NY Jets GM Joe Douglas hints at an aggressive offseason approach

NY Jets, Robert Saleh, Joe Douglas
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The NY Jets don't feel like they are just a few players away from being playoff contenders next season. That's the sobering reality heading into this offseason. The numbers don't lie. The Jets have won six games in their last two seasons, and that's direct proof of the team's lack of talent. 

The Jets' lack of success the last two years was a significant talking point for general manager Joe Douglas after the season ended. To his credit, Douglas owned it — he didn't run from the team's poor results, and the truth is that he can't.

Although expectations were tempered heading into 2021, the Jets were one of the league's worst teams and have several deficiencies on their roster heading into next season because Douglas and his staff have had mixed results in building the Jets' roster from the ground up.

Reading the tea leaves from the Jets' season-ending press conference with Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh, you get the sense that they realize that as well.

"I think we're always going to be aggressive if the right opportunity presents itself. The good thing is that I think moving forward, we can be in just about any discussion when it comes to player trades."

Joe Douglas

After all, during the post-2021 season media gathering, Douglas hinted at the team potentially using their draft assets to acquire proven NFL talent through trade. A hint that the team is willing to entertain trading away draft capital for safer proven commodities. 

The slight shift in team philosophy is the realization that the draft alone and relying on rookies and young players won't change or expedite the team's trajectory into being contenders.