Let me begin out by re-iterating my previous post saying that in order to achieve any real success in 2009, the New York Jets need to provide Mark Sanchez with a supporting cast. In reality, I am preparing myself for a season where (best case) his TD-INT ratio hovers around 1-1, and hope and pray nightly that the INTs don’t come in situations where incredible field position is given to the opposing team.
I appreciate the mantra that defense wins games, as the Pittsburgh Steelers prove year in and year out. And I appreciate the moves up to this point that Rex has made. However, you can’t leverage your success in any given season on the need for your defense to give you a pick-6 or fumble recovery for a touchdown every single game. The offense that comes as a byproduct of our good defense must be taken as it comes,
not relied upon for wins in big games.
This starts with having a true #1 receiver lining up across from Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller. In the right system, the Jets are really just a tall, athletic receiver away from having an incredibly potent offense. While I am hesitant to say that they have all of the pieces of a championship team, I challenge anyone to give me a weak spot in our offense if we were to acquire a Pro-Bowl receiver to line up in green and white.
This is why I will hope to be the catalyst that gets my next proposed deal underway. Brandon Marshall apparently cannot learn the ridiculously difficult and completely different offensive system that Josh McDaniels is attempting to implement in Denver. Capitalize on the exodus of talent trying to get out of Denver at all costs.
Coincidentally, the weakest part of the Denver offense is their running game – their leading rusher in 2008 was Peyton Hillis who ran for 343 yards. To put this in perspective, Jay Cutler had more than half of the Denver Broncos’ premier running back’s yards last year (Jay rushed for 200 yards).
While a running back by committee approach works these days, you need more than Peyton Hillis, Selvin Young and Tatum Bell to get the job done. Furthermore, with the downgrade at QB to Kyle Orton and the inconsistency on defense, the running game in Denver will need to improve and become something they can rely on or they are facing a 4 win season.
If I am Mike Tannenbaum, I would be burning up the phonelines trying to get this deal done: Brandon Marshall for Thomas Jones and a 3rd/2nd round pick that can escalate into a 2nd/1st-rounder (performance-based if Marshall catches lets just say more than 70 balls for the sake of argument).
Now I know that hip surgery for a WR is a little different that hip surgery for a baseball player (ex: Alex Rodriguez this spring), but the Jets need to see this as a huge opportunity to get a true playmaker who will (barring any unforseen complications with rehab) play all 16 games, unlike Plaxico Burress in even best-case
Get Brandon Marshall out of a rebuilding environment and into a championship-caliber situation. See how that affects his motivation-test the kid. I have a feeling that if he gets traded to the Jets, Rex Ryan will bring his motivation to a level he’s yet to imagine being capable of. The Rex Ryan era has already been one of commitment to rebuilding the culture of the team; now lets obtain the playmakers we need to step into the big leagues and finally move out from behind the shadow of Bill Belichick.