Edwards - "Anything can happen"

Despite sitting on a four game losing streak, and being last in three different categories, Herman Edwards is staying positive about his team's current predicament. <p>

The Jets are currently last in their division, last in the NFL stopping the run, and last in red zone offensive efficiency.

"We had a pretty good bye week," said Edwards. "We had 42 players come in yesterday on their day off, came in and worked. They saw some games being played this weekend, and realized that anything can happen. Sometimes you look at things in amazement and say how did that happen? Well it's the National Football League.

" If we have that mindset that its all a matter what you believe, we could go about doing our business. We have a chance, and it starts this week. You look at Monday night, the Colts looked like they were dead, couldn't make a first down, all of the sudden it was 35-35, nobody would have ever believed that. We have to make plays and stay in the football game and win one. Do that and then we get on a roll."

It is fitting that Edwards used last Monday night's game (Tampa vs Indianapolis) as an analogy for his team's season.

The Colts were seemingly left for dead, trailing by 21 points, against the defending Super Bowl champions, on the road, late in the fourth quarter. But somehow they found a way to fight back, force a tie, and win the game in overtime.

If Gang Green is to have any success with only 12 games remaining, they too will have to fight back from their own insurmountable odds.

The Jets (0-4) are off to their worst start since Rich Kotite was their head coach.

This team has some serious issues they must address.

Their defense has surrendered an alarming 174 yards per game against the run, (last in the NFL), highlighted by a season high 202 yards surrendered on the ground against Dallas.

However, they might be getting a break this weekend, in two areas of the game where their team has played miserably so far this season (stopping the run, and scoring inside the 20).

The Bills have not been a good team running the football this season.

Buffalo has gained an average of only 58 yards rushing per game. Their feature back is Travis Henry. He has run the ball 78 times this season for 207 yards (2.7 yards per attempt).

But the Jets, who have not been able to stop anything on the ground this year, are not taking Buffalo's running game lightly.

"He (Henry) is a good cut back runner, and a strong guy," said Edwards. "We have had problems with everybody running early (on us). There has been a host of them. He is very quick on his feet, and has great leg strength. He is a low runner. He has the ability to break tackles."

The Jets inability to score touchdowns might also improve this Sunday.

The Bills surrender a touchdown on 40 % of their opponent's possessions inside the red zone. The Jets score a touchdown inside the red zone at just slightly over 12 percent, a ratio good for last in the NFL.

If there is ever a time for the Jets to get back on track it is this weekend. They are fresh off their bye week. The week off last year, helped turn the season around, as Gang Green won 8 of their final 11 games, and won the AFC East.

Like Edwards says, it is the National Football League, and "anything can happen."


Chad Pennington is on the injury report as doubtful. He will not play this weekend according to Edwards, but the fact that he made the list is newsworthy.

Pennington was originally thought to be out for 12 weeks when he broke his non-throwing wrist (left) in a preseason game with the Giants. But he has been throwing all week, making his first public appearance throwing on Monday.

Whispers out of Hofstra are that Pennington may be able to come back against the Eagles, on October 26, three weeks earlier than his original prognosis.

It would make sense to bring the quarterback back early; the offense is geared toward his strengths. And why not? He can throw the ball with the same accuracy he did before the injury, and can now take snaps from center at a normal pace.

The Jets have only given up two sacks this season, so an early return is something that is very much possible.


Brooks Bollinger will be the teams back up quarterback this weekend. "We feel Brooks is a solid number two," said Edwards Wednesday morning.

The return of Pennington could mark the end of Jamie Martin's time with the Jets. Gang Green invested a draft pick on Bollinger, and he would then be the team's number three, once Pennington returns.

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