A heaping helping of Wednesday Whispers

There continues to be confusion as to what happened on the Jets blown opportunity to call for instant replay on Priest Holmes' first quarter touchdown.

The replay showed that his knee was clearly down before he got into the end zone, but the Jets didn't challenge the play. Here is Herman Edwards' side of the story:

"[The coaches in the booth] got the replay after the kick. I can't challenge that," said Edwards. "It's too late. I don't know if it was challengeable or not. I asked the guys (in the booth), and they said, 'Coach, we thought it came after the field goal.' I can't see standing on the 30 yard line. I got good eyes, but not that good. It's way over there, I can't see it."

Actually, the coach might have received inaccurate information. CBS-TV did show a replay right after the touchdown, and then again right before the extra point . . .

You have to wonder if the sideline fight between linebacker Jonathan Vilma and nose tackle James Reed had something to do with too many offensive linemen getting to Vilma on running plays. Remember one of the nose tackle's jobs is to keep the middle linebacker clear of offensive linemen, so he can flow to the ball. That wasn't happening enough on Sunday in Kansas City, especially on those two 35-yard runs on the Chiefs first drive.

What should the Jets expect when they start a 5-11, 278 pound nose tackle. Reed gives a great effort, but he's just too small for the job. The Jets should probably go out and sign a street free agent like Cleditus Hunt or Larry Chester, because the current situation doesn't look like it's going to work. Reed is too small, and rookie Sione Pouha isn't ready. Lance Legree is also somewhat undersized . . .

Vilma's left eye is still has some blood in it from the fight . . .

One factor that could help the Jets in their upcoming game against Miami is a right hand injury to Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte. He was wearing a soft cast on it earlier in the week. He hurt the hand banging it on a helmet in Miami's opening day win against Denver. It's the second time he's done this over the last month. While Frerotte says it's no big deal, you have to wonder if it will affect his accuracy . . .

Jets defensive end Trevor Johnson was knocked out of the Jets opener against Kansas City with a concussion on the opening kickoff. He was in street clothes in practice on Wednesday, and will not play on Sunday. This injury has to concern the Jets because Johnson had concussion issues at Nebraska, and this might have made him slip in the draft. With Johnson out this Sunday, backup defensive tackle Lance LeGree will likely see some action at defensive end, a position he played with the Giants last year . . .

To Dolphin outside linebacker Jason Taylor, the Jets poor performance in Kansas City was misleading.

"In my mind, you can take the Jets tape from last week against Kansas City, and throw it out the window," said Taylor . . .

And the same can be said for the Dolphins lopsided win over Denver last week. It was a close game into the third quarter, but then the South Florida heat and humidity got to the Broncos, and they were running on fumes. Also hurting the Broncos was an injury to cornerback Champ Bailey. After the Bailey injury, the Dolphins passing game took off. So while the Jets aren't nearly as bad as they showed last week, the Dolphins aren't nearly as good . . .

The Dolphins are the perfect team for quarterback Chad Pennington to have a bounce back performance against. One of the weaknesses of the Dolphins is their secondary. They traded perhaps their best cornerback, Patrick Surtain, to Kansas City in the off-season. They planned to replace him with second-year cornerback Will Poole, but he blew out his knee in mini-camp. So now they are forced to start Reggie Howard, who is best suited to be a nickel back. Strong safety TeBucky Jones isn't a very good coverage safety, and that is why the New Orleans Saints got rid of him after last season. Free safety Lance Schulters, from Hofstra, doesn't have great speed. Don't be surprised if the Jets passing game explodes against the Dolphins this Sunday.

Something else the Jets can exploit is the Dolphins patchwork offensive line. While the line played decently in Week One, they were awful last year, and in the preseason. Look for Jets ends John Abraham and Shaun Ellis to have their way with Dolphins offensive tackles Damion McIntosh and Vernon Carey . . .

Pennington is going to move the distance he stands between the center on shutgun formations from four to five yards.

"I'm not going to drop anymore snaps, I promise you that," said Pennington . . .

If there was any silver-lining to Pennington's poor performance was that his surgical shoulder came out of the game okay. Thanks to poor pass protection, Pennington took an awful beating. "I feel good," said Pennington, "If anything didn't take a lot of hits, it's my shoulder." . . .

Jets coach Herman Edwards thinks cornerback Ty Law played a little cautious in the opener . . .

After it looked like Jets offensive coordinator Mike Heimderdinger was going to coach from the sidelines, now it looks like he's going to work from the coaches booth . . .

"He wanted to go up there for the run basically," said Edwards. "That's why he went up there against Philadelphia. He was up there for two weeks. He was up there for the Philadelphia game and this game."

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