AFC East 2011 Predictions : The New York Jets' Last Chance at Greatness Is Now

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AFC East 2011 Predictions : The New York Jets' Last Chance at Greatness Is Now
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Ever since defensive guru Rex Ryan took the New York Jets head coaching job in 2009, he has made it clear that winning a Super Bowl right away was his primary focus. He has seen two of his teams get a game within the title game in consecutive seasons.

Taking a little wrinkle out of the George Allen playbook—a Hall of Fame coach who also was known for his defensive expertise—Ryan built a defense with a bunch of veterans off other teams, even bringing a few from his previous job as defensive coordinator on the Baltimore Ravens.

The Jets made adjustments on their roster this year, but still grabbed a slew of veterans who he thinks will help his team compete with the New England Patriots for the AFC East title. While the Miami Dolphins are also expect to be in the mix, most spundits believe the Patriots and Jets are the best teams in the division.

New England added a few proven veterans of their own; though, also getting younger as they continue to build greatness via the draft. One big reason for their dominance the last decade is that seemingly no team has wheeled and dealed better, or more often than the Patriots.

While Miami has a defense few want to face, the offense continues to be the one area that needs to get better in order for them to return to the playoffs. The Buffalo Bills on the other hand, seem to have been rebuilding for the last decade, yet have no tangible results to take pride in yet.

It appears this division will come down to the Jets and Patriots. However, the AFC East winner probably will not symbolize the kiss of death for the runner-up, as they will probably be in the running for the Wild Card.

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