Super Bowl or Bust?

Super Bowl or bust.

That statement has been associated a lot with the Jets this offseason.

And it easy to see why evidenced by their offseason acquisitions. The Jets are clearly gunning for a Super Bowl.

Despite making the AFC Championship Game last year, Mike Tannenbaum realized this team was still only 9-7 and had holes to fill in order to be a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl.

And so Tannenbaum aggressively filled those holes. He signed Jason Taylor to help the pass rush and LaDainian Tomlinson to form a 1-2 punch with Shonn Greene.

He traded for Antonio Cromartie to lock up receivers opposite Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes to give Mark Sanchez a big play threat.

As previously stated, these moves have the Jets thinking Super Bowl and rightfully so.

But if the Jets don’t make it to the Super Bowl for some reason, not all is lost like many pundits have been saying.

In fact, expect these Jets to be contenders for a long time.

The face of the franchise, Mark Sanchez, is just 23 years old and should hold down the most crucial position on the field, quarterback, for years to come.

Their backfield future is bright with budding second year star and playoff hero, Shonn Greene, and rookie fourth round pick Joe McKnight.

The two compliment each other well. Greene being the bruising, early down back while McKnight can handle third down duties. Add in fifth round pick fullback John Connor and you have the makings of a dynamic backfield.

Sanchez isn’t lacking in reliable targets either.

All of the Jets top three receivers –Edwards, Cotchery, Holmes — are 27 or younger. While the Jets likely won’t be able to keep both Edwards and Holmes after this year, a combination of two of the three is just fine. Don’t forget about third year tight end Dustin Keller, who showed a great rapport with Sanchez in the playoffs.

The core of the team last year was the offensive line and it is relatively young. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are the heat of the line, play the two most integral positions, left tackle and center, and are both only 26.

The rest of line is composed of Brandon Moore, who is turning 30 and is still has a few good years left in him. Rookie Vladimir Ducasse, only 22, will likely fill the left guard spot. The only position of concern is right tackle, where Damien Woody is 32. He played at an elite level last year, but the Jets have to start planning for the future.

Ducasee could slide over to the right tackle position, leaving a hole at left guard, where it is easier to find a replacement.

On the defensive side of the ball the Jets are in great shape too.

However, the defensive line is need of some youth.

Kris Jenkins, Shaun Ellis, and Sione Pouha are all 30 or older.

The Jets should look to address the defensive line in the offseason net year and knowing Mike Tannenbaum’s track record I expect him to aggressively address it.

Though, the Jets do have a lot of young players they like on the defensive line including Mike DeVito, whom is expected to start this year, Ropati Pitoitua, and Rodrique Wright.

The linebacker core is in better shape. Led by David Harris and Bart Scott in the middle the Jets have one of the best duos in the league. On the outside the Jets could use a little help though.

Calvin Pace is a solid starter at one slot, but Jason Taylor is locked in at the other spot and he is only a one-year fix.

The best are of the defense though, is the secondary.

They have arguably the league’s best cornerback trio in Revis, Cromatrie, and Wilson and all are 26 or younger.

The leader of the defense, Jim Leonhard, is only 27 and the other projected starter at safety, Brodney Pool, is only 26.

So can we finally end this Super Bowl or bust talk.

These Jets are ready to compete now and will be a force to be reckon with in the next few years.

The league better get used to the loud talking Rex Ryan and his Jets because they aren’t just a one-year wonder. They are here to stay and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

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