The New York Jets have been a half away from making the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons.
Gang Green possess arguably the most talented team in all of football, and the sky is the limit in 2011. With elite talents, a brash head coach and a celebrity quarterback, the New York Jets are the focus of the NFL and will be throughout all of this season.
Here are five bold predictions for what could actually happen this year.
Mark Sanchez's regular-season troubles have been well documented. The USC product and former first-round pick has 29 career touchdowns, compared to 33 career interceptions. But the Jets quarterback has superb poise and shows the ability to be one of the most clutch players in the NFL.
With new, explosive weapons such as Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, as well as one of the league's top offensive lines, Sanchez could have a terrific season and establish himself as the future of the organization, and not just a liability.
Gang Green play their share of tough passing defenses, but with many soft defensive units on the schedule, the 24-year-old will have more good games than bad and have a banner year in his third year in the league.
Santonio Holmes revived his career last season, as he became the Jets' top offensive weapon while making his fair share of game-winning plays.
The former Steeler was rewarded with a massive contract this offseason, guaranteeing his presence in Gotham for another five years.
Holmes possess terrific speed, superb hands and excellent athleticism, and as Mark Sanchez's favorite target, he could become the league's most feared wide receiver. With his quarterback's play rapidly improving, Holmes' numbers could skyrocket and put him at elite status heading into the 2012 season.
David Harris' potential is unlimited, and he should finally establish himself as one of the game's premier linebackers in 2011. The 27-year-old has superb tackling ability, good speed and excellent instincts.
The Michigan product could emerge as a leader of the Jets' stifling defense and will have no trouble leading the team in tackles. Harris will be a major contributor in all phases of the game and will make his first Pro Bowl this season.
Darrelle Revis is not just the best cornerback in the game by a landslide, he is the best defensive player in the league today.
The 26-year-old has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and All-Pro squads and has shut down an amazing group of elite wide receivers that includes Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Randy Moss, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Wes Welker and Brandon Marshall.
Yeah, basically all of them.
The Pittsburgh product shuts down one side of the field and can swap sides at any time. He possesses amazing speed, excellent agility and terrific hands, and is almost impossible to throw against. Revis is also a pretty good tackler, as well.
Even with team hardly throwing to him, Revis will still manage to put up stellar numbers, as he could record five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a dozen pass deflections at full health.
The superstar cornerback will lead the game's best defense and win his first Defensive Player of the Year award.
This is the prediction every Jets fan dreams of: Gang Green winning their second Super Bowl, and their first since man walked on the moon.
The Jets have been a half away from the Super Bowl two years in a row, and the third time will be the charm for New York.
Led by the best cornerback duo in football and a superb linebacking corps, the Jets defense will emerge as the best in the league in 2011. The offense is splattered with potent weapons, including an elite offensive line, a terrific running game and a stellar receiving corps. Mark Sanchez could finally emerge as the star everyone has waited for, and he should lead the Jets to a terrific regular-season record.
The Jets will easily secure a playoff spot and beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Patriots in New England and the Chargers in San Diego (my head has them losing that game, but my gut has them winning), and finally the Saints in the Super Bowl to complete one of the greatest postseason runs in NFL history.
The 2011 New York Jets could go down in record books as one of the most complete teams to ever step on the field.