Is Rod Marinelli in Jets future?

The Jets right guard of the future is already on the team.

Herman Edwards called Paul Tagliabue on Monday to express his concern about Joe Horn's action in the Giants game. Horn took out a cellphone after scoring a touchdown and made a call. Edwards is a stickler for good sportsmanship, and was disgusted by this action. If you notice, the Jets players don't engage in such behavior because Edwards won't put up with it . . .

"My players don't do that," said Edwards. "That doesn't take place."

By the way, Jets GM Terry Bradway was the Chiefs personnel director when they picked Horn in the fifth round of the 1996 draft . . .

Sam Cowart was upgraded to probable and should play this week. He sat out the Pittsburgh game with a deep thigh bruise . . .

Edwards was asked Monday by a reporter about being knocked out of the playoffs by the Denver win, and he said he wasn't aware of it. He claims the reporters question was the first time he heard the team had been knocked out. He says he doesn't pay attention to that stuff . . .

While the Jets defensive line had a hard time rushing the quarterback in the snow, they made up for it with tipped passes. They finished the game with five . . .

The Jets have now won three home games in a row . . .

Ray Mickens had a tremendous game. The coaches had him with five passes defensed. Even though Donnie Abraham is back, Edwards has decided to leave Mickens in the starting lineup. For one, he's playing very well, and secondly, Abraham's shoulder still isn't 100 percent. Mickens is making a strong case for a starting job next year opposite Abraham. Aaron Beasley is expected to be cap casualty.

Unlike a number of players, Mickens didn't lose his footing on the snowy field. "Obviously when you have little strides, you can play on an icy field," said Edwards. "That is something I learned yesterday." . . .

Against Pittsburgh, the Jets didn't play much zone, instead choosing to have their receivers play man coverage. Mickens was assigned to Hines Ward and Aaron Beasley covered Plaxico Burress . . .

With their solid effort against the run in the Pittsburgh game, the Jets are no longer last in the NFL against the run. They have moved up to 31 . . .

If the weather is decent, Chad Pennington should be able to get a lot done against the Patriots secondary. Peyton Manning ripped them apart two weeks ago . . .

What a big mistake the Jets made not re-signing James Farrior. Just watching him run around for the Steelers with his superb speed for a 242 pound player, it's clear he is just the type of speed linebacker they need. They should have continued to negotiate with him last year instead of jumping at Sam Cowart. Remember the Jets signed Cowart in the middle of the Farrior negotiations when they become frustrated with him . . .

Brandon Moore performed well in his first action as an NFL offensive lineman. He played two series at right guard, and don't be shocked if he emerges as the Jets starter at the position next year. There is a good chance the team is going make Brent Smith the backup swing tackle, the position they originally signed him to play. Smith has been okay, but his surgical knees limit his mobility and he has a hard time moving laterally . . . Did you know Scott Frost was still in the NFL? He is currently on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . . .

All the Jets scouts are in town for meetings. Their top two scouts, Jesse Kaye and Joey Clinkscale were at the Jets-Steelers game . . .

There was a published report linking Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to the Jets as a possible defensive coordinator. Edwards made a run at him when he took over the Jets, but the Buccaneers promoted him to assistant head coach so he couldn't leave. Marinelli is the type of fiery assistant Edwards so desperately needs. Most of his staff is somewhat reserved. Marinelli is one of those firebrand type coaches . . .

There is a good chance Ken Yon Rambo will make his debut as a kick returner this week. The coaches wanted to let him have a week to get acclimated.

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