Dream Offseason, Version 2: The Deshaun Watson Version

Dalbin Osorio offers his dream offseason for the New York Jets, version 2.0.

Thanks to a dominant performance by the *checks notes* Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets are now assured of picking 2nd AND 23rd in the first round in the NFL Draft. They enter the offseason with a cache of picks over the next two years and they stand to add some more once they trade QB Sam Darnold. As Joe Douglas enters his second offseason, and begins to narrow his head coaching search down, the time has come for the Jets General Manager to find his franchise QB and Head Coach and end what is now the most absurd playoff drought in the NFL.

I just don’t think he should find that franchise QB in the draft, and I think the Head Coach should be one the franchise QB wants to play for. With that in mind:

Step One: Hire the Right Coach

Hire Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy, fresh off his third straight season of coordinating an offense that finished in the top 5 in points scored, to be the new Head Coach. Eric Bieniemy has been in charge of the Chiefs offense during the development of the league’s BORN (Best One Right Now) and the offense has not missed a beat with him at the helm. Bieniemy was the one that went to speak to Lincoln Riley and Kliff Kinsgbury in the offseason before soon-to-be crowned MVP Patrick Mahomes became the Chiefs starting QB because he wanted to put concepts in his gameplans that would make Mahomes’s transition easier. I’d say that worked out very well! He handles the playbook and puts together the game plans: the knock on him seems to be that he doesn’t call plays for Kansas City even though Matt Nagy had one month (six games total) of play calling before the Chicago Bears hired him and Doug Pederson called plays for the Chiefs for two months before the Philadelphia Eagles hired him. Limited play calling experience didn’t seem to hinder those two coaches from being hired, and it should not hinder Bieniemy either.

Step Two: Build Bieniemy’s staff

Assistant Head Coach: Former Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis

Offensive Coordinator: Former Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson

Defensive Coordinator: Saints Secondary Coach Aaron Glenn

Special Teams Coach: 49ers Assistant Special Teams Coach Michael Clay

Quarterbacks: Former Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress

Running Backs: Former Chargers Running Backs Coach Mark Ridgley

Wide Receivers: Rams Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Zac Robinson

Tight Ends: Eagles Assistant Tight Ends Coach Mike Bartrum

Offensive Line Coach: Packers Assistant Offensive Line Coach Luke Butkus

Defensive Line Coach: Browns Assistant Defensive Line Coach Jeremy Garrett

Linebackers Coach: Ravens Outside Linebackers Coach Drew Wilkins

Secondary Coach: Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard

I’d build Bieniemy’s staff a little differently than I did Wink Martindale’s, as I opt for a little more familiarity on offense: he brings former Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson with him to oversee his offense as well as Brad Childress, who he also worked with in Kansas City, to help develop his quarterback. Handing the reins of the defense to Aaron Glenn, with an assist from former Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis and former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard, helps his rookie Defensive Coordinator while, in the case of Lewis, giving him another experienced Head Coach to help his own transition. It is a younger staff than what I assembled for Martindale, but one that would pay dividends to the Jets as they try and turn this corner.

Beginning of League Year:

Cap Space: $62.9M (assuming a $175M salary cap)

Picks: 2nd, 23rd, 34th, 66th, 87th, 98th, 130th, 138th, and 162nd

Trades:

Trade the 2nd, 34th, and 66th picks in this draft, plus the Seahawks 1st in 2022 and Jets 2nd in 2022 to the Houston Texans and finally solve the franchise QB conundrum you have repeatedly found yourself in. Jets fans have seemingly told themselves that a trade like this means you suddenly have zero picks and zero cap space. I don’t really know where they got this information from, but it needs to stop. This trade would decrease the 62.9M the team has at the beginning of the league year by $15.9M (Watson’s 2021 cap number) to $47M. This will, also, leave the Jets with picks 23, 87, 98, 130, 138, and 162. If only the Jets had a player that a lot more people were high on. Oh, wait..

Trade Sam Darnold to the Chicago Bears for the 52nd and 84th picks in the NFL Draft.

