The Jets Do Not Need Shawne Merriman

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Aug 18, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

The picture to the right, that’s why. Mark Sanchez getting beaten up. There are places that the Jets need to invest their money, and need to do it now. Defense is not it.

Look back to Saturday night, the run defense was stellar, giving up less than 2 yards per carry. The first team defense gave up 6 points, so it’s not like they were getting torn up through the air.

The Jets need to invest in pass protection. Nothing they are going to do will work without better line play, and even more so, better pass protection.

Again, don’t get me wrong. If Merriman is healthy, a pass rusher of his caliber would be an asset. You can never have enough guys to get after the passer. But do the Jets need him? No.

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