AFC East Preview- New York Jets

After a season that was built with such promise, the New York Jets fell apart, and collapsed. The Brett Favre experiment did not work out the way it wanted it to, which subsequently led to the retirement of the all-time leading QB in all of the statistical categories (or most anyway). It also led to the end of the Mangini era in New York. Both Favre and Mangini have moved on, with Favre coming out of retirement (again) to play for the Minnesota Vikings, and Mangini becoming the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

The Jets overhauled the make up of the team. They hired Rex Ryan as their new head coach from the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan, was the defensive coordinator of the dominant Ravens defense, and is looking to implement that same Baltimore toughness and intensity to the Jets. He has brought a new energy to the Jets squad, and a great deal of optimism for the Jets fans. They also used the #5 pick in the NFL Draft on Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is now in a battle for the starting QB job with Kellen Clemens who has been waiting for years for his opportunity. This is his best time to try for the job, right now.

On offense, aside from the Jets losing Favre, they also took a big hit on the receiving corps with Laveranues Coles bolting NY for Cincinnati. Thomas Jones is the running back and is looking to rebound from a season where his numbers were down, and the QB battle will be an interesting one. Sanchez was embraced by Jets fans, and should be the starting QB if he plays well during the preseason. This success can be made, just look at Matt Ryan’s & Joe Flacco’s success in Atlanta and Baltimore, respectively.

The Jets on defense has the potential to be extremely potent, especially now with the 3-4 scheme and the linebackers that this team has. The Jets have Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, and Vernon Gholston as outside linebackers, and then Bart Scott followed Ryan from Baltimore to New York, to play inside linebacker. The Jets could be doing big things, especially with all that depth. If they can be healthy, they will make plenty of noise.

The Jets are going to be respectable, and in a year or two, probably back to the top of the AFC East, but stranger things have happened. Nobody thought the Falcons would have the year they had, or the Dolphins would turn around, so in recent memory, the hope is high. Expect a third or fourth place finish in the division this season.

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