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Team checklist: New York Jets

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We’ve written up our post-lockout to do list for the Bills and Dolphins thus far.   Now let’s look at what Rex Ryan’s team needs to do when the work stoppage ends.

1. Re-sign Antonio Cromartie or find a starting cornerback.

The Jets weren’t able to address cornerback or outside linebacker in the draft. While we ranked OLB as a bigger long-term issue before the draft, the Jets need a cornerback to start right now.   Last year’s first round pick Kyle Wilson hasn’t shown the ability to start yet, while Antonio Cromartie and Drew Coleman are slated to be free agents.

Few teams would benefit more from the 2010 rules being put back in place than the Jets. They could keep Cromartie and Santonio Holmes for cheap.  Speaking of which . . .

2. Re-sign Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards, and find at least one more complementary receiver.

The Jets coaches basically said it during Hard Knocks: Holmes is a better player. (We don’t think it’s particularly close.)  Still, there is a sense they will settle for Edwards at a lesser price and watch Holmes leave.

The strategy doesn’t make sense to us.  Spending 25% more on Holmes will be better than overpaying Edwards, who is a No. 2 receiver that will probably get No. 1 money.  With Brad Smith likely on the way out too, the Jets need at least one more veteran wide receiver behind Jerricho Cotchery that can compete to be the No.3 receiver.  It’s a very thin position.

3. Bring back Brodney Pool.

We’ve read that the Jets don’t want to spend too much at safety. Perhaps they think Ryan’s system will make anyone work; Pool certainly had a fine season last year.  It’s a complex scheme, though, and there won’t be a lot of time to install things so re-signing Pool to fill a gaping hole at safety makes sense.

4. Get outside linebacker help.

They have two so-so starters in Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas, but very little depth behind them.

5. Get a backup plan to Vladimir Ducasse at right tackle.

It’s great the team is so confident Ducasse can change positions after barely contributing as a rookie. With little time in camp to coach him him up, the Jets should get a veteran fallback.

6. Make some outlandish predictions.

This team is too under the radar.  Rex Ryan needs to amp up the volume or the showboat Giants will get all the attention.

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  1. chuckyd317 says: May 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    Im pretty sure Rexy already made an outlandish prediction saying they would have beaten Green Bay in the Super Bowl… Bold words for a team who Green Bay shutout earlier that year…

  2. trbowman says: May 18, 2011 5:19 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Greg McElroy and his southern hospitality will be an odd fit with the Jets?

  3. mistahsingh says: May 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    Was “showboat” Giants a joke? If it was, it was a terrible one.

    To say this team is under the radar shows how out of touch you are. Jets are one of the most common teams to be talked about on ESPN/NFL Network.

  4. berniemadoffsides says: May 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    I’m not so sure Holmes will be signed for “cheap,” my friends…. he’s clearly worth $5-7M+/year.

  5. 2mannings1cup says: May 18, 2011 5:22 PM

    I really think this team has over-performed the last two years. I don’t see them making it back to the AFC Championship to get beat again. Too many holes, and BB will have to eventually figure out Rex’s D. I see 10-6, first round exit.

  6. benh999 says: May 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    Did Rex ever find someone to tag his wife while he watched (per the alt.com profile)?

  7. itsacurse says: May 18, 2011 5:26 PM

    Not for nothing, Wayne Hunter played pretty great down the stretch in place of Woody at RT.

  8. ampats says: May 18, 2011 5:36 PM

    7) Celebrate the upcoming 43rd Anniversary with the bicentennial just 7 more years away!

  9. kc4life7 says: May 18, 2011 5:38 PM

    6. Make some outlandish predictions.

    This team is too under the radar. Rex Ryan needs to amp up the volume or the showboat Giants will get all the attention.

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    Lol. This is awesome. One of the best jokes you’ve written Greg. Props.

  10. mksnpcola says: May 18, 2011 5:58 PM

    Once again you failed to mention the most glaring need for this team, DIGNITY, they don’t have any or anyone that has any. Shooting your mouth off all the time and not backing it up is just the first sign. Trying to openly cheat, and what could have been an injury to a player, and then covering it up shows a lack of class not seen before in the NFL. Get some dignity, Oh green team from new jerk!

