New York Jets to the Super Bowl? Let's See If They Can Remain Healthy First

Tyler AveryContributor IAugust 16, 2009

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

With the hiring of coach Rex Ryan, the New York Jets and fans alike have been salivating with swagger.

Ryan, the long-time defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, didn't waste any time predicting a meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House. His words sent his players and the fans into a confident frenzy, looking forward to the day where they can rejoice in a Super Bowl for their beloved team.

However, Jets' fans shouldn't get too excited for it this season.

Yes, the Jets drafted a rookie sensation in Mark Sanchez and brought in a defensive beast in Bart Scott to play next to David Harris. Yes, they also acquired S Jim Leonhard and DB Lito Sheppard to shore up a mediocre secondary.

With those improvements, the defense looks like they're going to give quarterbacks nightmares for years. But there are still plenty of holes that have been left unfilled.

Lack of depth on the lines remains a concern. The old saying, "the game is won and lost in the trenches," stands true.

Fans saw what happened to the defense last year when Kris Jenkins was injured. And in 2007, the Jets suffered through injuries as reserves were thrust into the starting lineup.

This is, by far, the Jets' biggest problem. While the defensive line looks a lot deeper, the drop-off from Jenkins to Sione Pouha is significant. There's an even bigger gap in talent on the offensive line if Nick Mangold or Alan Faneca were to go down.

The Jets can make the playoffs a reality this season if the offense lines stay healthy, the defense plays the way they look on paper, and Sanchez or Clemens don't become Favre-esque turnover machines.

Jets' Notes and Thoughts

Quarterback: Before the 2008 season with Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, what other rookie QB's have had the success they exeperienced? Even if Clemens starts his experience isn't significant enough to keep Sanchez off the field.

Wide Receiver: Surprisingly, this area should be the least of the Jets' concerns right now. The offense is built around hard-nosed running with Thomas Jones, change of pace with Leon Washington, and third-round draft pick Shonn Greene.

With Jerricho Cotchery and Chansi Stuckey being the only true receivers—although some will argue Stuckey as merely a slot receiver—Keller can be split out wide with Washington lined up as a threat from the backfield.

But who is going to fill the other receiver spots?