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NFL Season Preview: #23 New York Jets

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Overview: The Jets had an up and down season in ’08. After starting 3-3, the Jets went on a tear, winning five straight. However, they faltered down the stretch, mostly because of the play of QB Brett Favre, and went 1-4 in their last five games. Finishing at 9-7, the Jets missed the postseason, and made many changes.

Offseason Moves: New York got rid of Eric Mangini and hired former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. QB Brett Favre finally decided to retire, and WR Lavernues Coles left for Cincinnati. Those were the only key losses for the Jets in the off season. To replace Favre, the Jets drafted USC QB Mark Sanchez in the first round of the draft. New York also drafted Iowa RB Shonn Greene. Turning their focus to the defensive side of the ball, the Jets traded for CB Lito Sheppard, and signed DE Marques Douglas, LBs Larry Izzo and Bart Scott, and S Jim Leonhard.

Upcoming Season: The Jets have an uncertain QB situation, and a thin receiving core. New York still has RBs Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, but they proved to be a tad inconsistent at times. Although, the Jets defense should thrive this season, especially under new head coach Rex Ryan.

Mark SanchezPlayer to watch: With the looming QB competition, you have to be watching Mark Sanchez. Although he only started 16 games in college, he showed he could be an elite quarterback. Many fear that his lack of experience could stunt his development, but it looks like Sanchez could lead the Jets, and possibly as soon as this season.

Prediction: 8-8, 3rd in AFC East

You can’t expect Sanchez to lead the Jets to the division crown in his first season. Look for the Jets to combat the Patriots in the upcoming seasons, after Sanchez is fully groomed.

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NFL Season Preview: # 28 Cleveland Browns

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Overview: It was a big Brown mess last year in Cleveland. The Browns started 4 different quarterbacks because of injury, and Braylon Edwards suddenly forgot how to catch a football. Add an injured Kellen Winslow and you have the Browns’ 4-12 season last year.

Offseason Moves: Cleveland finally got tired of coach Romeo Crennel, and brought in Eric “Mangenius” Mangini. In his first moves as new coach, Mangini drafted Cal C Alex Mack in the first round, and Ohio State WR Brian Robiskie in the second round. After those two moves on the offensive side of the ball, Mangini added CBs Roderick Hood and Corey Ivy, and LBs Eric Barton and David Bowens to the defensive side of the ball. The Browns also traded away often injured TE Kellen Winslow to Tampa Bay.

Upcoming Season: The Browns still have the unsettled QB competition between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. Once that situation plays itself out, the receivers will be able to gain a rhythm, and the offense could click a bit better than it did last year. The defense appears pretty solid, but you never know with the Browns.

Player to watch: If any QB on this roster has any success, it will be muchBraylon Edwardsin part of WR Braylon Edwards. The receiver was coming off a season where he caught 16 TD passes, and expectations were high. Edwards disappointed by catching only 3 TDs, and dropping nearly twenty balls. Sometimes players just have bad years, and you have to believe that in Edwards case. Look for him to bounce back, and at least catch ten TDs.

Prediction: 4-12, 3rd in AFC North

The Browns just aren’t showing many signs of taking a big step forward, if any steps forward at all. Give it a year or two for anyone to be able to think about mentioning the Browns in the same sentence with the Steelers or Ravens.