Jets focus on Dolphins, not Edwards

Updated: September 23, 2010, 12:36 PM ET
By Jane McManus |

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Given how sparse the New York Jets' locker room was for most of the media availability period Wednesday, there wasn't much of an appetite for questions about Braylon Edwards' Tuesday morning arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Darrelle Revis said he saw the incident as a distraction and agreed that the string of off-the-field issues for the Jets is an embarrassment.

"Image is everything, and we don't want to be looked at as a bad team," Revis said. "So we got to clean up our act a little bit with some things and play football."

And the man whose five-week holdout was a constant topic of discussion at the Jets' training camp said there are a lot of distractions right now.

"This affects the whole building, situations like this, everyone knows and everyone is talking about it," Revis said. "It's the big topic, so it can [be a distraction], but we can stop that by really focusing on the Miami Dolphins and going down there and getting a win."

And that seemed to be the theme. If asked about Edwards, talk about Miami.

With each question about the wide receiver, quarterback Mark Sanchez got back to Miami or how great practice was, even when asked about the free car service that players can access.

"We're focused on Miami right now," Sanchez said. "I'm not here to talk about a car service program. Statements have been said about it. There's nothing else to say about it except that we're supporting Braylon."

Jets teammates Vernon Gholston and D'Brickashaw Ferguson were in the car with Edwards at the time of his arrest. Gholston didn't enter the locker room for Wednesday's media availability, but Ferguson did.

"Anything that really happened that night, I can't really comment on right now," Ferguson said. "It's a pending legal matter, but obviously, I'm hoping to get this situation resolved and I'm optimistic about this week's [game]."

Any questions about why he didn't call the car service were deflected as deftly as Edwards dismissed questions about his thoughts on drinking and driving earlier. But Ferguson did comment on bringing negative attention to the team.

"I think if you have any situation that's not always positive, it causes you to feel a certain type of way about it," Ferguson said. "Again, we always want to bring good things to this team and this organization. We just want to continue that, to make good decisions in the future."

Revis, who wan't involved in the Edwards incident, addressed the Player Protect program, which players can use if they've been out drinking and don't want to drive home. Some players are reluctant to use it since the teams or league foot the bill and they fear their personal behavior will be known to management, but Revis said he has.

"Even if the organization does know, which they say they don't, it's helping," said Revis, who won't play Sunday night because of a hamstring injury. "It's keeping guys not driving while drinking. It's useful to guys who want to use it."

Jason Taylor didn't want to comment on Edwards' legal situation, but he has been in the NFL long enough to have seen things like this before.

"There's nobody standing here in this group right now who hasn't made a mistake before," Taylor said. "You live and you learn."

Jane McManus is a columnist for Follow her on Twitter.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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