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Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:11 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 8:22 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Edwards (US Presswire)
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum has revealed the plan this Sunday for wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The wide receiver, who was arrested for DWI early Tuesday morning, will play against the Dolphins, but he won’t start.

This is a high school type punishment. Perhaps Edwards will have to stick around and pick up equipment after practice, too. The Jets didn't have a lot of options, though. Teams cannot suspend or deactivate players for alcohol-related offenses -- only the league can. Of course, the Jets could choose to simply not let Edwards play.   

But that would be foolish. The Jets are facing an important division game and are already without suspended wideout Santonio Holmes. This is pro football – you win first and build character second (sorry). The Jets are already shorthanded. After Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, the only wideouts on the roster are Brad Smith and David Clowney. The wise thing to do is play Edwards and hope that the league doesn’t get around to suspending him until Holmes gets back.*

The alternative is teaching Edwards a valuable lesson that he probably won’t get anyway, then trying to convince your fan base that it’s OK you’re now two games back in the AFC East before October because at least you have principles.

*The NFL can’t suspend Edwards for a first-time DUI, but they may be able to classify his arrest as a repeat violation of the personal conduct policy (remember, Edwards was suspended one game last season for punching LeBron James’ friend at a club).

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Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

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Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:58 am

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

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Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:36 pm

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

He was at the center of two of the plays that cost the Jets the game, no doubt. There is some question whether the illegal procedure was caused by him or by Sanchez snapping the ball too quickly (BE was just getting set at the line at the snap). It's hard to blame him for the running into the kicker penalty, too. It was a very athletic and aggressive play. He hurdled the line and was right there for the block. He was put on the FG block team to do just that. Don't ask me how he missed it. He did land under the kicker's leg and didn't seem to make an effort to not get called for the penalty (by rolling out of the way) but it is a ridiculous, ticky-tack penalty anyway. The Jets defense still allowed the TD (due mainly to a questionable interference penalty).

The dude has all the talent in the world and he plays hard. It's a shame he's so clueless. I was hoping he would have a decent year and come back at a #2 WR salary (w/Holmes back as #1). Now I'm just hoping that Santonio can stay on the straight and narrow. Braylon is all but gone.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:26 pm

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

the problem is that Edwards is just too dumb to know what's right and what's wrong.  also, he cost the Jets a victroy against the Ravens and no one seems to be talking about that.  He ran into the kicker giving the ravens a first down and ultimately the only TD of the game, and he had an illegal procedure against him on a 30 yard pass play to Keller to negate a first down resulting in a punt.  The jets lost by 1 because of him.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:26 am

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

Separate issue.  DWI falls under substance abuse policy not the personal conduct policy.  The CBA won't allow any action until after his court date, which is slated for Nov. 9.  There's really nothing else that can be done.  The Jets aren't even allowed to deactivate him for the week -- if they don't want to play him, they have to use the roster spot and then bench him.  Players Union would file grievances otherwise.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:42 am

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

Good point. If you are in the NFL and get a DWI some people seem to think you should lose your job (I've even seen it stated that he should be charged with attempted murder!). OK. What if you are in the NYPD? You would think that those protecting the streets of NY would be held to a higher standard than those playing football. The fact is, most NYPD officers that drive drunk (or commit other offenses) are let off by their fellow officers but for those that are not lucky enough to be busted by a sympathetic co-worker:

"The Daily News reported last week that at least 55 city cops have been caught behind the wheel while liquored up since 1999. All pleaded down to non-felony charges - and nearly all have remained on the job. Just last month, smashed into a parked car in the , badly injuring his passenger. And plowed his into a garbage truck in midtown, flipped over and smacked into Tiffany's jewelry store. Ospina broke three ribs, and two friends in the car were also hurt."

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 8:49 am

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

The point is very well made.  The Jets hands are tied by the CBA.  Noting that whats the point in benching him?  To prove a point that this won't be tolerated on this team?  That message won't get through!!  Let him play Sunday and let the locker room sort out the internal impacts.  Goodell will suspend him if it is at all possible.  Once the league makes its decision, the Jets can choose to waive him, or try to trade him.  This guarantees he won't get a new contract next year, and he won't get a huge payday from anyone else in the league. 

Reality is if you or I got arrested for this, we'd go to work the next day and keep our job until we had our day in court.  THe same rules should apply to Edwards, if he's found guilty, the league will take its action followed by the Jets. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:03 am

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

@bchen03..What does what the Giants loss to the Colts have to do with Edwards...and we'll be more like 8-8, but Giants fans are realistic....and Jacobs can go for what he did problem saying it....keep talking like you guys have done for 40 years, I hear it every year with you guys and yet still no Super Bowl to speak of

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:37 am
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