Time to End The Arguments: Comparing The Jets And Dolphins

Joey CinquegranaContributor IJune 1, 2010

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Since there has been arguments since the beginning of time between the New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins, and their fans to who really is the better team.


New York Jets:  Mark Sanchez had a rough season just like any rookie quarterback would, but at the end of the day he made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game in his first season.  Something any veteran quarterback would love to accomplish.  Sanchez also seemed to perform better as the season went on, and had very good stats in a losing effort against the Colts, which should make Jets fans very happy with their quarterback for years to come.

Miami Dolphins - Chad Henne is a fantastic young quarterback, beat the Jets twice, and beat the Patriots in a big game once.  Henne, and the Dolphins did kind of choke the last three week of the seasons though when they were controlling their own destiny. Stats by stats, Chad Henne is an impressive player, and should be the Dolphins quarterback for many years to come.

Decision: It really is too soon to tell with these two young quarterbacks.  They both had some advantages, and disadvantages to the other. Equal

Running Back

New York Jets - Thomas Jones was released in the offseason, and the Jets decided to go with who was performing well when it mattered in the post-season last year in Shonn Greene.  They've also added one of the best running backs to ever play the game in LaDainian Tomlinson.  Leon Washington was traded, and they added Joe McKnight, former college teamate of quarterback, Mark Sanchez.  Shonn Greene does have a fumble problem, but it didn't seem to matter when he was performing so well late in the year.  I think Shonn Greene has the potential to be a big time running back.

Miami Dolphins - Ronnie Brown is a very good running back, his only problem in his career has been the injuries.  If he never gets hurt, he'd be clearly a top 10 running back, and maybe even a top 5.  Ricky Williams played really well last year after Brown's injury.  If Ronnie Brown ever finds the time to stay healthy the Dolphins would be a deadly team for years to come.  Also, like LaDainian Tomlinson, how much longer can Ricky Williams last?

Decision: I think right now you would have to go with Miami, especially when Ronnie Brown is healthy, but if he gets injured any time during the season, it's clearly the Jets. This is a tough one considering both teams are very good running teams.  Miami


New York Jets - The Jets have the best fullback for what has seemed like forever. Tony Richardson has blocked for many 1,000 yard rushers, and his goal this season is getting two 1,000 yard rushers this year in Greene, and Tomlinson.  What did the Jets do in the draft, because Richardson is getting to the end point of his career.  They drafted, John Conner, the best fullback in this seasons NFL Draft.  So they've got one of the best fullback to ever play the game, and he'll groom the next greatest fullback in the NFL.

Miami Dolphins - Lousaka Polite is a very good fullback, and in my opinion a very underrated fullback. He helped a very old Ricky Williams over 1,000 yards for the first time since the 2003 season.  That was the year before Ricky Williams left the NFL to do some interesting stuff off the field.

Decision: Being underrated is a great thing for Polite, but being underrated doesn't make you better than Tony Richardson, and the Jets situation at the fullback position. New York

Wide Receiver

New York Jets - Before the Rex Ryan era began, the Jets No. 2 wide reciever was Chansi Stuckey.  Right now, the Jets No. 3 wide reciever is Jericho Cotchery.  Ahead of him is Braylon Edwards, and Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes.  All 3 of these wide receivers have had at least pro bowl calibur seasons.  They've also got Brad Smith, who played an important role for the Jets late in the season last year.

Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins recievers last season were the joke of the entire NFL.  They had a first round draft pick in Ted Ginn Jr., who seemed to dropped basically everything except when the Dolphins, and Jets were going at it.  Davonne Bess, Greg Camarillo, and Brian Hartline all seem like slots at best, and may not even be that.  So what did the Dolphins do in the offseason, they got rid of useless, Ted Ginn, and added one of the best receivers in the game, Brandon Marshall.

