5 Impressions of the New York Jets so Far in 2013

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5 Impressions of the New York Jets so Far in 2013

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As the old cliché goes, there is a lot of football left this season. Prior to action kicking off Week 1, which happens every year, expectations are established. The outlook often comes from the previous season’s results. Also, free-agent additions comes into play while creating a vision.

Rex Ryan entered 2013 with his New York Jets head coach position in danger. Owner Woody Johnson demonstrated patience during the 2012 6-10 campaign. Of course, Ryan’s dynamic personality and tendency to be in the headlines endeared him to his boss. Defense also brings consideration while this second generation guru has lived up to his father’s background. In total yards surrendered, Ryan’s group has never finished worse than eighth. Gang Green’s current unit, so far, has demonstrated capability most games to at least keep them in games. Offenses are becoming more high powered so building around defense and running are becoming a thing of the past.

Using two rookie quarterbacks in one tenure as coach takes some faith. Mark Sanchez turned out to be a failure in the Big Apple. He was effective enough for his first two years but Sanchez proved too mistake prone. As a result another signal came into play. Rookie Geno Smith possesses a lot of promise. He literally shows development every other game. Then he crashes violently down to Earth while transforming into a turnover machine. Running seems to provide help for their offense, which is pretty surprising. Here are my five impressions so far about the Jets.

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5. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory are Solid Tandem

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Replacing Shonn Greene turned out to be wise. Bilal Powell has emerged as a dynamic runner with speed. Chris Ivory provides great change of pace by bringing power between the tackles. Together, they can create tremendous balance.

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4. Pass Protection Has Improved from Last Year

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Brian Winters needs more time, obviously, but he brings an upgrade over Vladimir Duccase. Nick Mangold remains the anchor of this unit with great toughness as a blocker. D’Brickashaw Ferguson seems to have bounced back from a lackluster 2012. Smith has gotten pretty solid time to look for open receivers.

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3. The Receiving Corps is Capable of Producing


The only thing missing is consistent health from Santonio Holmes. His skills make him No. 1 from a playmaking perspective. Injuries actually worked out with solid depth additions of David Nelson and Josh Cribbs. If Stephen Hill can learn to catch regularly, this offense can be dangerous.

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2. Rex Ryan Does Better With Low Expectations

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Ryan’s Super Bowl guarantees helped his team in the long run. During 2011 and last season, talent simply was not there to justify these claims. Now he has really hidden under the radar and New York has responded accordingly. Pass rush creates problems for opposing quarterbacks and Gang Green’s lead man has built a talented group up front.

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1. Geno Smith Will be Great Down the Road

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I still think Smith was not ready to start yet as he struggled badly at times. As previously stated, he has turned the ball over too much but has given plenty of moments that inspire hope. Calm in the huddle brings great improvement from Sanchez’s tendency to panic in front of adversity. This new starter has engineered four come-from-behind wins even though two were helped by penalties. Great athleticism allows offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg more flexibility when calling plays. If he can eliminate turnovers, the sky is the limit.

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