2010-09-24 / Sports

Problems For Edwards Overshadows Jets

By Elio Velez

It does seem like a long time ago that the New York Jets pulled off an impressive second half performance to defeat the New England Patriots, 28-14. The Jets evened their record to 1-1 and the win gave them plenty of confidence to work with as they prepared to take on Miami on Sunday night.

Then came the Braylon Edwards incident on the West Side Highway at 5:16 a.m. Tuesday morning to wipe the good karma the organization was feeling after their first win of the season.

The Jets WR, arguably coming off his most impressive effort in two years with five catches against the Patriots, was arrested for driving while under the influence. Edwards, who was driving drunk in a car with teammates Vernon Gholston and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, was reported with a .16 blood alcohol level and arrested by NYPD officers at the scene.

“I would like to apologize to my family, my fans, Mr. Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan and my teammates. I will respect the process that is in place and will fully cooperate with the league, Braylon Edwards said in statement on Wednesday afternoon.

“I am truly happy to be a member of the New York Jets and I hope I have the opportunity to retire here. I now have to regain the trust of my teammates, the organization and the fans.”

It may take a while, if ever, that Edwards can regain the trust from head coach Rex Ryan and his teammates. Edwards is a smart and articulate man who seemed to be growing in terms of stature as a weapon on the field for QB mark Sanchez to throw to.

Poor choices though have tripped up Edwards in the past, and Tuesday’s morning incidents could play part on Sunday. Edwards pleased no contest to a misdemeanor of punching an acquaintance of LeBron James at a nightclub while playing with the Cleveland Browns. Edwards is also close friends with Baltimore WR Donte Stallworth who was sent to jail for 30 days after being under the influence and then killing a man while driving his car in Miami.

Edwards may not be in the right frame of mind and that is just one of the growing concerns for a Jets team which has many other problems to deal with. CB Darrelle Revis was ruled out with a hamstring injury after aggravating it while futilely trying to chase down Patriots WR Randy Moss’ one handed touchdown catch near the end of the first half. Linebacker Bryan Pace will miss the game with a foot injury and Nick Mangold is questionable with a shoulder injury.

The Jets will need to deal with a lot of internal problems just to get focused against of their toughest divisional rivals. “I’m tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization,” Ryan said. “I said, ‘Let’s just end it.’ We don’t need to be that team. This team works too hard at everything else to be looked at in this light.”

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