Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan don’t run scared.
Wait, perhaps we should audible that. Only three plays after
The true fool was Edwards, an injured and unproductive player who needed all the friends he could make in NFL front offices to extend his career. But he apologized and Tannenbaum hasn’t stood on ceremony. Good for him as Edwards, a no-risk stretch-drive pickup of probably marginal impact, nevertheless becomes another instrument of controversy for perhaps the most riveting, offensively challenged 6-7 team in NFL history.
On the contrary, evidence mounts that this is Ryan’s best coaching job in his four years here. Without one of the best defensive players in the NFL,
Throw out a 12-minute utter meltdown on Thanksgiving night and ... well, Mrs. Lincoln had been enjoying the play, too, but our point is that Ryan has not lost the team. Despite arguable decisions on who to dress as the backup the last two weeks, he hasn’t lost his mind, either.
Minus Holmes since Week 3, and again without
Whether Edwards, who has had only 23 catches in his last two seasons at San Francisco and Seattle, still can draw some attention remains arguable, at least until Monday night in Nashville. But with three games to go and a postseason spot not yet out of the question, the devil the Jets know beats any devil they don’t. It wasn’t exactly like Wes Welker was on waivers, so Tannenbaum didn’t stand on ceremony, making a no-risk move indicative of a GM trying to get to the playoffs rather than trying to get himself and his team out of the glare.
If Tebow’s presence has hurt Sanchez, that is the ultimate indictment of Sanchez. Tebow wasn’t getting enough plays to disrupt anything except a talk show. For an excuse, we are far more inclined to cut Sanchez slack for his supporting cast, even as his passes continue to sail high and wide and the ball is turned over at a dizzying rate. The state of the Jets offense is attributable to misfortune — Holmes — and miscalculation, but who would have foreseen Sanchez regressing this badly or a year like this from Keller?
It is with a cloud of dust, not any smokescreen, that the Jets are trying to get to the playoffs. They are running the ball, not their mouths, and good for them — not that, crippled and humbled as they have been this season, they really have much choice. Whether there is any magic left downfield or not, Ryan knows Edwards can block, reason enough to bring him in as the Jets try to pound their way to the postseason despite it all.
Tebow hasn’t panned out, at least under this staff. And the Jets are dealing with predictable fallout from bringing in such a polarizing figure. But the people running the team continue not to flinch just for the sake of not looking desperate. They remain more worried about blocking Titans than criticism. So Edwards’ apology is accepted, as it should be.