October 1, 2014 2 Comments
As we all know the New York Jets are currently 1-3 in this 2014-2015 NFL season. Now many people believe this is how the Jets season should be going since people all over the country believe this team is horrible. This is a pretty good assumption though. The team is performing as everyone expected but for me, I believe they are off to this start because of the personnel on the team. It is not like the Jets are getting blown out of every game. They have lost by one score or less in every game they have lost so far in the season. Now I am not one to make excuses but the Jets are in the middle of a very hard stretch and are currently in the hardest part of their schedule. The past three games have been against the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions. Each team can be argued to be in the top-tier of teams in the NFL. The Packers are elite and it is obvious since they won a Super Bowl in recent years. The Bears have always been a good team and have a great offense. The Lions can be argued to have the best defense in the NFL along with one of the best offenses as well. One thing all of these teams have is an elite player at the quarter back position. These players consist of Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, and Matt Stafford respectively. All of these quarterbacks are elite and were played in three consecutive weeks. This path of elite quarterbacks does not stop there either. The next three weeks the Jets also need to play the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos, and the division rival New England Patriots. The elite quarterbacks for these teams are Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady. Phillip Rivers has been great for the Chargers the past few years. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have both won MVP’s in the NFL so just from that you can tell they are elite. It does not get any easier for the Jets and they need to find out a way to win at least one of those games, and that will be very difficult to do.
The New York Jets might have a rookie quarter back in Geno Smith that makes a few costly mistakes here and there, but not all the blame can be put on Geno. Geno has been able to show his potential at times but has also shown he might have the composure to play in New York. In Smith’s defense he does not have many receiver to throw the football to. They have good receivers in Eric Decker and Jeremey Kerley. There is no doubt that both of these guys are pretty good but neither is elite. The other thing about Decker is he can’t even stay on the field since he has been battling a hamstring injury since he was signed in the offseason. With mediocre receivers no quarter back can expect to be successful. The Jets play calling has also not been the greatest thing for Geno. At times the coaches seem to hold Geno back and this causes the offense to become more predictable which can influence some of the interceptions Smith throws. In the red zone the play calling has been even worse. The Jets cannot score in the red zone because of the horrible play calling by the coaches. They are not being as aggressive as they should be and limiting Geno. I believe if they let the chains loose on Geno he can flourish. We saw glimpses of this last year towards the end of the season where Geno looked the player everyone thought he could be.
Now for the main reason why I believe the New York Jets are not as productive this season. The reason is the front office, plain and simple. General manager John Idzik was brought in from Seattle to help build this team into something replicating the Seattle Seahawks and as of right now it seems to not be working. Seattle was built through the draft and through over looked free agents. You could see this happening during the offseason but it apparently was not enough. The Jets had huge salary cap this offseason and this was the year everyone thought Idzik would spend the money to bring this team to the playoffs. That was not the case. The only worthy free agent the Jets were able to bring in was Decker and too most he is not a number one receiver. Many believe they even over paid for Decker, which is not what Seattle did to build their team. With the huge amount of money the could have spent, they did not address the cornerback issue. The New York Jets secondary could be the worst in the NFL and there were options the Jets could have gotten to fix that problem. Two players that were available were Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. Both of these players were thought to be targets for the Jets but DRC went to the Giants and Revis went to the Patriots. Revis wanted to return to the Jets but they did not even offer him a contract. The organization thought he wanted too much money, but what do you expect for the best corner back in the NFL. You get what you pay for. Rodgers-Cromartie signed with the Giants because they gave him more money but it is not like the Jets didn’t have the money to get at least one of these players. Now they did get Decker to help them at receiver but the main target should have DeSean Jackson. Now he is known to be a number one receiver and would have helped the offense greatly due to his deep ball threat. One thing the Jets barely do as it is. These are risks the Jets should have taken. Building this team conservatively hasn’t worked and looks like it won’t get too much better unless something is done. Even through the draft it hasn’t worked for the Jets. The Jets drafted three receivers in the early rounds and none of them are on the team. One got suspended, one got injured for the entire year, and one was cut from the team. This offseason seemed to be a bust and nothing has gone right for the New York Jets. And it doesn’t seem to look like it will get better anytime soon unless something is done by the front office. Will be interesting is they can do anything during the season to fix the team, but it is very doubtful.