Team needs: New York Jets

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Proclamations of a march to the Super Bowl blew up in the Jets’ faces last season as the offense sputtered on the way to an 8-8 record. Lost in all the focus on that side of the ball was the fact that the Jets defense wasn’t as good as it had been during their two runs to the AFC Championship Game. The Jets need help on both sides of the ball if they are going to make good on any of Rex Ryan’s proclamations.

Outside Linebacker: The biggest thing missing from Ryan’s defense in his three years with the Jets has been a difference-making pass rusher off the edge. Aaron Maybin did some good things, but they need an three-down threat as well. If the Jets don’t bring the house, they simply don’t create enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks. There should be a few options — Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw, USC’s Nick Perry — available to the Jets with the 16th pick, but it might help the overall roster more if they are able to deal down a bit to help the team while still grabbing Chandler Jones from Syracuse or Whitney Mercilus of Illinois.

Right Tackle: Wayne Hunter did not have a good season at all on the right side of the line and the Jets’ attempt to be a hard-nosed running team struggled as a result. Top backup Vladimir Ducasse was a project when the Jets acquired him and he’s fast turning into a suspect. Getting better at this spot is a must regardless of which offense the Jets are running next season. There’s no obvious pick on the table at 16, but, again, moving down could make sense as a way to fill multiple holes.

Wide Receiver: The Plaxico Burress experiment didn’t work, leaving the Jets without anyone across from Santonio Holmes. Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens can fill out sub packages, but they need to get someone who can occupy defenders in base formations. Word out of New York is that there isn’t much interest in Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, but they’ll need to uncover a talent somewhere to help put their broken-down pass attack back together again.

Safety: Signing LaRon Landry could work out very well, but they still need someone to play alongside him. There’s a chance they could address the need with another veteran free agent like Yeremiah Bell, but they could use some youth and athleticism even if they do.

Running Back: Hunter was one problem with being the Ground and Pound team that the Jets wanted to be, but the Jets didn’t get enough from their backs either. LaDainian Tomlinson is gone and Joe McKnight can’t be the power back that the team needs to utilize alongside Shonn Greene. There will be backs available in the middle rounds and the Jets would be wise to avail themselves of one before the draft comes to an end.

The Tim Tebow trade cost the Jets a fourth-round pick that they could have used to address some of these holes, which is why we were banging the drum to look into dealing down and getting more picks. The Jets need to replenish a roster that looks a lot less threatening than it did a couple of years ago. If they don’t, the end of the 2012 season could make this year’s craziness look like a walk in the park.

51 responses to “Team needs: New York Jets

  1. What they really need is a leader who can actually produce results instead of bravado.

  2. There is nothing the jets could do to help this team Rex Ryan is the biggest disaster in football history and mark Sanchez is a huge p ussy. And acquiring tebow was the worst thing they ever did they shoulda passed on that.

  3. Lots of talk about trading down. Problem is that you need someone that wants to trade up and there isn’t that big a market for that this year.

  4. If Jets truly want to return to ground and pound, drafting or signing a replacement for W. Hunter is #1, and DE/LB and S are #2 and #3.

  5. No ifs ands or butts, Jets MUST figure out a way to trade down.

    Neither Upshaw nor Perry are worthy of the 16th pick. No way I would trade up for Ingram with our holes.

    The only guys I would pick at 16 who might be there are Mike Floyd and Mark Barron.

  6. Let’s see… Couth, Class, Maturity, Leadership, Professionalism, a real coach, a real GM, and a real QB. I know I am missing something…

  7. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious.

  8. All they need is prayers for Tebow’s miracle and Brady’s injury. Without these two, the Jets will still be talking abt which top 10 draftee to pick next year.

  9. Landry will last about 4 games before his juiced body fails him. Damn, check out his pictures on google, he is playing at 235 and is cut like a middle linebacker!

    Also, he refused to get surgery on his achilles, deciding to go with “natural” treatments. He will break down.

