It’s hard to believe that just four short weeks ago, the New York Jets were a team with their entire fate resting in their hands, still considered a plausible contender for a strong playoff run.
In the blink of an eye, Gang Green awakens from a month-long nightmare, finding themselves sitting home on their sofa. It is difficult to decipher what, if anything, is certain about the Jets heading into the 2012 offseason.
A closer look at the state of the team, though, may show that there is a kernel of hope, a small group of players who overachieved this season. These six players, all relatively young and talented, may comprise a new core of leadership team that upcoming seasons will revolve around.
A side note: As a matter of principle and protest against the potential retention of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, I have barred any offensive player from this list. Not that they would qualify for it anyway; I stand by my decision.