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2009 Yearbook: New York Jets

Jets Ryan FootballRalph Mancini, NFLDraftBible.com senior writer, will be appearing on What’s Going On with Stephanie Stepp on Sunday July 12, 2009 to talk about the New York Jets.

2009 Yearbook: New York Jets
Written by Ralph Mancini

It’s safe to say that GM Mike Tannenbaum has his fair share of detractors. They don’t believe he’s qualified to turn the Jets into a perennial contender, one that will eventually overcome the New England Patriots in the AFC East and a win a Super Bowl crown. But no one has ever accused the 39-year-old front-office man of not being a risk taker.

During his tenure with Gang Green, Tannenbaum has continually bucked conventional wisdom during the draft by dealing away his picks and trading up in search of the next great superstar.

This past draft was no different as Mr. T paid Cleveland two draft picks and a trio of veterans in exchange for the chance to select USC’s Mark Sanchez. He later turned around and coughed up three more of his selections for Iowa’s Shonn Greene.

The development of Sanchez may ultimately make or break Tannenbaum, who’s surrounded his future franchise quarterback with a solid offensive line and formidable defense to help new head coach Rex Ryan find success in his first year at the helm of the Green and White.

But despite his general manager’s questionable management of the draft, Ryan is more than confident that he has the right support staff in place to put a winning product on the field.

“I’m going to surround myself with the best people I can find. The kind of coaches that I bring in here are going to work with me. They don’t work for me, they work with me. There are a lot of talented guys already here in place, which makes it much easier for me. Mike Westhoff coaching special teams and Bill Callahan are already committed,” said Ryan at his introductory press conference back in January.

“We’ve got things in place. I just hired Mike Pettine who was with me in Baltimore for the last several years as our defensive coordinator. He’s a rising star in the league. We don’t want to pump him up too much. We want him to be around here for a while, as well, but you’re going to see, he’s a star in this league.”

The former defensive coordinator also assured fans that his players would assume a take-no-prisoners attitude on the field, adding: “The only way I know how to handle a challenge is to hit that thing head on, and that’s what we’re going to do. The message to the rest of the league is, ‘Hey, the Jets are coming, and we’re going to give you everything we’ve got, and that’s going to be, I think, more than you can handle.’ We’re going to find out…If you take a swipe at one of ours, we’ll take a swipe at two of yours, and that’s just the way this game is going to be played.”


There’s no doubt that the Jets have improved themselves on defense and solidified their running game with the addition of Shonn Greene, but their lack of firepower at wide out and inexperience at quarterback are concerns. New York should be competitive in close games, but will probably struggle to keep up with prolific offenses when playing from behind. While the Jets have some interesting pieces in place, they remain an incomplete squad. The Jets’ projected record is 6-10.

To read the entire article, including breakdowns by position, depth chart, off-season moves go to http://www.nfldraftbible.com/All-Access-Football/2009_yearbook_new_york_jets.html.

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