  10. They should draft a pass rusher with the first 3 picks. It is beyond vital to get one.

  11. How bout some class top down. Win or lose I’ve never seen a team so clueless as how to act.

  12. Less trash talking and guarantees and more performance. They need a prayer, insert Tebow…..they need a better coach instead of that over hyped fat ass, and as a Giants fan, I loved to see the Jets worst nightmare come true…

    Division rival was in the SB and their cross town rival won the SB. Better order another black curtain to cover up the Giants 4th SB painting in the hallway.

    Take it Bitches…

  13. Ingram, Floyd and if by some miracle, Richardson drops down to 16 (huge miracle) then stay there. Otherwise, try to trade down. If we could trade our 2nd and 1st for 2 spots in the 1st (i.e. trade with Pats), and Dallas does not take Barron, there is a good chance we could get Upshaw and Barron in those spots, then we can get Polk or another RB in the 3rd. Hunter is the biggest problem, but I do not see an easy fix and far too much talent at pass rushers in this draft.

  14. Oh and to add to that, if we could trade down in the 1st and get Upshaw and a RT, that would be great too. Barron is a great player and need but we seriously need FS more than SS when playing the Pats twice a year. Barron CAN play FS but that would be a waste when hes a beast at SS.

  15. – a coach that cares about his team more than feet and the latest deal on the .99 cent menu at McDonalds

    – a QB with half a shred of competence

    – a RB who isn’t afraid of hitting the hole hard instead of tippy toeing around the backfield (sorry to get you all horned up Rex/no disrespect LT)

    – a team that can function together without pointing fingers after every little mishap.

  16. The biggest need for the Jets this year is for Mark Sanchez to step up and play at a high level. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t see them going anywhere.

    And by high level, I mostly just mean to be consistant, and not turn the ball over.

    As far as draft needs, its no secret they need a pass rusher. I’ve been beating that drum ever since John Abraham left. Would be nice to have a young saftey, and another receiver.

    Honestly though, if Sanchez plays well this year, and someone who can put consistant pressure on the QB the Jets will be very good this year. All the haters can say what they want, but those are the keys.

  17. they need to shut up and play the game. take notes from the super bowl champs – with the exception of brandon tiptoe jacobs and ‘TREL

  18. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 17, 2012 3:49 PM

    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious.

    Greatness the only thing great bout the Steelers are rothlessburjdeger‘s bathroom manners

  19. bringing in tebum in true jets fashion, another year under the bigtop, lucky if they win 8 again, why not hire loudmouth/twin to run the defence?? jokers

  20. Mediocre team and yet gets all this attention!! Makes no sense. At least all the coverage on the Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, and Giants is warranted by championships on the field!!

  21. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh – Right. How did last year’s playoff work out for y’all? Seems you got BEAT – by a 2nd rate QB. yeah, I see all this going well for you (LOL)

  22. i wouldn’t change a thing…they should give their picks to the Giants who absolutely need help…isn’t it obvious from the media coverage that actual performance isn’t that important to the Media covering Gotham…the never-ending coverage of the soap opera called TEBOW…is enough proof of that…he even gets covered at Yankee games…he must be the most written about backup qb in history…unbelievable…

  23. Honestly, if they get a solid safety, a RT who’s even merely just below average, and some focus, they’ll win ten games.

  24. A real QB, not the two-headed monster they currently have. And since next year at this time they will be looking for a new head coach, might as well put that on the list.

  25. Defensive struggles were over-rated. Special teams turned it over at least 6 times and Sanchez another 26 times which led toterrible field position and lot of time on the field. Jets finished 2nd in points per drive!

  26. If I got a nickel for every time I’ve seen a “They need a new GM” comment in these Team Needs articles, I’d have enough cash to buy these teams. Step up the comments.

  27. I love the Tebow hate and jokes. For one reason or another, he is so under your skin You girls are hilarious.

  28. Rounds 1, 2 and 3 must produce a tackle, pass rusher and saftey. They already picked both a running back and TE in round 4. The other 7 picks will provide depth across the board. WR will be addressed by FA B. Edwards.
    For all those who think the Jets are a circus…I hope you’re not afraid of clowns when the show comes to your home town.

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