With this trade of Darnold to the Bears (they pony up a late 3rd because they do not have a 4th rounder), the Jets now have 5 picks (23rd, 52nd, 84th, 87th, and 98th) in the top 100 and 8 picks total entering the draft. This moves Darnold to a team that just lost in the playoffs and is in need of a quarterback, and who have been aggressive in the past when its come time to acquire players. With Matt Nagy entering a critical year for him, he swings the dice on a QB with high upside who really hasn’t shown more than the QB he had but who he believes has untapped potential. The Darnold trade doesn’t net salary cap savings, so before cuts:

Cap Space: $47M

Picks: 23rd, 52nd, 84th, 87th, 98th, 130th, 138th, and 162nd

Cuts:

DE Henry Anderson ($8.2M savings)

OT George Fant ($7.4M savings)

TE Trevon Wesco ($2.2M savings)

OT Chuma Edoga ($2.2M savings)

Cap Space: $67M

Re-Sign

Safety Marcus Maye, 5 years, $45M, 31.5M guaranteed, 5.4M Y1

OG Pat Elflein, 1 year, $5M, $5M guaranteed, $5M Y1

Cap Space: $61.6M

Free Agency:

WR Allen Robinson (5 years/100M/70M guaranteed, 12M Y1)

RB Gus Edwards (3 years/15M/10.5M guaranteed/3.7M Y1)

EDGE Romeo Okwara (4 years/56M/28M guaranteed/9.8M Y1)

CB Chidobe Awuzie (5 years/65M/39M guaranteed/7.8M Y1)

OG Quentin Spain (3 years/27M/21.6M guaranteed/6.7M Y1)

Cap Space: 16.6M

NFL Draft

With the 23rd Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw

With the 52nd Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth

Trade: the New York Jets trade the 22nd pick in the third round to the Jaguars for the 1st and 25th picks in the 4th round

With the 83rd Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Miami EDGE Jaelen Phillips

With the 103rd Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson

With the 104th pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome

Trade: the New York Jets trade the 25th pick in the 4th round to the Green Bay Packers for the 31st and 37th pick in the 4th round

With the 133rd pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Georgia Center Trey Hill

Trade: the New York Jets trade the 37th pick in the 4th round to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 10th pick in the 5th round and the 6th pick in the 6th round

With the 143rd pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select LSU Cornerback Kary Vincent, Jr

With the 151st pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill

With the 152nd pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Texas A&M DL Bobby Brown

With the 181st Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher

With the 188th Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Florida S Donovan Stiner

With the 245th Pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Memphis K Riley Patterson

Depth Chart Entering Training Camp (*denotes rookie)

QB: Deshaun Watson, James Morgan

RB: Gus Edwards, *Jaret Patterson, *Kylin Hill, La’Mical Perine

WR: Allen Robinson, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, *Dazz Newsome

TE: Chris Herndon, *Pat Freirmuth, Ryan Griffin

OG: Pat Elflein, Quentin Spain

OT: Mehki Becton, *Christian Darrisaw

C: Conor McGovern, Trey Hill

DE: Quinnen Williams, John Franklyn Myers

DT: Foley Fatukasi, *Bobby Brown

ILB: CJ Mosley

OLB: Romeo Okwara, *Jaelin Phillips

CB: Chidobe Awuzie, Bryce Hall, *Kary Vincent Jr

S: Marcus Maye, Ashtyn Davis, *Donovan Stiner

K: *Riley Patterson

P: Braden Mann

This is a big swing offseason for the New York Jets, in which they hire the best coordinator available and land their franchise QB and a superstar at a time where the New York Jets have to contend with Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and whoever the Texans would draft with the second pick overall. In order for the Jets to compete in the new era of the AFC, they need a gamechanger at QB. I believe Justin Fields (more than Zack Wilson) can be that at the next level, but Deshaun Watson is ALREADY that. Allen Robinson, Denzel Mims, and Jamison Crowder compliment each other very well, and formations where they line Kylin Hill up in the slot with Jaret Patterson as the single back could be utilized to keep the defense off-balance. Becton and Darrisaw bookend an improved offensive line that also takes a step forward with the addition of Quintin Spain and retaining Pat Elflein. The defense adds two edge rushers to help Quinnen Williams and the front four take that next step. The addition of Awuzie and Vincent, Jr takes the corner room to the next level.

Do this and lets win some damn games, Jets fans.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.