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2011 NFL Offseason: New York Jets

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2011 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
WR Plaxico Burress, WR Derrick Mason, DE/OLB Aaron Maybin, CB Donald Strickland.
Draft Picks:
DE/DT Muhammad Wilkerson, NT Kendrick Ellis, RB Bilal Powell, WR Jeremy Kerley.
Offseason Losses:
WR Braylon Edwards, WR Jerricho Cotchery, WR/KR Brad Smith, OT Damien Woody, DE/DT Shaun Ellis, DE/DT Vernon Gholston, NT Kris Jenkins, DE/OLB Jason Taylor, CB Drew Coleman, P Steve Weatherford.

2011 New York Jets Offense:
People love to bash Mark Sanchez for whatever reason, but he was not responsible for his team's demise in the AFC Championship. In fact, Sanchez played extremely well throughout his entire second playoff run.

Sanchez was lucky not to have more than one interception in his first postseason contest against the Colts, but he ultimately led the game-winning drive. At New England, Sanchez was a solid 16-of-25 for 194 yards and three touchdowns. He was even better the weak after against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense, going 20-of-33 for 233 yards, two scores and no picks.

Sanchez did definitely struggle at times during the regular season - he led the NFL in dropped interceptions - but he finished the year well, and as a consequence, there's hope for the future. Sanchez is only 24, so he still has a lot of growing to do.

Unfortunately for the USC product, New York will be missing some pieces on offense from last year, most notably Braylon Edwards, who signed a 1-year deal with the 49ers this offseason. Sanchez still has a reliable No. 1 target in stud receiver Santonio Holmes, but he won't be able to depend on anyone else.

Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason were added, but both are far from sure bets. Burress is 34 and has just spent two years in prison. He was slowing down even before he idiotically shot himself in the foot. Mason, meanwhile, is 37. He performed well with Joe Flacco this past season, but he now has to learn a whole new offense in a shortened offseason. Non-elite receivers don't exactly have the best track record when switching teams. Elsewhere, versatile weapon Brad Smith is gone, while tight end Dustin Keller continues to disappoint, as Rex Ryan refused to utilize Keller much last year because of his blocking liability.

The other major piece that is missing from New York's offense is right tackle Damien Woody, who announced his retirement this offseason. Wayne Hunter projects as a major downgrade; in just six starts last season, Hunter was guilty of eight penalties and four sacks. Though he won't admit it, Ryan will be praying that raw second-year Vladimir Ducasse overtakes Hunter for the job.

New York is set at three of the four other positions, with left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, center Nick Mangold and right guard Brandon Moore all playing at an extremely high level. The exception is left guard Matt Slauson, who was responsible for seven penalties and seven sacks in 2010, though he was solid in terms of opening up running lanes.

Speaking of which, Shonn Greene figures to shoulder more of a workload in his third season. Greene saw fewer carries (185) than LaDainian Tomlinson (219) in 2010, but the latter was nearly cut before he agreed to accept less money. Greene could be poised for a big year.

2011 New York Jets Defense:
The Jets tried their best to land Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason. The rest of the AFC has to be thrilled because Asomugha would have been a scary acquisition for this defense. With two shutdown corners, Rex Ryan would have the luxury of blitzing multiple defenders on every single play without sacrificing anything in coverage. It would have been a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Instead, New York will roll with the duo of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie again, which is good enough. Revis is still the top cornerback in the NFL (unlike Asomugha, he can play multiple positions; plus, he's younger). Cromartie, meanwhile, had an up-and-down year. He was torched in the final two New England games and surrendered eight total touchdowns, though he did limit opposing receivers to a 47.8 completion percentage. Cromartie could be pushed eventually by second-year corner Kyle Wilson, who has practiced with much more confidence during this offseason's training camp.

Rounding out the secondary, the Jets are solid but unspectacular at the two safety positions. Jim Leonhard will start at free safety, while Brodney Pool was recently re-signed to man the strong safety gig. Eric Smith is currently listed as the starter there, but that can't last very long because Smith is terrible.

New York has a terrific defense in terms of stopping the run and shutting down opposing passing attacks, but it struggled in terms of getting to the quarterback. That could be the case again in 2011, as the only personnel change in the front seven is first-round rookie Muhammad Wilkerson replacing long-time veteran Shaun Ellis. Like all rookies, Wilkerson should struggle early on because of the brief offseason, but perhaps he can have a strong second half and dominate in the postseason. That's what Ryan has to be counting on anyway.

