We realize that the thoughts of the mainstream media have zero impact on the outcome on the field. That said, ESPN.com put out their pre-draft power rankings and there was no love sent in the direction of the NY Jets. The Seahawks, 49ers and Broncos were ranked 1, 2 and 3. The order in which they are ranked can be debated, but it is hard to debate the logic of those franchises being at the top of the class for next season.
Where did the Jets end up? #31. The only team that ESPN ranked lower than the Jets is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The only way you can describe that ranking is with the word harsh. John Idzik has taken the fiscally responsible approach and ESPN is not impressed. Idzik will have to have a good draft in order to avoid being passed by the Jaguars.
Rex Ryan is usually good for 6 wins based on defense alone. If the Jets offense can improve even slightly over last year (a big if), the Jets will be a middle of the pack team at worst.
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