Someone a lot smarter than I am once said that the key to effective discipline is consistency.
Apparently that person never had a sit-down with Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Forget, for a moment, the lunacy of "punishing" Braylon Edwards by not starting him tonight against Miami, but playing him later on. As Joe Namath accurately noted this week, you might as well start him, then. Because not starting him only punishes the team, not Edwards. It sends no message whatsoever.
But at least no message isn't a mixed message. What the Jets said today is not only a mixed message, it's an entire fruit salad of a mixed message.
In case you don't want to click on the link, here's the gist: The Jets say they aren't "punishing" Edwards for the DUI arrest, they're punishing him for being out at 5 a.m. Yet -- and here's where it really gets side-splitting hilarious -- they're not going to punish teammates D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston, who were in the car with him at the time.
So, to review: Edwards gets a slap on the wrist because he was out at 5 a.m. But Ferguson and Gholston, who were also out at 5 a.m., don't even get that.
Somewhere Vince Lombardi is shrieking, "What the hell's goin' on?"