With it being Jets week, it seems even more fitting.
The 2009 Jets, like this years Seahawks team.. fielded a top defense highlighted by its secondary.
The 2009 Jets, like this years Seahawks team.. started a rookie QB and had a very up and down offense.. highlighted by its rushing game. (More on this later though)
The 2009 Jets, like this years Seahawks team.. struggled on the road and played much better at home.
The 2009 Jets, like this years Seahawks team.. had Braylon Edwards (ok this is more coincidence than anything else)
The 2009 Jets finished the year 9-7 and would wind up losing in the AFC Championship to the Indianapolis Colts.
The parallels between the two teams are very eerily similar, except for one big thing. Quarterback play. Russell Wilson is far and away better in his rookie season than Mark Sanchez was. In fact, Wilson has already eclipsed Sanchez in TD passes in their respective rookie years.. and for the most part has shown a good ability at protecting the football (save for a couple of brain farts he's had.. which happens with the position)
I remember there were threads comparing us to the Ravens and Bucs of the early 2000's .. and those were some really.. just off comparisons in my book. Both of those teams had unreal defenses who played NASTY football from start to finish. There were no Matt Stafford big days or Adrian Peterson big days against those defenses. We're talking historically good units for each respective team.
However, the Seahawks defense IS indeed a Top 10 unit.. and more often than not, they will play to that ability. The '09 Jets defense played very similar.. they had a couple of off days (interestingly enough at home of all places) but for the most part they were very good. In fact they were the best defense in terms of points allowed (we are currently 3rd overall in that category).
I think a lot of people would be happy with the Jets 2009 season.. even if we fell in the conference championship game.
February 2, 2014... the day the dream was finally realized