Woody wonders why Jets get off to slow starts<p>

Herman Edwards says coaching in New York ages coaches like dog years, and there is no way he will coach into his 60's . . .<p>

This 0-3 start has been particularly painful for the team owner Woody Johnson, who paid $635 million for the club in January of 2000.

"It's not pleasant," said Johnson. "We don't like this feeling."

The team's third straight slow start has him perplexed.

"The question is why we start off slowly, I don't know the answer to that," said Johnson. "There are so few games in the NFL. Every game is important."

So what might be the problem.

"It may be chemistry," said Johnson.

Johnson defended the team's off-season decision to let Laveranues Coles and several other key players to leave in free agency.

"We made the same decision with Keyshawn a few years ago," said Johnson. "The decisions weren't made to lose games, but when you lose three games in a row, people second guess."

When asked by Rich Cimini if the team gets a free pass this year because they lost their star quarterback, the owner scoffed at that notion.

"Are you kidding - there are no excuses," said Johnson. "Our talent is equal to any team out there."

As for the allegation that the Jets are pulling the purse strings with certain salary decision, the owner couldn't disagree more.

"We all play by the same rules in the NFL with the salary cap," said Johnson . . .

Herman Edwards got agitated with a reporter today who questioned him about Dewayne Robertson, and the exchange got ugly. The bottom line is that the team isn't upset with how he is playing. It is exactly what they expected. He is a 21-year-old who is learning on the job. He is starting way before they wanted him to.

Bill Parcells thinks the critics need to back off Robertson.

"Guys like Dan Hampton and Reggie White weren't great to start with," said Parcells. "They have a period of adjustment to go through and that is the way it is. They need to adjust a little bit before they get the nuances of things." . . .

The Jets got some good news with John Abraham was upgraded from questionable to probably. However, he didn't practice much on Wednesday. Wayne Chrebet was held out as well. Jason Glenn is not making much progress coming back from his ankle sprain and is still questionable . . .

When Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter made his visit to the University of Georgia, Jets nose tackle Jason Ferguson hosted the visit . . .

Bill Parcells had a message for people in New York who are questioning whether Curtis Martin has lost something.

"If you are tired of him, sent him down here," said Parcells . . .

Edwards has made it clear what the Jets game plan is going to be this week.

"We are going to run the ball - you can write it down," said Edwards.

The coach isn't a big fan of the Jets "Air Vinny" approach the first three weeks. "At the end of the day, when you see these passers who throw for over three hundred yards, that is great, but generally they don't win the game."

But it could be tough for the Jets to get their running game going against the Cowboy's seventh ranked run defense . . .

Lamont Jordan has a variety of creative shirts.

Today, his shirt read, "Normal people scare me." . . .

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