With a much-improved offensive performance on Sunday, fixing the defense is now the Jets top priority. The pass rush was not there against the Chiefs and Edwards is looking at new ways to apply pressure, even if it means rushing six guys. Ted Cottrell spoke to the media today as well, and acknowledged that changes need to be made, but said he is not thinking about going back to a 3-4 defense.
LB Marvin Jones seemed to respond to Edwards' shake up, and played much better on Sunday. He made some nice hustle plays on a couple of downfield tackles, and leads the team with 50. Edwards acknowledged the play of DE John Abraham was improving as well. Abraham had a sack and drew two holding penalties against the Chiefs, and Edwards considered it a good sign that offensive lines have to hold him in order to prevent him from getting to the quarterback.
Some of the secondary changes Edwards made did not show up in the game as much as he would have liked. Edwards said he felt that S Jon McGraw should have played more, and he will make sure McGraw gets a lot more time in their next game. Edwards leaves it up to Cottrell and the defensive coaches to make substitutions during the game, and said it wasn't until he looked at the tape after the game that he realized McGraw did not get much time.
With six new starters on the defense this year, many have voiced concern that the Jets made too many changes in the off-season. Edwards maintained that some of those changes were necessary, and others were situations where players turned down the Jets' offers, only to take less money elsewhere (a direct shot at safety Victor Green).
One positive the Jets were able to take away from Sunday's loss was the improved play of the offense, and new quarterback Chad Pennington. Edwards was very impressed with the excitement Pennington brought to the game, and the pre-game head-butting exhibition he put on.
"He was excited [and] brought a little bit of fire to us," said Edwards. "I thought he was going to knock himself out before the game started. He gets everybody going because he's all fired up."
After the Jets scored a touchdown in the game, Pennington was so excited that he ran off the field without realizing they were attempting a two-point conversion. Edwards had to yell at Pennington to get back on the field.
CB Jamie Henderson re-injured his shoulder during the Chiefs game, and will have on MRI taken today. G J.P. Machado badly sprained his right ankle, and will skip most of this week's practices to rest. If Machado isn't ready to return after the bye, look for rookie Jonathan Goodwin to get his first NFL start. WR Wayne Chrebet will most likely miss most of this week's practices as well, so he can rest the injured knee.