NFL Season Preview: New York Jets Need a Quarterback
The Jets have roundly been mocked due to their terrible performance on the field and questionable personnel moves over the past two or three seasons, however, they have done very little to squelch the conjecture. Their head coach, Rex Ryan, continues to make lofty predictions about individual players’ abilities and the team’s projected success. Following back to back regressive seasons, the Jets are looking to right the ship and become playoff contenders again. Thus far, they have done very little in regards to working towards that goal.
At one point, the Jets had six QBs on their roster: Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms, David Garrard, and Tim Tebow. Not a single one was effective in 2012, and the unknown commodity that is Geno Smith figures to be a potential threat to help the Jets return to relevance. However, the Jets were missing WR Santonio Holmes last season, and gladly welcome him back to pair up with Stephen Hill for whoever wins the QB competition between Sanchez and Smith. Jeremy Kerley gained experience in 2012, and will move back into the slot role. The Jets lost TE Dustin Keller to Miami via free agency, and figure to lean on Jeff Cumberland more in 2013.
The run game, which was a major disappointment for the Jets in 2012 lost RB Shonn Greene, and will be handing the duties to Joe McKnight and newly acquired Chris Ivory. The Jets’ offensive line needs to open rushing lanes and protect the QB better; an issue that was not expected out of a veteran unit.
Defensively, the Jets lost two of their four best playmakers. While they retained David Harris and Antonio Cromartie is now the unquestioned best player in the secondary, CB Darrelle Revis signed with Tampa Bay via free agency, and FS Laron Landry signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets are pushing Quinton Coples to step up and fulfill the promise that they envisioned from him at defensive tackle. Muhammad Wilkerson has been active, as has Kenrick Ellis. For all the strength that the Jets possess in their 3-4 alignment in the front seven, the Jets must solve the issues in their secondary. They acquired CB Aaron Berry, and drafted Dee Milliner (Alabama) to help shore up the outside. Dawan Landry effectively replaces his brother Laron at safety. The Jets make their bones defensively, and will probably have to lean heavily on their defense in 2013, especially early in the season.
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