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Self-Reflection

By John Melillo
Jets Insider.com, Staff Writer
September 29th, 2004
As the Jets gear up for their division rival match up with the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, head coach Herm Edwards expressed caution in dealing with a team reeling after a winless start.

As the Jets gear up for their division rival match up with the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, head coach Herm Edwards expressed caution in dealing with a team reeling after a winless start.

“We know we’ll get the (Dolphins) best effort,” Edwards said. “We’ve been in their place before. They have a very, very good defense, but their offense hasn’t been able to find a rhythm.”

After benching QB Jay Fiedler in the opener and starting QB A.J. Feeley for the past two games, the Dolphins announced Fiedler would once again lead the offense this week against the Jets. Edwards doesn’t believe the Dolphins’ revolving door at quarterback will affect the team’s approach on defense.

“We’ve only known Jay,” Edwards said. “Our veteran guys, who have been with us for a few years, have only experienced playing against him. The young guys obviously don’t have much experience anyway, so it’s not a concern.”

After finishing 6-10 last year, Edwards said he could relate to the frustration coach Dave Wannstedt must be facing this year. The Coach discussed how a personal meeting with owner Woody Johnson and general manager Terry Bradway after the season finale last year was beneficial for this season.

“We had a good talk to make sure we were all on the same page,” Edwards said. “Our mindset has changed. It started with me and how I could become a better coach.”

Edwards pointed out the primary responsibility of a head coach.

“The first person you lead is yourself,” Edwards said. “Once you understand that, your job as coach is to put players in position to be successful. That is the joy of (being a head coach); the player’s success. I don’t care about anything else.”

When questioned on whom he tries to emulate, Edwards expressed self-confidence.

“I respect a bunch of coaches, but they’re all different,” explained Edwards. “I don’t try to be like another coach.”

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: Edwards is pleased to resume a normal practice schedule this week and have a game scheduled this Sunday. “(The bye week) was great for young players to exhale. Now we have a 14-game schedule. We’re ready,” he said....Edwards also discussed the recent addition of DT Tim McGill, formerly of the Arena Football League. “He’s a strong, powerful player, a big body – he’s been working hard in practice”....S Jon McGraw will continue to come off the bench as he continues to work on his conditioning....Starting left guard Pete Kendall took practice reps at center to reduce the workload of C Kevin Mawae, who is nursing a hand injury....Injured LB Sam Cowart was on the practice field, offering tips to rookie LB Jonathan Vilma, who will make his first NFL start Sunday. Edwards is not concerned with how Vilma will perform this Sunday. “Mentally, he can handle it. He’s prepares himself well. The biggest pressure is for him to make the calls in the huddle and is absolutely (capable) of that.”…The Dolphins have held the Jets to less than 100 yards rushing as a team in each of the last five games, but are currently ranked 28th versus the run this year, including a 100-yard game surrendered to Tennessee Titans RB Chris Brown in Week 1....Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt said there has been a new turf installed at Pro Player Stadium after torrential rains saturated the field Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

INJURY REPORT: Center Kevin Mawae practiced today and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Mawae is expected to play unless he suffers swelling or is unable to handle snapping with his injured hand. OT Jason Fabini is nursing a sore back, but practiced and is probable for the game. Here is the team’s official injury report for Week 4.

-C Kevin Mawae (hand): Upgraded; Probable for Sunday.
-OT Jason Fabini (back): Probable for Sunday.
-LB Sam Cowart (knee): Out for Sunday.

The team resume practice tomorrow and Friday. Check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest breaking Jets news leading up to the clash with the 'Phins.

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