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The NFL remains locked out, leaving many free agents players and their families in limbo. The top Jet wide receivers, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, are in this group, but have expressed a desire to return to Gang Green. However, there are a host of other talented wide receiver options that the Jets could potential be interested in. After giving the Jet defense headaches for four seasons, could Randy Moss be the key to an AFC Championship? Could the recently freed, 6’5″ Plaxico Burress continue to call New York home? Both options have obvious upside, but could potential problems outweigh the positives?

Future Teammates?

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Today, we are going to look at the respective NFL Draft hauls for each of the Jets AFC foes. The Buffalo Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs in 12 years, still do not have a franchise quarterback and have routinely ignored pressing needs, especially with their offensive line. On the other hand, the Miami Dolphins have assembled one of the better, young offensive lines in the NFL. The Dolphins are still unsettled at quarterback and running back, but a strong offensive line is a great foundation. Finally, the New England Patriots continue to reload, addressing needs and selecting value picks all over the draft. When free agency gets under way (hopefully sooner rather than later), all four of the AFC East teams figure to be active. The Jet offensive players are currently at ‘Jets West’ in California, working to get ready for the 2011 season.

 

Mark Throwing Passes At Jets West

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After starting the season with Hard Knocks, the 2010 Jet season ended the same way: With some hard knocks. The Jets were denied a trip to the Super Bowl for the second straight year, falling 24-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Give the Jets credit, though. They never gave up. After playing their worst half of football to date and facing a 24-3 deficit going into halftime, the Jets came roaring back in the second half, scoring 16 straight points. However, the Jet rally came up short as Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a key fourth quarter drive, sealing the Jets fate. Ultimately, the hole the Jets dug for themselves in the first half was just way too deep to dig out of.

At the end of the day, the facts still are the facts: their play on the field did not back up the talk we’ve heard all season long. Super Bowl or bust. The Jets busted.

A few key moments ultimately sealed the Jets fate as the Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in the last six seasons…

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If you are going to talk the talk, you must back it up. That’s what Rex Ryan and the entire New York Jets football team did today.

Rex was Brilliant Today

The buildup was intense. Players were vowing to end the careers of other players. Coaches were having fun jawing at each other through the media. However, when the ball was kicked off at 4:40 pm this afternoon, all talking stopped and bodies started flying. When the dust settled, the Jets beat the Pats up and won, 28-21. Tom was clearly not Tom today as he was sacked five times and finished with a 89.0 passer rating. In contrast, Mark Sanchez played the best game of his career, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. With the win, the Jets will now travel to the Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

What will Jet fans take away from this victory?

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I Win This Time, Peyton.

Rex talked the talk and Rex backed it up. Rex Ryan won his third post-season road game in the last two years as the Jets topped the Colts, 17-16. After Adam Vinatieri nailed a 50-yard field goal to give the Colts 16-14 lead with 53 seconds to go, Antonio Cromartie ran the opening kickoff back 43 yards, putting the Jets back in business. Two key catches by Braylon Edwards, including a huge 18-yarder, put the Jets in field goal range. Nick Folk nailed a 32-yarder as time expired, giving the Jets an opportunity to take on their bitter rivals the New England Patriots next Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.

Head Scratching Moments:

00:29 4th Quarter: The Jets had the ball at the IND 32 with one timeout left and the Colts used their final timeout? I didn’t understand this at all. Essentially, the Colts gave the Jets two more plays instead of one. Following the IND timeout, a 18-yarder to Edwards gave Nick Folk a chip shot 32-yard field goal, sealing the Colts fate. If the Colts don’t take that timeout, Folk is looking at least at a 40-yard field goal.

Santonio’s Drop: On a huge 3rd and 5 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez threw a very catchable ball to Santonio Holmes for a first down. Holmes dropped the ball, setting up a punt. A Colt special team’s miscue gave the Jets a first down, bailing out Holmes.

Holmes is one of the more arrogant players in the league. Don’t dance, joke, and pose when you can’t catch a short five-yard out in the AFC Wild Card round.

Sanchez’s Accuracy: Sanchez made the critical throws on the Jets’ final drive (3/3 for 38 yards), but was otherwise sporadic (15/28 for 151 yards, 1 INT) before the game winning drive.

Good Moments for the Jets:

Revis Island: Is there a better defensive player in football? Revis held the Manning-Reggie Wayne combo to one yard tonight. Hard to believe the Jets played hardball with this guy during Training Camp.

Ground and Pound: The Jets basically did what I outlined earlier this week. Run the ball, keep Peyton off the field, and dominate the clock. The Jets out-rushed the Colts, 169 to 93 and won the possession battle (33:07 to 26:53). The Jets illustrated both of these facets during a nine-minute, third quarter drive, capped off by a two-yard LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown run.

With The Win….: A minor detail, but worth noting. With the win, the Jets will send a second round pick to San Diego as part of the Cromartie trade. If the Jets lost, they would only surrender a third rounder. I’m sure this is at the fore front of Rex’s mind right now.

Rex Ryan: As much as I hate the guy, I gotta give him credit. He has now won three road playoff games in three different venues over the last two seasons. He talked the talk all week. His team beat the Colts. They were the better team today. His biggest test will come next Sunday afternoon…

What’s Next?

The Jets will now have eight days to prepare for a monster showdown in Foxborough against the Patriots. The two teams split the season series, each winning on their home turf. The Patriots crushed the Jets during their Week 13 showdown, 45-3. Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and four scores in the rout. Rex took some shots at the Pats during the week, so expect the battle-tested, brash coach to light a fire under his squad this week.

Expected Line: New England by 7.5

The New York Jets are an absolute joke. After watching the team brag and boast on HBO’s Hard Knocks (after they haven’t won anything) to the problem with reporter Ines Sainz to the recent Braylon Edwards DUI, the team lacks leadership and accountability. The problem starts at the very top with owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum, and head coach Rex Ryan. These three have let the Jets become a band of frat boys instead of a professional football team. Can the Jets right the ship or will this 2010 season go from a season of Super Bowl aspirations to a season filled with misguided decisions?

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On Sunday afternoon, we saw the New York Giants and their defense dominate in the New Meadowlands. But at 7 PM tonight, we will get to see our other New York team, the Jets, face off against the Baltimore Ravens.

Rex just having some fun - AP

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By now, everyone knows that disgruntled wide receiver Santonio Holmes will play for the New York Jets in 2010. However, Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of the season following an off-the-field incident at a night club this winter. So what’s the fantasy spin? Who are the winners and losers of this deal?

REUTERS/Jason Cohn

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Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Scott Wright, NFL Draft analyst and President of Draft Countdown. If you’re looking for an interview with someone who knows all there is to know on the NFL Draft, here it is. Here’s the transcript:

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In part two of our four-part series, we will be looking specifically at the New York Jets’ offense and seeing which offensive positions they should upgrade at in the draft. Last year, the Jets finished 9-7 and came one win short of playing in the Super Bowl.

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