Joining Wilkerson up front are end Mike Devito and nose tackle Sione Pouha, both of whom are stout against the run, but provide absolutely nothing in terms of a pass rush. Trevor Pryce was the nickel rusher on the defensive line last year, but was pretty much ineffective aside from a surprise performance against Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship. Pryce is gone, however, so the job could be given to Marcus Dixon, who has played in only three NFL games.

New York's two starting rush linebackers combined for only 11.5 sacks. That definitely needs to improve, and perhaps could if Calvin Pace can stay healthy. Pace missed the first four games of the season with a foot injury and was never 100 percent. The 32-year-old Bryan Thomas, however, is a rapidly declining player. There was some thought to releasing him this offseason, but that didn't happen because Jason Taylor defected for Miami. Aaron Maybin was signed in the middle of August, but the former No. 11 overall pick isn't expected to contribute.

The area of strength of the Jets' defense is the interior; with Pouha and Devito doing a great job up front, it allows stud inside linebackers David Harris and Bart Scott to rack up tackles. Harris received a well-deserved 4-year, $36 million contract in early August.

2011 New York Jets Schedule and Intangibles:
Considering how scared Rex Ryan was to use Nick Folk on occasions last year, it's a surprise he brought him back. Folk went 30-of-39 last year, but was just 3-of-6 from 40-49 and 2-of-5 from 50-plus.

Mediocre punter Steve Weatherford is gone, making way for Chris Bryan, who maintained a disgraceful 37.4 average in four games with the Buccaneers last season.

Brad Smith and his two kickoff touchdowns are gone. Rookie Jeremy Kerley will be the new punt and kickoff return specialist, so it remains to be seen how he'll fare.

The Jets have a pretty balanced schedule. They have to battle the likes of the Ravens, Chargers, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Patriots twice, but they also get the Jaguars, Raiders, Broncos, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins twice and Bills twice.

2011 New York Jets Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Offensive Line
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2011 New York Jets Analysis: Rex Ryan's predictions once again won't come to fruition. The Jets are a very good team, but they've declined just a bit this offseason. They could reach their third consecutive AFC Championship because of great coaching and an outstanding defense, but unless Mark Sanchez takes a huge leap forward, a first- or a second-round playoff exit is more likely.

Projection: 10-6 (2nd in AFC East)

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spank the crank 08-13-2013 10:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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i want to close rex ryans fat sloppy love handles inside a geroge forman grill and slam the lid shut on that pink irish bacon fat.

that will humble that giant pile of burp.

maybe he will pipe it down with sizzle marks across his fat
p 07-28-2013 08:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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There is no way the Jets will win more games with Sanchez than with Smith. They know that choosing Sanchez will automatically generate a 5-11 season or worse, while they don't know how good Geno Smith is. He could be as good as Robert Griffin III, but there is still that small possibility that he could give the Jets a bad season. However, choosing Smith at the very least give the Jets a slightly better shot at the playoffs.
Rob 07-14-2013 02:34 pm (total posts: 3)
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With Coples, Richardson,Wilkerson,and Ellis the Jets could have one the best defensive lines. I say the Jets move to a 4-3 instead of 3-4. It will work out the best I don't think Coples will be good at pass coverage anyway.
i like chaos 07-11-2013 11:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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the jets will not win more than 5 games this year.

the fat coach will be fired

and the circus will have a new ring master
Run-DMG 07-11-2013 12:03 am (total posts: 1)
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Things are about to get Kotite bad.
im confused 07-10-2013 02:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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either the rankinks for the defense is too negative or the defense is really that weak and you dont wanna admit it cause your still impressed from last season walt
Tebow also stubbornly butt fumbles 07-10-2013 01:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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"They inexplicably refused to start the best quarterback on their roster, instead stubbornly sticking with the butt-fumbling incumbent"

Yeah! Why did they keep Matt Simms riding the bench!
Andrew 07-10-2013 06:55 am (total posts: 1)
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"They inexplicably refused to start the best quarterback on their roster, instead stubbornly sticking with the butt-fumbling incumbent"

Wharthog 06-14-2013 01:41 pm (total posts: 2)
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So Rex says "I'm a hell of a lot better a coach than I'm given credit for." He and his brother must have the largest self-esteem problems in the history of this league. No one toots their own horn more than these idiots. What's your record moron? By the way - if Tom Landry can be fired - so can you.
Danny 05-04-2013 02:10 am (total posts: 1)
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Best pick was Sheldon Richardson, without a doubt. It makes a lot more sense now that Coples is being moved to outside linebacker. Richardson is a stud, and I wished my team drafted him.

