02-10-2013, 06:23 PM
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Join Date: May 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Originally Posted by Mainejet
As a matter of fact, YES, I did get buried in a blizzard. I have 3 feet of snow outside. Just got myself dug out yesterday. Spent 3 hours slowblowing, raking the roof, and shovelling.
But make no mistake about it, it has in no way affected my judgment.
First of all, the Jets do have some good things going for them:
1) They still have the makings of very productive running game. No decent RB's really, Bilal Powell is the best one out of the bunch IMO and he is at best a depth/load supporting RB, not a number 1.
But they do have the makings of a great OL. Nick Mangold and Brick are still great linemen to build around. If Idzik were to focus on getting the running game going, he may find that it is easier than he thinks. A decent blocking TE, resign Brandon Moore, and add a good LG. The Jets could easily have a good running game. Will it be as good as their running game back in 2009/2010? No way. Not even close. But if they got a decent RB through the draft, they could take the pressure off the passing game.
2) They still have a top notch defense. The Jets defense will keep them in most of their games. They ranked 8th overall in total defense this season, albeit with a cupcake schedule, but also without the best defender in the game today. If they get some help at LB and they could easily a top 5 defense. Their DL is emerging. Muhammad Wilkerson is becoming a terror to block. Quentin Coples very quietly with limited playing time played well IMO. He could easily get a lot more playing time this season and his numbers are sure to go up.
Really, for me, besides what I listed, the objective for the offseason should be getting a decent game manager QB and the ST. Everyone knows Sanchez is hot garbage. Adding a decent game manager, a guy who will take good care of the football, is addition by subtraction. No longer do you have Sanchez giving the ball up 26 times per season.
Also, the ST was what was really saddening. Mike Westhoff is the best ST coach I've ever seen and he will surely go down as one of the best ever to coach ST's. But the ST in his last season was awful. Completely awful. But I cannot see that lasting. They still have Westhoff's protege leading the ST's. A guy Westhoff blessed as his heir apparent. I'll go with that guys opinion any old day of the week. I have no trouble being confident that the Jets ST's will a LOT better than last season.
And really that is it in a nutshell. The Jets will play a 6-10 schedule. They have a very good defense, with a few subtle moves they could have a decent running game and they could sneak into the playoffs.
Mike, you and I both know the margin between the best and worst teams in the league is very thin. Teams go from worst to first all the time. So saying a team that was 6-10 can sneak into the playoffs one season later is not a big thing.
Glad you are all dug out.
I miss living in Maine.
I have only two issues with your post:
1) The Jets defense is not as good as you think it is. Look what good offenses did to them last year.
2) That 6-10 season will result in the exact same shcedule as the Patriots with the exception of 2 games.