The 2023 offseason was a bit of a disaster for Joe Douglas and the NY Jets. Sure, the Jets acquired four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers, but the team has yet to see the results of that trade on the field. And the less said about the rest of the offseason, the better.
The Jets neglected the wide receiver position, made questionable draft choices, failed to sign a competent backup quarterback, hired an inept offensive coaching staff, and failed to put together a reliable offensive line plan.
Douglas has made some inspiring moves in the past, but this past offseason was undoubtedly his worst as a member of the organization. Things need to be much better in 2024 if he's to save his job.
The Jets can't afford to make the same mistakes they did last offseason, or else Douglas and his coworkers will be looking for a new home in 2025. Here are four mistakes the Jets can't afford to make again this offseason.
4. The NY Jets must sign a better RB2
The Dalvin Cook signing was a predictable flop from the start. Despite Cook's gaudy box-score numbers in 2022, both his tape and the numbers pointed to a running back who was a shell of his once dynamic self.
That's why it should come as no surprise that Cook, who was given the highest AAV of any running back signed last offseason, was a disaster in New York. He averaged a measly 3.2 yards per carry before he was released in early January.
Breece Hall established himself as one of the best running backs in football this past season, but the Jets still need a competent RB2 to complement their star running back.
Israel Abanikanda didn't show enough to prove that he can be trusted in that role just yet. The Jets would be wise to sign a trusted veteran who isn't washed up like Cook was. The likes of Derrick Henry, A.J. Dillon, Zack Moss, Devin Singletary, etc. all make sense.