In 2012, the Jets offense, defense, and special teams were nothing short of disappointing . The offense could not move the ball, the defense could not stop the run, and special teams was inconsistent all year. The good news? 2012 is in the past, and the 2013 is right around the corner with the Jets training camp starting later next week. Over the offseason the Jets made a ton of changes to the organization as a whole. This offseason saw the ousting of GM Mike Tannenbaum as well as many familiar Jets over recent seasons. 2013 is going to be different. When all is said and done the Jets may not only have a new GM in John Idzik, but may have a new QB in Geno Smith. As a fan, coming into each season, I have expectations I hope the team reaches. These are my expectations for the 2013 New York Jets.
1. Rex Ryan will get the Jets back to having a top 10 defense- While Rex gets scrutinized often as a head coach, there is not doubt in my mind that he is a great defensive mind. Last season, the Jets defensive majority of the time truly showed its age and many guys just looked a step behind in regards to speed. The Jets decided to not bring back Bart Scott, Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, Bryan Thomas, LaRon Landry, as well as many others. Coming into this season, I believe this defensive is much better than it was a year ago. The thing about this year is that this D has youth and speed. The Jets drafted DT Sheldon Richardson to go along with Mo Wilkerson and Quinton Coples up front. They also drafted Dee Milliner who I believe will make a huge impact this season. Also, look for now starting linebacker Demario Davis to make a big impact this year.
2. Chris Ivory will rush for 1000 yards- When I heard the Jets were interested in acquiring Ivory from the Saints, I was thrilled. I always thought Ivory was a solid running back who just never got his shot in New Orleans. Coming into training camp, I would assume that Chris Ivory is being viewed as the number 1 running back on the depth chart. Ivory is a tough, physical runner who is a perfect fit in New York. With the QB situation a little uneasy to say the least, having a soli running back is huge. I expect the Jets to rely heavily on the run, and I think Ivory will finally show his true potential for Gang Green this season.
3. Someone will get double-digit sacks – It has been way to long for someone on the Jets to have a season in which they recorded 10 or more sacks. In fact the last Jet to do it was John Abraham. This year, the Jets have guys who could create pressure up front in Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Antwan Barnes and Sheldon Richardson. If I had to pick one guy, I would say Coples has the best chance to get double-digit sacks. Coples came on strong at the end of last season and with the move to OLB now complete, look for Coples to get to the quarterback more than once each Sunday.
These are just some of my expectations that I have for the Jets this season. What expectations do you have?