10 Players Most Responsible for the New York Jets' Success or Failure in 2012

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10 Players Most Responsible for the New York Jets' Success or Failure in 2012
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After consecutive trips to the AFC Championship game, to not even qualifying for the playoffs in 2011, the New York Jets took a huge step backward last season.

Gone was their once-dominant rushing attack, which ranked first and fourth in the league in 2009 and 2010. Gone was their powerful defense, which ranked first and third in 2009 and 2010.

To get back to the successful formula that led them within a game of the Super Bowl twice, the Jets fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and replaced him with Tony Sparano, whose offensive scheme focuses more on the run.

To improve the running game even more, Tim Tebow was acquired through trade and a 239-lb running back, Terrance Ganaway, was drafted out of Baylor in the sixth round.

New faces to reinvigorate New York's defense include the oft-injured LaRon Landry, who when healthy is a top-five safety in the league, and pass-rusher/first-round pick Quinton Coples.

The Jets also added a possible replacement for Bart Scott in the third round, Demario Davis, along with two safeties, Josh Bush and Antonio Allen, in the later rounds of the draft.

While Coples will get the most playing time, Davis, Bush and Allen can all have significant roles due to Bart Scott's declining play and the lack of depth at the safety position.

Here are 10 players most responsible for the Jets' success or failure in 2012.   

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