets

By Derrick Felix


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- Brooks Bollinger might have come up short in Sunday night’s 21-19 loss to the Saints but it wasn’t because he was ineffective. Instead, the fourth year quarterback out of Wisconsin was an efficient 19-of-28 for a career best 251 yards and a touchdown- earning praise from Coach Herm Edwards.

“I thought [Brooks] did a great job,” said Edwards. “And he made some good throws. Moved the ball offensively.” Though Bollinger did a solid job of running the offense without any turnovers, the 26-year-old former 2003 sixth round pick wasn’t satisfied with the final outcome.

“It’s just disappointing. When you’re a team in a situation like us, you just want to win so bad and obviously since I’ve been starting, I haven’t won one,” Bollinger explained. “So I really wanted to help us win a game. To come up short again, it’s tough.”

Twice down the stretch, Bollinger had his team in position for a winning field goal but couldn’t get enough yards on the final drive for rookie kicker Mike Nugent to win it. He came up just short from 53 yards out with 10 seconds left. The Grand Forks North Dakota native took some responsibility for failing to field a low Pete Kendall snap cleanly, which hurt his team’s chances.

“I should’ve got it. Just my momentum was kind of not under me and I should’ve at least fielded it and been able to get it off,” he pointed out. One of the positives from Sunday was Bollinger’s poise in the pocket. His ability to make plays on the run should be something Gang Green fans continue to see. “It’s a credit to the way [Martin] been running the ball, that we were able to do some play action stuff and it worked well for us tonight.”

Aside from hitting Justin McCareins with a perfect 27-yard TD pass, Bollinger had good chemistry with second-year wideout Jerricho Cotchery. He connected with Cotchery four times for 72 yards, including a 33-yard pass early on which was a career long for both players. Bollinger later eclipsed that with a 36-yarder to McCareins.

Regarding Cotchery, Bollinger had some nice things to say. “[Jericho] is a great football player. He’s smart. He’s going to be a really good player for this team in this league for a long time. He’s getting his chance and he’s doing good things and it’s something we’ve seen for a long time.”

One thing becomes evident about Bollinger. He wants to help get the Jets back into the win column. With a little more experience underneath his belt, maybe it will happen at New England Sunday.

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