Edwards said that defensive end Shaun Ellis is probable for the Cleveland game. You have to wonder about this status as well considering Sunday morning Ellis worked out before the game and the groin felt lousy . . .
Bryan Thomas might have taken some money out of Ellis' pocket on Sunday. Thomas played very well in his place with 1.5 sacks and a huge stop on fourth and one to end a Ravens drive on the one- yard-line. Ellis is a free agent after this year. He was offered $15 million in guaranteed money during the summer and turned it down. Don't expect the Jets to improve that offer. If Ellis wants too much money, the Jets might just focus on signing John Abraham and plugging in Thomas at the other end spot. Also, they really like rookie defensive end Trevor Johnson, who is looking like a major steal on the seventh round . . .
On Monday, Edwards took all the blame for the clock management issues at the end of the game. While this probably isn't entirely fair, it is predictable. He is trying to protect quarterback Quincy Carter.
"This was Quincy's first start," said Edwards. "We have to do a better job to help him be successful."
But weren't we told the reason Carter was handed the backup job, without even a legitimate competition with Brooks Bollinger, was his experience. That Edwards quote made it sound like Carter is a young quarterback in need of a lot of help . . .
Tight end Chris Baker will play the next few games with a cast to protect a broken bone in his right hand. This could hurt his receiving and blocking. It certainly did in the second half of the Jets loss to Baltimore . . .
Curtis Martin defended Paul Hackett's decision to call a halfback option at the end of the first half. The pass, thrown by Lamont Jordan, was intercepted by Ravens safety Ed Reed.
"The one thing I say in his defense is that I threw touchdown passes (vs. Tampa Bay 9/24/00 and Pittsburgh 12/9/01) on the same type of call and when they happened, he looked like a genius for calling it. I don't think there was anything wrong with the calls."
Actually that Tampa Bay game was before Hackett arrived, but it was from a similar part of the field around the same time in the game.
While it doesn't look like Jordan was attempting to throw the ball away on that play, he stood by that version of the story on Monday.
"It looked like I just threw the ball in the end zone,' said Jordan. "I was trying to throw the ball away. Of course on film it doesn't look that way, but I know what my intentions were."
Edwards said Jordan should have thrown the ball out of bounds since nobody was open, like he did in a practice leading up to the game . . .
Linebacker Jason Glenn has the cast off his broken right arm and should return in two weeks . . .
The way Edwards was talking about quarterback Chad Pennington's bad right shoulder on Monday, it doesn't look promising for him to return for the Jets trip to Arizona following the Cleveland game. "He's going to start rehabbing a little more this week," said Edwards.
Edwards was asked if Pennington's rehab this week includes throwing.
"No, no, no, no, no," said Edwards. "No, he's not ready to throw yet, no."
If Pennington misses the next two games, the Jets could easily find themselves at 6-5 entering the Houston game. Cleveland and Arizona aren't bad teams . . .
The Browns leading receiver, slot man Dennis Northcutt is going to be a very tough matchup for the Jets secondary with his tremendous quickness and speed. Also, wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who was acquired by the Browns from Dallas at the trading deadline, seems ready to make a big impact now that he's comfortable with the system.
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