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Changing Faces

Well needless to say the face of the 2010 Jets has changed greatly in the past two weeks. Leon Washington one of my favorite Jets the past few years is now a Seahawk. Alan Faneca, the man responsible for molding the offensive line into the dominating cohesive unit that it was last two years, is gone. As sad as it may be to see these two great Jets go, there is no reason to frown. Jason Taylor is now officially a Jet, so we can now look forward to seeing him make plays like the one that helped seal the deal on the Jets second loss to the Dolphins last season. Except now these highlight reel plays will be helping us to win (yes I do believe that Jets fans are some of the few fans in the NFL who should be allowed to refer to themselves as part of the team). The Jets also drafted another shutdown corner in Kyle Wilson who will play nickel and may eventually replace Cromartie across from Revis if Cromartie is signed away from the Jets after next year. Then in the 2nd round they got Vladimir Ducasse, the All-American O-lineman and potential replacement for Faneca. In the 4th round the Jets drafted Leon Washington’s replacement in the do it all back Joe McKnight out of USC. Lastly, the Jets drafted the Full back of the future in the Terminator John Connors out of Kentucky.

I hate seeing Faneca and Leon go because they along with Thomas Jones and Kerry Rhoades (both of whom also aren’t on the team this year) were four of the more important players in transitioning the Jets from same old Jets, to the new brash fun to watch Jets. Leon started it when as a rookie he became the only bright spot in the Jets’ offense after Curtis Martin suffered his career ending injury. He was one of the most electrifying players in Jets history and the entire NFL the past few years. As for Faneca, I give him credit for turning the Jets O-Line into the dominating force that it has become. Nick Mangold was a phenomenal player from the start of his career, but playing next to Faneca for the past few years has definitely turned him into the player that he is today. However his greatest influence has been the impact he has had on D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Ferguson’s first few years in the league he showed great promise, but he was never quite able to put it together. However the experience D’Brickashaw gained from playing next to Faneca is something that can never be replaced. The Hall of famer Faneca took the raw untapped talent that D’Brickashaw displayed his first two years in the league and turned him into the All-Pro that he has become. Leon and Alan you both will be greatly missed and I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your careers. I hope that the Jets decide to give you the Super Bowl ring that you both so rightfully deserve for your contributions in turning this franchise in the direction that it is now going. Farewell!!

By: Paul Malamood


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