Originally Posted by Mainejet
I disagree. The Jets already have the makings of a pretty good OL. By just adding a decent blocking TE, RT, and probably a new RB, this team could be right back in ground and pound mode. Will they be number 1 at rushing like in 2009? Probably not. But they could easily have a pretty good running game.
And Mark Sanchez will NEVER be the QB that Alex Smith is. Alex Smith is great at protecting the football. Sanchez is a turnover machine.
I think you are also assuming Sanchez will be on the team next season. You are probably right, but if they can somehow trade him and accept most of the financial burden in the process, there would likely be some takers.
The San Francisco 49ers lean heavily on their running game and they've made it to the playoffs two years running now, also going deep into the playoffs last season.
Alex Smith is certainly not a long term solution, but he'd be an ideal stop gap. He protects the football, he's good at taking what the defense gives him, and he will, from time to time, make some very big plays.
Mark Sanchez is done in NY. He needs a change of scenery if nothing else.
Without addressing the rest of the post, I disagree strongly about the OL. As I said in another post, Brick appears to have settled back down after a poor 2011. Mangold has lost quite a bit since the ankle injury last year and could stand to drop at least 20 pounds. Moore, after double hip surgeries, is finished and should be allowed to walk as an UFA. Slauson is a decent player, but he will likely run, not walk, out of here after the way he was treated this season with his salary and Ducasse(!). Howard is a decent guy to have coming off the bench as a swing OT, but he isn't the solution going forward either.
So, the Jets are left with a very solid LT and a C who is at a crossroads. Along with the QB/WR relationship, I would have to say that OL synergy is the most important on a NFL team. With the above issues coupled with the likelihood of a 3rd OL coach in as many years, the 2013 Jets will not have that at all. That, IMHO, is the biggest problem facing this team next season. The acquisition of some RB or fair to middling QB will not change that.