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New York Jets Season in Review

Pro Football Weekly is doing a season in review for all 32 teams. This is what they had to say about the New York Jets. Check out the rest of the AFC East here.

Overview: The Jets made as many headlines off the field as they did on it, which is noteworthy for a team that reached the AFC championship game for a second year in a row. New York started the season as a Super Bowl favorite but ended it as an underdog, knocking off the favored Colts and Patriots on the road in the postseason before falling just short to the Steelers.

Team MVP: He didn’t receive the attention that some of his teammates did, but no Jet was better — or more important — than ILB David Harris. The team’s leading tackler, Harris was a constant presence in run support, anchoring the league’s third-ranked defense in 2010.

Biggest surprise: When the team signed RB LaDainian Tomlinson last March, they expected him to be a situational back, not the every-down runner with speed and agility he proved to be. L.T. showed he hadn’t lost much from his days as an elite runner with the Chargers, rushing for 4.2 yards per carry, his best average since 2007.

Biggest disappointment: When SS Jim Leonhard went down with a broken leg on Dec. 3, it began a monthlong slump for the Jets, knocking them down from favorites to be the AFC’s top seed to sneaking in the playoffs through the back door. The team went 1-3 in December, highlighted by a 45-3 blowout loss to the Patriots on “Monday Night Football” and an embarrassing home defeat to the Dolphins. It also didn’t help that controversy surrounding strength coach Sal Alosi for tripping a Miami player and head coach Rex Ryan for a series of online videos turned up the pressure even more on the team.

Offseason outlook: While it will likely lack the drama of Darrelle Revis’ negotiations from last summer, the Jets have a long line of top players looking for new contracts. That includes Harris, CB Antonio Cromartie and a trio of top wide receivers: Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith. Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum will have a busy offseason trying to keep the team among the league’s elite.

One quick observation. They had Davis Harris as the team’s MVP, another reason why he should be priority number one for the Jets this offseason.


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