New York Jets' Most Likely Postseason Award Candidates for 2014 Season

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New York Jets' Most Likely Postseason Award Candidates for 2014 Season
Associated Press
Sheldon Richardson received the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Will any Jets appear on the postseason awards podium in 2014?

New York Jets training camp 2014 hasn't even opened yet, and here we go discussing candidates for postseason awards. It's another way of defining expectations for the team's biggest stars.

Players aren't the only postseason award candidates. Head coaches and general managers receive them too. We'll use their awards to set performance expectations for them.

The rankings consider eight postseason awards that the Associated Press presents. These awards are of the "…of the Year" or "MVP" variety. While the AP also names an All-Pro team, this list doesn't make suggestions. If a player is a leading contender for another AP award, he's also an All-Pro candidate.

After listing less likely but plausible award candidates, the list ranks each award by probability. Each nominee's page ends with the odds of his winning. Don't interpret these odds as the basis for a bet. Use them to compare each Jets candidate's chance of winning.

The odds are steep. No player or coach is a clear-cut favorite. They simply represent the best the Jets have to offer. 

There's no set formula for assigning these probabilities. It's an admittedly subjective process of determining performance objectives and assessing the candidates' ability to meet them.

That's inaccurate. The process is actually a look at what the team can accomplish and how the player's individual numbers might benefit. No one wins a postseason award by himself. He wins because his teammates make reaching great performance goals possible.

The introduction is over. Let's meet some of the New York Jets' candidates for postseason awards.

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