James Ihedigbo Blog: I’m ready to play some football

Posted Sep 27, 2014

Safety James Ihedigbo blogs about working hard during practice and preparing for the Jets offense.

Watching from the sidelines has been a humbling experience. Always being available, these have been the first games I’ve missed in the last three years. It’s different. I didn’t know what to expect. But I have always said I will be there for my teammates, be an extra set of eyes to support the younger guys and even support the vets with what I see. I got to recover and get my body back and I’m ready to play some football.

James IhedigboS James Ihedigbo (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Right now the defense is ranked number one, but it’s still early. Our mindset is to just to go to work every day. It doesn’t surprise me where we are at because through OTAs and training camp I’ve seen the work guys have put in to really learn the defense. And the work that we put in during the week to execute at a high level on game day, so it just doesn’t surprise me.

But it is exciting because the sky is the limit for us. I kind of hinted at it before the season started. Everyone always talks about our offense. And they should because major credit is due to our offense — they are phenomenal. But people are going to start talking about our defense too. That is our mindset. To keep setting our DNA each week on the field and get better and better at it each week.

Everyone keeps talking about Sunday being a defensive showdown, but last time I checked, we are not playing the Jets defense. It’s our job to stop that offense. They are going to try to run the ball and we need to stop them. Our offense will go out there and execute at a high level and put pressure on their defense.

New York’s running backs are very dynamic. Chris Johnson is able to hit the home run, bounce out, get outside and have that speed. Chris Ivory is that tough, almost like Jerome Bettis, Frank Gore style, tough runner. So we are going to have to gang tackle, get 11 guys to the football and play Lions defense.