It’s been a wacky, crazy, exciting and extremely infuriating season for the Green and White. One minute I was trashing the offense and the next I was talking playoffs. One minute I was thinking this defense might be the best in the league and the next I was feeling like they might get there next year. One game Geno Smith looked like the answer. The next game I was wondering what the question was. One game we trash the Saints and the next we get smacked around by the Buffalo Bills. Weird weird season. But this turned out to be a season of great growth and a hopeful outlook for the future. There are some really good reasons for the positive feelings coming off a pretty average 8-8 campaign.
1-Can you say CAP SPACE!?!? It’s been estimated that through expiring contracts (Vladimar Ducasse & Konrad Reuland) , players who will most probably released (Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes) and contracts that are going to be renegotiated (Antonio Cromartie and David Harris and possibly others) The NEW YORK JETS could find themselves 40 million dollars under the salary cap…and this at a time when a few smart moves could make them serious contenders in the AFC.
2-The NEW YORK JETS are a team on the rise. When you consider that the experts (me included) thought it would be amazing if they won 5 or 6 games, and then to win 8, and conclude the season by knocking the Dolphins out of the playoffs, it’s clear the team continues to play hard and believe in the direction they are headed.
3-Nick Folk. Not much else to say.
4-Rex is back. This was really a no-brainer. Idzik gave Ryan a team that was miserable on offense, with a rookie quarterback and not a professional receiver in sight. Santonio Holmes did nothing…and I mean nothing. Probable AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson had more touchdowns than Holmes. Are you kidding me? And they still managed to beat the Falcons, the Saints and the Patriots and end up 8-8. Rex did a wonderful job getting the least talented team he has ever had while in New York to play hard, tough and fast. The players love him. The fans love him. I believe he is the right man for the job. There is something to be said for STABILITY at the top. Changing regimes every 3 or 4 years ain’t gonna get it it done. Good move keeping Rex.
5-Geno Smith might be the answer and he might not. It’s OK. The NEW YORK JETS don’t have all that much invested in him. I think they will bring in a veteran and maybe draft one of these stud QB’s coming out this year. Throw ’em in the pot and see who wins the job. It was encouraging to see Smith playing so much better but it’s obvious that no QB could have done all that much with the lack of offensive skill players on this team. It’s pretty amazing Geno did as much as he did.
6-THE DEFENSE. With a tweak here or there this bunch will be a force to be reckoned with for the next few years. Wilkerson…Richardson…Harrison…Ellis…Davis…Harris…Coples…a formidable group of young tough athletic dudes who love to play and want to win. These guys are going to make people forget the SACK EXCHANGE and I think that day will be sooner rather than later. I am psyched by this unit!
7-“THE WILD CARDS”…
The Draft.….John Idzik don’t fail me now! The JETS have 9 draft choices in the spring…and if he gets creative maybe even more. We need offensive line depth…offensive skill players…maybe we can grab one of those QB’s from this epic QB draft. We also need help on Special Teams…maybe a fast aggressive linebacker or corner.Free Agency…with all those greenbacks to burn hopefully we can bring in a big time receiver or tight end…maybe a kick returner…a QB eating linebacker or safety. As they say…you got the ball John…here’s your opportunity to re-make the team into a deep, powerful force in the AFC. 2014-2015 could be a VERY INTERESTING year for the NY JETS. This off season could put the JETS among the elite. John Idzik has done a great job as GM so far. Let’s hope the trend continues !
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- Jets: Ryan will return (boston.com)