Friday, July 22, 2005

AFC East New York Jets

Finished 2004 season 10-6, 2nd place in the AFC East behind the Patriots, lost in division round of playoffs to Pittsburgh 20-17 in OT

Key returning starters:
Chad Pennington – QB
Curtis Martin – RB
Wayne Chrebet - WR
John Abraham – DE
Jonathan Vilma - LB

The Jets coming off an impressive season by upsetting the heavily favored San Diego Charges in San Diego in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, only to lose by a field goal to the Steelers in Pittsburgh because of two missed (make-able) field goals. Big question from J-E-T-S camp is, can Chad Pennington stay healthy all season?

2004 Stats:
Ranked 12th overall in offense, #7 ranked in AFC
Ranked 7th overall in defense, #5 ranked in AFC

Your thoughts on the New York Jets this upcoming 2005 season...strengths/weaknesses and your prediction on where they will finish in the division.


Blogger Steve said...

I think this is the year for the Jets to make some noise in the AFC East as well as in the playoffs. My predicition is the Jets will win the AFC East this season by 1 game over the Patriots and probably make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs again and lose.

I also believe this is the year for Pennington - coaches are going to take an easy with him after he recovers from off-season surgery and he is looking to stay healthy for an entire year. I think Pennington is really the key to the Jets success - if he can stay healthy, the Jets will win the East.

Curtis "Not My Favorite" Martin is going to produce as he usually does, plus the defense is going to be very solid, led by 2nd year LB Jonathan Vilma.

If Pennington goes down during the season at any point, the Jets will miss out on a prime opportunity to win the division.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

While there are people who still haven't commented yet, I'll discuss top fantasy players on the Jets team. I think the highest fantasy value player would of course be Curtis Martin. He will produce and get 1200 or so yards - good player for leagues with points for yardage gained. He'll also have around 10 TD a season.

Pennington I think should be considered a top 3 round draft choice - all assuming he can stay healthy. I know he has gone in high rounds in the past and those owners have basically been burned.

Their WR might be considered good 2nd or 3rd WR in most fantasy leagues, Chrebet, Laveranuel Coles and Justin McCareins are your top choices.

Their defense should also be considered a top 10 defense.

The Jets will have a rookie kicker, but nonetheless, a top NCAA kicker in Mike Nugent from OSU. This kid has one great leg, but I'd be shocked if any fantasy owners actually drafted him - might make a good free agent pickup during the season when your starting kicker has a bye week.

11:05 AM  
Blogger RED said...

The Jets went out and got a kicker with there 1st pick. So that might push them over the edge..NOT! The Jets will finish 2nd in a division dominated by the Patriots with a modest 10-6 record. Yeah they will probably make the playoffs but get booted early. I really don’t have much to say about the Jets. They are a really boring team and Curtis My Favorite Martin will probably rush for 1200 yards and be on his way to possibly breaking Emmitt Smiths record when all is said and done. I will post more about this mean green team when more comes to mind.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Bent said...

There are many uncertainties (too many to list) surrounding the Jets at the moment, but they are gradually putting together a younger, talented team that will be competitive for the duration of Pennington's contract.

As for this year, they will need a lot of players to fill some gaps, but they retained most of the nucleus from last year. Anything could happen.

Fantasywise, Martin is a good pick because he will get a lot of carries and also will get the ball at the goal-line. Pennington was not very productive in terms of yardage last year, but with the new OC, the Jets offense should be more pass oriented.

Boring? Well, as I say they should air it out more this year and I like defense anyway. I guess Martin could be seen as boring because he is just so darn consistent. As a Jet fan, games are rarely boring because even with a big lead, we can often find a way to blow it.

Since you guys were kind enough to comment on (which I am looking after at the moment), I will link to this chat.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1) There isn't a more accurate QB in the NFL (TD vs INT) than Pennington over the last two seasons.
#2) Curtis Martin has topped 1,000 yards in each of the last 10 seasons. That's not just consistency. That's sick. He's the fourth all time leading rusher in NFL history already... and he's gotten STRONGER over the last few seasons--up to posting over 1600 yards last season, his best yet. Why? The passing game has gotten better, forcing more LBs to drop into coverage and opening lanes for Martin. He's well on his way to breaking Emmit's record.

Bet on the Jets to make it to the AFC Championship against the Steelers. I give the Steelers a slim, 2 point cushion there... it all depends on special teams, and the D in Pitts is still a slight bit tougher.

---One True Guru---

5:42 PM  
Anonymous The Bike Man said...

Hooray for Lance! I know you chums are not going to celebrate #7. But hooray,hooray! A real athlete I must say! All Americans can be proud now!

Bike Man

In your face One True Hebrew!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIke man...

What-the-fuck-ever, Dude. It's still a pussy sport and the champ is still named, "Lance." Can you say, "Homo?"
---One True Guru---

6:38 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Yeah yeah yeah....if you're celebrating Lance's 7th victory, then you should have started like a year ago knowing he would win it again.

If you want to post about the topics go right ahead, but if you insist on writing about some wanna-be sport, then create your own blog so people who think 90 pound white guys are considered athletes can celebrate with you.

Thanks for your understanding...this is about real sports and real athletes...not about someone riding a bike proving he has more endourance then the retards following each rider in their cars.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

This should say it all regarding Lance Armstrong...

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect. Couldn't have said it better myself.
---One True Guru---

9:07 PM  
Anonymous JohnnySox said...

The J-E-T-S will not win the East, they have as tough a schedule as the Patriots, but as in the past, their conservative game plans will cost them a few games in the 4th quarter. I expect the Jets to be a 10-6 club, finishing second to the Pats. The Pats still have a slight edge on defensive depth, coaching, kicking and QB. Running backs are a wash. Receivers are also close. As a Pats fan, I, as most Pats fans I know, respect the Jets and like Herm Edwards, they are a great and tough rival and Pennington is solid, but Brady and Belichick gives the Pats an extra win or two during the season.

10:52 AM  
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