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New York Jets’ Greatest Strengths & Weaknesses Heading Into OTAs

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With OTAs just around the corner, we breakdown the strongest and weakest positions for Mike Maccagnan’s New York Jets.

He burst onto the scene so loudly that everything about him was larger than life.

Take Week 2 of 2009, for example. Coming off a rousing victory in Houston, the New York Jets returned to New Jersey to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

This larger than life character was of course Rex Ryan, and he became extremely huge in the Big Apple for reasons other than physical appearance.

It all started with his famous tape-recorded plea to the fans in anticipation of his first ever home game in Jersey:

It led to this:

Unfortunately, that was then, when the high point of Ryan’s tenure in New York were those first two years.

His tenure as Jets boss regressed, the exact opposite of what any organization is looking out of its fearless leader.

Heading into NFL 2016, it’s now time for the new regime to march through the second act.

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For Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles, 2016 won’t just be an ordinary season. It’ll be the first measuring stick. Everything that happens with Gang Green will be measured against the pleasantly surprising 10-6 campaign in 2015.

Though the careful onlooker understands how fortunate the Jets had it a season ago, progression, not regression, is expected.

This is how regimes in the NFL are measured.

With OTAs officially beginning next week, we take an in-depth look at the New York Jets greatest strengths and weaknesses.

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