Did You Know? Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum Edition

Sep 6, 2010; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left), chairman Woody Johnson (center) and general manager Mike Tannenbaum during practice at the Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

A follower of our Facebook page pointed this out to me yesterday, and I thought I might share it will all of you, simply because it is interesting.

We know how the Jets focus has been to be a top defensive team since the Rex Ryan era began. The formula for success has been run first, and to have a touch, punishing defense. Mike Tannenbaum has also taken a lot of heat for not focusing enough attention on the offensive side of the ball. With that said, take a look at the Jets 21 draft picks since the Rex Ryan era began:

QB-Mark Sanchez, RB-Shonn Greene, G-Matt Slauson, CB-Kyle Wilson, T-Vladimir Ducasse, RB-Joe McKnight, FB-John Conner, DT-Muhammad Wilkerson, DT-Kenrick Ellis, RB-Bilal Powell, WR-Jeremy Kerley, QB-Greg McElroy, WR-Scotty McKnight, DE-Quinton Coples, WR-Stephen Hill, LB-Demario Davis, DB-Josh Bush, RB-Terrance Ganaway, G-Robert T. Griffin, S-Antonio Allen, WR-Jordan White

By my count, that totals 7 defensive players, and 14 offensive players. Not that I am saying that they have been all great picks, but the Jets have actually taken a lot of offensive players in the draft. Twice as many to be exact. Did you know that? Not me. Just an interesting tidbit I wanted to share with you guys on this Labor Day evening.

Topics: Alan Schechter, Jets Draft History

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  • pat brady

    I didn’t know the EXACT numbers but I did know that the first few years it was mostly offense. It wasn’t until last year that they focused on the defense. I also know that most teams don’t cut half of their draft before the season. ‘

    The Jets seem to get less than most teams out of their offensive picks too. Greene didn’t really touch the ball until very late in his rookie season. Ducasse usually didn’t even dress on Sunday his rookie season and has 0 starts going into his 3rd year. Powell was invisible last year in a position that guys usually make an impact pretty quickly. McKnight was MIA his first year and didn’t touch the ball much last year. John Connor has had ZERO impact and was fighting for his roster spot. Ganaway, Griffin and White didn’t even make the team this year.

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