The J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets are in state of despair currently and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Between a lack of adequate quarterback talent and an unknown roster it seems the Jets front office might be taking a page out of the Sixers’ handbook of tanking. The Sixers are most infamously known over the past few years as trusting former GM Sam Hinkie’s process of tanking and building through the draft. Although tanking by those standards seem pretty farfetched judging from the size of an NFL team, the Jets might be doing the next closest thing.
Arguably the biggest problem with the Jets is something they’ve been dealing with for almost a decade and that’s the quarterback position. Gang Green hasn’t been able to find a quality and consistent starter since Chad Pennington in the mid-2000s. Since Chad’s last start in 2007 Gang Green has had 10 different quarterbacks start under center. This list includes names such as Kellen Clemens, Brett Favre, Michael Vick and Geno Smith. The Jets experienced their best success with Mark Sanchez who they drafted 6th overall in the 2009 draft. Mediocre at best, Sanchez did help the Jets get to back to back AFC championship games although those teams were spearheaded by the defense. Some felt Sanchez was squeezed out of his position in 2013 in order for rookie Geno Smith to take over the starting spot, but whatever the case, the Geno Smith era didn’t go as planned. He went 12-18 as a starter and lost his job during the summer before the 2015 season after getting his jaw broken by a teammate in a locker room fight at training camp. The Jets then brought in journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and thought they struck gold as they went 10-6 with Fitzpatrick breaking the Jets’ single season touchdown record. However the “FitzGod” was just a one hit wonder as he and the Jets had an absolutely abysmal 2016 season going 5-11. This, all after Fitzpatrick held out of camp until he received a better contract. Now the Jets once again find themselves with uncertainty at the quarterback position as the depth chart consists of 3rd year QB Bryce Petty, 2nd year QB Christian Hackenberg and free agent signee Josh McCown, none of which strikes any fear in the hearts of defensive coordinators. With a young receiving core, rebuilding offensive line and average running backs, it looks like it’ll be another rough year for the offense.
Aside from the fiasco that is finding a clear starter, the Jets have just about cleaned house this off season letting go of some key pieces. The first of the clearing house was releasing long time Jets center Nick Mangold, offensive lineman Brian Giacomini and kicker Nick Folk. Next to go was Brandon Marshall who had a down year which came as a surprise to many due to the success he and Fitzpatrick shared as a WR/QB combo. Two days after that the Jets released future Hall of Famer Darrelle Revis. Fast forward a few months and the Jets release the secondary starter Marcus Gilchrist as well as waiving 2015 second round pick Devin Smith. Most recently the Jets released another long time Jets linebacker David Harris and have made it public they intend to part ways with WR Eric Decker. The Jets also traded 2014 1st round pick Calvin Pryor to the Browns for linebacker Demario Davis. This was definitely done to clear roster space for incoming rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. With all these releases the Jets have signed a few C list free agents as well as drafting well in this year’s draft. On top of LSU’s Jamal Adams and Florida’s Marcus Maye, some of their picks this year included Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart, TE Jordan Leggett out of Clemson and DE Dylan Donahue from West Georgia. Although their draft class was pretty good there isn’t anyone that could make an immediate impact that would propel the Jets this upcoming season.
The Jets are projected to be among the worst in the league this year and quite possibly for the next few. The front office is doing a total overhaul of the roster and are going to build around these draft picks and Pro-Bowlers Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams. It’s been a while since the NFL has seen a team blown up the way the Jets have been this offseason and the hope, especially among Jets nation is that this process doesn’t last as long as the one in Philadelphia.
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