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Schotty's Show: The 2009 New York Jets Offense
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The potentially spectacular New York Jets offense coming this fall, under the fine tutelage of Rex Ryan and his staff renowned for brewing "organized chaos," is the subject of relentlessly inflated hype which could very well translate into substantial success. It's inarguable that the Jets have a solid group of personnel and good mix of veterans and budding stars.

Rex Ryan took the Jet Nation by storm because of his ability to lure in additional key cogs to his schemes, including the prize of the Jets free agent frenzy, Bart Scott.

"Madbacker" Scott preaches "violence" and dubs the defense "swaggerlicious". Winds of change and a big breath of fresh air compared to the previous rigid regime of Eric Mangini. 

Ryan would retain renowned offensive line coach Bill Callahan and a potential head coach in Brian Schottenheimer, who he convinced to remain aboard after Schottenheimer was snubbed for the head coaching slot, perhaps enticing him with total control of the offense.

"That is something, when someone gives you that kind of responsibility, I take it with great pride. He is the head coach. It's his football team. But he has truly given me his blessings to lead this group more," says Schottenheimer. 

Schottenheimer doesn't have a bountiful batch of quality personnel in terms of skill positions, but the Jets notably made a splash in the draft trading up to select who they hope to be the face of the franchise for years to come in Mark Sanchez, a successor for Thomas Jones in Shonn Greene, and depth up front in Matt Slauson.

Schottneheimer's unit is already facing stiff competition from Ryan's band every day, who should goad Schotty's wit and excavate his intelligence, especially with a throne elsewhere on the horizon.

The progress of Sanchez in particular, and the production of the receivers, will ultimately reflect Schottenheimer's success regardless of the record.

Considering the staff and personnel Ryan has pieced together on the other side of the ball, though, the defensive platform that has been established could carry the Jets leaps and bounds with adequate results from the offense.

That offense, though, will be pushed to the ends of the earth and hopefully be prepared for anything thrown at them come fall after facing Rex Ryan's group in practice every week. 

"He's not going to play against any defense tougher than ours. So when he does start having success, we'll know he's ready," said Lito Sheppard, referring to Mark Sanchez. 

"It's really good for us to go against a defense like this because you won't see many fronts, schemes or philosophies on Sundays that we haven't gone against during the week. It will make us better on Sundays," said Kellen Clemens who will vy for the starting spot as the gunslinger for Gang Green with Sanchez.  

The aptitude of Sanchez, in the infancy of his rookie season, has already been lauded as have the intangibles and while these aspects don't necessarily translate to accomplishments on the gridiron, it will enable Schottenheimer to unveil his wardrobe of wizardry which he was unable to showcase following the arrival of Brett Favre

The Jets do possess perhaps an even better collage of veterans and young guns on the offensive side of the ball versus the defense. Continuity is key, and that was a rare accomplishment after the Jets made it a priority to ink Brandon Moore to an extension and retain the very same offensive line.

Nick Mangold is arguably the best player at his position in the entire league and still has room for improvement, while D'Brickashaw Ferguson has plenty of upside. Under Callahan his progress has been accelerated with an experienced Pro Bowl regular on the inside in Alan Faneca. 

Damien Woody and Brandon Moore reaffirm the veteran presence on the line and round out the group that will be critical in executing when the Jets go to the ground more often and drop back to pass with the inexperience of Sanchez or Clemens pulling the trigger. 

Henry Ellard, an engineer behind the scenes in "The Greatest Show on Turf", featuring the legendary Isaac Bruce and superstar Torry Holt for the Rams, takes the reigns of a receiving corps that arguably lacks a true top receiver (Jerricho Cotchery having spent much of his time opposite Laveranues Coles) and a fountain of youth in Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney, and Brad Smith.

Stuckey displayed flashes of brilliance and can develop into a solid receiver and consistent contributor after being featured strictly in the slot. He and a vertical threat in speedster David Clowney have been impressive thus far in OTAs and have been acknowledged by Ryan and company despite persisting trade rumors and interest in Plaxico Burress.

Project Brad Smith, drafted after playing under center for Missouri, has been a bit frustrating and hasn't paid dividends yet, but Ryan has acknowledged Smith's tremendous athletic ability and how he has to make the most of that and provide results.

The Jets have a contract dilemma with Leon Washington where they aren't required to break bank for an extension and forfeit much of their cap cushion plus possible transactions.

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he dynamic Washington, lethal on multiple fronts including receiving, rushing and kick returning, because of the current CBA.  

Washington isn't slated to hit the market anytime soon, at least as an unrestricted free agent. Therefore, a good chunk of green the Jets would concede now will be in the neighborhood of double the amount it would take to retain Washington as a restricted free agent.

However, the Jets have frustrated incumbments in the past by neglecting their contract demands while lavishly spending on free agents, namely Laveranues Coles and Chris Baker who were both shown the door prior to the start of free agency.

The moves paved the way for Bart Scott and company, but emboldened Tannenbaum's inability to accolade his players by doling out the cash like they have with others.

