2004 Jets – The team finished 10-6 which was 2nd in the AFC East and good for the Wild Card. The Jets beat the Chargers but lost an agonizing game to the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Herm Edwards conservative play calling at the end of the game coupled with Doug Brien’s two misses at the end of regulation doomed the Jets as they lost in overtime. The offense was led by Curtis Martin and his 1,697 yards rushing and Lamont Jordan averaged 5.2 yards per carry in a backup role, Chad Pennington quarterback efficiently throwing to Santana Moss, Justin McCairens and an aging Wayne Chrebet. The defense was led by Shaun Ellis, John Abraham and Jonathan Vilma.
2009 Jets – The team finished 9-7 and made the playoffs as a Wild Card. They beat the Bengals and the Chargers in the playoffs before falling to the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. This team led the league in rushing behind Thomas Jones, Shonn Greene and Leon Washington. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez led the passing attack with Braylon Edwards at WR and Dustin Keller at TE. The defense led the league in allowing 14.8 points per game behind Darrelle Revis, Shaun Ellis, David Harris, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard and Kerry Rhodes.
2010 Jets – The team finished 11-5 and made the playoffs as a Wild Card. In the playoffs they beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in Indianapolis, followed by Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxboro finally losing a heartbreaker in Pittsburgh to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the AFC Championship. While the 2009 team was a bunch of underdogs with no expectations this year’s team had a bullseye on their back all year starting with Hard Knocks in training camp and carrying on through the season. Offensively the team was led by second year QB Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson at RB, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery at WR with Dustin Keller at TE. Defensively Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at CB, Shaun Ellis at DE, David Harris and Calvin Pace at LB and Jim Leonhard at S.
For my money I would take the 2010 Jets as the most talented followed closely by the 1998 team. The 1986 team will always be a favorite of mine as they were so fun to watch. What are your thoughts?