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This is a new feature were going to be doing here at Jets Gab.

Brian and myself will be tackling a bunch of Jets related questions every week or so.

We hope you enjoy it and encourage any feedback. If you have any questions you would like to have answered please email me at cippinonsports@gmail.com.

With that said let’s get it started:

What positions/players will the Jets be looking at early in the draft?

Chris: I see the Jets going defense early in the draft specifically targeting a pass rusher and a defensive end, who can play in a 3-4.  A few players they could be targeting include Jared Odrick, Jerry Hughes, and Sergio Kindle, among many others.

Brian: No doubt in my mind they will be going defense in the draft. We need a reliable DE/DT. Gholston was supposed to be that guy, but we all know what happened with that one.

Do you want the Jets to sign Jason Taylor?

Chris: Some fans may disagree, but I would welcome Jason Taylor to the Jets.  Taylor proved he still has something left in the tank last season and the Jets have put together a team capable of competing for the Super Bowl and Taylor could be the missing piece.

Brian: I’m mixed about this one. He wasn’t impressive last year so I don’t know what all the fuss is about. 36 and DE doesn’t sound intriguing to me. So I would say I’m more leaning towards no.

Who has been the biggest departure this offseason?

Chris: I feel the Jets will miss Jay Feely more than they think.  Nick Folk seemed to have lost his confidence last year and once you lose it as a kicker you rarely regain it.

Brian: Thomas Jones by far, even though I wont really miss him too much. Great team leader, but was losing some steam in the end.

Which acquisition will make the greatest impact next season?

Chris: I have to go with Holmes even though he will miss the first four game of the season.  His presence will open up the offense giving the Jets one of the best trios of receivers in the league in addition to one of the best ground attacks and an young, emerging tight end.

Brian: That’s tough. I’d say either Cromartie or Holmes. But then again Tomlinson has a lot to prove as well. If I were to pinpoint one I would say Holmes. I think with his speed and size he should be a viable #1 receiver.

With the addition of Santonio Holmes and with Mark Sanchez entering his second season should Brian Schottenheimer let the chains off Sanchez and open up the passing game?

Chris: Even with Santonio Holmes in the fold and Sanchez entering his second year the Jets need to be careful and not put too much on Sanchez’s plate.  They are built to run the ball and play defense and can’t get too far away from their identity.

Brian: I was wondering why he didn’t let the chains off in the AFC Championship game. so my answer to that is yes, but don’t expect it until week 6-7.

Will LaDainian Tomlinson be a difference maker next year?

Chris: I really don’t see it.  He could be good for a few carries a game and the occasional goal line situation, but the Jets would be better off giving the ball to Shonn Greene and Leon Washington.

Brian: Honestly, no, and heres why. The focus will be on Greene next year. Tomlinson will be good for the little dump passes for a couple. I think Greene can carry much of the workload.

Are you worried about potential locker room problems with all the big name additions the Jets have made recently?

Chris: Not particularly.  The players with potential problems (Edwards, Cromartie, Holmes) know they need to be on their best behavior because they are all in contract years.

Brian: Not at all. I think once the preseason starts and everyone is used to everyone, Rex will have it in check. I think players really respect what Rex can do and has done. This is a whole new bunch of Jets than we’ve seen before.

Is there enough touches on offense to make everybody happy?

Chris: No definitely not.  Someone will be left out every game, but I think the players realize that this can be a special team and it’s about the team, not themselves.

Brian: Not at all. That’s why after this season we’ll see who the better man is. Edward or Holmes? It will be fun to watch. In a perfect work they’ll be able to keep both, but I highly doubt it.

How would you grade the Jets offseason so far?

Chris: I would give them a B+ for now with the potential for an “A” depending on how the draft goes and if they sign Jason Taylor.  I loved the additions of Holmes and Cromartie, but think the Jets downgraded from Jones and Feely with Tomlinson and Folk.

Brian: An “A”. My only suggestion tot them is they really do something with Leon Washington.


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