Jets in better Super Bowl shape than Pats - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN (click on link for full article) "A sampling of accomplished former AFC East players who still follow the game closely raised many recurring sentiments: * The Jets at least have pulled even with the Patriots. * The Patriots are getting older and have more roster concerns. * If quarterback Mark Sanchez can develop, the Jets will be the team to beat for a long time. * The Miami Dolphins are on the rise but still trail the Jets and Patriots. * The Bills are a mess and don't belong in the conversation until they show significant improvements on the field. ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, a former Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach, already has picked the Jets to represent the AFC in next year's Super Bowl. "The Patriots are closer to getting back to the Super Bowl, but the better long-term future would be the Jets," said Steve DeOssie, who spent a dozen years in the NFL and hosts a Patriots postgame show on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "That window of opportunity is closing for the Patriots in two, three maybe four years on the outside. If Sanchez develops, the Jets have a very bright future for the next seven, eight, nine years."