With the way the last four weeks have played out, you’d be hard pressed to find any positives about the Jets. However, let’s take a broad look at things, and see if we can pull some positives…here are five silver linings to their rough start
1) The end of the Rex Ryan area – Yes, this is actually a silver lining. No matter how much the players and certain fans love him, it’s time for a change. Rex has failed to make the playoffs since the two AFC Championship runs, and things seem to be going down hill at this point. It’s time for a much needed fresh start. Keep an eye out for Jim Harbaugh, Darrell Bevell, and Dan Quinn as possible replacements.2) Cap space – The projected cap space for 2015 is $53,405,680. Yes, John Idzik is very patient, but he may actually make the most of his cap space if he’s spending to aid the coach of his choice — not a coach that was forced upon him.
3) Young nucleus – The team may have some gaping holes, but there are a few positions that won’t need to be worried about for quite some time with a number of talented, young players under the age of 25: Jace Amaro and Calvin Pryor (22); Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson (23); Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson (24); Demario Davis, Damon Harrison, and Jeremy Kerley (25).
4) High draft pick – If these last four weeks are any indication of how the rest of the season will go, another high draft pick is in the team’s future, which will only add to the young nucleus. The team’s biggest hole right now is under center, as Geno Smith definitely does not appear to be the answer. This draft will be rich with quarterbacks, headlined by Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. With a high draft pick, the Jets may have a shot at landing either of these two QBs.
5) Rich WR pool in free agency – Outside of QB (which may be addressed through the draft depending on how the draft goes), the team’s biggest needs are at WR and CB. The WR pool is very rich. Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas (who has a tremendous relationship with Eric Decker) headline the free agent WR class, followed by Randall Cobb, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, Wes Welker, Hakeem Nicks, and Torrey Smith. If things break the right way in the draft and Idzik decides to spend some money, Jameis Winston may line up in the gun on opening day with any two of the WRs I just mentioned, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerely as his options — not bad, huh?Link Dump:
– Predictions for the Jets-Broncos game haven’t been about who will win the game, they’ve been about how many points the Broncos will score. Here’s a somewhat generous prediction about how the Jets will fare against Denver. (RS)
– Rex Ryan came out and admitted that his team may have a tough time against the Broncos — thanks Rex, we couldn’t have figured that out on our own. (NYDN)
-The biggest issue for the defense has been getting off the field on third down. How can this deficiency be explained? (NJ)– At MetLife Stadium, Brett Favre became the first QB to ever reach 500 career TD passes. Peyton Manning has a chance to break Favre’s record in that same venue — the magic number is six TDs (if there’s a team to throw six TDs against, it’s Gang Green). (ND)