Yes, a time machine. If I were Woody Johnson and had access to a time machine, I could answer a few questions about Gang Green by going back in time and plucking a few former Jets from the past and inserting them into the current lineup. The only criteria these players must meet is:
(1)The selected players must address a position of weakness or uncertainty on the current roster.
(2)The players had to be a Jet during their primes, or at the very least playing at a very high level during their time with the team. Players such as Jason Taylor and Ladainian Tomlinson don't count since they were clearly well-past their primes when they donned the green-and-white.
I've tried to keep this short, so I've narrowed my list to 3 players:
Kris Jenkins (DL). When healthy, he was virtually unblockable one-on-one. Heck, how many times did you see a game where 2 O-lineman couldn't handle him? With Jenkins tying up and sometimes even throwing aside offensive lineman, he'd make life easier for Wilkerson and Ellis. I actually thought of Joe Klecko first for a D-lineman, but at around 260 lbs, he'd be a bit undersized to play DL in a 3-4 front.
Curtis Martin (RB). For his 11-year career (8 with the Jets), Curtis was the definition of consistency; he averaged 319 carries per season; he caught 484 passes, outstanding for a running back; he averaged just 2.6 lost fumbles per season; and he only missed 10 out of a possible 178 games, with 4 of those coming in his last year when his knee just couldn't hold out anymore. With #28 carrying the rock, Rex Ryan would truly have his ground-and-pound offense.
Mark Gastineau (OLB). I know what you guys are going to say. "He never played linebacker, he was always a DE. How will he be in coverage?" So what? Suspend your belief for a minute. If you can tolerate me using a time machine, then converting a DE to linebacker isn't much of a stretch, plus it's already been done with 2 current Jets 'backers (Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas). With his size and speed, he'd be an absolute terror blitzing off of the edge. As far as a lack of coverage skills, well you don't exactly take a guy like Gastineau to cover the tight end; his job is to get to the QB (and of course, do that silly little sack dance afterward).
These are my choices, but I'm sure anyone who reads this will have a difference of opinion, or deem another position as more of a priority. So any thoughts? Comments? Don't beat me up too badly, it's only my first post.