Dan's thoughts and Whispers

Here are some random thoughts and Whispers from JC publisher Dan Leberfeld . . .

Some people wonder Mike Tannenbaum said recently that Vernon Gholston is going to be back for the 2010 season. considering how little impact he has made over his first two seasons.

But what did you expect him to say in January - "I'm going to drop Vernon - he's done nothing for us the first two years." The same thing applies to Kellen Clemens. A lot can change between now and the the final cuts in training camp.

As Bud Grant always said when he was he running the Vikings - "Never make a decision until you have to." . . .

Clearly the Jets got damaged goods when they drafted Mark Sanchez. Now that sounds like a damning evaluation, but it's true. However, it's probably not that big a deal, and he should be fine over the long haul.

The knee problem he is having surgery for goes back to USC. He suffered the injury in a practice during the summer prior to his junior year. He was throwing passes before the team stretched and he just fell to the ground. He wasn't touched. Sanchez dislocated his kneecap. On the sidline, the Trojan medical staff actually put the kneecap back in place. A few minutes later, he was carted off the field. At the time, the USC folks claimed there was no ligament damage, but clearly there was, and he's having that ligament tightened in the upcoming surgery.

So Sanchez clearly was damaged goods when the Jets got him, but they clearly knew that. Mike "TOES" Tannenbaum looks into everything. They clearly didn't think Mark's kneecap issues was going to be a major problem . . .

By the way, for those who saw Sanchez hobbling around after the Indy game, now we know why . . .

We all know how bad the economy is right now, and the Jets aren't immune to the recession.

Seven people have been let go from the staff over the last few months. You all know about the five coaches who were either fired or didn't have their contract renewed at the end of the season. But they also let go of one long-time team accountant and a PR executive . . .

Considering the bad economy and the slow sale of PSL's and suites in the new stadium, Rex Ryan being docked $50,000 from his paycheck, for flipping the bird to an abusive loudmouth, is good for the team's cashflow . . .

Speaking of finances, we know that Ryan wants to get the practice fieldhouse heated, but you wonder if the Jets would want to spend that kind of money right now. For some reason, Eric Mangini didn't want any kind of heating system installed in the massive indoor facility. He probably didn't want the players to get too comfortable. So when the team practices in there, it's almost as cold as the weather outside sans the wind. Observers of practice where jackets on cold days. Ryan feels that it would help free agent recruiting to have heat in the fieldhouse.