Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 8/13/12

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets holds up a picture of rookie running back Shonn Greene as he speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Jets love the spotlight and even when brash Coach Rex Ryan decides he will tone down his boastfulness,  the franchise still finds a way to polarize the viewing public.  Their Quarterback situation is akin to that of Arizona’s, they have endured bickering and infighting as well as players calling out other players in the media.  Add all that to the fact that the Jets have traded for a guy named Tim Tebow, who, by himself is a one man media circus.  Does having your team in the news everyday actually help you win a Super Bowl???  Not a chance.  You have to play as a team, help your fellow brothers when chips are down and persevere through lean times to become a winner.  Within the Jets organization there are some “me” players who want the personal accolades over the Team Championship and that will continue to stand in the Jets way of attaining the ultimate prize.  At least the guys in the trenches have managed to stay out of the media conflagration so far.  The Offensive Line as it stands looks like it will be at LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, LG Matt Slauson, C Nick Mangold, RG Brandon Moore and RT Wayne Hunter.

Left Tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was taken in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Jets.  Ferguson was by his own accounts was putrid as he allowed 9.5 sacks after only allowing 2 the year before.  He is very athletic for his size and should be able to get back to 2010 form.  When he plays poorly, the Jets can’t run well which also impacts the passing game.

 

Left Guard Matt Slauson was a 6th round Draft Choice of the Jets in 2009.  He prides himself on being a sound technical Guard who can anchor when need be and can pull if the need arises.  He suffered a shoulder injury last year but should be able to come back effectively in 2012.  He is also very athletic and mobile on kick out’s.

 

Center Nick Mangold was a 1st round selection of the Jets in 2006.  He is widely respected and is one of the absolute best Center’s in the game today.  He has all the tools as well as the physical attributes to dominate.  He is a very durable player who has only missed two games in his NFL career.  Known as a practical joker, he is a terror in the locker room with has array of pranks.

 

Right Guard Brandon Moore was selected by the Jets as an undrafted Free Agent in 2002.  He had played nine years before getting his inaugural Pro Bowl nod in 2011.  Moore is a violent run blocker who relishes the opportunity at a pancake block.  He has only allowed 2.5 sacks in the last two years combined. so he was well deserving of the Pro Bowl selection.

 

Right Tackle Wayne Hunter was taken by the Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 2003 NFL Draft.  He played in Seattle from 2003-05, Jacksonville in ’06, and with the Jets from 2007 until now.  This offseason due to Hunter’s ineffectiveness, the Jets planned on newly acquired Jeff Otah being a better Right Tackle, but Otah failed the physical and was shipped back to Carolina and subsequently cut.  Hunter will be on a very short leash in 2012 so he must play better.

 

Now to analyze the numbers…..

 

The Jets ranked 7th in Total Run Blocking in 2011 allowing their Running Backs to gain only 3.87 yards per carry which was well below the NFL average of 4.31.  The RB’s were stopped at/or behind the line of scrimmage on 16% of their attempts which ranked 4th in the NFL.  They achieved first downs on 3rd/4th down runs 66% of their attempts which was markedly better than the NFL average of 62%.  The Jets ran the ball 396 times in 2011 and will most likely add to that total in 2012 thanks to you-know-who.  The Jets had their least success running behind D’Brickashaw as they only averaged 2.89 yards per carry.  They had their most success running up the middle of behind the Guards as they averaged 4.53 yards per carry.  From a Fantasy perspective, Shonn Greene, who averaged 4.16 yards per carry has been a chronic underachiever and needs to finally step into the official “Number 1 Back” role.  He has speedster Joe McKnight breathing down his neck for his chance to shine.  Greene has low end RB2 unless you have deep leagues.  McKnight will only garner back up status.

 

New York ranked 17th in Pass Protection in2011 allowing Mark Sanchez to be sacked on 6.7% of his dropbacks which just happened to equal the NFL average.  The Offensive Line can only hold so long so the not so dynamc duo of Sanchez and Tebow will have to be more decisive this year.  Addressing the Wide Receiver position should have been a top priority for the Jets but they only added unproven burner Stephen Hill via the Draft.  There has to be problems with the Offensive weaponry when CB Antonio Cromartie has claimed to be the second best receiver on the entire team.  From a Fantasy perspective, Sanchez and Tebow are only valued in two QB leagues and are only mediocre starters there.  Tebow may have more value due to his scrambling ability, but avoid both in standard leagues.  Santonio Holmes is a player who has incredible talent but is a player who is difficult to get along with in the locker room.  He will quit on plays if he doesn’t receive lots of looks.  Chronically injured Chaz Schillens will be the guy on the side opposite Holmes and he doesn’t warrant any Fantasy value other than bye week replacement in deep leagues.  Stephen Hill will be the vertical threat but is very raw.  He might merit WR3 status in some leagues but he should be available on the waiver wire.  Jeremy Kerley, another WR has been in the doghouse a bit in the offseason for improper route running and this doesn’t bode well for his Fantasy value.  Tight End Dustin Keller has value as a middle tier Fantasy player.  He just continues to put up adequate numbers and will continue to do so this year.

 

Thanks to www.footballoutsiders.com for the statistics.

 

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