The New York Jets finished last season with a 9-7 record and stunned many NFL fans by making the AFC Championship Game, only to be derailed by the Indianapolis Colts. This is America's most overrated team, but there is one thing that they truly deserve recognition for that is normally overlooked.
The New York Jets have arguably the best offensive line in the NFL. This goes for last season and this upcoming season as well. This offensive line is anchored by their center, Nick Mangold, who was recently inked to a mammoth seven-year deal.
On the right side, they have two veterans in Damien Woody at tackle and Brandon Moore at guard, two exceptional offensive lineman who would start on nearly any other team.
On the left side, they have D'Brickashaw Ferguson at tackle and Vladimir Ducasse will most likely start at guard.
Ducasse is the only guy on the line who isn't exceptional. The upside to Ducasse is that he is a rookie, and will have plenty of time to improve. They had Alan Faneca, another great vet who decided to go elsewhere.
If you look back at last season, you will noticed that they mainly ran the ball, and a large sum of their yards came from the ground game. They didn't have exceptional running backs either. Thomas Jones and Leon Washington were good, and Shonn Greene was emerging as an every down back, but none of them were among the crop of the league's best.
Yet they had one of the deadliest ground games in the league. Why?
It was all because of those five big guys who controlled the whole offense. The offensive lineman are nearly always overlooked when a team succeeds. If Mark Sanchez was drafted by a team like the Buccaneers, who have a pretty weak offensive line, success would have been much harder to come by.
It is tough for a rookie quarterback to make accurate throws and good decisions when the defense is in the backfield nearly every play. The protection Sanchez had helped him to become a better, more comfortable quarterback. He did throw 20 picks last season. So imagine how many he would have thrown if he had a bad offensive line and was pressured to make a lot more throws.
This season, the Jets added more weapons to the table by adding veteran running back Ladainian Tomlinson, safety Brodney Pool, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie. This could make the Jets a little more of a threat this season.
To be perfectly honest, the Jets are very much overrated due to their playoff success last season. I'm not saying that they are bad, but too many people are shooting the gun and calling them a surefire playoff contender. They have yet to prove themselves this season.
They are bringing back a very strong defense, one which can keep them in a lot of games. They also possess one of the best offensive lines, but the rest of their offense is pretty much a joke. It's really hard to imagine a team with these kind of offensive options being called one of the best teams in the league.
They also possess one of the worst special teams units. They have the absolute worst punter in the league and a pretty mediocre kicker. They do have a decent return man in Brad Smith, but he isn't anything special.
They also have a somewhat overrated coach in Rex Ryan. He did a great job to help them get in the playoffs, but other than that, what great things has he done so far in New York?
Honestly, the offensive line and defense are the real Jets. Mainly, the offensive line that allows the Jets offense to function decently.
The defense also keeps a lot of points off of the board, and gives the offense multiple opportunities. The Jets are a prime example of how a team that lacks star power on the offensive end can still be a very good team when they perform well.
I'm interested to see the outcome of the Jets season this year. They can very easily be 6-10 or 11-5. It should be a team that you should keep an eye on.
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