Can rookie QB Mark Sanchez & Rookie Coach Rex Ryan lead the Jets to the Superbowl?

Jan 25, 2010 Cover boy for Sports Illustrated, NY Jets QB Mark Sánchez.

In what has been a unprecidated run, Mark Sánchez and the NY Jets have won 7 out of their last 8 games including two playoff victories on the road.  About three weeks ago no one saw this coming, not even coach Rex Ryan of the Jets, who after a 10-7 loss to the Falcons in December said, “We’re obviously out of the playoffs, and that’s unfortunate.”

Long behold, jets GM Mike Tenambaum informed coach Ryan that the Jets were still in it, sure things had to go their way (described here), but technically they still had a chance.  Fast forward three weeks later and the Jets made the playoff as the fifth seed in the AFC and are playing great football.  In the 2009 playoffs the Jets have defeated the 3rd ranked Cincinnati Bengals 24-14 & and the number 2 seed in an upset over San Diego Chargers 17-14.

Jets find themselves in a very unique situation.  Led by a rookie coach Rex Ryan, a rookie quarterback – Mark Sánchez, and their number 1 ranked defense and running game they are in the AFC Championship facing one of the greatest quarterback’s of all time and this year’s NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

The task ahead is undoubtedly difficult, but if they continue to play solid on both offense and defense who’s saying that the Jets can’t pull off another upset and head to the Miami for the Super Bowl?

Here’s hoping that rookie QB Sánchez and rookie head coach Rex Ryan become the first rookie combo to ever lead their team to a Superbowl… As a Jets fan, I sure do hope so.

Can the Jets deafeat 4 time MVP Peyton Manning & the Colts? Here's a cartoon showing exactly what I hope they do to him. Let's go J-E-T-S... JETS! JETS! JETS!

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