All Eyes Are On Vernon Gholston

Malcolm DiazCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2008:  Vernon Gholston of the New York Jets poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Getty Images)

I have to admit that I am getting quite tired of it.

Every time I turn around someone is talking about how much Vernon Gholston is NOT going to win a starting spot for the New York Jets defense.

What is really sad is that most don’t question his skills or ability. No, it’s far, far worse than that.

It’s his heart and desire most often questioned by fans and even by team mates. This is truly starting to look sad to me.

Rex Ryan has done plenty already to give Gholston a measure of confidence by naming him the replacement starter for suspended linebacker Calvin Pace.

I believe this is more than just a move to show Gholston confidence from his coach, it is most likely also a bit of a trial by fire as well.

I see this move as a message from the coaching staff: “Do well in those first four games and there is a damned good chance you’ll see extended action this season. Do poorly and…well….just have a seat, son.”

Despite a long list of posts to the contrary, I am actually keeping my fingers crossed for the Ohio State product.

The potential in this young man for success is staggering; unfortunately the potential for failure is equally staggering and growing.