Jets' offense continues to take hits

Updated: August 15, 2003, 2:51 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The New York Jets won eight of their final 11 regular season games last year, and despite a disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the playoffs, hope sprung eternal that the Jets would field an even better team this year. But so far the offseason has done little to elevate expectations.

The Jets lost several important free agents and on the surface, at least, replaced them with less talented players. One of the significant departures was guard Randy Thomas, but the Jets thought they had adequately filled his spot with free-agent acquisition Tom Nutten. But coach Herm Edwards was shocked to find out Thursday that Nutten, 31, has decided to call it quits after an eight-year career.

"He retired," Edwards told the New York Post. "It's one of those deals where you get to a certain age in your career where you have to make certain decisions. His decision at this point was that his heart wasn't into playing football."