Milliner was an ok pick. Obviously fills a need. The gutsy, and smart pick, would have been D.J. Hayden.

I'm not a fan Geno's game or intangibles, so I can't say I like the pick. Another mental midget in the mold of Vince Young. Him and EJ Manuel were overrated because of the sudden influx of mobile QB's in the NFL. These guys don't have the poise or consistency that Kaepernick, Wilson, and RGIII possess. Unfortunately, I think Rex Ryan sealed his impending doom with this pick. I hope I'm wrong.

Oh yeah, getting Chris Ivory for a 4th round pick was a GREAT move. He's a legit workhorse back who can catch the ball. As long as he's healthy, I'm betting he gets 1500 all-purpose yards easily. Jets need to return to the ground-and-pound, because their options at QB are not good.
Wharthog 05-02-2013 01:18 pm (total posts: 2)
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Yardbarker has an interesting article with sources explaining why they were low on Geno Smith. Here's one of the quotes:

Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities.

Killing falcons 05-01-2013 01:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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He said the Jets will be competitive...
I'm still laughing.
Shammy 04-30-2013 08:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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Four starters two contributor outstanding draft sign braylon and the Jets are competative and solid.
Riley 04-29-2013 09:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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The jets should have drafted a safety at some point. Right now their starting safeties are Dawan Landry and Josh Bush. Josh Bush is not ready to start.
Killing falcons 04-29-2013 08:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Oh, we will enjoy him and his price tag. And if things should fail, we will simply release him without a cap hit. Tampa went from no secondary to an absolute force in 12 months. Ironically, Tampa's cap situation is so good, we could pay another Darrell Revis contract and still be a few mil under. You guys are doing what we did 5 years ago... Get rid of players that aren't producing that are high priced. Revis though, I think you should have kept, even at his price. You could have made it work. He is a rare commodity.

2011 NFL Draft Grades:

Like the Patriots, the Jets had to improve their front seven in the 2011 NFL Draft. While New England floundered around and made some questionable picks, New York got the job done.

The Jets really bolstered their defensive line with great value selections Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis, assuming the latter stays out of prison. They're going to dominate the trenches.

The only thing the Jets failed to do was find some help at rush linebacker. They could have done so at pick No. 126. Instead, they selected a dime-a-dozen running back who won't contribute much anytime soon.

Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A-

2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

30. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple
"You could argue the Jets just made the best pick in the first round." -- Mel Kiper. It's certainly in the top five. Muhammad Wilkerson is one of the top players available and fills a huge need for New York. Wilkerson has experience in the 3-4, so there are no conversion issues. (Pick Grade: A)

94. Kenrick Ellis, NT, Hampton
The Jets land another stud prospect for their defensive line. Kenrick Ellis possesses early Round 2 talent, but has some character concerns. The Jets have a strong locker room, so they might be able to keep Ellis out of trouble. If so, he'll be a force against the run. (Pick Grade: A)

126. Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
Bilal Powell fits the range at No. 126. That said, I don't know where he fits on the roster. With Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight set to make the roster, where does Powell come into play? (Pick Grade: C)

153. Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU
Some much-needed insurance just in case the Jets can't re-sign Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes or Brad Smith. Jeremy Kerley probably could have gone a round earlier than this, so New York is getting some good value here. (Pick Grade: A)

208. Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama
The Jets needed a developmental quarterback behind Mark Sanchez. Greg McElroy is smart enough to be a reliable backup quarterback in the NFL for a long time. (Pick Grade: B)

227. Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado
Mark Sanchez made this pick, but I'm not a fan of it. There were better prospects available. (Pick Grade: C)

Season Summary:
The Jets said they were the team to beat entering the year. It was an interesting season comprised of many distractions, but in the end, New York once again fell one game shy of the Super Bowl. The good news is that Mark Sanchez really improved toward the end of the season. The bad news is that the Jets have a ton of free agents due to hit the market soon.

