The New York Jets received surprising news today when quarterback David Garrard informed the team that due to swelling in his knee, he is deciding to retire. Considering he is 35 years old, hasn’t played a NFL snap in 2 years and missed all of last season with a bad knee, there is a limit to how surprising this news is.
The New York Jets are generally considered one of the worst, if not the worst team in the NFL as of right now. This is a hyperbole to an extent. Are the Jets a bottom ten team on paper? I think that it is a fair statement. Are they a shoe-in for a top five pick? I wouldn’t say so. Remember the 2012 Jets were 6-7 heading into their final three games, despite the league’s worst quarterback situation, having a roster decimated by injuries and severely lacking in talent. The roster has been improved, certain players are back healthy and really how much worse can the quarterback play possibly be?
Rex Ryan is a good enough coach and there is enough pieces on the current roster (which should still see some additions, notably at tight end and wide receiver) to have the Jets floating around .500 again for the bulk of the season. Could the Jets win 7-9 games in 2013? Crazier things have happened but let’s look at what needs to occur to make that a reality
It is no secret the New York Jets didn’t create an ideal environment for Mark Sanchez to succeed in, especially the previous couple of seasons. Yes, he gets the majority of the blame for not elevating his play in 2011 and 2012 but you are kidding yourself if you think he was put into a favorable situation. What is important now is that the Jets learn from their mistakes with Sanchez and work to create a quarterback friendly environment for Geno Smith. What does that involve?
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