Whispers: Rivers to Jets?

A heaping helping of bye-week Whispers:

The Jets refusal to give the starting quarterback job to Brooks Bollinger, who clearly deserves it, could be attributable to a trend of the Terry Bradway administration, according to one Jets observer.

"They don't trust youth over there," said one agent. "They signed Vinny Testaverde, and offensive tackle Scott Gragg. If Wayne Chrebet had come into the league when these guys were in charge, he never would have made the team." . . .

It's possible that Herman Edwards is keeping Testaverde in the line-up to justify his bizarre decision to sign him in the first place. If he makes Bollinger the starter, and he wins two or three games in a row, how would that make Edwards strange decision to sign Testaverde off the street look? . . .

Talking to a few players in the locker room after the game, they seemed very impressed with what Bollinger did in Atlanta. So if Edwards decision to put Bollinger back on the bench, and start Testaverde, doesn't work out, he risks losing the team . . .

When the Jets let the clock run out at the end of the first half and didn't stop it, Bradway had a shocked look on his face in the press box.

The Jets clock management in Atlanta was awful. Aside from the aforementioned play, the fact that the Jets didn't rush to the line and get another play off before the Falcons could review a questionable Wayne Chrebet catch in the second-quarter, was mindboggling. Coaches have what is called a "fireplay" in these circumstances. The quarterback gets to the line fast and gets another play off before the other team can throw the flag to challenge the ruling on the field. And to make matters worse, the Jets called a timeout themselves, giving San Diego an eternity to think about what they should do. A replay occurred and the play was overturned. Believe it or not, the Jets clock management has regressed this year . . .

If the Jets end up with the worst record in the NFL, they likely would have to trade out of the first spot of the draft because of salary cap issues. With the money they are paying quarterback Chad Pennington, there is little chance they could afford USC signal-caller Matt Leinert . . .

Don't rule out the possibility of a John Abraham trade to San Diego for quarterback Phillip Rivers next off-season. The Chargers trade for former Dolphin quarterback A.J. Feeley two weeks ago, has put them in a position to trade Rivers in the off-season. Feeley can take Rivers place as the backup to Drew Brees. The Jets and Chargers had some talks about Rivers before the trading deadline . . .

Jets cornerback Ty Law threw a fit in the locker room after the Atlanta game. He tossed an undisclosed object to the ground by his locker, and this made a loud noise that got everyone's attention. He was also cursing up a storm. He's probably thinking, "What did I get myself into?" It's also possible Law was upset at some of his teammates who were laughing in his corner of the locker room. We can assure you New England players wouldn't be acting like this after a Patriot loss.

Law's friend Curtis Martin tried to calm down the cornerback, but to no avail . . .

The last couple of games, defensive tackle James Reed hasn't done a great job protecting linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Reed has a good motor, but his size, which is actually 278 pounds, can be a problem. Falcons guards took him out of several of Atlanta's big runs . . .

You can forget about a quarterback platoon of Testaverde and Bollinger against San Diego. It isn't going to happen according to one Jets source . . .

Center Pete Kendall took the blame for all three fumbles by Testaverde against the Falcons. One Kendall said he short-armed the snap, and on the other two, he let Atlanta defenders by him to sack the quarterback, causing fumbles. After making a statement accepting the blame with reporters, he went to the coaches locker room and had heart-to-heart talks with Edwards and offensive line coach Doug Morrone. Edwards hugged him after their chat . . .

One former Jets quarterback on Bollinger. "I feel sorry for this guy," said the signal-caller. "He's getting screwed." . . .

Anybody who wants to make a big-deal about Bollinger's height, go the Chargers website, and look up the size of Brees. Or you can go to the Falcons website and look up the height up Mike Vick. Both are shorter than Bollinger. On Bollinger's fourth down throw that was blocked by Demorrio Williams, the linebacker jumped so high, he looked like Dwight Stone on the play. He likely would have blocked a Testaverde pass on that play. The play-call was too predictable. It was a screen to Martin that was called a few plays before . . .

The bye-week is often used for the coaches of struggling team to do a lot of teaching, and fix what is broken. The Jets seem to be the type of team that needs that kind of bye-week, but instead, Edwards gave them most of the week off . . .

Edwards thinks Testaverde's two poor performances in a row are a by-product of poor offensive line play. Testaverde threw two picks in the red zone against Buffalo, and fumbled three times deep in his own territory against Atlanta. But why does the coach think the blocking is going to get much better against San Diego? Consider this. The Atlanta defensive line dominated the Jets front five with two starters out. Defensive tackle Chad Lavalais threw out his back in the pregame warm-up and defensive end Brady Smith was knocked out of the game, early, with a leg injury. But the Jets couldn't even handle their backups. San Diego has a big, strong and fast front seven out of tricky 3-4 defense. This could get ugly . . .

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