There is not much to vent about the New York Jets loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. A bad and unprepared football team lost to an average football team handily. The Jets may win a few of their next six games since three of them are against teams who are currently winless and two of them are against a team openly trying to lose but it will not obscure the realities about how far away this team is right now from being a contender.
The rebuilding (one more time!) process started at the trade deadline today with the moving of Leonard Williams for a 3rd round pick next year and a 5th round pick in 2021 (that could become a 4th round pick if the Giants sign him long term).
Trading Williams was a no brainer for the Jets and fans should be pleasantly surprised on the return they received from the Giants. The Jets would have been patently insane to invest a long term contract into Williams after this season, a player who is a microcosm of why the team has struggled so much in recent years.
Williams has been somewhere between a very good and okay player during his five seasons with the team. As the 6th overall pick in the NFL Draft, he has been a disappointment. He is not a bust because he can play at this level and may even sniff another Pro Bowl or two in his career as an alternate in the right situation but ultimately he has mostly been a player who regularly disappears at a low impact position. You can find guys who do what you need Williams to do. Look at UDFA Kyle Phillips. Look at late round picks utilized for Henry Anderson and Foley Fatukasi. The selection of Quinnen Williams, yet another interior defensive linemen with a first round pick, all but sealed Leo’s long term fate here.
The Jets have to stop trying to be big in a league where everyone is trying to be fast. They are a NBA team loading up on traditional centers while trying to chase around the Clippers, Sixers and Rockets. You win in this league with quarterbacks, offensive linemen, cornerbacks and edge rushers. You do not win by concentrating immense amounts of resources at interior defensive linemen, inside linebacker and strong safety. Get mad all you want, the Jets record the past few years speaks for itself. Hopefully, this trade is the first of many move that reallocates the team’s roster resources to the proper positions.
Williams seemed like a good enough guy and was a quality ambassador for the organization but 7.5 sacks in his past 47 games with a complete lack of game changing plays or offensive lines he dominated was too glaring to ignore. Let Giants fans now spend their time attempting to justify his lack of production by getting excited about pressure rates and phantom double teams.
The other player the Jets are reportedly considering trading is wide receiver Robby Anderson. One one hand, a fire sale makes sense and it seems unlikely the team will sign him long term so getting back a mid round pick would be nice. On the other hand, Sam Darnold is in a precarious situation right now and having his top three wide receivers the rest of the year be Demaryius Thomas, Jamison Crowder and Vyncynt Smith is fairly terrifying. Receiver should theoretically be a replaceable position and it is a deep class in the 2020 NFL Draft but Anderson has a unique skill as a deep threat that will be hard to replace. We will need to see prospective compensation but the Jets will be walking a dangerous line with their lack of receiver depth the rest of the year.
As for other roster moves, it is time to shut down CJ Mosley and Ryan Kalil for the season. The Jets don’t need their 400 billion dollar middle linebacker rushing back for a December games when the team is already out of contention. Kalil was an understandable swing but has been a complete miss, move along.
We are in the Kotite Era, folks. The good news is there that is nowhere to go but up. The last Kotite Era was followed by the best stretch of football the organization ever played from 1997-2010. Let’s hope history repeats itself.