Dolphins, Jets similarly matched despite offseason boasts
They're beating the Super Bowl drums in New Jersey because the Jets have a wonderfully entertaining big mouth for a coach, an aggressive front office and a star-studded roster that suggests the team that fell in the conference title game last season can take the next step this season.
In Miami, no one is boasting. There are no Super Bowl dreams at night, and the days are filled with the usual silence from Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano.
At some point this offseason, Sparano might go out on a limb and predict the Dolphins will show up for their 2010 games.
So the approaches the Jets and Dolphins are taking are vastly different.
The expectation for each team is different. The vibe around the two teams is, you guessed it, different.
And that should not be.
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I would say the rosters compare like this:
QB - Even. I think Henne will develope into a better starter than Sanchez, but, trying to be as objective as possible, both are still ?'s.
RB - Miami. Huge advantage here.
FB - Miami. Richardson is still a great FB, but Polite has more pop to his game at this point, IMO.
WR - Jets. This could go either way. We know what we're going to get out of our WR's, while the Jets have a guy like Edwards that could either be a Pro Bowler or a 600 yard, 20 drop guy; Holmes is suspended for the first 4, and after Cotchery, who do the Jets really have? I would say Dustin Keller though pushes the Jets in front of Miami though.
O-line - Even. I think Miami has better OT's, but the Jets probably get the nod at RG and center. The LG spot is a question mark for both teams.
DE - Miami. This isn't even close.
NT - Miami. Tough to evaluate because Jenkins and Starks are polar opposites. Jenkins is coming off an injury and Starks is new to the position, but having Ferguson back for the last 8 pushes Miami over the top.
ILB - Even. I'd take Dansby over either of NY's, but I would also take Scott and Harris over CC.
OLB - Jets. Barely a win for NY, but they have more depth at the position and more experience.
FS - Even. Neither team has any legit starters (at least nobody who has proven they can be).
SS - Miami. Not even close. YB 10X > Leonard
CB - Jets. Miami has much better depth, but the Jets have Revis. This changes by 2011 though as I think Vontae will be every bit as good as Revis very soon.
Kicker - Miami. Not even close.
Punter - Miami. If Fields can stop being so dang inconsistent, he's a top 5 punter in the NFL.
Return game - Even. The Jets lost their return guy, so did we. This is up for grabs.
Coaching - Miami. To me, not even close.
Miami - 8 advantages.
Jests - 3 advantages.
Ties - 5 units/positions.
Just me though.