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NFL Lines –New York Jets 2011-2012 Team Preview

Posted by Brett Nielson on 7/19/2011 9:59:28 AM

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan will be continuing his motto of ‘Super Bowl or bust’ after falling in the AFC Conference Championship the past two seasons.

NFL Lines 2010-2011
New York Jets vs. NFL: 11-5
New York Jets vs. AFC East: 4-2

NorthBet Numbers: The New York Jets were 9-7 ATS this season.

The New York Jets will be looking to make it to the Super Bowl this NFL lines season for the first time since their sole appearance in 1969.

Offense: B+

Quarterback: C+
Mark Sanchez – while young and inexperienced – continues to improve year after year. His biggest fault was his high interception count, which decreased from 20 last NFL lines season to 13 last year. Though, he did go on a major slump midway through last season, throwing at least one interception in eight consecutive games.

Sanchez has performed well in pressure games, and harbors undoubted talent and potential. For him to become one of the NFL lines elites, however, he will have to play at a higher level more consistently, and cut out those costly errors (he only completed 54.8 percent of his passing attempts this regular season) and interceptions.

The good news is that Mark Sanchez is only entering his 4th NFL Lines season, so with his increasing maturity and experience, he should be able to improve on his consistency.

Running Backs: B+
After the first 6 games last season, LaDainian Tomlinson looked like he would be on his way to having the best year of his career – despite splitting carries with Shonn Greene. He totaled nearly 500 rushing yards in those 6 games (averaging 5.3 yards per carry), scoring 5 touchdowns, and only fumbling the ball once.

However, his stats dwindled after that point, as he did not rush for more than 57 yards in one game over his last nine regular season games. Tomlinson, turning 32 this year, should be used more sparingly so that he can maximize his talent and offset his age.

On the upside, 25-year-old Shonn Greene should see increased playing time this season.  For the second consecutive year, a seasoned veteran took away most of his carries. He was only given the nod 185 times throughout the year, 5 times less than Green Bay’s backup rusher Brandon Jackson.

Wide Receivers: A-
Due to the lockout, the New York Jets have not yet been able to sign upcoming free agents Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, or Brad Smith.

Santonio Holmes proved to be New York’s most efficient wide receiver last season, despite missing four games because of a league suspension. Holmes had 52 receptions for 746 yards last NFL lines season, including 6 touchdowns. Braylon Edwards – who played all 17slated games of the schedule – caught 53 balls for 904 yards and 7 touchdowns.

If the Jets can lock in at least these two receivers, they will remain very solid in this position. (There have also been rumors that free agent All-Star wideout Randy Moss has his sights set on landing in New York).

Offensive Line: A
The New York Jets hold one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL. Led by Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson – who have both been selected to the past two Pro Bowls – New York’s quarterback Mark Sanchez was sacked less than 30 times all of last season.

As well, this solid offensive line played a vital part in the team’s successful running game last NFL lines season (4th overall in rushing yards), that averaged an astounding 4.4 yards per carry.

Defense: B-

Defensive Line: C
New York’s defensive line’s biggest criticism last season was that they were too old. And their Achilles heel was truly exposed during AFC Championship Final when Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

In order to rectify the situation, the Jets are expected to release Shaun Ellis, Trevor Pryce, and Kris Jenkins when the lockout ends. They intelligently used their first two picks in this year’s Draft to select sizable linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis.

Linebackers: C+
Though their linebackers do play well under Rex Ryan’s reign, the Jets surprisingly do not currently hold any stellar athletes in this position. David Harris and Bart Scott are the linchpins of their 3-4 defense, but would not really stand out on any other squad. The two combined for just 4 sacks last season.


Defensive Backs: A+
The New York Jets are famous for their league-best defensive backs. The Jets hold elites Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie who combined for 27 passes defended this year.
All-Pro Revis was off to an early start last NFL lines season, but he suffered a hamstring injury that lingered until late November. As a result, New York’s defense was slighted by his absence for over a month of the regular season.

New York also holds a slew of underrated defensive backs like Jim Leonhard, Brodney Pool, Eric Smith, and Drew Coleman (who singlehandedly forced five fumbles last year).

Overall: B

The Jets will be team full of talent this upcoming season. After losing in the AFC Championship Final the past two seasons, look for New York to go deep into the NFL lines playoffs once again. Much of their success will depend on Sanchez, and whether he can mature as a quarterback and make fewer mental mistakes.


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