5 Things the NY Jets Need to Change During the Offseason

Matthew Stone@@mattstone13Contributor IIJanuary 6, 2012

5 Things the NY Jets Need to Change During the Offseason

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    The NY Jets finished at 8-8 this season, causing uproar amongst Jets players, management and fans. After making the postseason and reaching the AFC Championship for the past two seasons, the team disappointed this year by struggling throughout the entire season. Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and everyone on the O-line not named Nick Mangold had subpar years and contributed to Gang Green missing out on the playoffs.

Brian Schottenheimer Must Be Fired

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    Brian Schottenheimer has been with New York for six seasons. During his tenure with the Jets he has been unable to lead a consistent offense or help the Jets reach the Super Bowl. The Jets game plan was inconsistent this season and Schottenheimer's play-calling was suspect at times.

    Schottenheimer has been unable to put together an offensive game plan that can flourish with Mark Sanchez leading. It is time for the Jets and Brian Schottenheimer to move on. Jacksonville has expressed interest in Schottenheimer and he could be a good change for the Jaguars and Jets.

The Jets Must Add a Saftey with Speed

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    You may be wondering who that player wearing a Bengals jersey in the photo is. Well, that is Reggie Nelson of the Cincinnati Bengals whom will become a free agent at season's end.

    This guy would be a huge addition to Gang Green. If the Jets can add a player to play behind Revis and Cromartie, the Jets secondary will become even more lethal. 

The Jets Must Add a Pass-Rusher

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    The Jets, in recent memory, have not been able to get to the opposing quarterback without blitzing. Gang Green could use a Dwight-Freeney or Jason Pierre-Paul type player to put on the defensive line.

    Gang Green has been forced to come up with creative and exotic packages to put pressure on the quarterback, which, at times, has been unsuccessful and has led to big plays. (Brent Celek or Victor Cruz, anyone?). Look for the Jets to acquire a pass-rusher via free agency or the NFL draft.

Rex Ryan Must Take a Vital Role in the Offense

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    Excellent news if this occurs, Since Rex came, this team has been much better, especially the defense. If Rex looks into the offense the team's success could reach new heights. 

    "I will definitely be around the offense more," Ryan said in an interview with "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN 1050 Radio. "There is no doubt. For no other reason, just so I have a better idea of our team."

    Although numerous reports have Schotty returning as the O-Cooridnator Rex needs to have a large input on the play calling which you can expect will be run heavy after the disaster that occurred against the Giants week 16.

Shonn Greene Must Average 20-25 Rushes a Game

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    Greene came too life in the second half this season, and his ability to ground and pound gave the Jets a legitimate shot at the super bowl in years prior.

    Greene is a bruising back who can wear down an opposing defense, the Jets need to ride their offensive line and young back more often in 2012-2013.

    Ladanian Tomlinson is expected back and he should provide leadership and speed to complement Greene.