Jets Ready To Get Wild

It was the day after the regular season ended, but for the first time in three seasons, the Jets' work wasn't completed. While players were given the day off and assistant coaches allowed to arrive at work around 11 a.m., a tired but happy Herman Edwards reported to the Jets' complex around 5:30 Monday morning, shortly after the team's charter flight touched down.

Contrary to popular belief, the Jets didn't actually soar home on their own following their nail-biting 24-22 victory Sunday afternoon over Oakland, a win which clinched the Jets' first playoff berth since 1998. But it was a giddy flight--at least at the beginning.

"It was fun for a little while and then they were tired. They left it all on the field," Edwards said. "They were like little kids, they were up there playing cards. It was like a boys' club up there. They enjoyed it and then all of a sudden they went to sleep. It was a good flight home, it really was."

The Jets won't know their wild card round opponent until the end of tonight's Baltimore-Minnesota game. If the Ravens win, the Jets will be the AFC's sixth seed and will travel back to Oakland Saturday. If the Vikings win, the Jets will be the AFC's fifth seed and will visit Miami on Sunday.

Either way, the Jets will be filled with confidence as they face a familiar opponent. If they have to travel back to Oakland, the Jets will still have fresh memories of Sunday's win over the Raiders, which was the franchise's first win in Oakland since 1962.

And if it's the Dolphins, the Jets can stand idly by while the Dolphins answer all the questions about the effects of negative history. The Jets, of course, have beaten Miami eight straight times.

"It really doesn't matter who you play, I don't think it's going to matter to any football team at this point," Edwards said. "At this point, we're going to play a good team. There's only six of them in this thing, so you're going to play a pretty good football team."

EDWARDS GETS EMOTIONAL: Edwards grew teary-eyed as he recalled the number of congratulatory phone calls he received following Sunday's win. "I had over probably 20, 30 calls," Edwards said in a halting voice. "It's a good feeling to have people care about you, because I care about people. That's my job in life, to try to help people."

INJURY REPORT: The Jets reported no serious injuries. Edwards said returner Craig Yeast, who was inactive Sunday, was a healthy scratch because Edwards wanted to activate Chad Morton.


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