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Byrd430
06-06-2008, 10:57 PM
New York Jets

Offense:
The number one question mark facing the Jets is definitely the quarterback situation where Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington will battle for the starting job. Going into the team's first practice, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer resorted to flipping a coin to determine its 'starter'. That should give you an idea of just how much heat this battle is going to bring. Pennington seems to be the favorite up to this point, in part because of his record as starting quarterback. Before last season's high ankle sprain, Pennington was 31-22 as a starter. The injury, however, affected his performance and led him to a 1-7 record in 2007. Clemens didn't do much better last season, finishing with a 3-5 record. Clemens must improve his decision-making and pocket presence if he is to be a quality starter. However, Clemens could upend Pennington because of a change in philosophy which could lead to more downfield passing. Clemens has the stronger arm.

The Jets receivers will remain the same, relying upon Laveranues Coles to lead the pack. Coles, 30, is getting older and more prone to injuries, such as the ankle sprain that cut last season short. Still, he is a proven weapon. As Coles battled injury, Jerricho Cotchery became a force, setting career highs in catches and yards, although he only finished with two touchdowns. Former Missouri quarterback Brad Smith found his role as the third receiver last season and is still learning the position. Chris Baker returns at tight end unhappy with his contract. This could pave the way for rookie Dustin Keller, perhaps the best receiving tight end out of the draft. Keller will get his chances, especially if the relationship between Baker and the Jets doesn't improve.

The offensive line looks solid after the team signed left guard Alan Faneca to replace Pete Kendall. His veteran leadership will help center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Damien Woody was signed from the Lions to make the start at right tackle and provide even more veteran leadership. Brandon Moore figures to start at right guard. The rebuilt offensive line will lead the way for running back Thomas Jones, who managed 1,000+ yards even though he had to dance his way back to the line of scrimmage at times. Leon Washington will take a few carries away from Jones, as he became the Jets 2007 MVP. Fullback Tony Richardson is one of the league's best and will be counted on to pave the way for these backs.

Defense:
The Jets can finally piece together a 3-4 defense featuring 3-4 caliber players. Acquiring Kris Jenkins from the Panthers gives the Jets the big defensive tackle inside that will stuff the run. Outside, Shaun Ellis' best games are behind him. He has posted back to back five sack seasons, a far cry from the 23.5 he got from 2003-04. Kenyon Coleman had a breakout year in 2007 after being rotated in and out in Dallas in previous seasons. Still, Coleman only added a sack and a half. Depth is a question mark as well, featuring C.J. Mosley, Kareem Brown, and Sione Pouha.

The Jets linebacking corps will be rebuilt as well, featuring free agent Calvin Pace, rookie Vernon Gholston, and sophomore David Harris, as well as veteran Eric Barton. Barton is usually counted on to produce over a hundred tackles, although he failed to do so last year and is turning 31. Harris compliments Barton inside, and after a solid rookie campaign, is one of the top linebackers in football. Harris picked up 127 tackles and five sacks and usually led his team in tackles. His performance made Jonathan Vilma expendable. Pace failed to meet expectations in Arizona as defensive end but switched to linebacker and produced his best year with 98 tackles and 6.5 sacks. If he continues to produce, and the Jets obviously think he will, he could be a force. Vernon Gholston is expected to start immediately with the intention of getting to the quarterback. Bryan Thomas, Brad Kassell, and Matt Chatham add good depth.

The secondary is anchored by two future Pro Bowlers in cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Kerry Rhodes. Revis was drafted to be a shutdown corner, and judging by his games late in the season against Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, he is just that. Rhodes has been impressive in his first three seasons as well, collecting 270 tackles, eight sacks, and 10 interceptions. Justin Miller will start at the other corner spot opposite Revis. A knee injury cut his season short, and David Barrett played well in his absence. Barrett and rookie Dwight Lowery will likely battle Miller for the starting job. Starting opposite Rhodes will be Abram Elam. The hard-hitting Elam, cut from the Cowboys last season, found a home in New York, and has become a steady performer. Artrell Hawkins was signed to add depth.

Special Teams:
Kicker Mike Nugent may not have a strong enough leg to consistently make 50+ yard kicks, but is almost automatic from anywhere closer. Punter remains a question mark, as Ben Graham looks to start, but will be challenged by Jeremy Kapinos. Coordinator Mike Westhoff resigned from the Jets for medical reasons. This could hurt the Jets because they were able to return six kickoffs for touchdowns between 2005-07 with his schemes. Still, the return of Justin Miller and the breakout of Leon Washington remains a solid combination.

