Are the Patriots Losing Control? AFC East Breakdown: Jets, Part 2 of 4

Akash ACorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts during the fourth quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Jets seem to have made the biggest splash this offseason compared to any other East team, as well as during the season.

They traded for Braylon Edwards at the NFL trade deadline, giving Mark Sanchez a viable receiving option and the offense an overall deep threat

Defense:

This offseason, the Jets have been improving an already top defense, by adding previous shutdown corner Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie has had off-the-field problems (six different children with seven women), but on the field he is still one of the fastest players around.

He clearly has the talent set to be a top corner, and with Rex Ryan’s defensive coaching he should be able to regain his confidence and play at the level he did in 2007, when he had 10 picks.

Unfortunately, the Jets lost a major player on their defense in Kerry Rhodes. Rhodes was a cog of that unit because of his experience and consistent tackling ability, as well as his knack for the ball and making the big play.

His absence will be felt as the Jets may initially lose out on communication, but with two shutdown corners (Cromartie and Revis), the result Rhodes’s absence will not compound itself.

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