The media continues to try and get to the bottom of "Clockgate", but Jets guard Pete Kendall was too smart to bite on any of the questions.
"I'm not going to hold anyone accountable," said Kendall. "I don't have all the facts."
And for the requisite team mood questions that usually pop up on Wednesday, Kendall had an interesting answer.
"I would be lying if I said it was the most spirited practice we have had all year," said Kendall about Wednesday's practice." . . .
Today in the locker room, Jets defensive Bryan Thomas' locker was surrounded by reporters. Coming off perhaps his best game as a Jet, there will be a lot of features done on him this week. If Thomas continues to play well, he could impact the future of defensive end Shaun Ellis, who missed last week's game with a groin injury, and is a free agent after this season.
"He's going to take my job, I got to come back," Ellis said smiling . . .
The Jets defensive line should have another big game this week with the Cleveland Browns offensive line problems. The Browns lost their best run blocker, right guard Kelvin Garmon, for the season to a knee injury a couple of weeks ago. He was replaced by Joaquin Gonzalez, who is a tackle by trade, so he's learning to play guard on the job. Look for Jets defensive tackles Jason Ferguson and Dewayne Robertson to make his life miserable . . .
Browns coach Butch Davis recruited Jets linebackers Jon Vilma and Darrell McClover and wide receiver Santana Moss to Miami. Davis was the coach of the Hurricanes before taking the Browns job . . .
The relationship between Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia and Davis is obviously strained. Davis sounded less than supportive of his quarterback during an interview with Jets beat writers today. "Adding Jeff, we expected to add leadership, we expected to add an experienced, veteran quarterback that had played at a very high level, and have him be able to get the ball to the playmakers," said Davis, who benched Garcia in the fourth quarter last week.
"I don't think we've done the best job we can of utilizing the way I play," said Garcia. The Browns offense is forcing Garcia to stay in the pocket when he plays better on the run.
Safety Jon McGraw is listed as "probable" for the Browns game with a groin injury. That listing still has to be considered a little be too positive at this point, considering McGraw first started running today. The Jets really missed McGraw last week. He's their best coverage safety . . .
Reporters are still attempting to find out what the play-call was going at the end of regulation against Baltimore if the Jets had managed the clock correctly. However, nobody is biting, especially Carter who was asked repeatedly today about it.
"I'm pretty experienced, just like you," Carter said to a reporter . . .
Herman Edwards said today the team is going to cut back the playbook to help out Carter.
"Quincy hasn't been in this deal a whole lot," said Edwards. "You got to make it a little simpler, make it easier for him in certain situations."
This is what happens when you add your primary backup quarterback four weeks into training camp. It's not a good idea. If Brooks Bollinger were playing now, the Jets wouldn't have to cut back on the playbook . . .
The Jets better get a good pass rush in this game because the Browns have two speedy receivers who could give them a lot of trouble if Garcia is given time. Dennis Northcutt, who often plays in the slot, is a very bad matchup for any of the Jets defensive backs because of his tremendous speed and quickness. Last week in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh game, Northcutt had a 58-yard reception. Also, Antonio Bryant, now comfortable in the Browns system after being acquired in a midseason trade, could be a big factor this week . . .
Jets linebacker Eric Barton missed practice on Wednesday with an undisclosed illness . . .
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