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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.