Some say the best job in the world is back-up quarterback in the NFL. Those that espouse that would be wrong. Critic. Yup, a professional critic is the way to go. The New York Jets have made their critics wealthy people over the years giving them so much to criticize.
ESPN breaks down the New York Jets offseason moves and you can find every new addition here but the following are the most important areas I think Jets addressed and the statistics I hope these moves will turn around.
Consider these numbers.
25. The Jets were 25th in rushing defense in 2007. Two draft picks and a whole lot of money later the Jets have their best candidate for the middle of their 3-4 defense since it’s been installed. Pro Bowler Kris Jenkins comes with risk but he may be the best defensive lineman the Jets have had in a decade.
29. The Jets were 25th in the league with 29 sacks. Some guy named Jared Allen had 15.5 for the Chiefs last season. The Jets had 29 as a team! A game of chicken with former skipper Bill Parcells and Mike Tannenbaum addressed this with Calvin Pace. The DE/OLB hybrid is expected to thrive in the 3-4 defense and Jets fans hope Pace has 42 million reasons to break out.
6. The Jets had 6 paltry rushing touchdowns in 2007. You can almost count them on one hand. How do you remedy that? Bulk up the offensive line with the best guard in the league. Seven-time Pro Bowler Alan Faneca wasn’t cheap. Highest paid at his position. But the Pete Kendall debacle made this priority #1 and Trader Mike went out and got his man. The money is huge but it takes a lot to convince a perennial winner like Faneca coming from the Steelers organization to sign with a 4-12 team like the Jets who haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 40 years.
And that is the magic number Tannenbaum hopes these moves ultimately rectify.