Coaching:
Eric Mangini will have to figure out the quarterback situation if he wants this team to succeed. Brian Schottenheimer will help him. Bob Sutton leads the 3-4 defense which finally has the pieces in place. His coaching style reflects Mangini's philosophy and figures to be a good match.

Schedule:
The Jets open up the season at Miami, against who they got two of their four total wins against last season. After that, they get New England at home, San Diego in California, and an up-and-coming Arizona team at home before the bye week. Afterwards, they can build their confidence against teams such as Cincinnati, Oakland, Kansas City, Buffalo, and St. Louis before facing another brutal stretch in traveling to New England and Tennessee and coming back home for Denver. The Jets cannot afford to let the tough stretches shake them out of the manageable ones. They faced a tough schedule last season and seven of their twelve losses came by a touchdown or less. Beyond that, they only lost by 10 in New England and 11 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Giants.

derza222
06-07-2008, 03:37 PM
New York Jets

Offense:
The number one question mark facing the Jets is definitely the quarterback situation where Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington will battle for the starting job. Going into the team's first practice, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer resorted to flipping a coin to determine its 'starter'. That should give you an idea of just how much heat this battle is going to bring. Pennington seems to be the favorite up to this point, in part because of his record as starting quarterback. Before last season's high ankle sprain, Pennington was 31-22 as a starter. The injury, however, affected his performance and led him to a 1-7 record in 2007. Clemens didn't do much better last season, finishing with a 3-5 record. Clemens must improve his decision-making and pocket presence if he is to be a quality starter. However, Clemens could upend Pennington because of a change in philosophy which could lead to more downfield passing. Clemens has the stronger arm.

Not sure the injury affected Pennington's performance all that much, and the coinflip was just to determine who was the first starter as they've been alternating. And actually, Clemens was and still is the favorite, he performed better in minicamp and it seems that we know how far we can go with Pennington but Clemens has more upside.

The Jets receivers will remain the same, relying upon Laveranues Coles to lead the pack. Coles, 30, is getting older and more prone to injuries, such as the ankle sprain that cut last season short. Still, he is a proven weapon. As Coles battled injury, Jerricho Cotchery became a force, setting career highs in catches and yards, although he only finished with two touchdowns. Former Missouri quarterback Brad Smith found his role as the third receiver last season and is still learning the position. Chris Baker returns at tight end unhappy with his contract. This could pave the way for rookie Dustin Keller, perhaps the best receiving tight end out of the draft. Keller will get his chances, especially if the relationship between Baker and the Jets doesn't improve.

Chansi Stuckey is actually probably pretty important, he's a solid slot guy and could take the #3 role from Smith. He was great during training camp last season before he injured himself and should do some damage from the slot this year. Also, Keller will be lining up in the slot a lot beyond just as a tight end. Bubba Franks will also play a large role as a blocker and a red zone threat.

The offensive line looks solid after the team signed left guard Alan Faneca to replace Pete Kendall. His veteran leadership will help center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Damien Woody was signed from the Lions to make the start at right tackle and provide even more veteran leadership. Brandon Moore figures to start at right guard. The rebuilt offensive line will lead the way for running back Thomas Jones, who managed 1,000+ yards even though he had to dance his way back to the line of scrimmage at times. Leon Washington will take a few carries away from Jones, as he became the Jets 2007 MVP. Fullback Tony Richardson is one of the league's best and will be counted on to pave the way for these backs.

Offensive line should be solid though it could take time to gel. Also wonder if somebody steps in at right tackle and kicks Woody to guard, and how Woody an interior lineman most of his career will play at right tackle where he started the last 5 games last year but hasn't played all that much. Washington could do very well behind the rebuilt offensive line as well since he's great in the open field, he's very good out of the backfield as well.

Defense:
The Jets can finally piece together a 3-4 defense featuring 3-4 caliber players. Acquiring Kris Jenkins from the Panthers gives the Jets the big defensive tackle inside that will stuff the run. Outside, Shaun Ellis' best games are behind him. He has posted back to back five sack seasons, a far cry from the 23.5 he got from 2003-04. Kenyon Coleman had a breakout year in 2007 after being rotated in and out in Dallas in previous seasons. Still, Coleman only added a sack and a half. Depth is a question mark as well, featuring C.J. Mosley, Kareem Brown, and Sione Pouha.

I think you overestimate the amount of sacks defensive ends are supposed to have in the 3-4, 5 from Ellis is very solid. The end position is far from solid, but more with picking up blockers especially against the run than pass rushing.

