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The Jets were absolutely destroyed by the interior pass game last season.
Eric Smith and Brodney Pool did not possess the skill or size to compete with some of the league's most prolific pass catchers, and it doomed New York on the defensive side of the ball.
Teams would not have to challenge the feared duo of Revis and Cromartie on the outside, as they would have the middle of the field open for business.
It is crucial that Gang Green finds a more talented safety this offseason.
The team could bring back Jim Leonhard—he is a solid player and locker room leader when on the field. However, Leonhard is injury-plagued and is a huge gamble.
Mike Tannenbaum could also decide to hit the free agency market for an upgrade at the safety position, with the best options being LaRon Landry and Michael Griffin. Both options have good size and tackling ability and could be significant upgrades over Eric Smith.
However, the best long-term answer at safety is through the draft. Mark Barron out of Alabama is a perfect first-round selection for the Jets, as he will bring on-field smarts, unprecedented athleticism and good size to the next level.