The Love Train: Are the New York Jets Ready To Live Up To the Hype?

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 29, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets calls out in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In a near month's time, the New York Jets enter training camp with a lot of confidence.

The Jets were the busiest team in the offseason, bringing quite a few stars to this up and coming team.

The additions of LaDainian Tomlinson , Jason Taylor, Santonio Holmes, and Antonio Cromartie have improved a team that fell short in the AFC Championship game last season.

However, has all the hype gone to the Jets heads? Not only are there expectations of being a contender this season, but to be the team of New York right now, despite the success of the Yankees.

The Jets have passed the Giants as the city's best team, and with the Knicks/Nets rebuilding and no superb hockey to save the town, much rests on their shoulders.

Are the Jets overrated? It is too soon to tell, especially with the 2010 season not even under way.

But that doesn't mean the hype of the New York media isn't getting to the Jets.

Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, and others are downplaying it completely. I still have questions about this team that I want to see answered.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, from looking at the team on paper, we see an instant contender in the AFC.

It would help, though, if I can count on the offense a little more. I respect the clutch plays Mark Sanchez made during the postseason, but I want to see him taking on more of a role similar to what Joe Flacco did in Baltimore.

Also, the Jets are counting on Shonn Greene to take on the full load with the departure of Thomas Jones.

Even with having one of the best offensive lines behind him, I believe Tomlinson is on the downside of his career. Yes, injuries has taken a step out of his game, but he needs to prove he can be near the LT of old in the backfield.

On the defensive side, there isn't to much to worry about, as if there are issues, Rex Ryan knows how to fill the void.

Antonio Cromartie does bring caution to me. Being on the opposite side of Revis, can he be the turnover machine like he was a few years ago?

With one year left on a contract, I would hope he plays up to those standards. The same goes for Braylon Edwards, who does have the tendency to be a non-factor in some games during the year.

Some compare the locker room of the Jets to the Cowboys of the '90s: a very talented team that has potential clashing of egos that can turn a season upside down.

The Jets have a tougher schedule than last season, facing the Vikings (with Favre), the Packers, the Ravens, the Steelers, and other improved teams around the AFC.

If a losing streak similar to last season happens, will the clubhouse be able to stay together without the finger-pointing going on?

By no means am I putting down the New York Jets. But with every other team in the league just as hungry, the Jets better watch themselves and not look to much into the hype they are receiving.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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