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Aaron Maybin comes up with key sack

Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin was born in Baltimore, attended Mount Hebron High School in nearby Ellicott City and counts former Redskin LaVar Arrington as a key mentor. But his ties to the area were the farthest thing from his mind when he pounded Washington quarterback Rex Grossman, haltin the Redskins’ late comeback bid Sunday afternoon.

“It feels great,” Maybin said, “but my personal success ties in with the team directly. As the team goes, that’s how I’m feeling.”

The Jets’ held a slim 20-16 advantage with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter when the Redskins faced third-and-10 from their own 20-yard line. Working out of a shotgun formation, Grossman took too long going through his progressions and Maybin beat tackle Jammal Brown on the right side.

Maybin’s sack jarred the ball loose. The Jets’ Calvin Pace recovered on the Washington 9-yard line, and two plays later, Shonn Greene ran in a 9-yard touchdown to give New York a 27-16 lead.

“I told Maybin that sacks win games and he responded to me saying, ’I know it, coach,’” said Jets Coach Rex Ryan. “Then he went out there and got one, then I said to him that a fumble was even better, so I’m proud of the effort on his part.”

Though Maybin had success with the pass rush Sunday, he still had complimentary words to say about Grossman, who was sacked twice against the Jets. Maybin estimated he hit Grossman five or six times on the day.

“He is pretty elusive,” Maybin said, “and he’s not the fastest guy or the quickest guy, but he’s slippery. That’s the only way to describe him. And he’s starting to get comfortable in that offense, so he’s starting to feel pressure and move in the pocket and things like that. So as he gets comfortable, he’s definitely somebody you have to be aware of, as far as how you attack him.”

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Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.



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