Green & White Have Many Blue-Chippers

Posted May 26, 2015

Buoyed by Offseason Upgrades, NFL Media Analyst Believes Jets Can ‘Suffocate’ Opposition Passing Games

Back in March, Jets head coach Todd Bowles talked about winning in the NFL without a franchise quarterback.

"You don't have to win with a franchise quarterback, because not everybody does it, and every year, there are playoff games and playoff teams that don't have franchise quarterbacks,” he said at the league’s annual meeting. “So you have to play team football and understand what your team is and try to win with that team that you have. As long as you understand your team's personality and they play together and you have enough talent, you'll go far.”

Bucky Brooks, who serves as a media analyst for & NFL Network, experienced organizational success as a Carolina Panthers scout from 2003 to ’07 with Jake Delhomme handling the signal caller duties. Although falling short in their quest for a title, the Panthers succeeded with a loaded roster. Brooks recently took an interesting look at every NFL club minus one position.

“Given the paucity of truly elite quarterbacks in today's game, I thought I would take a little time to assess each of the 32 rosters in the NFL and identify the 10 most talented - excluding the QB position,” he said.

According to Brooks, the Jets have the fourth most talented roster in football.

Blue chips (6): CB Antonio Cromartie, C Nick Mangold, WR Brandon Marshall, CB Darrelle Revis, DT Sheldon Richardson, DE Muhammad Wilkerson

On the rise: LB Demario Davis

“Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have engineered quite a roster makeover since taking over the Jets at the beginning of the year. Despite inheriting a star-studded defense, the Jets' brain trust added a pair of shutdown corners in Revis and Cromartie to suffocate opposing passing games. Given the dominant play of Wilkerson and Richardson at the point of attack, Gang Green's defense could single-handedly lead the team into the playoffs. Marshall was acquired in a trade with Chicago, giving the Jets a legitimate WR1 on the perimeter. Eric Decker isn't regarded as a blue-chip player based solely on his talents, but he is capable of playing at an all-star level when flanked by a big-time threat (see: Decker's production in Denver). Mangold's a rock at the pivot, having made six of the last seven Pro Bowls. With a solid supporting cast capable of enhancing the play of the quarterback, the Jets could be a bigger threat to win the AFC East than anyone anticipates at this point.”


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