A heaping helping of Friday Whispers

Will Terry Bradway be back as the Jets General Manager next year?

Shaun Ellis and John Abraham need each other. They play off each other very well. While Ellis made the Pro Bowl, his game has cooled off since the Abraham injury against the Eagles. The double teams have made his job very difficult. Bryan Thomas is just not much of a pass rushing threat yet. He has no sacks in the seven starts for Abraham. None. Teams can block him with one player, and this is hurting Ellis. So that makes the idea of moving Abraham to linebacker a notion that has some holes in it. The idea of moving Abraham to keep Thomas on the field doesn't make sense at this point. Thomas hasn't played well enough to merit this move. If Thomas was playing really well in the place of Abraham, then you could make the argument that they should do whatever they need to do to get them both on the field. But that is not the case, so why mess with Abraham's head? Plus he would have major issues in coverage, something he has almost no experience doing. Moving Abraham to linebacker would mess up two positions, the end position he is leaving behind, and the weakside linebacker position where they Jets should just pick a true linebacker in the first round and let him start. Miami's Jonathan Vilma would be perfect. Terry Bradway said last week John Abraham would do whatever they ask him to do is Pollyanna thinking. He obviously has to do whatever they ask him to do, but do you really think he would be happy running around covering running backs . . .

Chester McGlockton was sleeping in the locker room on consecutive days this week. While there is no rule against this, it sends a terrible message to the younger players. McGlockton should not play the last couple of games. Give Alan Harper a chance. Will the Jets have the gumption to tell McGlockton he's not playing the next two weeks? We will see, but the guess here is no. One of the problems is the Ted Cottrell and defensive line coach Ruben Carter have very shaky job security, so they will likely want to go with the veteran over unproven commodity. But it's time to see what Harper can do. The Jets are sending him to NFL Europe . . .

Keep an eye on #65 Brandon Moore. The second-year guard is very much in the Jets future plans, and is now platooning with Brent Smith at right guard and could take over the position next year. Moore is impressive athlete with great strength and quickness. The Jets want to upgrade the athleticism and quickness at the right guard position, and it looks like Moore is the leading candidate. The Jets have done a great job developing him. Remember he was a defensive tackle at Illinois who they coaches moved to the offensive line in his rookie training camp. He spent some time on the practice squad last year and then was sent to NFL Europe. Then this season, after practices, offensive line coach Doug Marrone spent a lot extra time tutoring him. So after all this training, now Moore is ready to contribute . . .

The Jets have decided not to use Ken Yon Rambo as a kick returner this year, instead letting Lamont Jordan finish the year out. You get the feeling talking to Jets sources that they don't think much of Rambo as a kick returner. It seems the big reason they brought him in was to compete at wide receiver next season, not to be the primary kick returner . . .

So is Terry Bradway's job safe? It's tough to say. There have been conflicting reports. One published report said Bradway has told friends around the league that he's not sure he will be back next year. But one Jets source tells us Bradway is safe and has put together a comprehensive plan to turn the Jets around. There were two published reports saying Bradway is coming back, but someone else from the Jets front office might be in danger. One report said it was cap expert Mike Tannenbaum. That would be a big surprise because he is considered one of the better cap guys in the league, and anything he does has to be checked off by Bradway. One thing the Jets need to review is their scouting department. They are just not getting enough bang out of their draft picks the last few years.

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