Herm shows his face
For the first several days of the combine, Herman Edwards was seen
as frequently as Marlon Brando or Barry Sanders -- unusual because,
setup under the RCA Dome, every coach from every team walks through the
corridors to the field and back to the Westin Hotel or to Champions for
lunch. But Herm sightings were infrequent -- in the lobby for a second,
at an off-site gym for his morning workout.
But Herm showed up as scheduled Sunday afternoon to talk to
and he gave Jet fans a few things to mull over as their team heads
free agency and the draft.
On getting that big wide receiver: ``We have a pretty good receiver
Santana Moss and we've got a pretty good quarterback if he can stay
and we've got some veteran receivers. But we need another guy with some
youth. Youth, if you look at today's game, I think it helps. The thing
have to understand about youth is that it has no fear. A lot of young
really don't have a fear for the NFL. Not that they don't respect it,
they think they can play. Young guys like that help the team when they
that kind of confidence.''
On the future of Jet linebackers Mo Lewis, Marvin Jones and Sam Cowart:
``We have some veterans and they're still Jets as far as I'm concerned.
[Edwards said the same thing about safety Damien Robinson a year ago
D-Rob was released], and we don't have to make that decision until
need some youth at linebacker and we're probably going to look at that
whether through free agency or the draft. There are good ones coming
two of them from Miami [D.J. Williams and Jonathan Vilma]. In our
when you look at it, linebackers who are athletic guys are at a
They're almost like corners anymore because they are in space all the
On John Abraham as a neo-linebacker: ``There are certain situations
we can obviously get him off the ball. We've fooled around with
scenarios and the different fronts we'd like to line up in. He'll have
possibility to [play linebacker], but that won't be his only position.
not going to say he's a linebacker, but he might line up with his hand
the ground. But on third down, he'll have his hand on the ground.''
And on the Jets' salary cap position: ``To be quite honest, we can
some money, I heard. We might get amnesia when it comes time to spend
We're in a pretty good situation. [Assistant GM] Mike Tannenbaum does a
job of that. We'll have the ability to go do some things.''
Back to the future
Hey, Jet fans, can you imagine next season's backfield position
Curtis Martin? Or without LaMont Jordan? Separate rumors on both those
possibilities were heard in the RCA Dome halls.
The Martin speculation was a rumor heard by one NFC team official to
effect that the Jets may be considering making No. 28 a salary cap cut.
That sounds far-fetched -- Martin is starting only the third year of
eight-year, $46 million extension he signed before the start of the
season -- but these days you never know.
However, a Jet source was
about such a possibility. ``That's really bizarre,'' the source said.
As for Jordan, the Joe Gibbs Redskins were said to be interested in
acquiring Martin's backup in trade. That, too, sounds plausible,
Martin plays up to his usual numbers, Jordan will become even more
frustrated in the last year of his rookie contract.
Two factors I can think of work against such a deal.
One: The Gibbs
'Skins are also the Dan Snyder 'Skins, who really rubbed the Jets'
it while raiding the Jets of Laveranues Coles, Randy Thomas, John Hall
Chad Morton a year ago. The Jets have to do what's good for the Jets,
they were to deal with Washington, they'd better be prepared to extract
dollar. For instance, any deal will need to include at least an extra
third-round pick to balance the books on the Coles fiasco.
Two: Martin is ever older, so if he should need to rest an injury
few games, who on the Jets' roster would come in to replace him if
gone? If you say a high draft pick, just keep in mind Gang Green's
and/or free agency has greater needs, such as linebacker, secondary and
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