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Sean Moroney
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Sean Moroney

Lead writer, editor and creator of the Pro Quarterback Manifesto

Why not the Jets?

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With a rookie quarterback under center and a rookie head coach on the sidelines how far can the Jets really expect to go in these playoffs?

The Jets have been the most misunderstood team of the playoffs. Experts have noted that other teams may be better than their records dictate, with many suggesting that the Jets never belonged in the playoffs in the first place. As a Jets fan, I would be the first to admit that the Jets did get gift-wrapped a would-be loss to the Colts, in the Colts' Week 16 forfeit. However, as the Jets stand in the final 8, I could easily make an argument that the 9-7 Jets could have easily been 12-4 and considered in the "elite" class in the NFL.

Remember, the Jets lost 5 games on the last possession (Miami twice, Jacksonville, Buffalo in overtime, and Atlanta)! In fact, the Jets only lost one game this entire season handily. If a few bounces went their way, people would see the Jets in a totally different light. On top of that, the Jets also own the #1 defense and running game. They also have a shut-down corner who can erase future playoff opponents such as Vincent Jackson or Reggie Wayne.

Rex Ryan has instilled a definitive swagger to the organization, and Sanchez has shown signs of greatness (despite what the stats show) sporadically throughout the season.

So why not the Jets?

By Sean Moroney  |  January 13, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  | Category:  New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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