It is hard to say the NY Jets’ season was a success considering it finished on a six-game losing streak and is headed into an offseason with a lot of questions.
No more excuses for the NY Jets
The Jets must make the playoffs in 2023 otherwise they will likely be cleaning house again. Although it might seem like an unfair proposition for a team with such young pieces, Gang Green showed this year it has the talent to make a serious run at the postseason so the logical next step would be playing meaningful games in January.
Whether it is owner Woody Johnson, head coach Robert Saleh, or general manager Joe Douglas, the prevailing thought at One Jets Drive needs to be that next season will either end with heartbreak or hoisting a Lombardi trophy.
While the former is more likely than the latter, Gang Green must show it is on the path to the latter and that starts with ending its 12-year playoff drought.
Fixing the NY Jets offense
Although the argument can be made that most of the Jets’ offensive woes came from its quarterback rather than their coaching staff, going three games without a touchdown is indefensible in today’s NFL.
There were some aspects of offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s offense that worked, but there were others that failed miserably once Breece Hall and Alijah-Vera Tucker went down in Denver.
Whether one wants to place the blame on LaFleur or not, Wilson’s development in his first two seasons was a failure. so it is hard to hold the Jets’ decision to let the second-year play caller go against them.
Now, it is all about finding the right QB to go along with an offensive coordinator and figuring out how to improve upon the 29th-ranked offense in points per game.
State of the NY Jets
The Jets are in a strange situation because although they have the talent to be a playoff team, they are also one wrong turn away from possibly starting over again.
While Gang Green might want to shoot for the stars with names like Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, or Derek Carr, would they want to join an organization that might see significant overhaul a year from now?
It is hard not to feel for the Jets’ fanbase as it once again has to watch postseason football without a dog in the fight. However, with players like Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, and Quinnen Williams, there is reason to believe better days are ahead for Gang Green.
It all comes down to a few decisions that could shape the franchise for years to come.