While the Patriots are getting younger with 24 draft choices on their roster from the past two years, the Jets have used that same time to assemble a Pro Bowl lineup of stars.
Suddenly, the Jets, a team built on defense, have the offensive weapons to compete against the Pats and the top teams in the league.
But this could be a one-shot deal for the Jets, who have accumulated a lot of star talent who might not be around in 2011. Second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez has an envious receiving corps at his disposal. Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Laveranues Coles, tight end Dustin Keller and LaDainian Tomlinson out of the backfield.
How many of them will be back next year?
Clayton's bullet-point observations include Sanchez's rapid maturity thanks to three road playoff starts and the impact cornerback Antonio Cromartie will have on a defense that ranked No. 1 without him.
But Clayton added a caveat: Contract issues and big personalities could roil a delicate chemistry enough to be a negative influence.