Jets, and Edwards are High on Coles

Head coach Herman Edwards spoke very highly of Laveranues Coles today, and proclaimed him as the team's MVP thus far.

"He's fast and physical, [and] that's a potent weapon," said Edwards. He is a hard working guy, [and] he's a very humble guy. He's a playmaker and he's fun to watch. If I'm voting right now for the MVP of the Jets, it's Laveranues Coles."

 

In the Jets last few Hail Mary situations, one against Oakland and another at halftime against Denver, the plays were designed to throw the ball short of the end zone and run it in. The Jets don't have any big receivers, but Edwards doesn't think that is a concern on the Hail Mary play, and that is not why they didn't throw into the end zone. Often on a Hail Mary, the idea is to jump with the pile and tip the ball to a receiver standing nearby. The Jets feel that their receivers are athletic enough, and have enough leaping ability to perform those tasks on a Hail Mary play.

 

The Jets once again had a kick blocked, this time on a PAT. Edwards can't seem to understand why the blocking assignments have been failing, and special teams coach Mike Westhoff is furious.

 

"We practice it and take a lot of time on special teams," said Edwards. "All we can do is keep practicing on it. When guys mess up, they mess up. What are you going to do? When it happens, I just get away from Mike [Westhoff]. I know he's flipping his cane, he's throwing his papers. It's getting to be one of those weekly things, poor guy."

 

Westhoff, considered by many to be the best special teams coach in the league, has never had anything like this happen in his two plus decades in the NFL. On the blocked PAT against the Broncos, John Hall's kick was a bit low, but the line still allowed enough penetration to cause the block.

 

The Jets had not intended on letting guard Dave Szott play for the entire game on Sunday, but the veteran did not want to come out, and was playing very well. His 13 years of NFL experience helped Szott to settle right in with the rest of the Jets offensive line, and not miss a beat. The fact that the Jets offense only ran 20 plays in the first half enabled him to get some rest as well.

 

LaMont Jordan is still listed as questionable with a sprained right ankle…Aaron Beasley has been upgraded to probable, and Chris Baker is questionable with a neck stinger.

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