New York Jets Preview: Playoffs Within Reach for Brett Favre and Retooled Jets
I may not be a huge Jets fan. I may actually hate the New York Jets with a passion typically reserved for the Yankees in mid-October. But I can respect a team that looks at a four-win season and says, “Wait a minute, that SUCKED!”
The Jets have made their move this offseason. Eric “Boy-Belichick” Mangini finally has a roster stocked with a little bit of talent; now it’s time to see what he can do with it.
In case you’ve been living in a cave, the Jets went out and got themselves a Hall of Fame quarterback.
He’s not the Brett Favre that won all those MVP awards, but he’s a drastic improvement over Chad Pennington’s arm and Kellen Clemens’ everything.
Not to downplay the Brett Favre story, because God knows we haven’t heard enough about Brett Favre (did you hear that he and Laveranues Coles are best buddies now? Stop the press!), but he might not have been the biggest addition to New York’s "B" team.
Ridiculous contract aside, Alan Faneca is a huge addition to an offensive line that had all kinds of issues opening up holes for running backs last season.
Between the improving D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Faneca, and Nick Mangold, the Jets should feature a solid left side of the offensive line. Brandon Moore is an OK right guard.
We’ll see if Damien Woody can stay away from the buffet. If he can, the entire offensive line should be solid.
The Jets are hoping the offensive line will be a strength instead of a weakness. Thomas Jones is hoping the new line will help him rediscover the end zone.
Favre won’t have weapons like he did in Green Bay, but his new weapons aren’t too shabby. I’ve always liked Coles, and Jerricho Cotchery is as solid as they come at wide receiver.
Leon Washington is a fantastic weapon on third down, and if Jones struggles again this year, we may see quite a bit of him in the backfield.
The offense is solid, but the defense could potentially be the undoing of the Jets’ playoff hopes.
Shaun Ellis has looked lost since Mangini took over. Kris Jenkins is new to a two-gap system, so there are certainly questions about him. Kenyon Coleman is extremely inconsistent from play to play.
You need a great defensive line to run an effective 3-4. The Jets don’t have that.
The secondary is going to be good. It’ll be anchored by an emerging superstar in Darrelle Revis, and I’ve always liked Kerry Rhodes.
But the linebackers, another important part of a 3-4, are also questionable. The hope is that Vernon Gholston can pick up the defense quick enough to be an impact player immediately. If he can’t, the closest thing to an impact player in that group is Calvin Pace.
Calvin Pace may have been given the most insane contract this side of Tommy Kelly. $22 million guaranteed for Calvin Pace.
The Jets will be better, but the defense will eventually be their downfall. The question is whether the undoing will happen before or after the playoffs start.
My Jets-fan friends tell me this guy is better than Thomas Jones and will be starting by mid-season. While I don’t buy into that, I do buy into Leon Washington being a key part of the Jets' offense and putting up some surprising numbers.
Fighting for draft picks, fighting for the playoffs, or contending for the Super Bowl?
The Jets will be fighting for the playoffs. In Week 17, they play their former quarterback Chad Pennington and the Miami Dolphins.
How cool would it be if a playoff spot were on the line? Think Pennington will be a little pumped up for that one?
The Jets will go 9-7, barely missing the playoffs. Then Favre will retire.
Then he’ll un-retire.
Sean Crowe is a Senior Writer and an NFL Community Leader at Bleacher Report. You can email him at email@example.com. His archive can be found here. You can find everything he writes, including articles for other publications, here.
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