3.) Mark Sanchez QB
It should be noted that despite the media’s tireless attempts to make you believe as such, Mark Sanchez isn’t the worst QB in the league and is quite actually a pretty solid QB that suffers from inconsistencies. See you wouldn’t KNOW this because Sanchez gets disrespected, over-analyzed, caramelized, scrutinized, bastardsized, baptized and exercised MORE than any other “inconsistent” QB in the league and it probably isn’t even close. You tell me which QB takes his team to 2 consecutive AFC Title games then leads his team to 8-8 record in his 3rd season only to be DIRECTLY BLAMED for the 8-8 season, thrown directly under the bus IMMEDIATELY after said season and deemed unfit to lead his team any longer? It’s been shear madness filled with double standards topped with agenda filled misdirection by way of SOME of the NY and National Media that want to see the Jets sit on a fart bag and make the loudest disgusting noise possible this season. There frankly isn’t a player on this team that is more important to this Jets team’s success as is Mark Sanchez. Sanchez’s official numbers from last season = 3,474 yards, 26 TDs, 18 ints, 56.7 comp% and 6 rushing TDs along with 22 turnovers. Not atrocious numbers but not great either and Sanchez MUST do a few things differently this season in order to be able to produce adequately and effectively for this offense, an offense that ultimately ended up being entirely too complacent and satisfied with being mediocre especially in crucial games and one of those “few things” is undoubtedly focusing on the turnovers (ints and fumbles). Sanchez has certainly committed this off-season into one in which he’s focused on working on concentrating on the important fundamentals and basics. Sanchez has genuinely accepted the responsibility for the Jets failed season and has genuinely accepted the challenge to turn this Jets team into legit contenders this season. Sanchez has welcomed the scrutiny and criticism(fair or unfair) into his off-season training and has utilized it as fuel to become stronger and sharper and essentially more focused on becoming the best QB for this team this season and going forward.
Despite the illogical, baseless and somewhat idiotic predictions by a few that Sanchez will “fold” under pressure or somehow wet the proverbial bed now that Tim Tebow is in town, Sanchez WILL not only feed off the doubt and utilize it as fuel this off-season as he focuses on taking that next step next season but there’s NO doubt in my mind as to WHO will be captain of the ship when the Jets are being considered legit contenders towards the end of next season.
4.) Laron Landry
Going into this offseason one area of dire need of addressing was undoubtedly the safety position. It goes without saying that the Jets defensive Achilles heel this past season was definitely their inability to adequately defend the opposing team’s star TE’s along with being able to adequately stop or contain the run especially at crucial times in the game ie late in the 4th quarter. The Jets addressed the need for a playmaking safety when they signed hard-hitting free agent SS Laron Landry from the Redskins after losing safety Brodney Pool to the Cowboys and losing SS Jim Leonhard to a season ending injury. Landry himself is coming off YET another season in which he suffered a season ending injury. Landry tore his Achilles heel last season, a year after suffering the same injury. Though Landry has had these serious heel injuries, he has yet to have surgery on them opting to utilize the controversial and yet effective stem cell treatment in which no surgery is required. Most professional athletes are now aware that once surgery is performed on an injury such as this, the area affected won’t be the same as before and it certainly affects the athlete’s ability to cut and be as effective as they were prior to said injury. Landry, when healthy is an insanely talented and hard-hitting safety that will require the opposing QB to be vastly cognizant of his whereabouts at all times. Landry is an excellent tackler and has a knack for separating ball carriers from the ball and though Landry isn’t exactly the type of safety you want covering your fast TEs in space, he is very strong and fast and will have success in Ryan’s defense in jamming those TEs at the line, rerouting them and keeping up with them as much as possible. Landry will certainly have an immensely important role in this defense this season as the Jets have not exactly been secret about the fact that they are committing to playing the 4-3/46 defense more this season and within those defenses, you must have DBs that are fast, can cover and that can keep up with their assignments and that is what Landry will be asked to do and asked to do often. Landry has committed himself this offseason to becoming healthier and stronger in an attempt to focus on becoming a more reliable SS for the Jets. Despite Landry’s injury plagued past with the Redskins, I certainly see Landry as a key component to the Jets becoming legitimate contenders this season.