The New York Jets
The Jets have had one the loudest offseasons in the NFL, but it is hard to tell if all the noise has actually improved the club. Plaxico Burress could be better than Braylon Edwards, but after missing two-and-a-half seasons, it is impossible to tell.
Re-signing Antonio Cromartie was an important move, as the duo of Cromartie and Darelle Revis should shut down all but the most elite receiving corps. However, New York lost two popular veterans in Shaun Ellis and Jerricho Cotchery.
Like Burress, there is no guarantee that the 14-year veteran Derrick Mason, brought in from the Ravens and coming off of his least productive season in 11 years, is going to be a better third receiver than Cotchery was.
To add injury to insult, Shaun Ellis signed with the Jets’ biggest rival, the Patriots. Ellis is a far cry from the Pro Bowl player he once was, but was the biggest Patriots hater on the club and, again, a great locker room guy. Ellis was insulted by the Jets’ attempt to bring him back for the veteran minimum. Just another wrinkle in one of the sport’s most entertaining rivalries.
In New York, however, it is all about the wins. In six playoff games, Sanchez has posted nine touchdowns against just three interceptions. A so-so quarterback riding a dominant defense and running game to wins, or a winner where stats are just a number? Only time will tell for Sanchez and the Jets.