The Robert Saleh Effect
Don't underestimate this key factor. While Robert Saleh's reputation has taken a bit of a hit as he's attempted to rebuild what was a disastrous Jets roster, the former 49ers standout coach is a defensive mastermind.
We've seen glimpses of his brilliant scheme and system in past seasons. A feat that is infinitely more impressive considering the noticeable lack of playmaking talent on that side of the ball. Now, for the first time in his tenure with the Jets, Saleh has legitimate weapons on defense.
Imagine Gardner in a Richard Sherman-like role this season. Imagine pass rushers like Jermaine Johnson, Carl Lawson, and Quinnen Williams aid the pass defenders by applying legitimate pressure without blitzing (a key to San Fransisco's Super Bowl run in 2020).
What if Reed and even Hall are truly able to live up to their potential and create a trio of cornerbacks that consistently terrorize opposing passers? Now, add in the veteran presence of Whitehead to help sure up the rush defense.
The results should be immediate and awesome for Gang Green fans, and under Saleh's leadership and scheme, could very well propel New York to their first successful regular season in several years.
The Jets have both the personnel (both old and new) and the coaching to make a major leap in the secondary. For the first time since the Revis/Rex Ryan era, this section of the defense is poised to dominate games for the NY Jets.