Ever since general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles took over things with the New York Jets, they’ve been rebuilding for a brighter future. When will it be over so they can be competitive once again?
It was back in 2015 that the New York Jets starting to slowly but surely begin a full rebuild of their organization. It’s not just the roster but also the culture, philosophies, and making sure the right leadership is in a position to have everything fall into place. It hasn’t been easy but everything is starting to make sense now.
Over the past three years, the Jets leadership regime have been purging the roster of aging and overpaid veterans in favor of young, hungry players that won’t sleep until they win a championship. They’ve gotten rid of a few bad apples and are hoping the seeds they’ve been planting ever since the 2015 NFL Draft start growing into some serious studs for the future.
The Jets are coming off two straight 5-11 seasons with many already writing them off again heading into 2018. They had another strong draft but when will this Jets rebuild be finally over?
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As much as it’s not going to be popular to say, it likely won’t end until 2019 and at the very latest, 2020. Remember, newly drafted players need at least three, maybe even four years before they’re able to make the big leap into a situation where they can thrive during their prime years.
The Jets just drafted quarterback Sam Darnold and if anyone believes he’s going to come right into training camp and play lights out football right from the start, they need a wakeup call. The truth of the matter is, Darnold will likely need at least a few weeks, maybe even a few months into the regular season before he knows enough to execute successfully from under center.
This offseason, the Jets didn’t do much to upgrade two major areas of need on their team in regards to their offensive line and overall pass rush. If you don’t have a good and consistent offensive line, you’re not going to put your quarterback in a position to thrive. If you lack a good and consistent pass rush, you’ll likely lose a lot of football games since the NFL is a passing league. Give any quarterback more time in the pocket due to a lack of pass rush and they’ll keep striking until you’re fully out of being anywhere close to leaving the game victorious.
2019? The Jets should once again have a lot of salary cap money to play with and likely another high first-round pick. They would be lucky to win five, maybe six games this upcoming season and that’s generous, to say the least. It’s obvious the Jets are building the offense up to put Darnold in a great situation but he needs a lot better talent protecting him just as much as having better weapons around him in order to deliver consistent results.
2020? This will likely be the year that it’s put up or shut up for the Jets because by then, they should be able to field a competitive roster from top to bottom. You know, a team that has a great offense, a killer defense, and a coaching staff that prepares and adapts with the best of them. This will also be the time that our two best friends over on the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, are likely gone. Once these two are out of the AFC East picture, it’ll be the perfect time for the Jets to step up and deliver.
Sorry Jets fans, it’ll probably be another year or two before the Jets will be that fiery competitive team we all are anxious to finally see. Until then, the Jets rebuild is still going strong with hopes that by another few years, this team will be playoff contenders with a chance to go the distance.