3) Todd Bowles: After the Jets unexpected (to many) 3-1 start, the signing of Todd Bowles as head coach seems to have been a great one by Mike Maccagnan and Woody Johnson. Bowles has the Jets defense playing at the top of its game, while employing arguably more effective blitzes than Rex did for the Jets over the last 6 years. Bowles' defensive scheme has elevated the play of almost the entire defense, particularly Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams. Now imagine what Bowles has in store if the Jets get Sheldon Richardson back in week 6. Not only has Bowles made smart defensive moves, but he has also done a good job stabilizing the offense. Displaying confidence in his QB, Bowles has quietly turned Geno Smith into a forgotten man. New York is already starting to love this man, who always seems to say the right things. And If the Jets can make a run, maybe we'll hear some chatter about Bowles for the Coach of the Year award.
2) Brandon Marshall: I think a lot of people were questioning whether Marshall would maintain a high level of production with a below average quarterback. Well, Marshall has silenced the critics. Over the first 4 games, Marshall has 400 yards and 30 receptions. This puts him on pace for 1,600 yards and 120 receptions. Although Marshall will almost definitely slow down at some point, his start to the season has been historic. Never has a Jets receiver had three consecutive games with over 100 yards, something Marshall has done in the last three games. Marshall has been the go-to receiver that the Jets have needed for so long. If he continues to produce at this level, expect to see Marshall on this week every week.
1) Chris Ivory: Wow. Chris Ivory ran like a man possessed against the Dolphins this morning. Totaling 166 yards on 29 carries (5.7 YPC), Ivory showed the kind of back he can be. Ivory also showed the Jets that they need to continue to give him the ball early and often, because this man gets it done. With a tough matchup against the Redskins coming up in week 6, Ivory will be leaned on to get the Jets running game going. However, with the Redskins only allowing 75 yards on the ground per game, Ivory is going to have to find his way. I expect big things to come for this kid as the season progresses. He has the talent to be a top 5 RB in the NFL.