The Jets linebacking corps will be rebuilt as well, featuring free agent Calvin Pace, rookie Vernon Gholston, and sophomore David Harris, as well as veteran Eric Barton. Barton is usually counted on to produce over a hundred tackles, although he failed to do so last year and is turning 31. Harris compliments Barton inside, and after a solid rookie campaign, is one of the top linebackers in football. Harris picked up 127 tackles and five sacks and usually led his team in tackles. His performance made Jonathan Vilma expendable. Pace failed to meet expectations in Arizona as defensive end but switched to linebacker and produced his best year with 98 tackles and 6.5 sacks. If he continues to produce, and the Jets obviously think he will, he could be a force. Vernon Gholston is expected to start immediately with the intention of getting to the quarterback. Bryan Thomas, Brad Kassell, and Matt Chatham add good depth.

Gholston isn't expected to start by day 1, though he very well could. He's more expected to start by the end of the season. David Bowens is another solid performer that provides good depth. Since Gholston, Thomas, and Pace are our best pass rushers look to have one of them play inside next to Harris with the other two outside in obvious passing situations where they don't take out a linebacker for a corner.

The secondary is anchored by two future Pro Bowlers in cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Kerry Rhodes. Revis was drafted to be a shutdown corner, and judging by his games late in the season against Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, he is just that. Rhodes has been impressive in his first three seasons as well, collecting 270 tackles, eight sacks, and 10 interceptions. Justin Miller will start at the other corner spot opposite Revis. A knee injury cut his season short, and David Barrett played well in his absence. Barrett and rookie Dwight Lowery will likely battle Miller for the starting job. Starting opposite Rhodes will be Abram Elam. The hard-hitting Elam, cut from the Cowboys last season, found a home in New York, and has become a steady performer. Artrell Hawkins was signed to add depth.

Erik Smith could end up starting as opposed to Elam, and Hank Poteat will battle for the starting corner spot. Drew Coleman could stick to provide depth, and don't be shocked if Barrett is cut.

Special Teams:
Kicker Mike Nugent may not have a strong enough leg to consistently make 50+ yard kicks, but is almost automatic from anywhere closer. Punter remains a question mark, as Ben Graham looks to start, but will be challenged by Jeremy Kapinos. Coordinator Mike Westhoff resigned from the Jets for medical reasons. This could hurt the Jets because they were able to return six kickoffs for touchdowns between 2005-07 with his schemes. Still, the return of Justin Miller and the breakout of Leon Washington remains a solid combination.

The punt return job seems to be pretty much up for grabs.

Coaching:
Eric Mangini will have to figure out the quarterback situation if he wants this team to succeed. Brian Schottenheimer will help him. Bob Sutton leads the 3-4 defense which finally has the pieces in place. His coaching style reflects Mangini's philosophy and figures to be a good match.

Schedule:
The Jets open up the season at Miami, against who they got two of their four total wins against last season. After that, they get New England at home, San Diego in California, and an up-and-coming Arizona team at home before the bye week. Afterwards, they can build their confidence against teams such as Cincinnati, Oakland, Kansas City, Buffalo, and St. Louis before facing another brutal stretch in traveling to New England and Tennessee and coming back home for Denver. The Jets cannot afford to let the tough stretches shake them out of the manageable ones. They faced a tough schedule last season and seven of their twelve losses came by a touchdown or less. Beyond that, they only lost by 10 in New England and 11 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Giants.

Pretty solid analysis, I put a few thoughts in bold.

TimD
06-24-2008, 10:59 PM
Is Woody better at guard than Moore is at guard? And who could potentially take the RT spot if it isn't Woody.

derza222
06-27-2008, 04:44 PM
Is Woody better at guard than Moore is at guard? And who could potentially take the RT spot if it isn't Woody.

Yeah Woody is probably better than Moore at guard, but the problem lies in the second question you asked. We really don't, unless somebody steps up, have a competent guy to take the RT spot besides Woody. So Moore at RG and Woody at RT is probably better than Woody at RG and ?? at RT. Not that Moore is bad at all, he's pretty much a solid starter, but if we had a good RT we could kick Woody inside and upgrade there, plus get rid of the questions about essentially a career interior lineman that's 6'3 playing tackle.

thetedginnshow
06-28-2008, 08:00 AM
I really wish we would see Gholston vs. Long day one.

The Great Jonathan Vilma
06-30-2008, 07:24 AM
ya, me too, i'd love to see Gholston get off to a monster start