Jets fans should lower expectations

Will HowardCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 26:  D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets pass blocks against The Kansas City Chiefs during their game on October 26, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

During this year's NFL draft, the Jets traded up to get someqone they think is their savior. Mark Sanchez has all the makings of the best offensive player taken in the draft.

The Jets also made the most of their other picks, selecting Thomas Jones' eventual replacement in Iowa's Shonn Greene and a capable guard in Matt Slauson.

Currently the Jets are involved in talks of shipping Jones and some future picks to the Browns for Braylon Edwards.

The Browns are a likely trade partner for the Jets as they were used to acquire the pick for Sanchez. It doesn't hurt that former Jets coach Eric Mangini will be roaming the sidelines for the Browns this season and loves Jones' style of play.

I see this as a great thing. The Jets need a solid wideout for Sanchez to rely on, and while Chansi Stuckey and Jerricho Cotchery are both good receivers, they aren't Braylon Edwards.

This deal also would open the door for the Jets to sign befuddled back Edgerrin James—a veteran presence to help Shonn Greene to mature.

With Jones gone, Leon Washington could focus more on special teams work. Washington would almost certainly be relegated to third string behind Greene, who could be what Tim Hightower was to James last season in Arizona.

I like the Jets defense. It's underrated really, because so far it hasn't lived up to the talent promised by guys like Vernon Gholston and Calvin Pace.

Bart Scott was brought in to lead the linebacking corps out of mediocrity, and the veteran former Patriots backer Larry Izzo will provide veteran experience on a defense that has to play high-powered offenses in New England, Atlanta, and Indianapolis, as well as the progressive offenses of Houston, Buffalo, and Tennessee.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, and Damien Woody have the offensive line sured up, allowing Sanchez adequate time to throw.

It's only a question of bringing in the proper weapons to catch the ball.

Long-range cannons will always miss their targets if the targets aren't the right ones, and guys like Marc Bulger and Matt Hasselbeck can back me up on that.

The Jets rebuild, but they only win eight games this season, at most. Sanchez will probably win Offensive Rookie of the Year, but that doesn't always equal success as a team. In fact it hardly ever does anymore.

Sorry, Jets fans, this is just another season in your paradise lost.