One of the conversations surrounding the Jets last week was focused on exactly when the distractions surrounding the team would have an impact on the field. That time might have arrived sooner than expected.
The Jets’ latest distraction is courtesy of Braylon Edwards and a Monday night out. What might be even more surprising, however, is the speed at which the reaction inside the Jets’ locker room to Edwards’ arrest on a drunken-driving charges reached the mainstream, with teammates speaking out about accountability.
Taking the temperature around the Jets …
Citing its sources, The New York Post reported that Jets coach Rex Ryan is “infuriated.” Some of Edwards’ teammates, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, expressed “anger and exasperation” at the receiver’s selfishness heading into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that several teammates were disappointed by Edwards’ “selfishness and disregard” for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. “Not surprised,” one player told Mehta.
The money quote in all of this comes via Rich Cimini, who got one unhappy teammate‘s blunt assessment.
“It’s ridiculous,” the teammate said. “First, we have a program in place to prevent this exact thing. Second, he’s in a contract year and if he can’t keep his nose clean this year, how about when he gets a new contract? He has money to call for a ride.
“It’s unacceptable because now his teammates have to answer questions on that instead of focusing on Miami. Some people can’t handle a little success. … We just started putting that reporter stuff behind us, and now this. They should fine him to the max. This is just stupid.”
The Jets offered a swift response to the incident, but the team’s reputation has no doubt taken another hit.
– Frank Tadych