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Offseason full-court press fueled Jets

With lots of help from within the organization, GM got Rex his 'basketball players'

Updated: September 13, 2010, 2:52 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Super Bowl mission starts Monday night in a sparkling $1.6 billion stadium. In reality, it began Jan. 24 on a charter bus outside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where Rex Ryan turned to Mike Tannenbaum and said, "I want basketball players."

The New York Jets had just lost the AFC Championship Game to the Colts, in part, because their secondary was banged up and overmatched. Nickelback Donald Strickland was injured early in the game and, aside from Darrelle ...

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