Offseason Moves:
  • Steelers sign WR Jerricho Cotchery
  • Patriots sign DE/DT Shaun Ellis
  • Jets sign WR Derrick Mason
  • 49ers sign WR Braylon Edwards
  • Jets cut WR Jerricho Cotchery
  • Jets re-sign S Brodney Pool
  • Dolphins sign DE/OLB Jason Taylor
  • Jets re-sign CB Antonio Cromartie
  • Jets sign WR Plaxico Burress
  • Jets re-sign QB Mark Brunell
  • Jets re-sign S Eric Smith
  • Jets sign CB Donald Strickland
  • Bears sign DE Vernon Gholston
  • Jaguars sign CB Drew Coleman
  • Giants sign P Steve Weatherford
  • Jets cut QB Kevin O'Connell
  • Jets cut QB Mark Brunell
  • Bills sign WR/KR Brad Smith
  • Jets re-sign WR Santonio Holmes
  • Jets re-sign K Nick Folk
  • Panthers sign TE Ben Hartsock
  • Redskins sign QB Kellen Clemens
  • Jets announce retirement of OT Damien Woody
  • Jets sign ILB Nick Bellore
  • Jets re-sign OT Wayne Hunter
  • Jets cut TE Ben Hartsock
  • Jets tender S James Ihedigbo
  • Jets cut DE Vernon Gholston
  • Jets cut DE/OLB Jason Taylor
  • Jets cut NT Kris Jenkins
  • Jets cut OT Damien Woody
  • Jets franchise ILB David Harris
  • Jets sign K Nick Novak

    Offseason Needs:
    1. Rush Linebacker: To reach the Super Bowl, the Jets will have to beat some sort of combination of Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers. Thus, New York needs to find as many quality pass-rushers as possible. I'm sure Rex Ryan would love to get his hands on Justin Houston with the 30th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    2. Defensive End: Shaun Ellis dominated the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs, but he's a 34-year-old free agent this offseason. If he leaves, the Jets will consider a five-technique with their first-round pick. Drafted Muhammad Wilkerson

    3. Cornerback: Antonio Cromartie is a free agent. Kyle Wilson is not ready to start yet. Re-signed Antonio Cromartie; signed Donald Strickland

    4. Inside Linebacker: David Harris is one of the talented free agents New York will have to retain. Franchised David Harris

    5. Wide Receiver: It doesn't seem like the Jets will be able to re-sign both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. If one walks, a replacement will be needed. Re-signed Santonio Holmes; signed Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason; drafted Jeremy Kerley and Scotty McKnight

    6. Right Tackle: The Jets cut Damien Woody. They'll need a replacement.

    7. Nose Tackle: Sione Pouha is a solid nose tackle, but he's on the decline at 32 years old. Drafted Kenrick Ellis

    8. Kicker: Rex Ryan showed no confidence in Nick Folk throughout the season. He'll have to find a new kicker. Re-signed Nick Folk; signed Nick Novak

    2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens. Age: 37.
      Signed with Jets (1 year)

      Despite his age, Derrick Mason is a solid No. 2 possession wideout, serving as Joe Flacco's favorite receiver. It'll be surprising if the Ravens don't bring Mason back at a cheaper price - though there's always the possibility that Mason retires, which is something he's been threatening to do for quite some time.

    2. Plaxico Burress, WR, Giants. Age: 34.
      Signed with Jets (1 year, $3 million)

      Plaxico Burress has been out of football for two years, and he was slowing down even before he went to prison.

    3. Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan. Age: 22. -- Signed with Jets
    4. Nick Novak, K, UFL. Age: 30. -- Signed with Jets
    5. Donald Strickland, CB, Chargers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Jets

    New York Jets Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: No cap.
    1. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Jets (5 years, $50 million; $24 million guaranteed)

      Receivers who switch teams tend to struggle, so it's amazing that Santonio Holmes was able to catch 52 balls for 746 yards and six touchdowns in only 11 games. Holmes has a knack for making big catches in important games, so if the Jets have to choose between him and Braylon Edwards, it's really no contest.