  11. bozosforall says: May 18, 2011 6:02 PM

    ampats says:
    May 18, 2011 5:36 PM
    7) Celebrate the upcoming 43rd Anniversary with the bicentennial just 7 more years away!

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    Conversely, one of the worst jokes ever written here.

  12. prmpft says: May 18, 2011 6:03 PM

    …Arrogant Jackass coach – check

  13. thefiesty1 says: May 18, 2011 6:03 PM

    How about a head coach that keeps his mouth shut and just coach them to a super bowl. All show and no go!

  14. schmitty2 says: May 18, 2011 6:15 PM

    I can leave a negative comment but I will leave up to the rest of the posters:)

  15. denverhighrize says: May 18, 2011 6:16 PM

    I hear one of the sticking points for Cromartie to come back is whether or not the Jets will add a daycare.

  16. dieharddolfan6493 says: May 18, 2011 6:23 PM

    7) relocate to a city that isnt full of scum fans
    8) find a QB that doesnt sleep with little girls
    9) get rexy some foot porn if that even exist
    10) get a goddamn SNACK!!
    11) keep the coaches away from the sidelines
    12) help antonio figure out his kids names
    13) keep braylon off the road
    14) tell firman ed water puts out fires
    15) teach rex ryan how to read

  17. kmg1016 says: May 18, 2011 6:26 PM

    Edwards was actually a very different player in 2010 than he’d been in seasons prior, particularly with regard to drops and efficiency on targets. It could easily be argued that he is better than Holmes based upon 2010 results, and the Jets would be better off with Edwards and a high-quality corner across from Revis (Asomugha, Cromartie, Taylor) than with Holmes and a far lesser corner across from Revis.

  18. mike83ri says: May 18, 2011 6:27 PM

    berniemadoffsides says:
    May 18, 2011 5:20 PM
    I’m not so sure Holmes will be signed for “cheap,” my friends…. he’s clearly worth $5-7M+/year.

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    Read words in context. That helps.

    Under 2010 rules, they could be tendered instead of being able to test free agency.

  19. maxvv says: May 18, 2011 6:27 PM

    ampats says:
    May 18, 2011 5:36 PM
    7) Celebrate the upcoming 43rd Anniversary with the bicentennial just 7 more years away!

    Okay…let’s think. I know centennial means “100,” but there must be some kind of prefix that would indicate I’m referring to a period of time exactly half that length. Half-centennial? No…wait! Bi! Like a bicycle, which has half a wheel! IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.

  20. corvusrex96 says: May 18, 2011 6:49 PM

    7) Get another QB in case Sanchez suddenly decides that his high school girlfriend is a cougar.

  21. 3yrsnfl says: May 18, 2011 6:49 PM

    Keep watching, keep talking about the JETS. It’s all entertainment. This is NY… Go BIG or Go Home!! Funny? Noone really says much about the Kansas City Chiefs?

  22. prmpft says: May 18, 2011 7:00 PM

    …am I the only one to notice that j-e-t-s fans are clickin’ thumbs but not commenting !!! interesting, running silent tonight…

  23. 3yrsnfl says: May 18, 2011 7:02 PM

    @mistahsingh Sometimes sarcasm isn’t obvious when posting on-line… but this time you were the only one that didn’t get it. Unless you were being sarcastic?

  24. ppdoc13 says: May 18, 2011 7:36 PM

    the biggest thing they need to do is stuff a sock in Rex’s mouth every time he opens it. That way he’ll lose weight and avoid saying anything stoopid, which is likely to do at least a few times daily.

  25. backinblack67 says: May 18, 2011 7:42 PM

    7. See if you can back up all the garbage that spews from your fat arse coaches mouth.

  26. thetechnocrat says: May 18, 2011 8:46 PM

    I hope they sign Santonio over Braylon.
    There’s much less damage control for a dude that gets arrested for driving 5 miles an hour while high than a drunk getting arrested for driving 55 in a 25 backwards and puking on an officers pants or much worse (I’m lookin’ at you Leonard Little).

