Chad Pennington continues to defend Paul Hackett and isn't concerned with the Jets offensive coordinator possibly being fired. "I don't think that is going to be the case, so I don't worry about it" said Pennington. "We have a great relationship. [The criticism of Hackett] is annoying. Once the play leaves the booth, it's out of his control. It's up to us as players to get things done. It's frustrating for me, because if I had played better Saturday, we would not being having this conversation." ...
By the way, one positive thing for the Jets about Pennington playing average football down the stretch is it will save the team some money. They are looking to lock him up to a long-term contract, and the fact that he didn't play as well could help the Jets who have major cap issues . . .
Herman Edwards talked on Tuesday about how important it is to have schemes that fit the players that you have. "You want to makes sure you let them be successful, and put them in a position to be successful" said Edwards. "We have to do a better job of that." So the follow up to this was, "Is 5-9 Santana Moss running a fade route in the end zone at a Pro Bowl cornerback (Ty Law) an example of not doing that?"
"Oh Lord," said Edwards. "This year we called that route and caught a touchdown on it. He caught that it against a bigger cornerback." Paul Hackett became agitated by the question. "It's very simple, he didn't throw the ball far enough; Santana has caught numerous touchdowns like that," said Hackett. "He threw it behind him, and the guy had better position than he did. Santana has a 42-inch vertical leap, so I don't buy any of that. He threw a poor ball, the defensive back made a beautiful play, period. We will continue to make that throw and hopefully get our share at the same time. They made the play, we didn't." . . .
The Jets waived kick returner Michael Bates. It's possible they are doing him a favor. By releasing him now, he can possibly hook-up with a playoff contender. He is still an very good kickoff returner . . .
Wide receiver Lawrence Hamilton, who the Jets plucked off the Bengals practice squad a couple of weeks ago, has looked very good in practice. It looks like they might have something here. He is a big, physical, fast receiver . . .
Despite some published reports that Terry Bradway might be trouble, one team official said that story has been blown out of proportion. The official said Bradway is coming back and has a comprehensive plan for the off-season to turn the Jets around. The main objective this off-season is getting younger and faster . . .
Linebacker Kenyatta Wright hasn't been listed on the injury report, but there is clearly something wrong with his left ankle. He was held out of practice on Tuesday, and his left ankle was wrapped up. He was also held out of a practice last week as well. Wright is the Jets special teams cover guy . . .
The Steelers front office was peeved at the Jets and the Meadowlands for the poor job they did clearing the snow off the field a couple of weeks ago. Steelers President Dan Rooney says that his organization will hire hundreds of kids to shovel the field. The Meadowlands had about 30, and just one plow . . .
Edwards was asked if he might consider putting quarterback Brooks Bollinger in some against Miami, he shot that down fast.
"He's the third quarterback," said Edwards. "He's not the number two, he's the third at this point." With Vinny Testaverde making his feeling known about not wanting to be the #3 quarterback next year, there is no way Edwards is going to play Bollinger ahead of him. The Jets have a huge decision to make this off-season. They picked Bollinger to eventually be their #2 quarterback, but Testaverde refuses to take the #3 role. Do the Jets appease Testaverde for salary cap reasons, or do they stand-up to him and release him after June 1?
Bollinger is a much better fit for the West Coast than Testaverde, so the better football move for next year would probably to make Bollinger the #2 . . .
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