Decision: The Dolphins have the best receiver of the bunch, but that isn't enough to call their group a better bunch than the Jets bunch. New York

Offensive Line

New York Jets - The Jets offensive line helped lead the Jets to the top running game in the NFL last season.  Leading the team they've got the best offensive lineman in the game, Nick Mangold.  The other offensive lineman on the Jets are D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Vlad Ducasse, Brandon Moore, and Damien Woody.  They said good-bye to future hall of famer, Alan Faneca.  The Jets are hoping that this will not be Pete Kendall part deux.  I don't think it is, because they drafted Vlad Ducasse, so it's not like they're going in the season with a 6th or 7th rounder starting.

Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins also have a top five offensive lineman, and probably the best Offensive tackle in football, in Jake Long.  They picked up the very tough, and scary Richie Incognito.  The other players on the line are Vernon Carey, Jake Grove, and John Jerry.  They are a very impressive young line, and could be a top 5 line as well.

Decision: Both offensive lines lead very impressive running offenses, but because they've got more than 1 top offensive lineman, you have to go with the Jets here. New York

Defensive Line

New York Jets - If the Jets have any weakness on their defense this position would have to be it.  They didn't really add anybody in the draft, or free agency.  So that's the bad news.  The good news, Kris Jenkins will be coming from from injury, and long time Jet, Shaun Ellis should be back for another season.  The guy on the other side could be former top 10 pick, and current bust, Vernon Gholston whose making a position change back to his normal position by adding weight. Sione Pouha isn't a bad option for the Jets either.

Miami Dolphins - The dolphins will be missing Jason Ferguson for half of the season, and they've added Jared Odrick through the draft.  The Dolphins also have depth at this position which I don't think the Jets have much of.  They have Randy Starks, Paul Solial, and Kendall Langford. 

Decision: I think because of the depth factor, and the fact that the Jets biggets, and best lineman is coming off a huge injury, i'll go with a slight advantage towards Miami


New York Jets - The Jets are very deep at this position.  Want to know how deep? Jason Taylor, longtime Miami Dolphins might be their No. 4 or No. 5 linebacker.  Calvin Pace is the Jets best pass rusher.  He got 8 sacks last season, and he missed the first four games of the season.  Bryan Thomas another former bust of the Jets turned himself into a decent player.  David Harris, whose probably the Jets best linebacker could be very good for years to come. Calvin Pace is the Jets biggest mouth on the field, and he's not afraid of Richie Incognito either.

Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins got themselves a very good linebacker in the offseason to help get better on the defensive side of the ball.  The player they got is Karlos Dansby.  The linebacker that will be next to Dansby is Channing Crowder, most notably known for him and Rex going at it.  The Dolphins also added a bunch of linebackers in the draft, Koa Misi, Quentin Moses, and A.J. Edds. They've got themselves a very young, and very good solid group.

Decision: I think it's quite obvious that you've got to go with the Jets here.  They've just got more depth at this position, and to be honest David Harris is better than Dansby. New York

Defensive Backs

New York Jets - I think before I even get to this I should put it as a no contest.  Darrelle Revis is on this team, and that really is all that needs to be said.  That being said, the Jets also have Antonio Cromartie, who had a fantastic season a couple years ago where he got 10 Interceptions.  They drafted the Darrelle Revis of college in Kyle Wilson, and they still have a very solid defensive back in Dwight Lowery.  The Jets said good-bye to Kerry Rhodes, and they added Brodney Pool, and if he stays healthy he'll be very good.  Jim Leonhard is the other safety.

Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins have a solid young group here, but they have been killed some weeks, and dominated other weeks, which is exactly what young players with talent do.  Yeremiah Bell is a very good safety

Decision: The obvious answer here has to be New York


The Final Decision:

The Jets take the advantage at positions, Fullback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, Linebacker, and Defensive Back. They are equal at the Quarterback position.  The Dolphins take advantage at the Running Back, and Defensive Line position.  I think going into the season the Jets are the better team right now.