Quite frankly, I think the Dolphins handing the Jets their final loss to make them 8-8 was a blessing in disguise. I have read many users' opinions, and there seems to be many others who feel the same way. It definitely will allow for changes to be made; changes that are essential in order to progress in this league. However, I'm not writing to discuss future plans for an Offensive Coordinator, or Mark Sanchez's performance (or lack thereof). I'm here to talk about the draft and positions that we need to address by next season. This will help keep me sane and allow me to believe that their is still hope for us to win the Superbowl under Rex. So, what positions need a fix, and which ones are the most important?
-This position needs to be changed immediately. Brodney Pool was never a stud, and Eric Smith is, well, a 5'11 slow footed backup. We NEED a big time play maker that can lay the pipe and cover field as well. Most importantly, we need to change this positon because of the changing dynamic in the NFL. It's quite obvious that Tight Ends are becoming the focus of many offenses. Unfortunately the Patriots have done this and been very successful. One of the reasons why we failed miserably at stopping them is because of our safeties. It is essential to get a sizable, fast, mean safety. We need a safety who can cover any Tight End in the league. (Imagine having Cromartie, Revis and a Pro-Bowl caliber safety!!!!)
2. Right Tackle
-Wayne Hunter, you pathetic neanderthal. Sometimes I wondered if he played that bad intentionally to hurt Sanchez. I swear to God, I knew while watching the Cowboys game in the beginning of the season that his performance was a going to hurt us in a bad way for the rest of the season. Watching Demarcus Ware play with him like he was a child was really humiliating. I think every Jets fan knows this position is very important. However, I think we won't need to draft a Right Tackle. I think it would be best if we find a lineman that has had proven success in the past, as well as a half a decade left in his knees to get us a couple rings. If we let Wayne Hunter back, and he starts, I might sell my Jets merchandise on E-bay and move outta the tri-state area. Keep in mind, we have two pro-bowl offensive lineman, and Slauson and Brandon Moore are EXTREMELY underrated. Hunter oftentimes made the rest of our line look bad. A legit right tackle would bring back the Ground N Pound, which will ultimately work in Sanchez's favor-- i'm not completely against Sanchez at this point in time, but i'm not getting started on that right now.
3. Pass Rushing OLB
-Rex Plays a 3-4. I absolutely love our defensive line. People who to critique the Jets for not having a rushing down lineman really don't know what they are talking about. If we move up the two OLB, then they serve as our defensive ends. You can't have a defensive end play that positon or a team will pass the ball all day. That being said, the three lineman that we have, if they all are starting, are excellent at what they do. Pouha, Wilkerson, and Devito are really great run stoppers. Not enough has been said about Pouha replacing Jenkins and exceeding everybody's expectations. ALSO, I don't know if anybody else noticed this, but Kenrick Ellis looked phenomenal during the Dolphins Game. Adding him to the three man rotation really adds youth and strength to a D Line that is proven in producing a stonewall against the run. My main point is that we need to work on the two outside linebackers that we have. Bart Scott is getting old, but he is a player and I think he is a great ILB still and will be for another two years or so. David Harris as well, but he's got a good 4 or 5 years left in him. I hate to be the guy to say this, but Calvin Pace has gotta go. We are paying him WAY too much money for his performance each Sunday. Jamaal Westerman has shown flashes of brilliance, as well as Maybin, and I like the fact that they are both young. If we get a pass rusher and a great safety, this Jets defense is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Get rid of Pace, draft a pass rusher that will no doubt have an impact, and let our defense loose.