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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.

Yesterday, I profiled running back, Shonn Greene. Today, it’s time to turn our attention to the outside and evaluate the Jets’ top receiving option, Santonio Holmes. Last season, the Jets rewarded Holmes with a five-year, $45 million contract that includes $15 million in guaranteed money. However, instead of receiving premium production, the Jets got ‘Bad Santonio’.

Bad Santonio hauled in career lows in receptions (51) and receiving yards (654). Holmes’ eight touchdowns were his lone bright spot as he constantly bickered with Mark Sanchez. During the off-season, Holmes and Sanchez worked on their relationship. The Jets can only hope things turn around in 2012. With a full off-season of practice with Mark Sanchez, will Santonio revert back into a reliable fantasy starter?

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So far, we’ve looked at the Giants team dynamic. Today, we’ll shift our focus to little brother and their dynamic on offense. Without further delay, here is your 2012 New York Jets team report for offense.

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Yesterday, in a development that shocked no one, the New York Jets made headlines for the wrong reasons.  Several anonymous players called for Peyton Manning to come to New York, and trashed Mark Sanchez in the process.  It’s a fitting end to a dreadful season that began with Super Bowl guarantees and ended with a collapse.  From one fed-up fan, here’s an open letter to the entire team (after the jump).

A true captain

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Soon after the Jets were officially eliminated from the playoffs, the finger pointing began. And no one seemed to receive as much blame as third-year quarterback, Mark Sanchez. In his final three games of the season, Sanchez threw seven interceptions to only five touchdowns.  Sanchez only completed two(!!) passes of 30 or more yards during that stretch. Sanchez looked a little hesitant and even a little ‘skiddish’ (thanks Boomer) during his final game against Miami. However, I’m going to give Sanchez a pass for his poor play down the stretch. Instead, the blame will fully taken by two of my favorite people…

Could It Be Mr. T? Rex? Both?

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No one AND I MEAN NO ONE circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.

The 4-3 Buffalo Bills have been one of the AFC’s biggest surprises this season. Led by perennial MVP candidate Fred Jackson, the Bills offense has been extremely impressive, putting up 380 total yards per game (10th best). The 4-3 New York Jets, led by perennial coach of the year candidate, Rex Ryan, have watched their defense improve week after week. The Jets are yielding 196.7 total yards per game through the air (7th best) and are coming off a huge home win against the San Diego Chargers. With the Patriots losing last weekend, these two teams are only a game out of first place. Which team will inch closer to playoffs after Sunday’s game?

Shonn Running Like Its 2009--AP Photo

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Plain and simple. The New York Jets are not a good football team.

The New York Jets gave an absolutely dreadful effort in front of the ENTIRE nation on Sunday Night Football. The Baltimore Ravens kicked the Jets’s ass up and down the field enroute to a 34-17 victory. Mark Sanchez, who completed only 30% of his pass attempts, accounted for three turnovers and 119 yards in the loss. The Jets run game was non-existent, totaling only 38 yards. Hell, the Jet offense was so bad that they only got within the 20-yard line once! The Jets failed to do any of the three game keys I highlighted last week. With the ugly loss, the Jets fall to 2-2 (0-2 on the road). Put your helmet on because some hard hitting analysis is coming after the jump…

Down Goes Mark--Getty Images

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Hard hits. Battered bodies. No love loss.

Expect all of this and more as the Jets head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. The 2-1 Ravens are coming off a 37-7 thumping of the St. Louis Rams while the 2-1 Jets were gashed by the Oakland Raider rushing attack. Last season, the Ravens beat the Jets 10-9 in a very, very sloppy game where the Jets drew 14 penalties. The Ravens held the Jets to 174 total yards, allowing Mark Sanchez to throw for just 74 yards. Anquan Boldin gave Antonio Cromartie fits, torching him for 110 yards. Here are three keys to the game and reasons why the Jets will fall to 2-2 this Sunday.

Ray Is Coming For You, Rex--AP Photo

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The New York Jets will welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to New York for their Week 2 match-up. Both teams won their opening games last week, as the Classless Jets topped the Cowboys late and the Jags stopped Chris Johnson and the Titans. The Jets will look to tee-off on one of the weakest starting quarterbacks in the league, Luke McCown. Despite the presence of Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jets need to come out and dominate on both sides of the ball tomorrow. Vegas has the Classless Ones pegged as a nine-point favorite, but here are three reasons why they will win by more than that.

Plax Acting Classless

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For the last two years, Plaxico Burress donned the uniform of the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Yesterday afternoon, Burress agreed to stay in the Empire State, but to join Rex Ryan and Co. After extended discussions with his two past employees (The Steelers and Giants) with a little Eagle mixed in, the ex-con decided to restart his career in the same city where it was put on pause. Burress agreed to a one-year, $3 million ‘let’s see what you have left’ deal. Here are two reasons why the Jets and Rex Ryan shouldn’t expect this deal to shoot them in the foot. (Pun intended).

Plax Talking To Da Kids

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