Coffee with the Jets: What would make 2017 a success?
A loyal reader asks what would make this upcoming season a successful one for the New York Jets. Time to discuss over an iced cup of coffee.
The New York Jets are preparing for what could be one of their toughest seasons in franchise history. Forget about the rough schedule, the Jets are ushering in a youth movement with hopes of finding future leaders, Pro Bowlers, and of course, franchise players. All of which means they’ve rid themselves of unproductive and aging veterans in exchange for inexperienced younger players that won’t have an easy transition against the better teams they will face this upcoming season.
In my Coffee with the Jets series, it’s a platform to give my loyal readers via Twitter an opportunity to ask me any questions they’d like to which I answer right here on The Jet Press. Of course, I enjoy answering the topics at hand while enjoying an iced cup of coffee. I mean, what New Yorker wouldn’t?
Today’s question comes from Dan, here’s what he asked:
This season will be a success if: ?
— Dan Mosher (@DMosher_NYJ) June 8, 2017
Thanks for your question, Dan! 2017 will be a successful season if the Jets develop players to the point where they earn a great deal of regular-season experience. It all comes down to proper coaching, development, and overall execution. It doesn’t matter what the final record of the Jets ends up being at season’s end, 2017 will be a success if they can answer two crucial questions.
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First off, is their franchise quarterback on the roster or not? At some point in 2017, the Jets need to finally give both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg several games under center to see what they got.
If they show promise, they should be kept for the future. If not, the Jets need to make some room to either draft another quarterback or even target a premier one in next year’s free agency class.
Secondly, is Todd Bowles the right head coach to lead this team once all these young players are prepared to make a serious playoff run? Bowles did great his first season with the Jets but that was due to a soft schedule and the right players being on the roster at the right time. Last season was a debacle and showed how little control he had over his locker room and in-the-moment decisions during football games.
If the Jets can get clarity around those two key questions and have a bunch of young players that actually had a good year based on performance and progression, 2017 will be a success, even if they only win a few football games.