Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (left) takes a hand off from New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Not to sound pessimistic but the offense that the New York Jets have put on the field for some time now has been offensive to the fans and one of the most under-performing units in all of football. Recently we have been able to blame a variety of factors, from Schottenheimer’s questionable play calling, Mark Sanchez’s hit or miss quarterback play, a deteriorating offensive line, a rookie quarterback and a lack of weapons, but at some point the Jets will need an offense again. Defense hasn’t been the problem in the Rex Ryan era, having had a top-tier or near top-tier defense since Baltimore’s former defensive coordinator took the head coaching job. Now if we can just get it together on offense.
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The New York Jets are in one of the best positions to build a strong offense from the ground up moving forward, a better position than they have been in a long time. Before this year the franchise was still paying the bill for an exciting 2010 season and a disappointing 2011 and 12 seasons. The Jets have cap space for once, so keeping our good players while also looking for improvements in other areas during free agency, is going to be easier going forward judging by the way John Idzik likes to do business. Furthermore we will continue building through the draft, grabbing value talent (under the new rookie salary cap rules) that we can grow and mold into value players, not giving away big contracts until said players have proved said value on the NFL field. This will be an important part to keeping this team competitive for time to come.
The 2014 season will be the first real step towards the Jets future offense (although some will argue the addition of Marty Morninwheg last season was the first). For Stephen Hill the pressure is on and the franchise wants to know if he can put it all together on the field. Geno Smith will be entering his second year, and possibly his first with a fully serviceable receiver corps, and anything can happen. A plethora of youth are joining the skill position battles and some might shake out as diamonds in the rough. The defense will do it’s job, but how will all the changes, additions, and subtractions pan out? Only time will tell. However with over 25 million in cap space, draft picks not traded and secure, this team can overcome under-performance, lack of depth, whatever the issues may be, much better than before.