The New York Jets Chances In The 2009 AFC East

Michael IelpiCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets walks on the field during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Jets chances in the AFC East are listed in Vegas at seven to one.   Currently, that is equal to their rivals the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins.  The New England Patriots are the annual favorite and are currently listed at one to four.  

Are the Jets the worst team in the AFC East?  Possibly.  Are the Jets better than the Bills?  Maybe.  Are the Jets better than the Dolphins?  Maybe not.  Are the Jets better than the Patriots?  Not at this moment. 

Obviously, with Tom Brady returning, the Patriots are clearly ahead of the field in the AFC East.  But, the big question up in Foxborough will be is Brady 100%.  I have no clue, and I am not sure the Patriots do either.  Every time I see Mr. Brady it is usually in a tabloid with his stunning new wife.  I have not seen him throw a football since his week 1 knee injury against the Chiefs.   Not many are giving the Dolphins a chance to repeat as division winners.  After creating a football phenomenon in the Wildcat offense, who knows what is up their sleeve in 2009.  The Bills picked up Terrell Owens and he could possibly turn that offense in to one that Bills’ fans have not seen since the early 90s. 

Are the Jets playoff contenders?  Probably not in 2009.  The combination of a rookie coach in Rex Ryan, and a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez, are usually signs that the team is rebuilding.  But this is the NFL, and rebuilding does not really exist in a fan’s mind.  In New York, and with the passion and the heartache that the Jets and their fans live with daily, the goal this year is to show improvement or hear the boos of the prior regime.  One positive, the team Rex Ryan came from in 2008, the Baltimore Ravens, made the AFC Championship game, with rookie head coach John Harbaugh and rookie quarterback Joe Flacco. Rex has been talking a big game since he took the job on January 21, 2009.  The Jets just need to keep their heads up and believe in something that not many think will happen.  That thought is the Jets playing meaningful football in January 2010.  

One thing is for certain in the NFL, and that certainty is uncertainty.  The Miami Dolphins went from 1-15 in 2007 to division champions in 2008.  Hmm, maybe that seven to one bet is tempting.