A heaping helping of Friday Whispers

The Jets are looking around for a cast that will allow Michael Bates to return kicks, but haven't been able to find one. Bates broke two bones in his right hand, and it's too risky for him to try and return kicks with the cast he's currently wearing. However, he will continue to cover kicks and punts for the Jets. <BR><BR>

Bates, one of the best special team's players of all-time, has worked hard tutoring speedster Jon Carter the last few months, and the Troy State product has learned a lot. If Carter can get a crease, he could easily take one all the way. Some people around the Jets think he is the fastest player on the team, even faster than Santana Moss.

But the one thing Carter needs to do better is follow his blockers. Remember the Jets got rid of Albert Johnson after the opener because he freelances too much. Carter is similar. Instead of following his blocks, something Bates is superb at, Carter tends to improvise …

From what we hear, there is a good chance Wayne Chrebet will be back this year, but Elliott Pellman and the receiver are just trying to error on the side of caution. According to a source close to Chrebet, the receiver should return to the field at some point,

Remember Elliot Pellman was a Jets doctor when Al Toon went through his concussion hell, and is going to be even more careful this time. Pellman doesn't want the media going on an "Al Toon count" with Chrebet. Toon reportedly suffered 11 concussions…

Kevin Swayne will continue to be the Jets third receiver this week, filling in for Chrebet.

It's got to frustrate the Jets coaches they can't get Carter, and his 4.3 speed into the mix more at receiver, but the problem is Carter hasn't learned how to play Chrebet's spot.

Swayne said he's not frustrated by his lack of catches this year because of his religious faith.

Swayne and James long-snapper James Dearth might be the most religious players on the team. The day after a recent loss, Swayne and Dearth had a bible study in front of Swayne's locker …

Keep an eye on how the Jets match-up physically with the Raiders this year. After the Jets were manhandled by the Raiders last year, Herman Edwards asked John Lott to change the strength program to include more lifting. Edwards feels the Jets are stronger this year after the changes Lott made. This Raider game will be a good litmus test …

Expect Herman Edwards to get a bigger say in personnel after this season. The Jets head coach is clearly frustrated with the state of the team's talent. He pointed out in a recent television production meeting how he has, "the second oldest team in the league."

They play the oldest this week …

Edwards loves Josh Evans, so don't believe for one second the theory some people are floating he won't play this year. A few writers have written that the Jets defensive tackle rotation is doing well, so the team might not want to change it. You have got to be to kidding? The Jets are the NFL's worst run defense, ranked 32nd most of the year. The defensive tackles have a lot to do with this. Jason Ferguson is playing well, but the other three guys have been inconsistent, especially Dewayne Robertson, who is learning on the job. Edwards ripped him for the way he played against Philadelphia. His ball recognitions skills have not been very good. Chester McGlockton is a extremely intelligent football player, and can make some plays with his tremendous instincts, but his lack of mobility is a big problem. He also plays too high. James Reed is undersized at 5-11, 280.

The bottom line is that the Jets need Evans. He is right out of Central Casting to play the three-technique tackle position with his great quickness and motor. He was also the leader of the defense, and his fiery style of play had a trickle down effect last year, especially down-the-stretch when the Jets defense played much better.

The Jets need this player, and they need to decrease McGlockton's role. A player should not be criticized for losing a step, but that is clearly what has happened to the 34-year-old McGlockton …

When you read the papers, try to weed through "the filter" as George Bush recently put it. He was saying that the media doesn't often let the truth get to the public. This is also true in sports journalism.

There are so many agendas and personnel relationships that the public isn't aware of that effects how reporters portray things.

Here is an example:

One Jet writer recently wrote about how the linebacking corps is struggling, but Marvin Jones had an excellent game against the Giants.

Jones had an okay game against the Giants, but "excellent" is a little strong. However that writer is friends with Jones, and obviously didn't want to jeopardize the relationship.

One football writer who has his own television show in New York on cable said, "The Jets problems on special teams are not Mike Westhoff's fault, it's the talent." Westhoff is close to this writer, so the writer protected him.

The Jets special team's talent is not bad. While Westhoff is a superb special teams coach, he deserves some blame for the recent problems, as do his players.

There are so many reporters who twist their coverage to protect "their guys," and it's wrong…

In the playoff game at Oakland last year, the Jets refused to be introduced in the pre-game. Edwards didn't wanted his team to be subjected to having to run through the black hole. So they just walked out an entrance to the field around the 50 yard line. That is where the Raiders and Jets almost got into a melee because the Raiders felt the Jets were getting in the way of their introductions. This year, the Jets will be introducted in, "The Black Hole." …

One person who likely won't be in Oakland to watch the Jets play is Fireman Ed. Last year, he was hit in the head with a full bottle of Dasani Water, and promptly left the game. A full bottle of water is an dangerous project, and if Ed didn't have his fireman's helmet on, he likely would have been seriously hurt . . .

Jon McGraw thinks he might be able to return next week.

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