New York Jets 2013 Season Primer With Predictions

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This is the 1st year of a 2 year rebuild undertaken by John Idzik. With nearly 40 million in cap space and at least 10 draft picks 2014 will be the year the franchise is targeting. That being said this team has more talent than it is being given credit for. There is good, young talent on both sides of the ball, especially defense. If this team gets average quarterback play it has a chance to get 9 wins. The problem is getting that quarterback play from either a rookie who looks raw or a 5th year starter prone to the big mistake that is mentally shot from the rigors of playing in New York. Also the schedule is brutal in the 1st half of the season before leveling out late. The key is whether Rex Ryan can hold the players together during the tough opening stretch and get some unexpected wins or whether they will fall apart underneath the media onslaught. Rex is coaching for his job this year and is being put into a situation where he is very uncomfortable publicly because he is not allowed to be the brash, honest person he was when he first came here and he just doesn’t have the power since John Idzik has come in and taken a very hands-on approach. Unlike most I believe the organization knows that this is year 1 of the rebuild and isn’t expecting Ryan to make the playoffs to save his job. What he needs is show the development of the young players on the roster, especially Geno Smith. If Smith shows improvement and the young players develop then he will show that he is the man to lead the rebuild of this team. I’m going to place my bet on Rex Ryan. I know he is a glorified defensive coordinator and I know he can’t get out of his own way publicly sometimes but he is the best defensive coordinator in the league and an excellent motivator whom players want to play for. Going back to his roots this year as a teacher and a playcaller on defense will pay dividends especially since the man he left in charge of the offense, Marty Mornhinweg, is more than competent. That being said I will say that the teams struggles some early but rallies late for Rex and finishes at 8-8. Since most see this as a 6 win or less team I believe 8-8 and trending upwards at the end of the year will save his job and let Geno Smith have stability going into 2014. The future is brighter than it is being portrayed by the media just trust the plan. I do.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    I may be a bit late here, but better late than never! Beautiful job Craig and shame on everyone else for not commenting on such an excellent article. I agree completely, even down to the points regarding Rex and his faults and strong points. I’ve been saying the same thing since the draft, average QB play can lift this team to the playoffs. However with the other improvements I expected a little bit more out of markie in the preseason. Unfortunately he still plays “seven for you, seven for us” and the truth of it is that he makes their seven easier than ours! I do not for a second fault Rex for playing him late in game three. He needed reps. I don’t think mangold nor brick needed the reps therefore they had no business being on the field protecting a QB who is fighting for his career. That injury, however, may derail the season as geno hasn’t shown that he is ready to play above Sanchez’ level yet. In the long run it may be a blessing if Marty can game plan around geno’s inexperience and provide him a way to grow into the position. We can only hope. Thanks again for an excellent article.

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