The one potential rotation discussed last week that is a little perplexing involves Jonathan Goodwin. If the Jets coaches really liked his game, he would have been an option at right guard when Tom Nutten retired, but he wasn't. The Jets instead went with Brent Smith who had no guard experience. We keep hearing that the Jets coaches question Goodwin's toughness. He is a very mellow, laid-back, South Carolina native. If they don't like his toughness, why would they start rotating him into the lineup now? The better prospect is Brandon Moore. He is tough and mobile and would be a good eventual replacement for Smith. At this point, Smith looks like he would be an excellent backup. His lack of mobility, due to a pair of reconstructive knees, is hurting him at guard. His best role is probably the one that Jets originally had for him - backup swing tackle . . .
The Jets could get a huge break against the Bills with the groin injury to Eric Moulds. If the Bills star receiver can't play, and he is questionable at this point, the Bills passing game will be in a lot of trouble. They really miss Peerless Price. The man who was anointed to replace Moulds, second year wideout Josh Reed, has been a big disappointment. He has numerous drops this season. The Bills third receiver, journeyman Bobby Shaw, lacks ideal speed. So if the Bills start a Reed-Shaw combination, the Jets speed-challenged defense shouldn't have any trouble with the Bills passing attack, especially since Buffalo's running game is one of the worst in football . . .
On offense, Vinny Testaverde should be able to have success against a Buffalo defense that doesn't rush the passer very well from the defensive end positions. But Testaverde needs to hold on to the ball longer. The coaches feel he isn't showing enough patience . . .
Off all the potential rotations, expect the linebacker position to be most effected. Expect Jason Glenn, Kenyatta Wright and Victor Hobson to play quite a bit. They all have better speed than the players in front of them. Hobson should have the biggest impact of these three. He was the best run stuffing linebacker in the draft, and has amazing instincts for the ball. Remember he had two double digit tackle games in the preseason. He is also a very good blitzer, so expect him to be sent at Drew Bledsoe at some point . . .
Despite all the heat he is getting for his poor off-season, Jets GM Terry Bradway expects to be around for the final two years of his contract. He doesn't feel he's in any trouble with owner Woody Johnson . . .
Ray Mickens is still battling a left bicep injury that forced him out of the Dallas game temporarily . . .
Despite one writer reporting that Sam Cowart is a "shell of his former self", this isn't accurate. He is one of the leading tacklers in the NFL, and has had a number of big plays this season. While there is still room for improvement, one Jets observer feels that Cowart is being hurt by the lack of speed around him at linebacker. The upcoming changes could held Cowart who is still a solid player . . .
Herman Edwards is going to be very careful with how he handles Chad Pennington. He doesn't want the highly competitive signal-caller to tell him he's ready before he truly is 100 percent. He wants him to tell him the truth.
"He will have to look me in the eye and tell me he's ready," said Edwards.
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