The New York Jets made very little to no moves in free agency so far, have a huge question mark at quarterback, and well, are destined to be one of the worst teams come next season.
When it comes to the New York Jets, the truth of the matter is, patience is key during a massive rebuilding phase. Right before the start of free agency, the Jets had ties to possibly landing a decent veteran quarterback to at least have some sort of answers at the most important position on the team. Unfortunately, any quarterbacks that were worth bringing in have all found new and well, better homes.
There is a big reason why some of the more popular free agents in the market aren’t exactly running to sign with the Jets. As much as the organization doesn’t want to admit to it, they’re rebuilding. It’s a term that makes fans want to cringe because usually, it will take at least another year or two before a franchise can play competitively.
Patience is something that most New Yorkers don’t have and when it comes to sports fans in the city that never sleeps, it’s easy to see why the majority will consider next season another failure of a year for the Jets. They have many needs to address at key positions across the team from their offensive line, defensive secondary, and of course, quarterback. Not everything is going to get bolstered in just a single offseason.
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General manager Mike Maccagnan is one that enjoys building through the NFL Draft as free agency in the grand scheme of things is good for a team that is just a few players away from making a serious run. It’s an attractive situation for possible free agents since excitement is in the air about the possibilities of winning a championship.
Since the Jets are nowhere near that, no matter how great of a class they have in this year’s draft, it’s not going to miraculously have them win a plethora of football games next season. With another tough schedule and question marks as to how good their overall team will be, the Jets will be lucky to win four, maybe five games next season.
Expectations should be very low in 2017 as the Jets are building up to make a serious run in 2018 and 2019 when all these young players hit the point where everything comes together towards success. Hopefully, the Jets keep their leadership regime intact since again, it will take some time for the foundation of a good culture to settle in with everyone believing in it and more importantly, executing.
Unfortunately, no matter how one looks at it, the Jets are destined to be the worst team of 2017 due to their lack of talent, no established franchise quarterback, and of course, playing in the AFC East that has been dominated by the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Sorry Jets Nation, it’ll be another year of Same Old Jets.