Will the Jets punch people in the mouth this year?
Lets be honest, the 2009-2010 NY Jets were a completely different team than the squad that trotted out onto the field in 2011.
Cotchery- Tough > Mason - DOG!
Edwards- physical > Burress- slow & timid
LT- 2010 (had something left) > 2011 (Toast)
Scott 2010 (badazz) > 2011 (fat)
Woody (Beast) > Hunter (huge drop off)
Mangold/Slauson/Moore 2010 (healthy) > 2011 (All of them nicked up)
Holmes 2010 (stellar/won like 5 games for us) > 2011 (shottenheimered)
My point is that 2011 was just a BAD YEAR for NY Jets. It happens to teams.
It happened to the Eagles & they have much more talent than the Jets.
Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step forward. Losing got us what 99% of Jet fans wanted, Shottenheimer the hell out of here! This guy would still be here if we went 10-6 & lost our 1st round playoff game.
Jets have a coaching staff that can get the job done. Sanchez has a new toy in Thrill Hill that he will be playing catch with for 5 years. Personally, I feel the RB from Memphis will be the sleeper pick we were looking for to compliment Greene & Mcknight. Tebow will carry a few LBs in the endzone to pump up the home crowd & the defense only needs to turn up their passrush just enough to reinvigorate the secondary.
Physical teams win in this league/The Steelers have been doing it for years now. The Giants won the Superbowl being more physical than the Pats. We all can marvel at Elis throw along the sideline but the fact remains that New England only scored 17 points. The Jets should beat the Pats holding them to 17 points.
I understand there are a lot of Jet fans with a show me attitude but you gotta stick by your team. I've been waiting 44 years too but I also like to enjoy the season, enjoy the great wins & not jump off the cliff when things go wrong. It is a game after all.
Jets will make the playoffs this year but not without the usual cardiac drama in the final week(s).
Like Bill Parcells always said, "you gotta get into the tournament".
As a wildcard we went to the AFC championship game twice. last year we all knew they had NO CHANCE even if they made the playoffs.
Blessing in disguise!
Rex got humbled
Sanchez got humbled
Our defense got humbled
Shottenheimer got fired (This was HUGE! I honestly believe that this guy is just a bad coach & has been coasting on his "this guys gonna be the next young headcoach" hype that was circulating around the NFL after 1 decent season with Chad Pennington. I still laugh about 2008 when Favre want public in his dislike of the complexity of the offense. (The guy came from a GREAT offensive system in Greenbay & went, " dude, why all the motion? this chit isn't fooling anybody but us".)
Bottom line is this team was living on it's 2009/2010 laurels & forgot that the only way you win a championship is through dedication & hardwork.
Sparano might not be the sharpest tool in the drawer but he knows football & that's all I care about! He still is the guy that put in a wildcat system (and taught it & implimented it so well) that had Bill Belichick mumbling on the sideline & watched as the Fins came into Gillette & kicked their azz.
If he can get Sanchez to just STOP giving the other team the ball we'll win 2-4 more games. Very excited for this season, I think it's gonna be a great season for Jet fans.
Lets just say that with Sparano and Rex getting this team back to basics that I am sure we can expect some smash mouth football this year. They both pride themselves on having physical teams and playing tough. I hope and look forward to seeing that brand of football this year.
We added two competent blockers at WR, a 250 lb QB/RB hybrid and another 240 RB. If the Oline stays healthy then we should be able to pound other teams.
Agreed, a lot of teams are built to stop a wide open offense today. This is where I believe the media has it wrong. I certainly think we will ground & pound but I see Sparano letting Mark do what he does best, which is playaction & FORCE these teams that load the box vs us to respect our deep game also.
I don't give 2 chits that Hill is a rookie! The guy is BIG, FAST, & if you don't respect that, Sparano will not be afraid to let Mark pull the trigger, unlike Shottenheimer. I believe that Sparano will force teams to cover more of the football field allowing our Oline & running backs to work in just a little more space then they did last year.
I say yes, but not to the level of physicality that teams like the Steelers and 49ers bring.
Those teams have violent players. Smith, Smith & Willis on the 9ers; Harrison, Woodley & Polamalu on the Steelers. Those are guys who set the tone for their defenses and the rest of the guys try to play like that.
The Jets have Hitman Harris, who's very good but not a violent hitter. Scott is on his last legs. Landry is a question mark, and the line has either veteran blue-collar guys like Pouha & Devito or youngsters like Wilk & Coples.
On offense, the physical lineman (Woody & Faneca) are gone and the good remaining players are finesse/technique guys. Greene is not a powerful back. Jets have no power players at TE.
I think this team will play hard and tough - would expect nothing less from a Rex Ryan squad, and I still think they can boast a top-10 defense. But they have a long way to go (especially on offense) before they're in the class of the Steelers, Niners & Ravens...the teams that really do punch you in the mouth.
we better punch people in the mouth cause we don't have that spread you out 5 wide type of team. Our defense is still our bread and butter and O line is the strength of the offense which doesn't say much coming off the year they just had. If we don't punch people in the mouth and get extra physical and dominate in that regard then we are a 6-10 team. Our strength is defense and O line ... we better be that team or its going to be a terrible season.