Herm Ed and New York Jets
(Yes, I admit it, some of us ARE Jet fans!)
Jerricho Cotchery after scoring TD off a crisp pass from Chad Pennington. Cotchery has opened eyes with his soft hands and determination. The Jets start this season light years ahead of last year at the wide-out position. They will be putting up some big numbers.
The bus was late and Coach Edwards started practice early, so we WestSideStadium.org types caught but a brief glimpse of today's (8-25) practice session. However, to this untrained eye, the Jets appear sharp and crisp. This observer will be quite surprised if the Jets repeat their slow start of the last few years. Herm Ed is a focused and intense man. This year, he seems to have a team made in his image. There is a hunger to this team that is palpable. Get out your woolies, Jets fans, and don't vacation in January.
Santana Moss was running soft sprints, working out his hamstring pull, but still found time to talk and sign with the fans.
Intense is the only word to describe Herm Edwards, but it is a positive, focused intensity. Coach Edwards supports the West Side Stadium project, but he will not allow the issue to split his focus from what he sees as his ultimate goal, a Lombardi Trophy for the Jets.
Our Wise Old Egg and his young bride speak with the coach. Tom and Joan McMorrow attended the Jets first home game, played in Manhattan in the old Polo Grounds, back when they were called the Titans. (Remember the Titans?) Note that the coach still has his plays and notes stuck in the back of his sweats. As soon as he's done with us, he'll be back to work on his vision for the 2004 Jets.
My wife tells me Herm Ed is cute, but I don't know about such things. Here you see Sophfronia Scott, one of our founding members, looking over coach Edwards play chart.
I caught up with running back Jonathan Reese. While the two of us may have been squinting in the afternoon sun, Reese has been opening eyes this training camp, and seems a lock to make the final roster. Jonathon went to Columbia University. There are few Ivy League students in the NFL, and fewer still from Columbia. Jonathan is the only Jet on the current roster ever to have played a home football game on the island of Manhattan.
A good time was had by all.