4.)Restructuring Mark Sanchez?
I’m seeing a lot of people suggesting that the Jets somehow get Mark Sanchez to restructure his contract. Let me make this perfectly clear; AIN’T HAPPENING!
Sanchez has NO reason to agree to that…..NONE and could practically DARE the Jets to cut him and get hit with that $17 mill cap charge….he isn’t a locker room cancer (at least not by the definition of the word) so there isn’t any pressing need to separate himself from the team by that stand point so they won’t do it. Another reason they probably WONT ask Sanchez to restructure is because they, the Jets, have probably decided that 2013 will be Sanchez’s last season as a Jet EVEN IF he plays great in 2013. I’m already on record stating that anything short of a Tom Brady/ Drew Bress –esque type season from Mark Sanchez and he’s all but gone and when restructuring a player it’s a “give and take” type of deal and if they take money from Mark Sanchez when he has NO reason to give in to their demands, they have to give him something in return and in this case, it’ll be more guaranteed seasons beyond 2013 and that’s something that the Jets may not be willing to do or at least I don’t think they should. Sanchez will be on this roster next season and his cap hit will most likely not change.
5.) Jeremy Kerley’s value to the team
The bright spot on offense for the Jets this past season was undoubtedly 2nd year WR Jeremy Kerley. Kerley established career highs in receptions (56), yards (827), and touchdowns (2) this past season despite being victimized by horrid and abysmal QB play the entire season. Kerley has an uncanny ability to get open and has big play ability, it really is that simple. Kerley was tied for 5th in the league with catches over 40+ yards and opposing CBs found it difficult to really stick with him for the most part. Kerley biggest game last season came in the Week 7 loss to the Patriots in which he torched them for 7 catches for 120 yards. Kerley probably makes the pro-bowl this past season with better more consistent QB play from the Jets and hopefully that’s what they get next season as its CRIMINAL to continue to waste the kid’s talent with the abysmal play at QB.
6.) Adequate yet inexpensive replacements for Shonn Greene.
It’s probably safe to assume that Jets RB Shonn Greene who is an UFA has probably seen his last days as a New York Jet. It’s also probably safe to assume that new acquired Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will most likely push for a more versatile player to use out of the backfield. The FA market this year for RB is skimpy at best and the Jets will have to get creative in order to find any useful talent out of the pool of RBs that’s available. I for one would love to see them bring Danny Woodhead back as he has been able to fine tune his game these past 2 seasons in New England. Woodhead is very versatile out of the back field and wouldn’t cost that much to acquire. Having said that, the Jets should definitely consider drafting a RB anywhere between the 2nd round and on. Two RBs I would love for the Jets to look at who I feel would be excellent RBs for the West Coast offense are Oregon’s RB Kenjon Barner and Notre Dame’s RB Theo Riddick. Both RBs are backs I feel the Jets can target with mid-round picks and both have the versatile skill set to come out of the back field either running or receiving, 2 skill sets that is crucial in running the West Coast offense. Barner had 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards per carry this past season while also snagging 20 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Riddick rushed for 917 yards with a 4.8 avg and 5 TDs. He also caught 36 passes for 370 yards with a 10.3 YPC avg and 2 TDs. Both Barner and Riddick have the skill set that tends to be a matchup problem for opposing defenses as they can run the ball effectively and spread out in the passing game and take advantage of mismatches which is something Morninweg loves to do.
Jets will have an every down back in Blial Powell, they just need that change of pace back that can come in and run the air out of opposing defenses at opportune times and these 2 RBs are ideal for that job.