NFL Team Previews: New York Jets
AFC South: IND | HOU | JAX | TEN
AFC West: DEN | KAN | OAK | SDG
NFC South: ATL | CAR | NOL | TBA
NFC West: ARI | STL | SFO | SEA
Obviously, what’s new in New York starts right at the top.
Mangini is out, and for the first time in a long time, the Jets don’t look slightly north for a coach, gazing their eyes the other direction and nabbing Rex Ryan from Baltimore. He brings with him the Ryan family attitude, just ask Channing Crowder.
Gone also is Brett Favre, but yet again the team is not handed to Kellen Clemens, instead they pay a big price, move up 12 spots in the draft and get USC pretty boy Mark Sanchez.
Linebacker Bart Scott follows his coach up to New York, where he is joined by newcomer Larry Izzo, however, they’ll have to wait until mid-October before they can be joined by Calvin Pace, who is suspended for four games.
Among the players gone are Laveranues Coles and Mike Nugent.
After the drafting of Sanchez, and the aforementioned price paid to move up, there wasn’t much left for the Jets to do on draft weekend, but somehow they did luck into Shonn Greene to help tote the rock in the third round, a player I expect to push Thomas Jones to the pine sooner rather than later.
Three Burning Questions
How Long before Mark Sanchez Gets the Nod at QB?
The Jets do have Clemens on the roster, and he has started games to fairly decent results, so it may not be necessary to throw the rookie in the fire right away.
But last season taught me one thing, whether they acquire him by trade, free agency, or in the draft, a new head coach seems to be very quick in establishing his new quarterback.
So unless he flames out during the preseason, expect Sanchez to start week one.
Will the Secondary Be up to Tall Task?
The Jets feature one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
Darrelle Revis is a very underrated corner, probably top five in the league, and maybe better than that. Add to that Dwight Lowery and newly acquired Lito Sheppard, and the corners are in good shape.
They’re all backed up by one of the leagues best in Kerry Rhodes at safety.
But, will the defensive line be able to help them out by providing pressure on opponents, which include Randy Moss and the Patriots, Terrell Owens and the Bills, Andre Johnson and the Texans, as well as New Orleans, Cincinnati, Indy, and Atlanta?
Perhaps there will be a Vernon Gholston sighting this year.
Will the Jets Find a Capable Replacement to Coles?
Jerricho Cotchery will likely be thrust into the No. 1 receiver role, a role many previous two receivers have failed in.
It seems like the rest of the wideout core is an unproven bunch, as Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney are also going to see more attention this season.
Brad Smith is certainly a wild card and could emerge, but beyond him there’s not really much. The Jets will likely scour the waiver wire for help, as guys like Mario Urrutia, Paul Raymond, and Huey Whittaker (even if he did go to my high school) are not likely to cut it.
For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.
This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.
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