Panic Button: Jets shaky start

September, 24, 2008
9/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The problem: All of the big-ticket offseason moves the New York Jets made have added up to one victory through the first three weeks.

Time to hit the panic button? Yes.

The Solution: The Jets' objective was clear when they revamped the lineup of a team that went 4-12 last year. The playoffs were expected. Winning straight away was the plan.

Why else would a team trade for a quarterback who will turn 39 in Week 6? The Jets also traded for nose tackle Kris Jenkins and spent beaucoup bucks on such free agents as guard Alan Faneca, tackle Damien Woody and linebacker Calvin Pace.

The Jets' window appears small. This could be Favre's last season, and there are 14 players on the roster with eight or more years of NFL experience.

A quick start was important, moreso with the Buffalo Bills 3-0 out of the blocks. The Jets are 1-2 and must figure out a way to get over on the Bills and New England Patriots to have a shot at a wildcard berth. A loss Sunday against the capable Arizona Cardinals would sting.

Favre is struggling to learn a new offense. While he's still picking up things, the Jets' solution to a slow start would be winning the games they're expected to win.

Salvation could be the schedule's soft midsection. The Jets will emerge from their Week 5 bye with games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. They'll play the Bills in Week 9 and then host the St. Louis Rams.

But if Favre can't pick up the offense, some of those would-be victories will turn into crucial losses.

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