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Law-less Future?

By James J. Parziale
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
November 30th, 2005
Jets CB Ty Law leads the team with five interceptions but also leads with nine penalties. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Jets CB Ty Law leads the team with five interceptions but also leads with nine penalties. (Jets Insider.com Photo)

When the Jets signed Ty Law in August, he was anointed as the final cog in the defense which would uplift Jets to a championship contenders. That won’t happen in Law’s first season in New York.

Yet the way Law is talking these days, there may be no second season. Today at Hofstra Law waxed poetic about his tenure with the Jets, but when the topic of circulating rumors about his potential departure was broached, he said nothing to dispel them.

“You can kick, scream, whatever, they’re going to do what they’re going to do,” Law said of management. “As far as I’m concerned, I appreciate the opportunity and I’d love to be here but if not then thank you. I had a good time playing here and the experience with coach Edwards was great.”

Pardon, but what that past tense? Law offered little to indicate his stay with the Jets (2-9) would extend past year. Given he was a cap-casualty with the Patriots because of his salary, Law wouldn’t shed any tears this time around.

“Who’s angry? I wasn’t angry at all,” Law said of his exodus from New England, where he spent his first 10 seasons. “It’s just one of those things that happened. Whether it was business or performance, sometimes it’s just time to move on. Business is business football is football.

“When you look at the logistics of it, it wouldn’t be too hard to assume something like that, so I really don’t have any comment on that,” said Law about leaving. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

Law is reportedly owed an $11-million roster bonus in March, a figure he surely would need to renegotiate to stay with the Jets. But Law, who looks to have lost a step, proclaimed he is still the best corner in the league. So, the odds of Law taking a pay cut are slim.

So far, Law merely has shown flashes of the brilliance that made him a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Patriots. His five interceptions lead the Jets, but the stringent contact rules the NFL officials enforced have handcuffed Law’s physical style. It’s unofficially dubbed the Ty Law Rule from Law’s days with the Patriots, and if anyone will get caught with his hand in the cookie jar, it’s him.

Law has been flagged nine times this season and he has more penalty yardage (73) than interception yardage (50). He’s been flagged on third downs each of the past three games, but officials picked up the flag last week against the Saints. Otherwise, it would’ve been another drive-sustaining gaffe.

Even head coach Herman Edwards didn’t give a raving endorsement of Law’s play so far. “You knew it was going to take him some while to get into form,” Edwards said of Law’s foot injury. “And then he’s coming into a new system. He’d been in the system he played in for some time…So I think he’s worked his way back in and made some plays for us.”

Learning to play in the new rules is another concept Law has yet to fully grasp, according to Edwards.

“He just has to get used to the fact that they are going to call him [for the illegal contact],” Edwards said. “And I think it’s hard for him to maybe not use his hands in certain ways.”

Law said the referees are calling the rule to closely, giving the receivers more than the five yard cushion.

“You have your five-yard rules and it’s right there, but they are calling it at five and five-and-a-half,” he said. “I think a lot of flags are coming out and it’s not even a good call.”

But is Law using his hands to compensate because he’s lost a step? Thought he pronounced himself healthy – “Ty Law is healthy,” he stated – Law missed most of training camp recovering from the foot injury that kept him out from October to mid-August. Law said he suffered because he didn’t have a training camp; he was too busy rehabbing the foot.

Back then, it looked like Law – who signed an ambiguous contract which his agent said ranged from three to seven years – would be in the Big Apple for a while. Now, it doesn’t seem so.

“There’s a good possibility that I’ll be a Jet,” Law said, “but I could be a free agent too.”

It’s like he never unpacked his bags.

INSIDER TIDBITS

Stat of the Day. The Jets two starting receivers, Justin McCareins and Laveranues Coles, haven’t put up the numbers most thought they would before the year began. Granted, the Jets quarterback carousel hasn’t helped matters. McCareins has been hampered by a back injury and Coles looks to have lost a step.

The Jets shipped Santana Moss to the Redskins in the off-season in exchange for Coles, but Moss’s six touchdowns are double what the Jets wide receivers have totaled and four more than Coles’ two.

Quote of the Day. “All of a sudden Doug Jolley looked like one of the great tight ends of ever. He was running through there, knocking guys off. I thought I was watching a different guy.” – Herman Edwards on TE Doug Jolley’s performance against the Saints Sunday. Jolley’s 21-yard reception helped set up K Mike Nugent’s game-winning field goal attempt, which fell short.

-RB Curtis Martin’s struggles running the ball this year have been well documented, but the defense hasn’t been up to snuff either. The Jets have given up nearly twice as many rushing yards (1,506) as they’ve garnered (883).

-The Jets have given up over 100 more points than they’ve scored this season. Pouncing on the Jets early has been a trend, with the opponents outscoring the Jets 68-10 in the first frame. For the season, the Jets have been outscored 248-140.

-LB Jonathan Vilma leads the NFL with 121 total tackles. The Dolphins’ Zach Thomas trails by two.

Roster Move: The team announced the release of T Drew Strojny from their practice squad and in his place, signed LB Jamar Enzor. Enzor, an undrafted rookie from the University of Cincinnati had participated in the Jaguars training camp this past summer.

INJURY REPORT: Head coach Herman Edwards has been noncommittal when asked about the status of QB Jay Fiedler, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since Sept. 25. Fiedler may start throwing in 7-on-7 drills this week, but Edwards is unsure when Fiedler will be healthy enough to return to the active roster.

-QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder): out
-RB Derrick Blaylock (foot): out
-DT Sione Pouha (calf): probable
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): probable

The team returns to practice tomorrow to continue preparation for the Patriots. Be sure to check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest NY Jets news.

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