1. Tim Tebow will eventually become the Jets starting quarterback.
Explanation: It’s sink or swim time for quarterback Mark Sanchez. Expect the Jets fourth-year gunslinger to answer the bell in 2012. While Tebow will provide a boost to New York’s running game, the coaching staff will turn to a revitalized Sanchez to direct Gang Green’s aerial assault.
2. Josh Brown will eventually become the Jets starting placekicker.
Explanation: Nick Folk’s erratic nature will spell the end of his starting job in New York. Brown, a nine-year veteran, will provide stability and accuracy to the Jets special teams unit.
3. If the Jets miss the playoffs again this season, Rex Ryan will be out of a head coaching job.
Explanation: Owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum are committed to Ryan for the long-haul. The Jets front office is all-in building a contending team with Ryan as the centerpiece of that championship puzzle.
4. Quinton Coples will be named the Jets rookie of the year.
Explanation: The former North Carolina Tarheel is chomping at the bit to prove his naysayers wrong. Ryan and his coaching staff are delighted with Coples freakish athleticism and have high hopes for the defensive end in 2012. Coples may finally provide a pure-pass rushing presence along the defensive line capable of drawing a double team and flustering opposing quarterbacks.
5. Dustin Keller will lead the Jets receptions.
Explanation: Keller has been Sanchez’s security blanket over the past few seasons. With blazing speed, Keller presents a nightmarish matchup for defenses and a big target for both Tebow and Sanchez over the middle.
6. The Jets will lead the NFL in rushing this season.
Explanation: Under the direction of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the Jets ground-and-pound will be in full force. With Terrance Ganaway, Shonn Greene and Tebow at Sparano’s disposal, the Jets will find countless ways to grind out rushing yards and keep the chains moving. Gang Green's rushing game won't be one to reckon with come 2012.