The New York Jets come into this year as the unknowns, a team that went 8-3 then fell apart like an old Chevy.
What we do know is most of the team is returning with a great defensive head coach, a new quarterback and some studs on defense. With the arrival of new QB Mark Sanchez, some Jets fans have forgotten who might really be running show this year.
Yes in 2007, Kellen Clemens had a 52% completion rating, yes he had 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. but what we have to remember is the Jets team that was on the field that year. In 2007 Thomas Jones ran for 1,119 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.
But what people forget is that Thomas Jones also had a 3.6 yards per carry average—his lowest of his career with over 200 carries and the lowest since 2001—this does not help a quarterback in Clemens who has not played in the NFL. Clemens looked like a deer in the headlights. Jones looked terrible grinding out every yard with the terrible offensive line and Kellen paid the price.
Not to mention the Jets could not stop my grandma running up the middle with Dewayne "Big Bust" Robertson, patroling the middle, getting manhandled and leading the way to double teams for Ellis because they did not respect this team. That put even more pressure to score on Kellen and let's not forget that ball Justin McCareins dropped in the end zone against the Ravens in his first game that could have put some confidence in the young kid.
With this new look Jets team Clemens gets some help this time around. He comes in with a much improved Jets line, which is one of the best in the league now, a defensive head coach who has put fire back into the Jets unit, a more expierenced Darrell Revis, new additions in Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins, Bart Scott, Lito Shepard, Jim Leonhard, Dustin Keller, Shon Greene, Tony Richardson and more.
Clemens has a strong arm, can move around the pocket, and has four years under this system. This is not the same Jets team since Clemens last suited up for the regular season. And this may not be the same Clemens. If he is going to step up and show the Jets who he really is, this is the right team and the right time.