The New York Jets are taking a quieter approach to the offseason in 2012. There are no more Super Bowl guarantees and the chest thumping that earned them the title of "OTA World Champions."
That's a good thing. New York needs to keep all its focus on starting fast against a brutal early portion of its 2012 schedule. A slow start could ruin the Jets' entire season.
Here is the list of opponents:
Week 1: Buffalo Bills
Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 3: at Miami Dolphins
Week 4: San Francisco 49ers
Week 5: Houston Texans
The first five games include three playoff teams from last year: the Steelers, 49ers and Texans. The up-and-coming Bills in Week 1 also will be a stiff challenge.
Will the Jets thrive in this tough stretch? Or is this year’s team doomed from the start?