Pros and Cons of a Jets playoff run

With the New York Jets sitting with a 5-4 record in the bye-week and, for the moment, the number six seed position in the AFC, a lot of Jets fans are talking playoffs. So lets break down some pros and cons of a scenario where the Jets did get into the playoffs.

Pros: There are two real pros that I see here:

A: This would be great for the fans, and we have seen before what Rex Ryan can do with a wild card playoff berth and a rookie quarterback. This team clearly is growing together and there is an air of confidence and defiance in the locker room that could serve them well in the playoffs.

B: If the Jets get into the playoffs Rex Ryan’s job would most likely be secured for at least a couple of more years. Although some Jets fan might be tired of his antics, I believe he has evolved as a coach, learned from his mistakes, and has always been able to get lesser players to over perform, as evidenced by this season so far.

Cons: There unfortunately is one major con to the Jets making the playoffs this season, draft position. For those who don’t know the teams that go to the playoffs get one of the last 12 picks in the first round. The better a team does in the playoffs the further down the draft pick is, this is why the Super Bowl champion gets the last pick. If the Jets make the playoffs they will knock themselves down in the draft order and behind teams with less needs. This normally isn’t a huge issue for any team; however, the Jets are in a rebuilding mode with Idzik in a position to really start building the Jets team of the future next year once salary cap issues clear up. The draft is an integral part of building a young talented team, and if this is compromised to any extent Idzik will be forced to more heavily rely on the free agent market.

 

Topics: New York Jets, Rex Ryan

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  • matr dontelli iii

    If you’re gonna look at draft position as a con to making the playoffs you may as well have been hoping for a winless season. You play to win and the goal is the Super Bowl. The intermediate goals are playoffs, division championships, conference championships.

  • Frank Antonelli

    I really can’t believe you said this. If you notice draft position does not equate into wins. Solid management, wise draft choices, excellent coaching and a little luck are the keys. Our best draft picks have come late in the first round (Mo and Mangold) or in the middle (Revis, Richardson) while most of our busts have come at the top of the draft board (Lam Jones, Sanchize, Blair Thomas, Kyle Brady, Robertson, Gholston). Winning organizations place WINNING as the priority not draft position.

  • JoeDog

    Only a Jet fan would consider the cons of winning….

  • Paul Newbold

    There are no cons to making the playoffs. Even if the Jets were to run deep into the playoffs, Idzik has put them in a great position for next year’s draft. With the number of free agent losses, there comes compensatory picks, plus the other pick from the Revis trade. The Jets will have room to trade picks to move up the board if they choose to. Add to that more money for free agency, and this team will be much better next season. I’d love to see them make the playoffs, which would give them more time to become a confident, consistent unit going into next season. Fill a few holes through free agency and the draft and the Jets should be contenders next season.

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