A heaping helping of baggie day Whispers

The future of Paul Hackett was a hot topic on Monday at Jets camp.<p>

No decision will be made on Hackett for at least a couple of weeks.

"I'd leave that alone for now," said a source close to Herman Edwards. "I don't know why everyone is assuming it's a done deal."

Edwards actually complimented Hackett on Monday.

"He got us to the playoffs three of four years," said Edwards. "We played in five playoff games. Coach Hackett isn't even an issue to me. It's what we need to do as a team. Let's not put this on one guy." . . .

Edwards is going to meet with his coaches on Wednesday, and then all the assistants are going on a two week vacation. During that time, Edwards will likely make a decision on Hackett's future.

Donnie Henderson will be heading out to Arizona to relax.

"A car won't make it to where I'm going," said Henderson . . .

No decision will be made about Chad Pennington's shoulder and whether surgery will be needed until later in the week when he meets with Dr. Elliott Pellman . . .

The Jets last offensive play in overtime was a third-and-10 square out to Wayne Chrebet that fell incomplete. Even if this play was successful, it likely would have been short of the first down. Hackett has taken a lot of criticism for this ultra-conservative call, but from what we hear, it wasn't the fault of the offensive coordinator. It was an audible. Pennington felt there wasn't enough protection to pick up the blitz, so he believed he needed to get rid of the ball fast. He figured it would be best to get the ball to Chrebet and let him try to run with it . . .

The Jets are sending three players to NFL Europe – running back Keith Burrell, wide receiver Terrence Stubbs and defensive tackle Tim McGill . . .

Henderson is pushing hard for the team to re-sign nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who is coming off an excellent year.

"We are working at getting him signed," said Henderson. "We want to keep him." . . .

Henderson will definitely be back with the Jets next year. He was contacted by Syracuse and the San Francisco 49ers about their openings, but both positions were filled by former Jets defensive coordinators – Greg Robinson will head up the Syracuse program and Mike Nolan will be the next coach of the 49ers . . .

According to one Jet player, there is no way tight end Anthony Becht will be back with the team next year. The feelings are mutual from what we hear. Becht wants out and the Jets aren't interested in re-signing him . . .

"I have definitely given them everything they have allowed me to do," said Becht. "That is the key word, "allowed" me to offer. But Anthony Becht, whether he is with the Jets or not, will be a great player at the end of his career." . . .

Jonathan Vilma was playing with a painful hand injury late in the season . . .

With 20 new players entering this season, Edwards didn't expect to make the playoffs. But of course, he wasn't going to tell anybody that.

"We were rebuilding and hoodwinked everyone, but we still made the playoffs," said Edwards . . .

Quincy Carter still hasn't come back to the team. He's down in Georgia attending to a family matter. As for his future with the team, that is up in the air.

"He's going to look for an opportunity to be a starter somewhere," said Edwards . . .

Josh Evans, who was put on IR in training camp, says his back is now 100 percent, and he is planning on playing next year. However, he's not under contract, so it's not a lock he will be back with the Jets. But Edwards loves Evans, so he will likely be offered a one-year deal . . .

Kareem McKenzie will likely be playing elsewhere next year. It was rumored during the year that the Jets offered McKenzie a six-year deal worth $25 million, but McKenzie said today that no such offer ever happened . . .

Wayne Chrebet said he's going to take some time to think about his future before making any decision. After suffering another concussion this season, Chrebet has to decide whether it's safe to continue playing.

"We have time between now and the off-season workouts and we will just try to look as deep in to it as we can," said Chrebet . . .

Lamont Jordan said he would be willing to stay with the Jets next year, but wants much more of a workload. He wants at least 15 touches a game if he stays . . .

You have to wonder about Ray Mickens future with the team. On Monday, Henderson announced that Derrick Strait will play nickel back next year. Mickens, the Jets longtime nickel back, missed the 2004 season with a knee injury . . .

It looks like free agent-to-be John Abraham isn't going anywhere.

"John Abraham will be a Jet," said Edwards. "We want him here and John wants to be here." . . .

In defense of Doug Brien, Heinz Field might be the most difficult stadium in the NFL to kick. Remember former Steelers kicker Kris Brown was cut in 2001 after struggling in that stadium. He has gone on to have a solid career in Houston. Edwards said on Monday that Brien was 83 percent from 40-49. But that while that is true, opposing kickers have made just 40 percent of their kicks from that distance in the history of that stadium.

How is Brien going to deal with the heartache of missing two potential game-winning field goal attempts in Pittsburgh from 47 and 43?

"I am going to go home (Oakland) and I have a wife and two kids and my two kids could care less and they are going to remind me of that real fast," said Brien. "Once it leaves your foot, it is gone and there is nothing you can do. Life goes on." . . .

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