The Jets won a big game Sunday night, but you have to wonder how owner Woody Johnson felt on the flight home from Miami.
Was there even a slight tinge of embarrassment over how they did it? Did Johnson think of his late daughter and wonder if she'd approve of the way he disciplines his work force?
The Employee of the Day was Braylon Edwards, who five days earlier was arrested for DWI. He blew a .16 on the Breathalyzer, twice the legal limit. Then he blew past the Dolphins for a 67-yard touchdown.
So was it worth all the finger-wagging the team has received?
Heck yes, according to Jets fans. The rest of us are almost too depressed to respond.
In a Just World, Edwards would have dropped the winning pass. Then to confirm karma exists, Rex Ryan would have developed a severe case of laryngitis and Antonio Cromartie's zipper would have gotten permanently stuck in the up position.
Look where they are, though, leading the AFC East thanks to Edwards. To be fair, he was held out the entire first quarter. And he did show up with his bushy beard pared down to a neat goatee.
The lesson here is that crime does pay. So does bluster and arrogance and swallowing one's principles. Of course, that assumes these Jets are guided by any principle beyond winning.
So what if NFL teams do not traditionally discipline players for DWI? If there's a first time for everything, this was it.
During Sunday's pregame shows, Jimmy Johnson said he would not have suspended Edwards. A coach's job is to put the best players on the field, not fret over any legal or ethical implications.
Tony Dungy said if he were in charge, Edwards would not have put on a uniform. He had a rule that if a player gets into late-night trouble and drugs or alcohol or guns are involved, they don't get the benefit of the doubt.
There was never a doubt what philosophy Ryan favors. Discipline is a dirty word around the Jets, though according to HBO it's the only one Ryan doesn't regularly use.
You'd expected a bit more perspective out of Johnson. Forget the message it sends to kids and all that moralizing stuff. What about the message Sunday sent to Edwards?
He's a spoiled man-child who has the money to get away with almost anything. Not unlike Johnson's daughter, Casey, who partied her way through life before tragically winding up in an early grave in January at 30.
[Editor's Note: Casey Johnson's cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a complication of diabetes, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled in February.]
Her heartbroken father tried everything to get her straightened out. Can't he see that Edwards is on the same road?
Technically, he was on 34th Street in Manhattan when police stopped him at 5:13 a.m. Teammates D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston were in the car. What better way to prepare for work than by partying all night?
One DWI does not qualify Edwards as a Hollywood socialite doomed for self-destruction. But he's working up a resume worthy of TMZ's scrutiny. If this were high school, he'd be voted Most Likely To End Up Like Plaxico Burress.
Besides general immaturity, Edwards was caught driving 120 mph in a 65 mph zone in 2008. That's the year he led the NFL with 16 dropped passes. The joke in Cleveland last week was the only thing Edwards can catch is a buzz.
The Browns were happy to trade him after he pleaded no contest to aggravated assault. Edwards got into a fight at a nightclub with an 130-pound friend of LeBron James, back when LeBron actually had a friend in Cleveland.
Edwards got a suspended sentence and probation, which qualified him as prime Jets acquisition material. At least he hadn't been busted like Santonio Holmes (Steelers/marijuana) or caught with his pants continually down like Cromartie (Chargers/five paternity suits).
We don't need a DNA test to prove Edwards' guilt. The Breathalyzer does that. That's why he got all proactive last week and left a message for Roger Goodell.
"I felt the need to reach out to him," Edwards said, "maybe ... jump the gun, and talk to him and tell him about the situation in terms of being remorseful and not trying to be a misrepresentation of what this league should be."
Come on, Braylon. You're a perfect representation of what the Jets are.
Ryan has the raucous image he craves. Though now he says he wants everyone -- including himself -- to stop embarrassing the organization. That's why Edwards didn't start Sunday night.
"We said we were going to do what was in the best interests of our football team and Braylon," Ryan said.
They got one out of two. The Jets' best interests were served. As for Edwards, he learned he can get drunk, take a couple of teammates for a ride, get busted, make ugly headlines and still be the hero on Sunday.
Karma, where are you?
It's not coming through and neither is the NFL, but don't give up hope. Edwards' DWI has caught the attention of authorities back in Ohio. He may have violated his probation, which could mean six months in jail.
After the DWI is resolved, he may have to return to Cleveland and face Judge Michelle Early. When he stood before her in January she told him:
"Someone who has as much to lose as you should not be standing in front of me. You have to make better choices."
Casey Johnson probably got that speech a lot from her father. That's why I wonder if he enjoyed the flight home Sunday night as much as everyone else.
Of all people, he should know that children need guidance. This one is hardly getting it from the Jets.
FanHouse TV's Pat McManamon and LeCharles Bentley discuss Braylon's punishment in this episode of NFL Two-a-Days: