Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: Rex Ryan addresses the media during a press conference after being introduced as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on January 21, 2009 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
The personnel coming to AFC East Rex Ryan knew he had to stop the Patriots to have a chance at a Super Bowl. So you bring in your highly drafted cornerbacks to stop the Patriots wide outs. Revis was already in place and after losing the AFC Championship game it was clear the CB’s were the weak link on the team not counting Darrelle Revis. So what does a head coach do after identifying the weakness holding the team back? He works a trade for Antonio Cromartie and drafts the best CB available in the first round. Looking back at the 9-7 season, it was clear to get past Tom Brady and Peyton Manning the Jets had to be able to stop the WR’s. How well did it work out?  Well, it was good enough to knock out Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in 2010. In 2011, the offensive coaches started to catch on the fact that with three first round picks invested at CB the deep ball wouldn’t be effective. So the answer was to utilize the tight ends.  The Jets defense was beaten on mismatches having investe...
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