The NY Jets proved that they were ahead of schedule last season. The Jets jumped out to a 7-4 start and looked primed to break their decade-long playoff drought before a six-game losing streak to close the season derailed those plans.
They were never going to realistically compete for a Super Bowl last season, but the roster is undoubtedly stronger than most probably anticipated going into the year. The quarterback position, on the other hand — not so much.
Still, the Jets have a strong enough roster that, if they make the right changes this offseason, they could realistically compete for not only the playoffs but a Super Bowl title in 2023.
It's not farfetched, but it also won't be an easy task. Let's take a look at five things the Jets must do to establish themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders next season.
5. The NY Jets must address their DT depth
The Jets have one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL in Quinnen Williams, but when Williams was off the field in 2022, the team's defense struggled to produce at the same rate.
Nathan Shepherd and Solomon Thomas were two of the Jets' worst run defenders last season (despite what ESPN's questionable win rates might suggest), and with both set to be free agents, the Jets should absolutely take the opportunity to upgrade the position.
Sheldon Rankins put together a nice bounce-back season in 2022, but he too is a free agent. Even if the Jets bring back Rankins, they should consider targeting someone like Wisconsin's Keeanu Benton or South Carolina's Zacch Pickens in the middle rounds of the draft.
The Jets need another defensive tackle who can defend the run like Williams does. They need four reliable defensive tackles if they're going to rotate as much as they do. Shepherd and Thomas aren't going to cut it.