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Link: Green and White Report Blogger Talk

This is a couple week old, but I foget to link to it then so I’m doing it now.

The GreenandWhiteReport.com, the Jets Scout.com affiliate, asked me and two other bloggers a  few questions about the Jets. It’s a 3 part series, but they only posted Part I for free.

I have excepted my response, but click on the link to see the other responses, including Brian Bassett of thejetsblog.com.

The Jets have started off very strong this season, what specifically do you attribute to their success? And do you think the publicity via the Hardknocks series was an effective means of boosting player moral and interest in the team?

CHRIS CIPRIANO – JETSGAB BLOG: Well first, you have to start with the play of second year quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has taken huge strides from last season, when he was a liability at times. The biggest change in his play is that he’s not turning the ball over. He has only two turnovers through six games, with both coming in last week’s game against the Broncos. Compare that number to the 12 he had last year through six games and you see the strides he has taken. He isn’t slinging the ball around like Peyton Manning or Drew Brees, but he’s doing his part in helping the Jets win games. You can’t discount the new offensive weapons that have surely aided in the development of Sanchez. The addition of LaDainian Tomlinson has been invaluable, who at 31 years old has been rejuvenated in green and white. He has made Jets fans forget about Thomas Jones and after six games he is a legitimate MVP candidate, which no one saw coming. Throw in the development of Dustin Keller, Braylon Edwards not dropping passes, and the addition of Sanotnio Holmes and the Jets suddenly have a potent offense.

On the defensive side of the ball the defensive line has stepped up in the absence of Kris Jenkins. Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, and Shaun Ellis don’t get enough credit for the great job they’re doing. The Jets currently rank 4th in the league in rush defense, allowing opponents to only 90 yards per game. Also, with Darrelle Revis hurting and clearly not 100 percent, Antonio Cromartie has stepped up. After struggling in the season opener, Cromartie has rebounded and is playing the best football of anyone in the Jets secondary.

Hard Knocks was fun while it lasted, but I really don’t think it had any effect on the team, positive or negative. Now that the season has started, you rarely, if ever, here about Hard Knocks. Interest in this team was high in this team even before Hark Knocks, but the show did add another layer to the interest. Rex Ryan’s potty mouth caught the attention of the media and all of Ryan’s talking put added expectations on the Jets, but so far they have delivered.


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