2012 Recap: Any team in New York is going to have the spotlight on them at all times and so everyone was able to see what a huge (and/or hilarious depending on your viewpoint) mess the Jets were in 2012. Rex Ryan's crew posted 3 wins on each side of their bye week to finish the season 6-10. The wins in the second half of the year came against the Rams, Cardinals and Jaguars - hardly the NFL's elite. Mark Sanchez and the quarterback situation received most of the media's attention but the whole roster performed poorly.
Draft Review: Mike Tannenbaum was fired in the offseason and replaced by new GM John Idzik. His first major move was to trade Darrelle Revis to the Bucs, giving New York two first round picks in the 2013 draft. Oddly enough with the offense considered the weaker side of the ball Idzik opted to target the other side with his selections. Alabama corner Dee Milliner was taken 9th overall to replace Revis while Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson followed him to the podium four spots later. The Revis-Milliner tradeoff has to be considered a drop in talent at that spot and Richardson fits into a DL rotation that the Jets have already added to in recent years. While those first two moves could be considered minor surprises, things would get even more interesting when the team chose Geno Smith in the second round. Smith has the physical tools required to be a starter but there are questions about almost everything else. Can he read NFL defenses to use his quick legs and strong arm effectively? Will he be able to deal with the media spotlight? He has a lot of doubters already. In the third round the Jets nabbed guard Brian Winters and some feel that he can be a contributor early on in the season.
Free Agency Review: Compared to their draft work New York was fairly quiet in free agency. They continued to re-make their offensive line by acquiring Willie Colon to anchor one guard spot. He'll replace Brandon Moore, who remains unsigned. The Jets saw a few free agency losses as other teams picked over the remains of the recent season. Shonn Greene landed with our Titans, while Dustin Keller, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell all found new homes. Braylon Edwards and Bart Scott are two notable names way past their primes that have yet to be signed by anyone.
Most Dangerous Player to the Titans: There weren't a lot of candidates for this title and so the newly acquired Chris Ivory gets the nod here. Ivory was acquired for a fourth round pick and he was continually underrated by New Orleans. He's not a flashy runner but he'll take what the defense gives you and manage to break off a big run occasionally.
Underrated Player: Jeremy Kerley was thrown into the fire last year after a slew of wide receiver injuries and rose to the occasion. It's not easy looking like a serviceable receiver when Mark Sanchez is throwing you the football.
Overrated Player: Antonio Cromartie is just not an elite cornerback.
2013 Outlook: Rex Ryan's crafted some stellar defenses and will probably need to duplicate that if the Jets want to have any chance of success. Right now the odds of that happening with this roster remain low. The defense should be decent considering the new additions but it won't be enough to overcome the offensive woes. Who will play quarterback for this team? Sanchez probably will get the job out of camp but is only a placeholder until Smith gets his turn. New York could be in a for a really rough year.