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It’s been a tumultous season for Rex Ryan’s Jets. After flirting with Peyton Manning, the Jets signed Mark Sanchez to a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension. Sanchez had two years remaining of his rookie contract, so the move was surprising. However, the Jets made the most puzzling move in franchise history a few months later. The Jets sent a fourth round pick to Denver for Tim Tebow. The looming presence of Tebowmania was evident as Sanchez’s clearly looked uncomfortable in the pocket. The offense’s production went from ‘bad’ to ‘worse’ as Wildcat guru, Tony Sparano was signed as offensive coordinator. Ryan was hellbent on getting back to a ‘Ground & Pound’ offense that he overlooked the offense’s biggest problem–Sanchez’s inconsistencies as a passer. Sparano’s offense is predicated by a hard-nosed ground game and accurate throws down field–two facets the Jets simply don’t have. Sanchez was booed to the bench and Tim Tebow Greg McElroy took over. McElroy isn’t the long-term answer, but the thought of McElroy starting seems like blasphemy.

While the offense’s on-field play was a downright disgrace, injuries clearly affected production. Santonio Holmes suffered a season ending foot injury and Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller couldn’t seem to stay healthy. Practice squad fodder (e.g. Chaz Schillens, Mardy Gilyard) became Sanchez’s go-to receivers. One could argue that Sanchez played so poorly that it didn’t matter who was on the field. Still, every team must overcome injuries and the Jets didn’t do it.

The defense has always been the Jets’ strength, so this year’s statistics were downright pitiful. The Jets have the NFL’s sixth worst run defense, yielding 135.3 yards per game. Of note, the 49ers gashed the Jets for over 250 yards, which Ryan coined as his worst performance ever. Bart Scott looked old and simply couldn’t defend tight ends. The Jets lost Darrelle Revis early in the season, but the pass defense did not miss a beat. Newcomers, Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry secured the safety positions and Antonio Cromartie played at a Pro Bowl level. The Jets were the NFL’s second best pass defense, yielding just 187 yards per game. Kyle Wilson started in place of Revis and was always picked on by opposing quarterbacks.

Special team’s coordinator, Mike Westhoff, will retire at season’s end. Known as the ‘Creator of Special Teams’, Westhoff experienced many highs (and lows). The Jets scored (and gave up) two special teams touchdowns, but suffered numerous gaffes. Tebow was placed on the punt team and made his share of mistakes.

Overall, it was a terrible season for the Jets. Ryan’s pre-season assertions about his team’s talent level were downright comical. Still, Cromartie made the Pro Bowl and Muhammad Wilkerson is beginning to play like an All-Pro. If Revis fully recovers from his ACL injury and Bell and Landry re-sign, the Jets will have the league’s best secondary. The Jets are encouraged by the play of Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, so the defense can return to its dominant ways if adds a few pieces.

On offense, the Jets need a new offensive coordinator. The Jets are stuck with Mark Sanchez, so they need a coordinator that can help develop him as a passer. Norv Turner and Charlie Weis have track records of fixing quarterbacks, so they may be options. Ryan does not know anything about offense, so he needs a strong coordinator that can fully take over. Dustin Keller will be a free agent, so the Jets need to make a decision. Still, the Jets will hope the injury gods shine more favorably upon them next season.

The Jets should give Rex Ryan one more season. The Jets will likely have a Top 12 draft pick and the return of some key pieces will help. In addition, the Jets will play a 3rd-or-4th place schedule next season, which should pad their win total. Ryan’s defense can regain its dominance, but the offense desperately needs a strong coordinator. Tebow, Sparano, and Mike Tannenbaum should not be brought back, but Ryan should be given one more chance.

So far, I’ve profiled the Jets on offense and special teams. Today, we’ll look at the Jets’ best unit–their defense.

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I never liked Plaxico Burress. I never liked his antics, demeanor, or his style of play. However, Jet fans loved Plax today as he hauled in one two three touchdown passes in the Jets 27-21 win against the San Diego Chargers. The Jets were in a ‘must-win’ situation and took care of their business. They are now 4-0 at home this season.

Plax--Reuters Photos

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‘I hate the Jets’- Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. The oft-soft spoken Brady uttered those words when the media asked if he had watched the Jets during HBO’s series, ‘Hard Knocks’. Some people blew Brady’s comments out of the water. Others thought that Brady was just speaking his mind. Me on the other hand, believed that this was a true display of hatred for the Jets. Brady has never been one to publicly display his dislike for another team. It’s obvious that Brady dislikes the Indianapolis Colts, but he and Peyton Manning seem to have the unwritten rule of quiet respect for one another. This isn’t the case with the boisterous New York Jets. The Jets defeated the Pats at the Meadowlands last year, 16-9, so are we in for a repeat performance?

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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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The New York Jets have had an extremely busy weekend. They selected four very good college football players who all fill voids.

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

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The 75th NFL Draft

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11:03 PM: With the last three picks of the first round of the draft, the Detroit Lions (who traded with the Minnesota Vikings) selected Jahvid Best, the running back from California. The Indianapolis Colts choose Jerry Hughes, the defensive end from Texas Christian. To close out the first round, the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints took Patrick Robinson, a cornerback out of Florida State.
In a brief recap, what a great night. I knew the NFL Draft in primetime would work out well, but, this well? This was by far the most entertaining the NFL has given its fans in years. Tonight was a huge night for the NFL in respect to getting the story back onto the positives of the NFL instead of the negatives.
Thank you all so much for following New York State of Sports in our NFL Draft coverage. Be sure to check back in tomorrow night. The updates won’t be as frequent, but they will be there for all of your Giants and Jets picks. Also, expect many articles in the next few days breaking down the winners, losers, and impact players.

10:37 PM: The New York football Jets select… Kyle Wilson, the cornerback from Boise State. Wilson is another local product out of Piscataway, NJ, and he will be a huge impact on special teams. I would have liked to see them grab Sergio Kindle or Taylor Mays, but still, I can’t wait to see the Jets’ defense next year.
In a side note, Piscataway High School in Piscataway, NJ has had three first rounders in the past two years (Anthony Davis, Kyle Wilson, and Malcolm Jenkins)

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