Don't Place Your Bets On The New York Jets

Andrew FletcherCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on against the New York Giants on August 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Wow, wasn't the Brett Favre experiment an interesting one?

His 'pre-retirement' investment in the New York Jets, almost became the feel good story of the year.

Yet, the collapse just weeks before the start of the NFL post-season brought an end to the AFC East title dream.

Now with the departure of Favre, the Jets have been left without a star studded quarterback leading the charge.

During the preseason games, the Jets saw a battle between 2009 first-round draft pick Mark Sanchez and Farve's backup, Kellen Clemens.

Sanchez, who went fifth overall in the 2009 NFL draft will be getting the nod to start the season. Sanchez impressed his coaches with his accurate throwing arm, yet as a rookie, it is even more difficult to be the starter for a struggling team.

The one flaw with Sanchez is that he was not know as a scrambler during his days at USC. He will need to be protected by the defense in order to have any chance at winning games.

That defense will be lead by former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan who helped his team get to the NFC finals against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

The man who will be picking the ball out of the air for Sanchez will be wide- receiver Jerricho Cotchery.

Cotchery will be a good team with Sanchez as he is used to playing the short passing game, with an average pickup of 12 yards, he can snake his way through lots of traffic.

The two players that will be trying to run the ball back for the major will be Leon Washington and Thomas Jones who last year combined for a total of 19 touchdowns. 

In addition to tight-end Dustin Keller, the offensive line remains close to the same as the 2008 season.

Yet, I do not believe that this team will be good enough to complete with the likes of the Miami Dolphins with former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and running back Ronnie Brown.

Also, several fantasy experts  are predicting the New England Patriots to start of the season as the number one team, which will mean that the Jets will continue to have a tough division.

It all comes down to the leadership from Sanchez, but I do believe that it will take at least one more year, especially with this team before he will come on strong as the number 1 quarterback, that he is bound to be.

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