YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- New York Jets
They’ve been the most talked about team of the offseason. They had the distinction of getting the Hard Knocks series on HBO. We found out that Rex Ryan loves M&M’s a lot and Mike Tannenbaum can’t field a punt. Darrelle Revis wants a lot of money (and got it) and an island named after him. Mark Brunell’s daughter thinks Mark Sanchez is hot. Now that the entertainment aspect is over, it’s time to translate the expectations onto the football field. Fireman Ed is in midseason form, did you see him dump that drunken Giants fan on his ass in the preseason, great stuff.
Mark Sanchez- 196/364 53.8% 2,444 yds 12 td 20 int 63.0 rat
All the Jets are asking out of Sanchez is to not make major mental mistakes. He didn’t have a great rookie regular season, but he turned it on late and into the playoffs.
His arm strength isn’t great, but it’s good enough. Sanchez is good on his feet, knows how to slide in the pocket and throw on the move. He’s eager to learn and improve. He’s also shown that he wants to be a leader.
Others- Mark Brunell, Kellen Clemens
Brunell was brought in to tutor Sanchez.
Clemens is a former starter.
Shonn Greene- 108 car 540 yds 5.0 avg 2 td
Greene is suited perfectly for what the Jets want to do, that’s pound the rock with physical running. Greene isn’t a burner, but he will run through you, break tackles and constantly keep his feet moving.
LaDainian Tomlinson- 223 car 730 yds 3.3 avg 12 td 20 rec 154 yds
Tomlinson is not the same, dynamic back he used to be. He will catch the ball out of the backfield, and probably see goal line carries.
Others- Joe McKnight, Chauncey Washington, John Connor
The Jets are hoping that McKnight can fill Leon Washington’s “do it all” role.
Connor is nicknamed “The Terminator.” He can hit.
Santonio Holmes- 79 rec 1,248 yds 15.8 avg 5 td
Holmes will miss the 1st four games of the season due to suspension. When he’s on the field, Holmes stretches the field. He’s great after the catch.
Braylon Edwards- 45 rec 680 yds 15.1 avg 4 td
Edwards has had one great season in the NFL, and has yet to get back to that level. He drops more footballs than any starting receiver I know, besides maybe Terrell Owens. He has the tools; size, speed and leaping ability, but he still has yet to put it all together.
Jerricho Cotchery- 57 rec 821 yds 14.4 avg 3 td
Cotchery isn’t fast, but he knows how to set his defender up to get by him. He has sure hands.
TE- Dustin Keller- 45 rec 522 yds 11.6 avg 2 td
Keller is looking to breakout entering his 3rd season. He needs to become more consistent, but he’s a heck of a talent.
Others- Brad Smith
Smith took some snaps in the “pistol” formation. He played quarterback in college at Missouri.
LT- D’Brickashaw Fergusen
Fergusen is very athletic for a tackle. He’s long armed and durable. He showed improvement as a run blocker last year. The Brick has always been a solid pass protector.
LG- Matt Slausen
The Jets were hoping that Vladimir DuCasse would be the starter, but he’s been atrocious during the preseason.
C- Nick Mangold
In my opinion, he’s the best center in football, and the best run-blocking center in football. Mangold is a manchild at the point of attack and gets rid of linebackers on the second level.
RG- Brandon Moore
Moore can create holes for running backs, but needs to get a bit better in pass protection.
RT- Damien Woody
Woody is not as quick as he used to be, but he can still keep a pass rusher in front of him.
LDE- Shaun Ellis- 53 tck 6.5 sck 1 ff
Ellis is entering his 11th season and seems to be breaking down a bit. He’s the teams best pass rushing lineman.
NT- Kris Jenkins- 13 tck
Jenkins comes back after tearing his ACL in week 6. He’s the most important player in the Jets scheme. He is a massive space eater.
RDE- Sione Pouha- 45 tck
Pouha did a solid job filling in a nose tackle in Jenkins absence. He gives a solid push and pop to opposing lineman.
Others- Vernon Gholston, Mike DeVito
Gholston was seen as a bust until this past camp. He’s looked good as a 3-4 defensive end.
LOLB- Bryan Thomas- 53 tck 2 sck 1 p def 1 ff
The injury to Calvin Pace hurts. Jason Taylor will move from the left side to right, and Bryan Thomas gets plugged in to start. Thomas is an inconsistent player who’s strong vs the run.
LILB- Bart Scott- 92 tck 1 sck 1 p def
Scott is the vocal leader of the defense. He’s a physical player who loves to hit.
RILB- David Harris- 127 tck 5.5 sck 2 int 3 p def 2 ff
Harris is the best linebacker you’ve never heard of. He is a playmaker. He’s aggressive and plays with great instincts. He blitzes well, sheds blocks and relentlessly pursuits the ball. Shit, he does it all.
ROLB- Jason Taylor- 42 tck 7 sck 1 int 5 p def 3 ff
Taylor doesn’t possess the speed he used to, but can still get to the quarterback.
Others- Kenwin Cummings, Calvin Pace
I believe Pace will be out 4-6 weeks. He’ll start when he gets back. He brings a burst off the edge.
LCB- Darrelle Revis- 54 tck 6 int 31 p def
The best cornerback in football finally got his much coveted payday. He shuts everyone down, EVERYONE!
RCB- Antonio Cromartie- 33 tck 3 int 10 p def
He may not know how many kids he has, but he’s a good cornerback. I predict him to flourish playing opposite Revis. He will get those interception numbers he was getting a few years ago. Cromartie is extremely athletic, and has outstanding ball skills. He can get beat on occasion, but those are the chances you take with this guy.
CB- Kyle Wilson- ROOKIE
Wilson was too good to pass up at 29. He’s a playmaker with good recovery speed.
FS- Brodney Pool- 50 tck 4 int 10 p def 1 sck
Pool is a physical, hard hitter. Good luck replacing Kerry Rhodes though.
SS- Jim Leonhard- 76 tck 1 int 5 p def 2.5 sck 1 ff
Leonhard isn’t athletic, but he’s smart and a leader in the secondary.
Others- Eric Smith, Dwight Lowery
Smith could get the nod over Pool at free safety. He’s the same type of player Pool is.
PK- Nick Folk- 18/28 51 lg
Folk gets a fresh start. The former Pro-Bowler just came off a dismal season in Dallas before getting released.
P- Steve Weatherford- 80 punts 42.0 avg 25 in 20 66 lg
Weatherford has a strong leg and will kick off.
KR- Brad Smith- 10 ret 31.0 avg 1 td 101 lg
Smith has return ability, but he’s no Leon Washington.
PR- Jerricho Cotchery- 23 ret 10.3 avg 31 lg
Joe McKnight and Kyle Wilson could return kicks too.
2010 PREDICTION- 11-5
A lot of the success this season hinges on Mark Sanchez. When he doesn’t make mistakes, the Jets win. Look at what they did in the playoffs. They have the best defense in football. If the 1999 Rams was last year’s New Orleans Saints, this could possibly be the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.
Offensive MVP- Nick Mangold
Defensive MVP- Darrelle Revis
Breakthrough- Antonio Cromartie
Overrated- Braylon Edwards
Underrated- David Harris