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2 New York Jets
Peter King
September 03, 2007
Anything goes in the land of the Mangenius--but what's really needed is a Houdini to pull off more of that '06 magic
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September 03, 2007

2 New York Jets

Anything goes in the land of the Mangenius--but what's really needed is a Houdini to pull off more of that '06 magic

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WHAT'S NEW

> It's Year 2 in Manginiland, and on the surface all that stands in the way of improvement over last year's wild-card season is a ridiculously difficult AFC playoff race. The Jets drafted two perfect players for their defense-- Darrelle Revis, a tough cover corner, and David Harris, a linebacker physical enough to play inside and athletic enough to play outside in Eric Mangini's malleable 3-4 scheme. To address their rushing problem, the Jets dealt for Bears running back Thomas Jones (2,545 yards over the last two seasons), who promptly hurt his calf muscle in training camp and may be hobbled entering the season. Wideouts Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles have developed into quality weapons with big-game experience for quarterback Chad Pennington. "Last year was a good year for our confidence," says strong safety Kerry Rhodes, who emerged as a big-time player when Mangini gave him more freedom to roam and make plays. "I know we're better this year."

WHERE THEY'RE HEADED

> How hard is it to read this team? Consider these crazy 2006 numbers.

?The Jets lost to 8-8 Jacksonville by 41 and beat 8-8 Green Bay by 28.

?They twice led Indianapolis by four in the fourth quarter of a 31-28 loss and never led Cleveland in the second half of a 20-13 loss.

?They beat Buffalo by eight on the road and lost to Buffalo by 18 at home.

? Oakland's quarterbacks averaged more yards per completion than New York's. The Jets didn't have a back among the league's top 32 rushers. Only eight teams in the league were worse at stopping the run.

?They were 25th in offense, 20th in defense, 18th in points scored.

Stats lie? They told a whopper in 2006. The Jets won 10 games and made the playoffs.

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