Last year, the starting safety tandem for the Jets was in constant flux. Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith started the season. Pool worked his way into the rotation in place of Smith as the season progressed. Late in the season with injuries to Leonhard and Smith, Dwight Lowery and James Ihedigbo shared time as fill-ins. Lowery played well, and as a bit of a fan favorite due to his ball-hawking skills, the conversation began as to whether or not he could have a future at safety. Smith returned in time for the playoffs and he and Brodney Pool played great together in the playoff run. Smith actually lead the team in tackles in the Divisional beating the Jets laid on the Pats.
Smith and Pool are free agents and its likely that most of the other GM's in the league saw their performance in the playoffs potentially adding greater interest for them in the free agent market (whenever that is). Both also have a history of concussions. Leonhard is rehabbing from a broken leg and may not be fully recovered by the start of camp. Lowery is under contract but may lose important preparation time if the lock out continues. All of these are factors to consider...
Who should be the starting tandem this year?
Who should be the starting safety tandem for the Jets this year?
Pool and Leonhard (195 votes)
Pool and E. Smith (122 votes)
E. Smith and Leonhard (136 votes)
Pool and Lowery (140 votes)
E. Smith and Lowery (123 votes)
Leonhard and Lowery (167 votes)
Other (please specify) (206 votes)
1089 total votes