Sure you upgraded the defense, I said as much. But so did New England with Darius Butler, Ron Brace, Sean Springs, Leigh Bodden, Patrick Chung, Tyrone McKenzie and Myron Pryor. So did Miami with Gibril Wilson, Eric Green, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Tony McDaniel and perhaps Jason Taylor. Even Buffalo added Aaron Maybin, Jayrus Byrd, and Nic Harris. So adding Bart Scott, Lito Sheppard, and Jim Leohnard is nice, but it didnt happen in a vaccum.
But it gets better. The Pats also added Fred Taylor, Joey Galloway, Greg Lewis, Brandon Tate and some OL depth, 2 Ts and a G IIRC. Oh and some guy named Brady, too. Miami added Jake Grove, Joe Berger, Pat White, Pat Turner and Brian Hartline to the offense. Not all that impressive, but theyre alot better than the guys who were available last year, when Miami won the East, ended your season, and Mangini's/Favre's Jets careers, all in one afternoon. The Bills added T.O. and Dominic Rhodes, plus they upgraded thier interior O line nicely. The Jets? They got a green (no pun intended) QB, a back-up RB, and a reserve O lineman, while losing thier top WR. And they traded away three role players to do it. Again, if youre taking a wider view of things, you ought to notice that the Jets moved down the pecking order this offseason, not up.
And you can clown Pennington all you want, but he is the main reason Miami won the division last year. He had the 2nd highest passer rating in the league. While Favre, his replacement, was throwing your season into the hands of Andre Goodman and Phillip Merling, Chad was moving the chains, protecting the ball, and managing the game. He did it all year. And he'll have a better supporting cast this year, by the way.
As for the picks vs. the players, and which is more valuable. I'd say at least with players, you know what youre getting. Abram Elam is a good player, better than Jim Leonhard imo. But Mangini wants guys who know his system, and Ryan wants the same thing, so its a wash. The point is that when trade three players (four if you count the 2nd rounder) for one guy, that one guy had better be VERY good. Is Sanchez very good? Who knows. But the list of junior QB's coming into the league and struggling is very long, and Sanchez is no Manning, Palmer, or Roethlisberger. I think even you would admit that. He wont have any good WRs to throw to, and he wont have a great O line to protect him either. He'll have a live defense, and a decent running game, but so will Chad, and so will Tom. The Fins and Pats were both better than the Jets last year, two games better. You guys havent done anything to close the gap, and I'll put up four digits to say the gaps gotten wider.