Herman Edwards continues to do his best to quiet the first storm of his head coaching career. Three days after rookie wideout Santana Moss underwent cartilage surgery with his own doctor instead of the Jets' doctor, Edwards said Tuesday that tackle Jason Ferguson was planning to see Dr. James Andrews regarding his torn rotator cuff. Andrews is well-known in baseball circles as a pioneer in rotator cuff surgery.
Edwards said he had no problem with either Moss or Ferguson going outside Weeb Ewbank Hall to treat for opinions or surgical procedures. "A guy has a right to talk to anybody he wants to," Edwards said. "Even if I did feel [that players should only be operated on by team doctors], it's still the player's decision. He's the one getting cut open. It's not you, it's him who's got to make that decision."
Moss is expected to return to Hofstra Wednesday to begin his rehab.
HERM WANTS TO SEE MORE OF MO…Anderson, that is. Maurice Anderson, who was inactive for every game last season, has overtaken early favorite Jason Wiltz in the race to replace Ferguson. "Right now he's done a nice job," Edwards said of Anderson. "He's seizing the opportunity. That's what you're supposed to do, seize the opportunity when it's presented. Some guys, they seize it, some guys just kind of sit there and look at it."
Edwards does wish Anderson would just sit there and do nothing when an opponent attempts to rile him up. Anderson got into a shoving match at Tuesday's morning practice, which disappointed the head coach.
"I told him you can't do that, it ain't worth the 15 yards," Edwards said. "You can't make [the other player] do that. You've got to walk away. If you do it in practice, then you'll react like that in the game and you can't do that. You've got to keep your composure—when the bombs are flying and the grenades are landing, you've just got to stay calm. You can't get caught up in the moment."