    2. David Harris, ILB, Jets. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Jets (4 years, $36 million; $29.5 million guaranteed)

      A talented, versatile inside linebacker who is due for a big payday this offseason.

    3. Shaun Ellis, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 34.
      Signed with Patriots

      Shaun Ellis terrorized Tom Brady in the divisional round of the playoffs. He had a great year, but the concern is his age (34 in June).

    4. Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets. Age: 28.
      Signed with 49ers (1 year, $3.5 million)

      Braylon Edwards has been pretty good with drops this year, but will that remain the case once he signs a big contract?

    5. Brad Smith, KR/CatQB, Jets. Age: 27.
      Signed with Bills (4 years, $15 million)

      Listed at four stars for his return ability, Brad Smith took two kickoffs to the house in 2010. He also averaged 7.9 yards per carry out of the Wildcat position.

    6. Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Jets

      Antonio Cromartie has his ups and downs, but overall is a decent, play-making No. 2 cornerback.

    7. Brodney Pool, S, Jets. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Jets

      Brodney Pool has a dubious history of concussions, but he has proven to be a solid player for the Jets at both safety positions this season.

    8. Vernon Gholston, DE, Jets. Age: 25.
      Signed with Bears

      Vernon Gholston was a huge bust for the Jets as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. I'm listing him at 2.5 stars, however, for three reasons. First, Gholston is only 25, and has a ton of upside and athleticism. Second, I'd like to see what Gholston can do in a traditional 4-3. And third, defensive ends usually take a while to transition to the NFL. Granted, Gholston has shown nothing, but there's a slim chance he could be a very late bloomer. He's worth the risk.

    9. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets. Age: 29.
      Signed with Steelers (1 year)

      Jerricho Cotchery is a very good slot receiver when healthy. The problem is that he's coming off back surgery. He's reportedly healthy, but back injuries tend to linger and re-surface. Cotchery is a risk.

    10. Damien Woody, OT, Jets. Age: 33.
      Announced retirement

      Damien Woody's age (34 in November) and injury (torn Achilles) are the reasons why he's only rated two stars. Woody is a tremendous run-blocker and is adequate in pass protection, but his health is an issue.

    11. Kris Jenkins, NT, Jets. Age: 32.
      Coming off a pair of torn ACLs, Kris Jenkins has played in just seven games the past two years.

    12. Nick Folk, K, Jets. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Jets

      Nick Folk went 18-of-28 (64.3%) in 2009 and 30-of-39 (76.9%) this year. He's just not a dependable kicker.

    13. Steve Weatherford, P, Jets. Age: 28.
      Signed with Giants

      Steve Weatherford averaged a meager 42.6 yards per punt, but that's because he had a league-leading 42 attempts placed inside the 20. However, he really struggled in the playoffs. He inexplicably lost his confidence.

    14. Jason Taylor, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 37.
      Jason Taylor recorded five sacks with the Jets last season, but only two after Week 5.

    15. Eric Smith, SS, Jets. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Jets (3 years)
    16. Drew Coleman, CB, Jets. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (3 years, $7.4 million)
    17. Wayne Hunter, OT, Jets. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Jets (4 years)
    18. Jason Taylor, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 37. -- Signed with Dolphins
    19. Trevor Pryce, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 36.
    20. Ben Hartsock, TE, Jets. Age: 31. -- Signed with Panthers (2 years)
    21. Tony Richardson, FB, Jets. Age: 39.
    22. James Ihedigbo, S, Jets. Age: 27. -- Tendered by Jets (no compensation)
    23. Mark Brunell, QB, Jets. Age: 40. -- Re-signed with Jets
    24. Robert Turner (RFA), C, Jets. Age: 27.
    25. Jamaal Westerman, DE/OLB, Jets. Age: 26.
    26. Lance Laury, OLB, Jets. Age: 29.
    27. Kellen Clemens, QB, Jets. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
    28. Kevin O'Connell, QB, Jets. Age: 26.

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    Divisional Rival History:
    Buffalo Bills: The Jets have defeated Buffalo in five of the past six battles.
    Miami Dolphins: The Jets used to dominate this rivalry, but the Dolphins have claimed three of the past four matchups.
    New England Patriots: The Jets and Patriots have split their regular-season series the past two years. But it was Rex Ryan who had the last laugh, with New York beating New England in the playoffs, 28-21.

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