New York Jets – What We Know

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Inspired by our Twitter conversations with many different folks on Monday, we felt that it might be a fair time to assess the New York Jets as a whole. As they are now. The starters playing time is over. The Eagles are up next on Thursday, but game four is always set up for the battle of backup jobs. Here’s what we know and what we don’t know based on three summer games -

What We Know

If healthy, the defense has the potential to carry the team early on

This by winning field position battles (TJ Conley included here), causing sacks and turnovers, and holding teams to under 23 points per game. Allowing the Jets offense to need just two TDs and 3 FGs to win in those cases in order to win.

What We Don’t Know

If the offense can find a way to average 22-23 points per game

In 2009 the Jets put up 21.8 points game and 22.9 points per game in 2010. Both seasons ended up with AFC Championship appearances. The defense set up short fields then and the run game was better. That said, a repeat of those numbers will be easier said than done given what we’ve seen from this year’s Sanchez and Co. Two TDs and 3 FGs? …Well the 3 FGs seem possible. As for the touchdowns?

What We Know

The defensive line is equipped to stop the run

Kenrick Ellis is growing up fast out there. Wilkerson and Coples are making plays. When the CBs then lock it down on 2nd down, we should see alot of 3rd and longs. That means playmaking time for the secondary, the pass rushers, and Rex Ryan’s schemes.

What We Don’t Know

How well the LBs can cover the middle on passing downs

LaRon Landry will help a resurgent Bart Scott and the rest, but he can’t be everywhere in between the hashes. Or can he?

What We Know

With protection, Mark Sanchez has it in him to stay calm and look downfield

Sanchez won’t be a 300 yards per game guy. He doesn’t however, have to have happy feet all year either. He showed during the Carolina game that, thanks to additional help by Austin Howard, he is not resigned to nervous footwork, fearful dumpoffs and premature checkdowns.

What We Don’t Know

If #6 has enough weapons to throw to, and can stay mentally tough enough when he struggles while the stadium calls for Tim Tebow

What We Know

The Jets are still determined to pound the rock, as they originally set out to under new OC Tony Sparano

What We Don’t Know

If Shonn Greene is good enough or durable enough to carry the load. If the rest of the RBs will really pitch in. How effective the Wildcat and Tim Tebow will be.

What We Know

Finally a safety, Laron Landry, will help this defense out physically.

What We Don’t Know

If the oft injured hard hitter can stay on the field for 16 games.

What We Know

Joe McKnight can return kicks as well as some of the best in the NFL.

What We Don’t Know

If McKnight can provide timely plays in the kicking game, at times when a rocket boost is essential to a momentum change during a game. The way Brad Smith used to do it.

What We Know

Tim Tebow has the ability to make plays with his legs.

What We Don’t Know

How often #15 will be called upon, and whether the Jets can utilize him properly in order to be a weapon, not a detriment.

What We Don’t Know

The core of this Jets team has been together long enough to have experienced two deep playoff runs together.

What We Don’t Know

Whether that collective experience will translate into winning enough tight games in 2012 to make a difference

What We Know

The AFC East should run through New England and Buffalo is on the rise

We We Don’t Know

How current protection issues in Foxboro will affect the Pats passing game and safety of Tom Brady. How a lack of big game experience will affect the “new” Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick in taking the next step. It doesn’t always happen for teams poised to become winning ones the very year that experts think it will.

What We Know

The Majority envision the Jets as a sub .500 non playoff team

We We Don’t Know

Which direction all of the variables in 1-9 above will head down. The effect that the current “non believers” will have on a new rallying cry for the locker room. The true heart and grit of this team. The extent of the damage that Quinton Coples could do all by himself, should he keep growing.

These 2012 Jets have no clear cut direction yet. If areas that should be counted on hold up while growth ensues in other hard ot predict areas, the Jets will win games. If trusted parts breakdown and the “unknowns” fail to rise up though, it could be a long year. One that would be capped by certain heads rolling after the fact.

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