Jets Season Odds
The New York Jets have a new coach, a new quarterback and a new attitude. Will everything come together in 2009?
The Jets made wholesale changes in the offseason, replacing Eric Mangini at head coach with former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and then traded into the top 5 in April to select USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, who will replace the departed Brett Favre.
The Jets also made some moves in free agency to solidify their defense, including adding former Ravens’ Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard. Scott was highly regarded as one of the better linebackers on the market and Leonhard was very successful under Ryan in Baltimore.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have established the Jets’ odds to win Super Bowl XLIV at 45/1. They’ve also given New York 22/1 odds to win the NFC and 8/1 odds to win the AFC East.
Even though the Jets made a ton of changes in the offseason doesn’t mean they won’t be competitive in ’09. Plenty of pundits feel as though Sanchez, not top overall pick Matthew Stafford, was the best quarterback in the draft and he’ll have a real chance to beat out Kellen Clemens to be the Jets’ starter under center this year. The team’s running back situation is a bit in flux with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington each demanding new contracts, but the issue should be settled by the start of the season. The team also added Shonn Greene in the draft, so they should at least be okay if either Jones or Washington (or both) holdout. The defense should be much improved under Ryan, although the new pieces have to mesh and the team is hoping former first round pick Vernon Gholston can rebound from a horrible rookie season (he barely played because he couldn’t grasp the playbook). This team should be competitive under the fiery Ryan, but they’ll have a tough challenge playing the same division as the Patriots and Dolphins. Still, the Jets might be a team to watch in 2009.
Odds to win Super Bowl XLIV
New York Jets 45/1
Odds to win the AFC 2009-2010
New York Jets 22/1
Odds to win the AFC South 2009-2010
New York Jets 8/1
Posted: 6/25/09 11:05PM ET