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01-05-2006, 01:28 PM



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January 5, 2006 -- THE galling part is that for the fourth straight time, the Jets of New York City, the Jets of the No. 1 market in the world, the Jets of Joe Willie Namath, are played for fools, used like a JV team and tossed away like a ratty rag.

First Bill Parcells stared at the guy in the glass, and the guy in the glass pointed him toward Saratoga, and then to Dallas. Then Bill Belichick stopped by Weeb Ewbank Hall on his way to Canton, cut a hostage tape, and fled for paradise in New England. Then Al Groh - Al Bleeping Groh! - sought asylum at the University of Virginia after all but declaring that when you cut his veins, he bled Jet green and white.

And now this: Herman Edwards - he of the 39-41 lifetime record, he of the in-game clock management so dreadful the Jets actually had to hire a coach to do it for him; he of the decision to play for a field goal when the AFC Championship Game was within his grasp a year ago; and he of the defiant declaration that he most certainly was not going to be coaching the Kansas City Chiefs next year - is apparently all but out the door and headed for the Kansas City Chiefs next year.

Amazing. The Jets don't even get to fire the likes of Al Groh and Herman Edwards anymore. They're the ones who get fired. They're the ones who get dumped.

Well, Edwards is soon to be Kansas City's problem. He will galvanize the Chiefs' locker room, of that there is little doubt. He will give the radio guys some wonderful sound bytes, and every now and again he'll show up on the local 6 o'clock news giving one of his revivalist homilies, the kind that usually came right on the heels of someone daring to criticize him or his team a little too fervently.

He will also undoubtedly convert what is now one of the NFL's most dazzling offenses into a predictable, drab, grind-it-out eyesore. Chiefs fans used to seeing lots of points and lots of balls in the air had better get ready for a lot of close games, a lot of 13-10 games late in the fourth quarter. And then, when the time comes for the Chiefs to figure out how to win those games, how to manage the clock, how to out-coach the other guy - well, just wait for that. That ought to be fun.

Look, as much as Jets fans may have wanted Edwards fired after this 4-12 calamity, he didn't deserve that. But you know what? He sure as hell doesn't deserve an extension, either, and has no right to feel the slightest bit slighted that one hasn't been proffered.

One thing that's always helpful to remember about this Jets season: They were expected to not only make the playoffs, but challenge the Patriots in the AFC East, and push their way deep into the playoffs. Everyone expected that: Edwards, Terry Bradway, the players. Heading into Week 1, they were a very fashionable sleeper pick by some to even make it to the Super Bowl.

You know what happened in Week 1? The Jets went to Kansas City and they got their heads handed to them. The offense was embarrassing. The defense was humiliating. The coaching was abysmal. The same Chiefs who 15 weeks later would look like a Pop Warner team against the Giants with their entire season on the line tore the Jets limb from limb.

And the Jets were 100 percent healthy that week.

In Kansas City, Carl Peterson apparently detected magic amid the apocalypse, and he saw a savior for his own perpetually underachieving football team.

He saw the future of the Chiefs, and his name was Herman Edwards.

Edwards should leave, and leave quickly, because the Jets have too many other calamities to address now. Principal among these should be Woody Johnson answering whether Terry Bradway, his J.D. Salinger GM, is the man he wants to entrust to find a new coach. Not that it matters.

Whomever they do hire, there will surely be a greener pasture to pursue in a year or two. Maybe Sheepshead Bay High will be hiring by then.

Jets fan here.

Vaccaro said it perfectly.

the Talking Can
01-05-2006, 01:29 PM
welcome to the planet...we've digested that article already, but thanks anyways....personally, you can keep Herm..we don't want him

01-05-2006, 01:40 PM
I hadn't seen that article on another thread. It's a great read....as long as Herm Schottenheimer doesn't end up here :shake:

01-05-2006, 01:44 PM
He said "proffered". Fart smeller, oh I mean smart feller.

Nick Athan
01-05-2006, 01:47 PM
He said "proffered". Fart smeller, oh I mean smart feller.

That was incredibly witty, Ill have to use that in a future articel in Warfield Illustrated.

Hammock Parties
01-05-2006, 01:49 PM
That was incredibly witty, Ill have to use that in a future articel in Warfield Illustrated.


Sorry, but I am almost tempted to start a weekly newsletter about Eric titled "Warfield Illustrated."