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Are the Jets the NFL Version of the University of Kentucky?

Michael Lombardi, now of NFL.com, broke down and rated every AFC team.

He sepereated all the team into tiers.

He had the Jets rated as a red chip team, meaning they are a playoff caliber team. Among them were the Ravens, Bengals Broncos, Patroits, Steelers, and Titans.

Ahead of them listed as blue chip teams (Super Bowl contenders) were the Colts, Chargers, and surprisingly the Dolphins.

Here is his take on the Jets:

New York Jets: If Denver reminds me of Butler University, then the Jets remind me of the University of Kentucky. The Jets, like the Wildcats, are extremely talented, with many different egos who might only play together for one year and have the potential to explode at any point during the season. Jets coach Rex Ryan and Kentucky coach John Calipari might not look the same, but they both are master motivators and recruiters who don’t mind handling an eclectic collection of players. The question you must ask yourself about the Jets is the same one you ask about Kentucky when you fill out the office pool in March — can they get past the Sweet 16? I never have Kentucky in my Final Four, so I cannot put the Jets there.

An interesting comparison, although I’m not sure I agree with it.

Sure the Jets might not have the best chemistry in the league, but we all know winning cures everything and biild chemistry so I don’t see that being an issue.

Second, regarding his comment about advancing past the Sweet 16, the Jets made the AFC Championship Game last year with largely the same team, so they have already proven they can get that far.

I’m not arguing that the Jets should be a red chip team, but his reasoning for them being a blue chip team is a bit fuzzy.


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