My favorite move John Idzik made in his first offseason as Jets general manager was trading for Saints running back, Chris Ivory. Ivory has never really gotten the chance to be an every down back, but when he has been given chances he has thrived. In 12 games in his rookie season, Ivory rushed for over 700 yards and for over 5 yards per carry. Over his three year career he averages 5.1 yards per carry and has only fumbled four times. With the starting running back job with the jets, I believe Ivory could run for at least 1,200 yards this season with his speed and power.
2) Offensive Line Depth
The past couple of seasons, protecting the quarterback has been a problem for the Jets. A great example was two seasons ago when Nick Mangold went down with an injury and the Jets just could not stop the rush. This year in the draft the jets snagged three offensive lineman, Brian Winters a guard, Oday Aboushi a tackle and guard, and Will Campbell a guard. In free agency they signed guards Willie Colon and Stephen Peterman. With a core of Austin Howard, Nick Mangold, and D-Brick, this unit has some depth.
3) Legit Options at Quarterback
Over his career, Mark Sanchez has truly never had real competition at quarterback. This offseason, John Idzik went out and brought in two guys who can and will give Mark a run for his money. The Jets signed David Garrard and drafted Geno Smith in the 2nd round. If healthy, I truly believe Garrard will win the starters job and act as a bridge to Geno. Geno may not be ready to start by week one, but by the end of the season he will be the starter. Garrard gives the Jets a guy who is smart on the field, unlike #6.
4) Marty Morhinweg's West Coast Offense
When the Jets hired new offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg, we knew they were getting the west coast offense. This offense could work great with the Jets personel. I think if Sanchez is the starter, he will perform well in the WCO. Guys like Jeremy Kerley, Mike Goodson, and Santonio Holmes, all seem like great fits for Marty's offense. Sparano never had a real plan last season, but I believe this offense will.