So when will the Jets be back in the playoffs?
I think we Jet fans have suffered mightily over the last couple of years. It isn't so much the record we have posted it's the negative press we keep and the players who leave and keep the Jets in their mouths to move their career aspirations along (LT, DW). That said, our roster and performance over the last couple of years should have taught us a very good lesson -> without a franchise QB you will never consistently win in this league. I hate the Pats, but they have become a model franchise because of Brady. I suspect, they too will suffer a long drought of success once he finally retires. But enough about our rivals. Without a franchise QB in the short term future of FA and the Draft what could we expect from our beloved Jets? Is it fair no matter what pick ups Idzik is to make this offseason via FA, Draft and Trades the Jets will be no better than they were two years ago at 8-8 and that's assuming we find solutions at a number of positions on our roster. Clearly 8-8 isn't good enough for most playoff years, so what could the Jets do?
Improving this year roster should be pretty easy for Idzik since the number of our own FA that we would want to bring back as starters is pretty small. Only Landry make sense from a talent perspective, and his asking price may be too much. Some will say Keller should be brought back, but over the years I have seen his inability to block as a liability for our offense. How many blocking OL do we need to bring in on a swing pass? Because the roster is ripe for a turnover one has to think we could do a decent job of improving it. But improving the roster means nothing without a franchise QB. Without the emotional attachment that I have for Darrell Revis, he has to be the one piece of the pie that I use to get said Franchise QB. Think of signing him to a 5-6 year 90m+ contract that a Franchise QB should have. In today's NFL landscape you can't have two players of that magnitude on your roster at the same time. Look at teams like Houston with Mario Williams and the Patriots with Welker as poster children for teams who have Franchise QB's that can't afford another tier 1 player. Even if your able to do so the rest of your roster will suffer. So without creating a offseason thread about who, what and why; I will simply say I would trade DR for a #1 pick to almost any team outside the AFC because that means I will have two #1's and a #2 if need be to trade for a Franchise QB in next years draft. Plus I will have some 40+ million in cap space and possibly more depending on what we do with players like Holmes and Harris. Kiper listed the 2014 QB class as a better overall class than last years heralded class. I see 4 players as potential 1st round players and two of which whom I would consider top 5 talent. McCarron, Thomas and Murray should all be top 10 picks. While Revis brings a certainty with knowing he allows your defense to shut out one WR or one side of the field he also doesn't show the leadership I expected from a player demanding 90+m for a contract. It will be tough to replace a HOF player like him, but for the prospect of finally having a franchise QB that we can draft, I would trade almost every player on this squad and start over...
Isn't that where we are at now anyway?