If the Jets' West Coast offense were a television show, it would have been cancelled after a lousy first airing. The short passing game is the key to the whole West Coast scheme, but against Indianapolis 10 days ago, Vinny Testaverde completed just six passes to his receivers: Four to Anthony Becht, who had just 16 catches all of last season, and one apiece to Wayne Chrebet and Laveranues Coles.
Of course, football isn't TV, contrary to what HBO had you believing this summer with the Baltimore Ravens, so the Jets will get plenty of chances to get this West Coast thing right. But their ratings, so to speak, must begin to increase Sunday afternoon against the New England Patriots.
"The thing we've got to do right now is we have to establish where the ball's going on offense," Herman Edwards said. "Obviously, Anthony did a nice job and made some good catches for us, and I think that got his confidence up. We didn't really get the ball enough to Wayne, which we have to do because he's a big important factor in our offense. We've got to get the ball to Matthew [Hatchette].
"And I think the more we learn, the more we play, all of a sudden, they'll have roles and we'll pinpoint them and say "Hey, [we're] giving you the ball on this play or that play, and you've got to be a productive guy when we get it to you," Edwards said.
JETS FOCUSED: Away from the field, Edwards and the Jets are still consumed by the terrorist attacks which rocked America Sept. 11. But Edwards is confident the Jets will maintain their focus when they take the field against New England Sunday at 4 p.m.
And if some players aren't focused on the game when it starts, Edwards is pretty sure they'll snap back to attention quickly. "Somebody hits you in your mouth, you'll figure it out—I better wake up, because if I don't they're going to hit me again," Edwards said. "That's the great thing about football: If you go out there not really prepared, you're going to get hit."
INJURY REPORT: The Jets remain almost perfectly healthy, with only Santana Moss (out, knee) listed on the injury report.
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