With the NFL offseason about to kick off, there are a lot of issues to deal with here in JestLand. So many in fact, that I think the only way to properly break them all down is with a special edition of the Stock Watch to buy and sell all things Jets as we get ready for the 2013 season.
BUY: Marty Mornhinweg Hire – I’m all in on the Marty M. hire. Aside from an upgrade at QB, the easiest and quickest way to improve an offense is by hiring an excellent offensive coordinator, and Marty was about as good as there was available on the market this offseason. We’ve been over his history of top 10 offenses and his usage of the West Coast Offense plenty of times here, so by now you should know what he brings to the table. We’re going to see a completely different style of offense in 2013, and I expect things to improve drastically. I mean, they can’t get any worse, right?
BUY: Mark Sanchez at QB - (Ducks) Ok, I know saying Mark Sanchez should be the starting QB in 2013 makes many of you want to throw a shoe at the computer, but that’s just the way it is. Joe touched on this yesterday, and everything he said was completely right. I’m not saying Mark Sanchez is going to be the long-term answer at QB in 2014 and beyond, but for 2013, he’s the most likely, and quite frankly, the best option we have. Look at the options we have available other than him: Tim Tebow is a goner, Greg McElroy isn’t the answer, the best cheap free agent options are guys like Tarvaris Jackson and Jason Campbell who both stink, and the 2013 draft class is downright putrid. 2014 is going to be the time where this team will look for their long-term answer at QB, but for 2013 Sanchez represents the best chance to win.
Now I’m sure many of you are saying if Sanchez is the QB, then the season is screwed before it even gets started, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. Call me crazy, or call me some disgusting urban dictionary words if you wish, but I think with this new system, some improvements on the line, and some continuity at the receiver position for once, Sanchez has a chance to be the serviceable QB he was before the 2012 catastrophe.
SELL: Trading Revis – We went over this in depth the other day, but it bears repeating. The Jets should absolutely NOT trade Darrelle Revis. We’re not going to get anywhere close to fair value, and trading him isn’t going to magically land us a franchise QB. This is the number one issue with this team heading into the offseason, and we’re going to hear a thousand rumors between now and April, but I hope John Idzik’s first major order of business is to lock up the best defensive player in football long-term.
BUY: Draft a Pass Rusher at #9 - Since there is very clearly no QB worth drafting in the #9 spot of the first round, the Jets need to address their next most pressing need, and that is the pass rush. The team hasn’t had a pass-rushing OLB for years, and this is the time to get one. Our draft staff has done a great job breaking down the prospects in this year’s draft, and there are no less than 5 potential pass rushing options for us at #9. All of our linebackers are either useless, or heading into a retirement home, so we need a guy who can step in and play a major role from day one. Follow that up with at least one solid offensive line pick, and I’ll be happy with this draft.
BUY: Re-sign Braylon Edwards – Wide receiver was a wasteland position for the Jets in 2012, but things can look much better in 2013 if Braylon is brought back. First of all, the team is up against the salary cap wall, so giving Braylon a 1-year low money contract makes a ton of sense. It will give Sanchez some continuity at the receiver position for basically the first time in his career, and it will give us four solid wide receiver options in Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, and Stephen Hill. Bringing Edwards back will give Hill time to develop and not force him into a major role, and it gives us two tall receivers who can get down the field. It sure beats having Jason Hill and Mardy Gilyard out there.
SELL: Vlad Ducasse – To be fair, the big oaf wasn’t too awful in 2012, particularly as a run blocker. That being said, he should get zero — I repeat, ZERO — consideration as a starting guard in 2013, despite Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore being free agents. If they want to keep him around as a backup, then that’s fine I guess, but generally the less Vlad we see, the better.
SELL: Mike DeVito – This one pains me to say because I’m as big a fan of his as anybody, but I just don’t see how he can be back in 2013. He’s basically a luxury we can’t afford at this point, and he’s going to be able to get much more money on the open market than the Jets can afford. We drafted Quinton Coples in the first round last year and it’s time to throw him into the fire full-time and let him and Muhammad Wilkerson anchor the line going forward. It’s going to be terrible when he ends up playing for the Patriots next year. Damn it.
BUY: Sione Po’uha and Bart Scott on 1-year deals – Obviously both of these guys and their huge salaries are going to be cut the first chance the team gets, but I wouldn’t mind either one coming back on a minimum type one-year deal. Both can still be useful players, and we can’t replace everyone in one offseason. Po’uha is still a valuable run plugger if healthy, and he can form a nice rotation with Kenrick Ellis. As for Scott, I’m not sold on Demario Davis playing a full-time role yet, and Bart can still be valuable leader for the defense.
SELL: Calvin Pace or Bryan Thomas back on 1-year deals – Both of these guys are either going to be cut or have their contracts expire, but I don’t expect either one of them to be back, no matter how low of a contract they’re willing to accept. Both finished up the 2012 seasons with monstrous forks sticking out of their backs, and it’s time to move on with some fresh blood at outside linebacker.
BUY: Rob Ryan as linebackers coach – I don’t know if the Jets want to bring in Rex’s brother to coach the linebackers, but I would have no problem with that at all. I know lots of stupid fans and even stupider media members would have a field day with a hire like this, but it makes sense. Rex trusts him, he’s a good coach, we have a hole at the position after the horrific Bob Sutton left, and he can provide a valuable resource for new coordinator Dennis Thurman to lean on. And hey, if the season ends up being bad on the field, at least things will be awfully entertaining off of it.