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Moss, receivers wonder where all the big plays have gone

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Santana Moss prides himself on being the big-play receiver for the New York Jets.

So how does he feel now that the Jets have hardly hit any long pass plays the last few weeks while struggling to score?

``I am coming out there furious sometimes because I think every time I get out there I can beat somebody. But if I don't get the ball, what can I do?'' Moss said.

Though Moss avoided saying he wanted the ball more, it was clear how he felt when asked how to be more involved in the offense: ``Get back there, throw myself the ball and then I run it,'' he joked.

Though he was kidding, Moss and some of his teammates showed frustration with the offense Wednesday following a lackluster performance in a 17-6 loss to Pittsburgh. Earlier this week, backup running back LaMont Jordan said the Jets fail to perform in the big games and the offense needs to step up to have a shot at the playoffs.

That means more big plays from the offense, which has relied heavily on the run this season.

In the two games since Chad Pennington returned from a strained right rotator cuff, the Jets have two passing plays for 20 yards or more, both last week against the Steelers. Moss, the fastest player on the team, has been a non-factor for most of the season, though he does have several drops.

He has a combined four catches in the last two games for 43 yards. Last season, Moss had a career year, going over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdown receptions.

Everybody has their role. I'm out there to catch passes,'' Moss said.But if you don't have those catches or you don't have those passes, what can you do? You keep trying until they do it. When they do it, then you do something.''

The Jets are going to have to score more in their final three games, starting Sunday against the Seahawks. Seattle has scored 66 points in the last two games, while the Jets have 35. Then comes New England and St. Louis, which also can put points on the board in a hurry.

When asked about why the Jets have not relied more on play-action passing, something Pennington does well, several players bristled.

Center Kevin Mawae declined to answer the question, while Moss responded, 'If I had the answer I would give it to you clearer, but I don't have it.''

I think we will get back to that,'' Pennington said.We will get back to it and mix it up and do what we need to do to win. We know we have to score points. We can't just try to win games 13-10.''

Part of the reason the offense has struggled is the receivers are not making any yards after the catch. The tight ends are dropping passes, and Pennington was off against Pittsburgh, throwing three interceptions while making poor decisions.

Though it appears some players are blaming offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, he seems to be calling the plays that fit his offense, but no one is breaking anything open.

All of us have to do a better job to get guys in position where they can get wider open,'' Jets coach Herman Edwards said.And when they catch it, they got to make yards. You can't just catch it and fall down or get tackled.''

Even soft-spoken Justin McCareins said his teammates need to do a better job of making plays.

I'm unhappy with the way we've been playing,'' McCareins said.I'm going to see what I can do to help improve the offense. That's what everyone needs to do, is take a look at himself and see what he's not doing well and fix it.''

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