With so much fanfare and hype swirling about, it’s hard to imagine that training camp has yet to begin. Amidst all the hoopla and excitement, the Jets coaches and players have a lot of work ahead of them. Installing new offensive and defensive schemes, coaching up rookies and finding the perfect formula for quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow to effectively coexist are just a handful of New York’s concerns entering training camp.
It’s a tall order, but head coach Rex Ryan is fully committed to making it work.
On the heels of a dysfunctional 2011 season, the Jets have gone back to the drawing board this offseason to redefine how the team operates.
Gone is the team captain system.
Gone is offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
And gone is the downbeat atmosphere in the locker room.
The one thing that remains is the bitter taste stemming from last year’s shortcomings, but the Jets aren’t dwelling on the past, rather they’re using it as motivation.
Gang Green is hardly under the radar this season between the trade for Tebow and its highly touted rookie class, but Ryan has steered clear of any Super Bowl boasting or title talk.
Instead, the front office and coaching staff are putting their heads together to position the Green-and-White to compete for a championship. While playoff guarantees are premature, the Jets certainly have the talent and veteran leadership to reach the postseason once again.
But don’t tell Ryan that.
For Gang Green, this offseason has been a retooling period laying the groundwork for a new look Jets team this season.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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