A heaping helping of Tuesday Whispers

Jason Glenn received his most extensive action of the season at weakside linebacker, playing for the injured Sam Cowart (thigh). How did he do?

Check out this cryptic answer from Herman Edwards about J.P. Machado's off-sides penalty at the end of the half that negated a field goal.

"He made a foul," said Edwards. "I'm not going to tell you what happened, but we made a foul. That's crying wolf. We ain't doing that around here."

What happened was a Bills player called out the cadence, and it made Machado jump. The cadence is what a quarterback, or up back on a punt, calls to let the center, letting him know he needs to snap the ball. According to NFL rules, an offensive player can only call out cadence, but a Bill cheated and yelled it out, and this led to Machado jumping. It should have been a penalty, but the official didn't hear it . . .

You have to wonder if cornerback Ray Green's illegal block in the back penalty against the Bills, had something to do with his release. While it probably didn't help his cause, it probably didn't help. The Jets needed to make room for a new kick returner, and since Donnie Abraham is back, Green wasn't needed anymore. Plus a couple of weeks ago, the Jets elevated cornerback Omare Lowe from the practice squad, another reason why Green was expendable . . .

Herman Edwards admitted on Monday that the Jets didn't play with much intensity in the second half in Buffalo.

"[The Bills] picked the intensity up the second half, and we didn't match it," said Edwards . . .

The defensive coaches calculated that the team missed 10 tackles against the Bills. They also figured out that the Bills runners gained 50 yards after missed tackles . . .

Edwards was ticked off at all the dropped passes. There were about five of them.

"We dropped some balls," said Edwards. "You can't drop balls when you're playing a tight game like that. You can't drop catchable passes either."

The worst drop of the day was by Anthony Becht. He couldn't hold on to a seam pass down the middle. It would have gone for about 25 yards. This is the second week in a row Becht had a bad drop. Look for Chris Baker to play more down the stretch . . .

Herman Edwards was asked if he was concerned about some veterans, who aren't going to be brought back then year, phoning it in for the rest of the season.

"I don't worry about guys," said Edwards. "I think these guys have enough character in them that they will play for themselves as a football player and the guy that's in the locker next to them. I think that's very, very important that they do that. They're going to do that. I'm not even worried about that. That's not a concern."

That is a media answer, but clearly he has to be concerned. If a player is an older veteran, who might be at the end of the line, not getting hurt can become a part of his mindset. Nobody wants to spend the off-season rehabbing, especially if you are done as a player. The way the Jets tackled against Buffalo, you have to wonder about certain guys being . . .

John Abraham's groin injury has not improved in the last week. Edwards announced on Monday that Abraham is out for the Steelers game. But why does Edwards make these announcements so early in the week. Why not keep the Steelers guessing?

"I don't like playing games with the injury report," said Edwards. "I don't do that. If I know a guy's out, generally you have to report it. Most teams don't have to report it till Wednesday. I like to get it over with. I don't like playing games. You're either in or you're out. It's easier that way."

But is that the best way to handle injury information in the NFL. Two of the best teams in the AFC, Tennessee and New England, are purposely vague about injuries to keep the opponents guessing. Edwards might want to re-think how he is handling this information . . .

Jason Glenn played extensively against the Bills after Sam Cowart injured his thigh early in the game. How did he play? Herman Edwards didn't give him rave reviews.

"He did all right," said Edwards. "I think he learned some valuable lessons in there. All of a sudden it's a little different playing in the nickel than the base defense. Hopefully he'll learn from the experience he received when he played in the game." . . .


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