Wednesday Whispers - Bollinger should play

The Jets dodged a major bullet with the news that Brooks Bollinger's concussion isn't that severe.

He should be able to play against the New Orleans Saints.

"Bollinger is fine, he had some tests done, so he should be okay to participate this week," said Jets Herman Edwards.

He underwent a catscan and the results were encouraging. This is a big break for the Jets because their next opponent, the New Orleans Saints, have a good pass rush, and starting immobile Vinny Testaverde would be a recipe for disaster. The Saints have three big-time defensive ends – Will Smith, Charles Grant and Darren Howard. Bollinger scrambling ability will come in handy this week. How good a scrambler is Bollinger? Just watch his run for seven yards on third-and-six on the Jets second drive. It was a big-time scramble.

Bollinger is listed as questionable, but was practicing full on Wednesday and should be able to go.

So who will be the #2? It will probably be Kliff Kingsbury since Testaverde has a bad ankle.

"Vinny is a little sore, he's hurting, and if he can't move and his ankle is bothering him, and his calf is bothering him, we'll have to make Kliff the second," said Edwards . . .

If you noticed there has been quite a bit of lobbying in the media for Herman Edwards to stay as Jets coach after this season. There have been rumors he might take over the Kansas City Chiefs after this season. How bad do some reporters want the extremely accommodating Edwards to stay? When the KC rumors started to circulate, one writer cracked, "I'm going to apply for a job at the Kansas City Star." . . .

Edwards doesn't seem very happy with cornerback Ty Law's nine penalties this year.

"Our margin for error is very little, so when those type of things happen, you can go, man, he gives them another chance," said Edwards. "We can't afford to give people second chances against us right now. That's not a good way to play for us." . . .

Edwards created a firestorm last Wednesday with his circumspect answers regarding his future. Instead of staying, "no comment," or "the rumors aren't true," he answered most of the numerous queries about the Kansas City rumors at length. He did a much better job on Monday.

"My status here is fine, fantastic," Edwards said on Monday. "That's where it's at, period. Next question." So he learned his lesson, or did he? Maybe not. After the press conference, in the hallway outside the press room, he answered more questions about his future in one-on-one's with reporters, including Cold Pizza's Bob Glauber. A typical day at Jets camp involves Edwards holding a half hour press conference, then writers getting him in the hallway for another half-hour for one-on-one's. We aren't aware of any coach in the league who commits this much time to the media . . .

Edwards always says the team isn't making excuses, then he mixes in statements like this – "I just hope what's happening to us, this dark cloud, that after this year, it's going to go away and it's never come back here again because I don't wish it on anybody, I really don't." . . .

The New Orleans Saints are terrible against the run, so it's possible the Jets can get their running game going this week. If they are able to run the ball better, and more often, expect to see rookie tailback Cedric Houston sub for starter Curtis Martin every third series . . .

Who cares if Jets owner Woody Johnson talks to the media or not? Well some reporters do, so after a couple of days of the owner getting slammed in the press, they got their wish. Johnson talked to the media on Wednesday, and said Edwards will be back next year as Jets coach. But this was never an issue. The owner loves Edwards, and he was never in trouble. This was a non-story.

"It was a media-created story," said one writer . . .

The Jets have re-signed cornerback Jeremy LeSeuer to the practice squad. He had been on the regular roster for the last month, but with the eye injury to cornerback David Barrett, they needed to promote D.J. Johnson to the regular roster. Johnson is more of a pure cornerback, and LeSeuer is a cornerback-safety tweener. They are still attempting to figure out if his future is at cornerback or safety.

Barrett was downgraded from questionable to out with an eye injury, and will miss his third straight game . . .

The Saints receivers could present a huge problem to the Jets cornerbacks. They have three significant threats at wide receiver – Joe Horn, Donte Stallworth and Az Hakim, who all have good speed. With Ty Law struggling with the illegal contact rules, and rookie Justin Miller learning on the job, the Jets could have a hard time with this passing attack. Miller was giving too much cushion to the Broncos receivers last Sunday. If he does that this week, he could be in a lot of trouble against this threesome. Expect to see more of Derrick Strait at Barrett's spot this week. Strait is a more polished cornerback at this point . . .

Backup quarterback Jay Fiedler still isn't close to returning from a separated shoulder. He is lightly tossing short passes, but that is it.

"He can't drop back and throw it," said Edwards. "He's not ready to go yet." . . .

Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet is feeling a lot better and this concussion doesn't seem nearly as serious as prior ones . . .

It looks like running back Derrick Blaylock could be out for the year with a foot injury that has kept him out since September. He still can't run . . .

Pete Kendall is wearing extra padding around his mid-section to protect his injured back. It's almost like shoulder pads for his back. The injury is hurting Kendall's ability to change directions.

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