Mike Tannenbaum was quoted as saying this morning that the decision to bench Braylon Edwards to start tonight's showdown with the Dolphins, was a team decision that resulted from the fact that he was, "Out until 5:00 AM, not so much that he was arrested."
Tannenbaum has thus removed the label that he was benched for drinking. This is important because the NFL's substance abuse policy is very clear that a team cannot deactivate a player for alcohol-related offenses.
This decision to simply bench Braylon from starting based on his being out all night demonstrates the teams's vision. They are simply focused on winning and decisions that promote thinking of the team.
So it isn't the drinking or the arrest that troubles the team, it is the decision to stay out until 5:00 that troubles them.
So now, the player is on the sideline, and dressed for the game, but has not and will not be deactivated. Tannenbaum has set it up for Ryan to use Braylon Edwards how he wishes with the blessing of the team. As far as Tannenbaum is concerned, he was out until all hours of the night, and his punishment is not starting.
Ryan has free reign. Should Ryan decide to sit Edwards all game, it will demonstrate that this coach has a major problem with drunk-driving and endangering the lives that goes beyond the organizational viewpoint on the matter.
If Ryan plays the troubled wide-receiver, it is "win at all costs" as the Jets' mantra for 2010. It will be very interesting around 8:45 tonight when the Jets should have their second possession of the night.