Edwards-Jordan relationship clearly strained

Jets guard Pete Kendall is definitely a straight-shooter.<p>

He realizes the offensive line is not going to be as dominant as it was in Week One every week. He says that the fact that the Jets were playing with a lead the whole game against the Cincinnati Bengals really helped the line.

"As an offensive line, when you are in a position where you get to dictate to the defense, instead of the defense dictating to you, it's helpful" said Kendall. "When you are down 14, 17 points, that is when the flaws of the [offensive line] are exposed." Also, the Jets aren't going to face front sevens as small as Cincinnati's every week (or perhaps the rest of the year) . . .

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and coach Herman Edwards continue to support tight end Anthony Becht despite his inconsistency catching the ball. He had a bad drop last week.

"Anthony did a wonderful job of blocking last week," said Pennington. "Chris (Baker) and Anthony both have done a fabulous job of setting the tempo on the edge to allow Curtis to get to the edge. The drop last week happens to every receiver. You feel like you are so open and you want to grab it and start running with it and you just simply take your eyes off of it." There is no denying Becht is a good blocker, but so is Baker, who is better receiver. But don't expect Edwards to make an announcement at any point this year stating that Baker is replacing Becht in the starting lineup. Since the Jets play two tight end formations so much, Edwards can avoid a controversy by saying they will play both an equal amount. But what they can do is subtlety start shifting more passes over to Baker. You could see that trend developing these next few weeks . . .

The Chargers should be tougher to run on than the Bengals, and one big reason is defensive tackle Jamal Williams, a 6-3, 305 (he's listed at that, but he's more like 330) pound thick, physical run stopper. Behind him is an excellent middle linebacker Randall Godfrey . . .

The Jets decision to pick up defensive tackle Daleroy Stewart off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys should not come as a surprise. Josh Evans might need back surgery, but on top of that, Evans isn't a great fit for the new defense. At 6-3, 280 pounds, Evans is not a player suited to play the 3-4 because of his size. The 6-4, 324 pound Stewart is a better match if the Jets can keep him motivated . . .

A potential match-up problem this week for the Jets is Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Jets strong-side linebacker Victor Hobson usually lines up over the tight end, and this could be a problem for the green and white. While Hobson is a superb run defender and effective blitzer, his average speed gives him trouble in space at times, and a speedy tight end like Gates could be a tough cover for him . . .

Lamont Jordan has to be seething right now. Edwards repeatedly said in the off-season that a major reason Jordan didn't get a lot of carries last year was the lack of offensive plays. This was because the defense couldn't get off the field because they couldn't stop the run. But in the Jets 2004 opener, their run defense was much improved and they had 62 offensive plays, and Jordan got no carries. Edwards said he didn't want to take Martin out of the game because he was playing so well. But is it a good idea to give a 31-year-old runner like Martin 29 carries, no matter how well he was doing? We're sure Jordan would have done really well also against the undersized Bengals front seven. Those 225-pound linebackers would have wanted nothing to do with the 230 pound Jordan.

Interesting answer from Edwards when asked Friday about Jordan's role this week.

"LaMont practiced," said Edwards. "Whether he's going to play, I don't know."

The relationship between Edwards and Jordan is clearly strained at this point . . .

Attention media: Enough of making this game a grudge match for the Chargers because the Jets blew them out two years ago. The rosters of these two teams have turned over so much since then, it might be fun to write that, but it's a moot point . . .

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