The New York Jets Super Bowl Contenders? Don't Believe the Hype

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IJune 9, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Last year the New York Jets surprised many of the NFL experts as they advanced to the AFC Championship game.

This year the Jets are now picked by many of those experts to go to the Super bowl and represent the AFC. Brobury Sportsbook has placed the future odds on the New York Jets at +800 to win the Super Bowl.  They are favored to go to the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots (+1200) , Pittsburgh Steelers (+1500) , and the entire AFC West (Odds are posted for every NFL team to win the Super Bowl at Brobury Sports ).

What a difference a year makes.

I am one of the few that is not buying into the Rex Ryan hype.

The Jets still have a long way to go and may not even the win AFC East this year.  Few remember last year that the Jets did not win the AFC East and only made the playoffs by beating teams that had already clinched a playoff spot.  The Colts sat out Peyton Manning, and that was the jump start to the Jets' playoff run. 

I won’t take anything away from what the Jets did last year in the post season, but that does not mean they are poised to win it all this year. The off-season changes are why many experts think they will do well, but did the Jets get better?

In the backfield they let go of Thomas Jones and brought in LaDainian Tomilinson.  LT makes up for the talent and can be even be seen as an improvement, but they plucked one of the leaders from the Jets' locker room, and in a place like New York, leadership is important.  Instead you get LT—a running back that has quit on his coach, refused to play hurt, and crumbles under the spotlight.

Through a trade with the Chargers, they acquired cornerback Antonio Cromartie to play opposite field of the best cornerback in the NFL, Darrelle Revis. Cromartie is the same player the Jets ran over on the way to the end zone and a playoff victory.  He is good against the pass but soft against the run and will be exposed allowing big runs by the opposition just like he did against this Jets team.

The trade for Santonio Holmes seems to be a steal as they gave a late draft pick for the often troubled wide out, but the Steelers traded him for a reason.  He can’t stay out of trouble and is already facing a suspension.  A guy like this in New York just won’t mix well.

There was another blow to team chemistry and leadership when the team cut Alan Faneca.  They replaced him with a rookie draft pick in Vladimir Ducasse, and this might be better in the future but not this year.

The Jets then signed Nick Folk to kick FGs—did they look at his numbers last year ?

They traded Kerry Rhodes for a fourth-round pick and signed Brodney Pool.  This only made sense because Rhodes was an unhappy player and wanted out with his playing time limited. The problem is they replaced him with a guy that has super injury concerns and four concussions.

Finally the Jets needed a pass rush, and so they went out and signed aging Dolphin, Jason Taylor. Was Mark Gastineau not available? It’s hard to say what kind of impact Taylor will have, but it’s minimal at best. I don’t think he will work well in this system, and asking him to get seven sacks is too much.

In a conference that has Bill Parcells with an improving Dolphins team and Tom Brady's  New England Patriots, the Jets will be hard-pressed to win the East—nevermind the Super Bowl. This team will not surprise anyone this year, and the league will be ready to take on the New York Jets. When it comes to the 2010-2011 New York Jets, don’t believe the hype.

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