The NY Jets had a disappointing 2011-12 NFL season as the team missed the playoffs. Fans and the media have questioned quarterback Mark Sanchez, but this team has holes in several areas and the front office is doing its best to fill those needs this off-season.
The two biggest free agent signings where safety LaRon Landry of Washington and the team resigning nose tackle Sione Pouha. Both these players will keep the NY Jets defense in good shape until help arrives, but without a true pass rusher, too much pressure is put on the secondary and the defense is getting burnt too often by blitzing to create some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Another big move was the team trading for Tim Tebow and with new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and his wildcat offense now on board, this team could use Tebow in multiple formations next season.
With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, the NY Jets have a big need for a pass rushing linebacker, especially after Bryan Thomas tore his Achilles tendon. Courtney Upshaw from Alabama is a perfect fit for a Rex Ryan defense and would make sense when the team picks in the 16th spot next month. Upshaw played in a 3-4 scheme with the Crimson Tide and has the size, speed, and instincts to excel at the professional level.
Another option for this team is wide receiver as the NY Jets need another play-maker on offense. Sanchez had few opportunities to stretch the field last year and adding a player with speed will also help open holes in the running game. Michael Floyd from Notre Dame has the size and Kendall Wright from Baylor has speed; if the team does decide to add a wide out, these two players are likely their top choices.
The NFL and its fans are fickle and New York needs to rebound or the media will crush this team. This off-season is important for the franchise and the future of head coach Rex Ryan as another sub-par season could lead to some changes.