Realities of the 2013 New York Jets

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Despite the need for change, there are some realities that will have to be faced by John Idzik and the New York Jets.

Within the next couple of weeks, we will begin to see how good John Idzik really is. Come February 6th, the waiver period begins, and John Idzik can start working on this roster. As we have talked about many times before, Idzik has quite a few issues to work through with this team, both financially and with various positions.

We are all expecting a lot out of our new general manager right out of the gate. Everyone in the land of the Jets wants to see change right away, and with good reason. We are tired of the pathetic offense, and the losing. There is no doubt that we will see change, that the 2013 roster will be different from the 2012 version. However, there are some realities regarding the 2013 New York Jets that we all need to come to grips with in order to move forward. They fall under the heading of “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day”.

What does that mean? Well literally, it means that the city of Rome took longer than one day to build. The metaphorical meaning is that things take time. There is no way to expect a 6-10 team to turn into a Super Bowl winner overnight. Anything is possible, but if you go in EXPECING that to happen, you will be very disappointed. There are too many issues to overcome. Let’s take a look at some of the realities with the Jets to talk about why the Jets weren’t built in a day:

THE SALARY CAP IS A BIGGER ISSUE THAN PEOPLE THINK

The Jets are over the salary cap, this much we know. Don’t get me wrong, the Jets are going to get under it very quickly. There are pretty obvious moves that are going to be made, like the releases of Bart Scott and Calvin Pace. Nobody believes these two, among others, are going to be back with the Jets in 2013. As such, these cuts, among others, are going to bring the salary cap number way down, which is great. The problem with that is, there will only be 10-11 starters under contract at that point. So balancing the salary cap issue, with having starter quality players on the team is not going to be easy, but will be of the utmost importance.

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