It's quite obvious that our offense has looked atrocious. The ground game is suspect and the passing game suffers because of negligible offensive line play. Everybody and their mother have already dropped the bomb on the Jets claiming we are doomed for failure after two preseason games. Personally, these games have served as a filter letting me know who has an opinion worth listening to and who does not (See the bottom of this post if you need an example.) Look, I get it, and you should too. The Jets are the easiest team to hate in the NFL. After hearing Rex Ryan's first few press conferences it became very evident to me how the Jets would be considered for the rest of his tutelage, which contrary to the popular belief, is not up for debate after this season. He made various irrevocable statements that will forever be a stigma to him the team as a whole. The Jets have been a very successful franchise with Rex, but they have to be able to bend a little bit and take the punches when they don't do that well -- it's part of the baggage. When we have all our receivers back: Holmes, Hill, Kerley and Shillens, we will be able to produce at least enough short passes to open up the run game, and vice versa. That being said, Wayne Hunter will not suffice. Although the media seems to have just fully caught on, we at Gang Green nation have been well aware for the last year. Either way, let's get to the positive.
People seem baffled when I tell them that the Jets could easily have a top 5 defense this year. I say this because of the raw talent and depth of the defensive line. We have been good up front without our best defensive tackle, Sione Pouha. I've said it before and i'll say it again, having Ellis, DeVito, Wilkerson, Pouha, and Coples be able to go in and out of a 3 or 4 man rush all game is going to be really great. Coples is a stud and he is going to have about 8 sacks this year, not to mention good run play as well. If we have Pouha and Ellis on the interior, and Wilkerson and Coples at DE, when we blitz a linebacker, or a safety, or both, it's going to be able to free up one of them or guarantee 1 on 1s which will render effectively. Our defense has really looked sharp to me. Laron Landry is coming along nicely, and Bell as well. I think Antonio Allen will have more of an impact that most realize this season, especially in terms of coverage at Free Safety. I went to Clemson and watched him play against us at the end of the year and he looked like he had a natural ability as a ball-hawk. The linebackers are solid. We needed some more speed so Scott noticeably lost a few pounds, and I love David Harris. I'm curious as to what role Demario Davis is going to have. I feel like we haven't seen a glimpse of what potential the kid has. I think he is going to really make some people impressed by the end of this season. By far the d-line has the most potential and has me the most excited. We are going to be able to give a LOT of looks with the versatility of Coples, and we are going to be able to get legitimate pressure on the quarterback-- something that the Jets have been missing since John Abraham, perhaps even the Sack Exchange. Remember when quarterbacks knew that they would have all day to throw the ball when DeVito, Pouha and Wilkerson were lined up against 5 lineman last year? With Coples, and Ellis looking much better than last year, this is a whole new ball game ladies and gentleman. Santonio is back in the next preseason game, Sanchez is going to be able to hook up with him on their trademark quick slant, or an out, and open up the field a little bit. Hey, if Wayne the Maitre D' Hunter lets the defenders right in with the olay blocks, then lets hit the short passes and establish a run game and then work the play action. The most important factor this year in the Jets success does not lie solely upon Wayne Hunter's back. The biggest factor is if our offense can keep our defense off of the field long enough so that they stay fresh and can study the opposing offenses' formations used thus far. If our offense does, our defense is going to be legitimately frightening. I know he defense could turn into something that has teams scared about again.
I think it is perfectly reasonable to assume that the Jets have unlimited potential this year and could easily end up at the top of the AFC East when the season is over. The Bills are grossly overrated and are going to need to account for their defense, or lack thereof when the season unfolds and they do not have a strong enough offense to keep their defense off of the field-- a problem that very well might haunt the Jets. The Dolphins have a rookie quarterback, new head coach and they just lost their best wide receiver. I do not see them being 1st or 2nd. The Pats, however, will have to beat the Jets twice in order to win the division. It is essential to note the changes made to the Patriots offensive line. I think the biggest factor that will separate the Jets from the Patriots will be the D-Line/O-Line battle. WIth a new, young, revamped defensive line for the Jets, and an old, depleted Offensive line for the Pats, it seems that Brady is up for a long season.
Thank you all so much for reading my opinion and thoughts on the New York Jets. I hope to hear feedback from you soon...take care!!