Bleacher Report recently predicted every team’s biggest potential distraction heading into the upcoming season. The New York Jets simply have a roster that is nowhere near the caliber of talent needed to be successful.
It’s no secret that this upcoming season will indeed be a tough one for the New York Jets. They have a tough schedule, a huge question mark at quarterback, and are confusing hope with reality. Yes, we’re all fans of the Jets and hope they do well in 2017 but the reality of the situation says this could end up being one of the worst seasons in the history of the franchise.
In a recent article, Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report recently gave his thoughts on what every single team’s biggest distraction will be for the upcoming season. Here is what he said about the Jets:
The Jets may actually be worse than people think. This is a bad football team. I don’t blame Mike Maccagnan for blowing the roster up and starting over. It was overdue. But with the exception of the defensive line, there isn’t a single position group where the Jets are even average.
To be honest, Davenport does have a serious point. The biggest reason why general manager Mike Maccagnan made all the offseason moves he did was to start purging the Jets of players that were overpaid and/or didn’t produce results. The Jets have a plethora of young players all across the team but that doesn’t always mean that it will win football games.
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Realistically, the Jets won’t be a competitive team until 2018 or even all the way until 2019. Proper training, coaching, and development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a year or two before all that time invested into young players finally pays off.
The Jets have a decent leadership regime but so far under their tenure, they got lucky in 2015 with a very easy schedule and a lot of veteran players that played exceptionally well. Even with a 10-6 record, however, the Jets still fell short of making the NFL Playoffs when everything was in place for them to end their postseason drought.
Last season was so bad, it’s a year many will want to forget. The Jets were hung out to dry thanks to facing tougher opponents and keeping mostly the same talent from their previous season. It horribly backfired and combined with injuries, led to a 5-11 final record.
Their outlook for 2017 is pretty much the same. If anything, they have even lesser talent than last season and it will show as the season progresses. The biggest factor is a lack of an established franchise quarterback. If for some reason Josh McCown ends up beating out both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for the starting quarterback job, expect to endure a long and losing season ahead. McCown has only won a total of five games over the past four seasons as a starter.
Overall, Davenport is correct in his assessment of the Jets. Expect another losing season and quite possibly, one that sets them up with a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Davenport believes the Jets will end up with such a losing season, they’ll actually end up with the No. 1 overall pick.