  27. gojets111111 says: May 18, 2011 10:36 PM

    You know guys here harrass the jets and jets fans all the time..

    i know u think we suck only going to the afc championship game two years in a row…

    but i guess that makes maybe 4 team better then us..go talk crap about them…

    yes the coach makes predictions so what..
    that his style..its not like we had the worse record in football and said we were going to win it all..

    we were close..closer then 28 other teams..so kiss my toes…lick them what ever..take ur jealous comments to a team who actually stinks like the (fill in your team at the end of this sentence..) jerks

  28. ibleednyg says: May 18, 2011 11:49 PM

    mistahsingh says:
    May 18, 2011 5:20 PM
    Was “showboat” Giants a joke? If it was, it was a terrible one.

    To say this team is under the radar shows how out of touch you are. Jets are one of the most common teams to be talked about on ESPN/NFL Network.
    ____________________________________

    You must be kidding me.

  29. kappy32 says: May 19, 2011 1:23 AM

    Jets are getting old. It’s amazing that you say CB is a hole. I remember after the 2010 draft, every Jet fan was praising Rex Ryan for being a defensive genius and a great talent evaluator; Wilson was going to start at nickel and eventually push Cromartie to start opposite Revis. Come 2011 the Jets will have 2 shut-down corners in Wilson & Revis, letting Cromartie go. Remember that Jets fans? Kyle Wilson was just another long list of bad 1st round picks. Remember Kyle Brady? What about Blair Thomas? Dewayne Robertson? Oh yeah, I forgot… Vernon Gholston?

  30. dolfan28 says: May 19, 2011 2:02 AM

    So @gojets111111, does that mean you guys are 2nd all time behind Buffalo for the most consecutive huge NFL losses of all time??

    Edwards is a non-clutch receiver that hasn’t really produced, Holmes dropped every clutch pass that hit him in between the numbers, and Sanchez keeps making you all wanna hug him then slug him.

    At least we know what our weakness is, QB, and once we get one it’s lights out for you punks. I refuse to buy into all the crap hype surrounding a team who we are 4-2 against in the past 3 seasons. Revis island my balls.

    So hug your Namath jerseys tight, because you are further away from a ring than you think.

  31. joyjoy69 says: May 19, 2011 2:13 AM

    hmmm, perhaps their shy and under-spoken coach should write a book or something?

  32. joyjoy69 says: May 19, 2011 2:18 AM

    @thefiesty1 – they tried that and had Belichick in their control, but they couldn’t keep him…

  33. raiderinpa says: May 19, 2011 9:03 AM

    7. Don’t come out and play flat in the AFC Championship and just basically HAND Sh@#tsburgh the game!

    Such a disappointing loss that should not have been!!

  34. nyjyi says: May 19, 2011 11:05 AM

    @prmpft

    Jets fans don’t feel the need to comment much because all the hating by the other posters is just a clear expression of jealousy. I would be pissed too if my team wasn’t anywhere near as fun to watch or be a fan of than the Jets. Let us bathe in your sweet, sweet tears.

  35. dangeralert says: May 19, 2011 1:47 PM

    “Edwards is a non-clutch receiver that hasn’t really produced, Holmes dropped every clutch pass that hit him in between the numbers, and Sanchez keeps making you all wanna hug him then slug him.”

    I think you need a dictionary so you can find out what clutch really means. Edwards isn’t clutch? Did you see the Colts game? Holmes dropped every clutch pass, yet caught two or three td passes to win games in overtime? Give me a break.

    Fyi, the Dolphins have way more holes than just a qb.

  36. 3yrsnfl says: May 20, 2011 1:48 AM

    @maxvv

    Good detective work. I didn’t know what that dope was trying to say.

  37. monropoobah says: May 20, 2011 4:28 AM

    mistahsingh says:
    May 18, 2011 5:20 PM
    Was “showboat” Giants a joke? If it was, it was a terrible one.

    To say this team is under the radar shows how out of touch you are. Jets are one of the most common teams to be talked about on ESPN/NFL Network.

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    wow.

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