Super Bowl or Bust

Managing Editor
Posted Jul 8, 2012

Notorious for his preseason championship guarantees, Jets head man Rex Ryan has shifted his focus to team building this offseason period.

Without Rex Ryan’s perennial Super Bowl guarantee or really any title talk to speak of, the expectations for the 2012 New York Jets have been left undefined. Coming off an 8-8 regular season, littered with inner turmoil, Gang Green’s offseason priority was to regroup and build through the draft and free agency. The Jets had a productive draft nabbing starters with their first two selections in defensive end Quinton Coples and wide receiver Stephen Hill. New York added a pair of veteran playmaking safeties in Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry.

The Green-and-White re-signed nose tackle Sione Pouha, outside linebackers Bryan Thomas and Aaron Maybin while agreeing to a three-year contract extension with its franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez. With training camp just around the corner, position battles will determine the Jets opening day 53 man active roster. Before roster spots shake out at training camp, New York’s quarterbacking duo of Sanchez and Tim Tebow will look to build camaraderie with their receivers at the Jets West Passing Camp in Mission Viejo, Ca.

With so many uncertainties revolving around Tebow’s ability to coexist with Sanchez, New York is determined to crawl before it walks. Ryan’s Super Bowl boasts have been absent from media sessions and he’s done away with team captains. The Jets are shifting the focus to team building and getting back on the same wavelength this time around.

The unspoken goal for this upcoming season is to return to playoff contention, but the coaching staff recognized the need to go back to the drawing board this offseason. The Jets are redefining both their offensive and defensive schemes by tailoring these systems to maximize the talents of their personnel.

With that in mind, Gang Green will make a partial shift from a base 3-4 defense to a 4-3 front looking to take advantage of its edge pass rushers in defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Coples. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is creating a separate playbook for Tebow to orchestrate the Wildcat offense. With question marks existing on both sides of the ball, New York’s main concern is figuring out how to piece together what it hopes will be a championship puzzle.

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