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Ten Questions Heading Into Camp

July 30, 2009

By Tyson Rauch

Let the games begin (Kostroun/AP)The New York Jets are preparing to head up to Cortland, New York for their first training camp under coach Rex Ryan. Outlined below are ten questions that will need to be answered before the 2009 season begins.

1. Rex Ryan has talked the talk, can his team walk the walk?

The new head coach has been outspoken the entire offseason, raising many eyebrows with his talk about the physical and aggressive nature of his football team. Will this Jets team be able to back up their new leader’s words? Can this Jets team raise the intensity of their game and adapt to a new style of football?

2. Can offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer implement an offense that can consistently move the chains?

The Jets want to build their offense around a power running game but will need to be successful passing the ball in order to do so. Can Schottenheimer develop a productive passing game with an inexperienced quarterback and a relatively unproven wide receiver group?

3. Will Kellen Clemens play well enough to let Mark Sanchez sit and learn the ropes of the National Football League?

In 2007 Clemens showed flashes that he could lead the Jets, will he show improvement in 2009 or concede the starting job to Sanchez? In the perfect world Clemens plays well enough to allow Sanchez to get acclimated to the NFL. Once Sanchez starts there is no turning back.

4. Will Mark Sanchez play well enough to earn the confidence of his teammates and coaching staff entering the 2009 season?

It is no secret that rookie quarterbacks struggle in their first year. Can Sanchez speed up his learning curve?

5. Can the young receivers on the Jets roster make up for the loss of Laveranues Coles?

Jerricho Cotchery is the only legitimate receiving threat on the Jets and will be the main focus for opposing defenses. Can Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney, Wallace Wright or Brad Smith become enough of a threat to loosen up defensive coverages?

6. How will the Jets handle their stable of running backs?

Heading into training camp the Jets have potential contract issues with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington. While many believe Washington will receive his much deserved extension, how will the Jets handle the disgruntled Jones? Will rookie Shonn Greene begin to take over goal line carries?

7. Do the Jets have enough talent at the linebacker position for their new aggressive style of defense?

The suspension of Calvin Pace really hurts Gang Green’s defense and puts more pressure on Vernon Gholston. Can Gholston play well enough to make an impact on defense? If not do the Jets have a plan B? In addition can David Harris stay healthy enough to be a force in the middle of the Jets defense?

8. After having a productive rookie year, will Dustin Keller be able to take his game to another level in 2009?

Inexperienced quarterbacks tend to look to the tight end as the safety valve while trying to decipher defenses. Will Keller be able to handle an increased role in the offense?

9. Do the Jets have a blocking tight end on the roster?

It is no secret that Keller struggles a bit when it comes to blocking. Is there anyone on the team that can fill that role? In addition will that player have any receiving abilities in order to not give away the play?

10. Is Rex Ryan and his staff prepared to manage an NFL game?

It is one thing to be an excellent play caller, it is another to be an effective game manager.

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very cool Max...I think JN should have it's own blog where these type of pages are shown on their own and not 'hidden' on the front page....use the Jetsblog and Holy JoeNamath and (ex-great site) JetsCentral as a model.

Call it JN Blog or something like that...there's too much good work being done by some smart posters here not to get noticed by a lot more people

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very cool Max...I think JN should have it's own blog where these type of pages are shown on their own and not 'hidden' on the front page....use the Jetsblog and Holy JoeNamath and (ex-great site) JetsCentral as a model.

Call it JN Blog or something like that...there's too much good work being done by some smart posters here not to get noticed by a lot more people

The "front page" here is a blog. :-P

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The "front page" here is a blog. :-P

I agree and would like to see it seen as such-only to a wider audience. You're doing (along with some damn good writers here) a really cool transformation Max. I am truly impressed and admire when people take things seriously and actually work at, and think about ways to make their endeavors even better.

I see it happening with my boss, the owner of the bar/restaurant I work at. The economy had people whispering that they thought it was on it's last leg. What Ron did was change the menu, lowered prices and invested in the business when all logic said do the opposite.

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I agree and would like to see it seen as such-only to a wider audience. You're doing (along with some damn good writers here) a really cool transformation Max. I am truly impressed and admire when people take things seriously and actually work at, and think about ways to make their endeavors even better.

I see it happening with my boss, the owner of the bar/restaurant I work at. The economy had people whispering that they thought it was on it's last leg. What Ron did was change the menu, lowered prices and invested in the business when all logic said do the opposite.

I hear you, the front page actually gets a few thousand more viewers per day than the forums do. Could you imagine if they all started posting at once? :winking0001:

Anyhow thanks again to everyone that worked on the season preview. Great job all around:

http://jetnation.com/preview/2009jets.html

A quick glance at what changed (roster, coaching staff) and what awaits (camp and schedule). Plus how about the real scoop on the area bars? That's real talk from a recent SUNY Cortland grad -- http://www.jetnation.com/?p=2599

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looks good max... on the cheat sheet page the training camp reports is a dead link

Sorry about that, just fixed it. My accuracy goes down after 2am and it isn't that good before it. :-P

Thanks.

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