Projected Record: 7-9
AFC East Rank: 2nd
The Jets finally fired former GM Mike Tannebaum (Mr.T) and hired John Idzik. Since Mr.T made the Jets cap situation a disaster, the Jets were unable to make any major moves this offseason. However, Idzik did make a major move by trading away the great Darrelle Revis for three picks. Although Revis was the best player on their roster and a fan favorite, Woody Johnson was not willing to pay him so Idzik was forced to trade him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The trade enabled the Jets to snag an extra first round pick and a third round pick in next year’s draft. The Jets used the first round pick on Defensive Tackle Sheldon Richardson. Although many were skeptical when the Jets chose him over other top prospects, he has looked great during the preseason, which has silent many of the doubters. The Jets selected corner back Dee Milliner with their other first round pick. Although Milliner entered the league with a lot of hype because he was the top corner back in the draft, he has not performed well during preseason. Dee Milliner will have a lot of pressure this season because he will need to replace Revis Island and make up for a poor set of safeties behind him. However, Milliner will be given help from Richardson and his friends in the front seven. The group is a talent batch of young, talented players, such as Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Couples.
In the second round, the Jets made the biggest news of the draft by drafting quarterback. Although he was believed to be the first quarterback off the board, he was the second quarterback taken in the draft, behind EJ Manuel. Many experts including myself, do not believe that Smith was the correct pick for the Jets. The bulk of the news out of training camp and preseason games was about the quarterback competition. The Jets should have drafted a wide receiver or another playmaker on offensive because they do not have a lot of talent on offensive. This will probably be Mark Sanchez’s last year with the Jets. The Jets should have waited a year to select a quarterback because next year’s group will be great. If Stephen Hill makes improvements and the Jets selected a wide receiver like Keenan Allen or Robert Woods, the new quarterback would have had some weapons to throw to next year. During the offseason, the Jets made major changes on the offensive line and running back position. The Jets will start two new offensive lineman and a new running back, Chris Ivory, this season.
The Jets have little chance of making the playoffs this season because they do not have many special or talented players on their roster. The Jets open the season against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bucs. The Jets will be forced to start rookie quarterback Geno Smith because Mark Sanchez was injured during the third preseason game. Geno Smith was up and down during his two preseason appearances. When Geno started against the Giants, he looked horrible and threw three interceptions. Smith does not look like he is ready to lead an offense at the NFL level. Although the Buccaneers are not a good team, they should win the game unless Smith shows us something that we have not seen during the preseason. After week one, the Jets will play the @Patriots, Bills, and @Titans. The Jets will probably allow Mark Sanchez to start those three games, especially if the Jets lose their first game and Smith is plays poorly. If the Jets want to keep their playoff hopes alive and Rex wants to keep his job, they will probably have to win two of the next three games. The Jets will lose at Foxborough, win against the Bills, and the fourth game of the season will be a coin flip. As an optimistic Jets fan, I think they will win because the Titans have quarterback issues like the Jets. Quinton Couples should return for this game and the defense should be impressive. After an average start to the season, the Jets face an incredibly difficult five game stretch against the @Falcons, Steelers, Patriots, @Bengals, and Saints. The Jets come out of this stretch 1-4. The Jets will probably win one of the middle three games. If the Jets can some how eek out two wins, Mark Sanchez may be able to keep his job for the end of the season. However, the Jets will probably enter the week ten bye with a 3-6 or 4-5 record.
During the Bye week, the Jets will likely set up plays for Geno so he can become the main quarterback of the team. Rex and John will turn to Geno Smith after the Bye week, especially if Sanchez is playing poorly like last season. The second half of the season will be easier for the Jets. The Jets play @Bills, @Ravens, Dolphins, Raiders, @Panthers, Browns, and @ Dolphins. Although the teams are not as experienced and tough as the teams in the first part of the schedule, there are some tricky and talented teams that the Jets must play. The defense will enable the Jets to stay in games and possible win a few games when they are out payed offensively. They will probably finish the season 7-9.
Offensively, the Jets need wide receiver Stephen Hill to make a big jump during his sophomore season. Hill has all the talent and physical ability in the world to succeed in the NFL. Hill needs more repetitions and confidence so he can catch more balls and make more big plays. If Hill can improve and become a 1000 yard receiver, the Jets offense will make significant strides this season. Although Hill will never be a top five wide receiver, he has the potential to be a top ten receiver and a dynamic playmaker, especially in the red zone. The Jets have not had a big time number one receiver since Keyshawn Johnson. The Jets whole offense and especially the quarterback play will improve if Hill can become a top ten or fifteen receiver in the league.
Defensively, Dee Milliner will be the x-factor for the Jets defense this season. Dee has the talent to become a number one cornerback in the NFL. The Jets will need Dee to play like a number one or two if the Jets want to reach eight wins this season. The defensive front four will be the strength of the team so any help from the secondary will vault the Jets into the top ten for defenses. The Jets safeties will be the worst part of the defense. If Dee can play solid defense opposite of number one corner Antonio Cromartie, the safeties will not have as much pressure to play well.
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