The Jets didn't budge with Thomas Jones, which is a bit more understandable considering Jones is on the wrong side of thirty and is in the heart of a meaty contract that books him for slightly less than a million this upcoming season, but slightly less than six million next season, not to mention a hefty roster bonus. If Jones can perform the way he did this past season, it will be difficult for the Jets to part ways.

The pick of Shonn Greene, however, indicates Jones isn't in the cards long term and Greene could get a good amount of carries depending on how the cluster of contract issues unravel.

The outlook on how far Washington and even Jones, who will attend the first OTA next week on Wednesday, are willing to go with their contract demands remain blurry, yet troublesome.

Danny Woodhead is getting an exhausting amount of reps with the absence of the Pro Bowl running backs and a hamstring injury to Shonn Greene, who arrived on campus to join the veterans only this past week, 

He has rehabbed and rebounded after shredding up his knee in camp last season. Woodhead raised eyebrows with his college resume at Chadron State and has continued to dazzle with the Jets, although only in OTAs.

The Jets have depth when they go to work on offense and are looking to imprint a smashmouth, relentless rush style of play under Rex.

Tight end is a major area of concern for the Jets. Dustin Keller is a gem of a toy to tinker with for Schottenheimer, who will be looking to exploit matchups and need not look further than Keller. Keller emerged as a favorite of Brett Favre and while his value diminished down the stretch, he has a bright future for the Jets.

In the aerial attack, he and Jerricho Cotchery will be able to pile up the yards after catch. The problem is, while the Jets are looking to polish Keller's blocking ability after losing Chris Baker, going to the outside in the running game becomes a soft spot.

Leon Washington can burst off the edges and bolt downfield, but he'll need some help from Shonn Greene and Thomas Jones, the type of bruising backs that will allow the play to unfold and wait for the road to be cleared.

Damien Woody was mediocre and D'Brickashaw Ferguson is still developing, and opponents are aware the Jets are usually inclined to go right down the middle with a premier trio of Mangold, Faneca and Moore clearing the cost. Fortunately, the New York Jets have an excellent fullback in Tony Richardson, but he doesn't account for a blocking tight end as well.

The Jets will be sifting the market and doing their "due diligence" to refurnish their ranks at not just tight end but everywhere where they can get better.

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et's take it a step further and analyze possible transactions or players Mike Tannenbaum should eye to fill holes on the roster heading into the season and who is out there that could be of use.  

 

Daniel Graham

Michael Lombardi described Graham just a couple of weeks ago as a "part left tackle, part tight end," and also suggested would help Dustin Keller if the Jets were to acquire him.

Graham could be shown the door in Denver after drafting a blocking tight end in Richard Quinn with Graham and Tony Scheffler already on board.

The move would make sense for a slew of reasons, first and foremost injury concerns to Bubba Franks that could restrict his ability to play and leave Dustin Keller, who will be a key cog next year, having his work cut out for him with the burden of blocking every play.

If the Jets are intent on winning now, they wouldn't pin their hopes on a pool of undrafted free agents and limit their options running the ball. 

Keller is a quasi receiver, Graham would enhance the Jets play action and Schottenheimer would be able to utilize his shrewd schemes to bluff the run and find Graham over the middle.

 

Plaxico Burress

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s in the thick of a legal mess but the Jets are believed to be interested and have already inquired about his situation.

Jerricho Cotchery, who thrived when the focus was shifted to Laveranues Coles, welcomed the possibility of having Burress around, as did veteran Alan Faneca who played with Burress in Pittsburgh.

Whether it's worth the risk considering the "baggage" Burress brings along with him is uncertain, but that has seemingly been downplayed and disregarded by teammates and colleagues in the league as well as the locker room in Florham Park, who happily chimed in with a positive perception of Burress.

 

Anquan Boldin

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s on the block but it seems he and the Cardinals are inching towards an extension. Boldin is commanding a contract in the ballpark of teammate Larry Fitzgerald and while the Jets would love a guy that can pile up yards after catch instead of heaving it downfield with uncertainty under center.

However, it is very unlikely the Jets will make a play for Boldin at the moment, not willing to break bank and hands full trying to satisfy their running backs.

 

Braylon Edwards

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ants big bucks but it doesn't seem he's as urgent in terms of his contract as Boldin, especially after disappointing season. Eric Mangini, though, would evidently love to lasso his former pupils and install another rendition of the Jets in Cleveland. If the Jets are ready to part with Thomas Jones, Edwards could be on their trade wish list.

 

Deion Branch

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as been thrown into the fire of speculation and if the Jets are ready to move on without Thomas Jones, they could get Branch and probably more and if he can salvage something of his playmaking ability, providing he can fend off injuries.

The New York Jets offense will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the defense in 2009, and while that defense may not be as spectacular in its first year after the Rex Ryan's edition of organized chaos was last year, that propelled the Ravens to the AFC Championship after so many years together.

Brian Schottenheimer's crew will face a challenge in getting the team over the hump and into the playoffs, and maybe more.

 

 

 

 

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