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NFL Free Agency: Why the Jets' Low-Key Approach Is the Right One

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07:  General manager Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets (L) talks with Head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson during the afternoon practice at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIMarch 17, 2012

For the first time in a long time, the New York Jets have been quiet this offseason in more ways than one. They are not making the same bold proclamations they have in the past, but more noticeably, they have not made as many bold moves in free agency as the past few years. 

For the General Manager who brought in Brett Favre to sit on his hands is quite a culture shock, but in times like these, doing little accomplishes more. 

For one, Sanchez needs some continuity in personnel, especially with a new offensive coaching staff in place. While Plaxico will not return, keeping around Holmes (despite his feuds with Sanchez) and the rest of his weapons will give him a greater level of comfort. 

Imagine if the Jets went after a guy like Vincent Jackson. The last thing Sanchez needs is another guy to demand targets in a run-first offense that already has a high-end wide receiver. 

This is why the Jets went after Chaz Schilens. Schilens may not be the biggest name out on the market, but he is a young player with some upside and will take anything that is given to him, just like Jeremy Kerley. The Jets have enough receiver talent in a run-first offense in Holmes, Kerley and Keller.

Now, Mark can just scan the field and make the right throw to the open receiver, rather than dealing with the burden that comes along with keeping everyone happy. Clearly, Sanchez tried to spread the ball evenly at times to make sure everyone was happy.

On the defensive side, the Jets are realizing their glaring holes at safety and addressing them with the right type of players. Reggie Nelson is the cover guy they have lacked since they kicked out Kerry Rhodes and Landry is one of the most talented, hard-hitting safeties in the league (no offense to Darren Sharper).  

It may no show up in the front pages, but the Jets are quietly becoming a better and more efficient football team. 

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