New York Jets: New Years Resolutions


Oct 25, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM; A child wears a New York Jets helmet at the NFL Fan Rally at Trafalgar Square in advance of the International Series game between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We have come to a new year Jets fans. Happy new year to one and all. Hopefully everyone had a great time doing whatever you did to ring in 2015 last night.

The New York Jets were about as ready as anyone to ring in the new year, as 2014 wasn’t exactly a banner year for the franchise. A 4-12 record ushered in major change for the new year. We will soon enough find out who will be choosing players for the Jets, and leading them into battle.

It’s safe to say that there will be multiple new faces around the Jets in 2015.

Here are my new year’s resolutions for the Jets franchise:

Dec 29, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets chairman and chief executive officer


y Johnson addresses the media regarding the dismissal of general manager John Idzik (not pictured) and head coach Rex Ryan (not pictured) at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

A CLEAR VISION FOR MOVING FORWARD: We will talk at length about the candidates for the Jets next coach and general manager. As the lists come out, and interviews happen, we will all have our opinions. We will debate the future of this team backwards and forwards as the weeks go by.

Whomever the Jets choose to take the franchise forward, both at head coach and general manager, have a clear vision. Give me two guys that have a clear and distinct vision for how they want to move the Jets forward. Whomever they pick, just get it right.

Nov 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver

Brandin Cooks

(10) returns a kickoff in the fourth quarter of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bengals won, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

GET THE SCOUTING DEPARTMENT FIXED: No matter who the Jets find to run the draft as the general manager, nothing will be fixed if the scouting department doesn’t improve. We can all get on John Idzik for the last two drafts, but without favorable reports from the scouting department, he wouldn’t have been able to pick these guys.

With players like Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin bypassed, and the Jets selecting the likes of Jalen Saunders and Quincy Enunwa, something is wrong with the scouting department.

The Jets must resolve to get this right.

Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets defensive end

Muhammad Wilkerson

(96) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

SIGN MUHAMMAD WILKERSON LONG TERM: Once the Jets have the team administration in place, the Jets absolutely need to get Muhammad Wilkerson locked up long-term. It’s a must do.

Wilkerson has one year remaining on his deal. At 25 years old, he hasn’t even reached his prime, yet has soared in his role along the Jets defensive line. Over the past two seasons, Wilkerson has posted 119 tackles to go along with 16.5 sacks. The Jets don’t restructure contracts during the season, and if he gets to the end of 2015 without a deal, the Jets could be in big trouble.

If the Jets don’t get it done quickly, it’s not out of the realm to see Wilkerson follow his coach to where he ends up. We will all hurt if Rex is coaching Wilkerson with the Falcons, or somewhere else. The Jets have to get this done as soon as possible.

Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback

Geno Smith

(7) throws a pass in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Jets defeated Miami 37-24. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

GET THE QUARTERBACK RIGHT: This has been a long-standing resolution we have hoped for. The Jets have needed to do this for a long time now, but yet, it hasn’t happened.

Geno Smith has shown some potential, we cannot deny this. He looked great at the end of the 2013 season. He posted a near-perfect quarterback rating last week. But, he has caused Jets fans some great levels of stress, and his coaches the same. But, as young as he is, it is hard to believe that the Jets will part ways with their developing signal caller.

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There has been much debate on this topic. Is Geno Smith the guy? Should the Jets bring in Jay Cutler, or another veteran? Should the Jets draft one to join the competition? Maybe the Jets should bring in a quarterback guru to get Geno to the level of a legitimate NFL quarterback.

Whatever the Jets decide to do, they must get it right. That’s all I want. Just get it right.