Originally Posted by CleatMarks
I don't agree that you have to blow it up. The Jets need to be smarter in a lot of cases like not giving a lucrative contract to someone who hasn't proven themselves or a huge payday to a guy in his thirties who is showing his age.
On offense, I'd shore up the o line, hit the free market for a couple of dependable receivers ( I still think the Jets should have taken Gaffney), and build a core of blue collar players. Get a little younger at linebacker and stop throwing every high draft pick at the defense to keep it in the top 5. Let the defense slip down a little until you get the offense under control. It won't kill the Jets.
This is going to make people groan but keep Sanchez around another year. It makes sense based on the contract and I would concentrate on the things I mentioned before throwing some new guy into that current mess.
Blowing it up isn't the answer IMHO. Building a better team and being wise with your dollars is a better move. There are some players that will prove to be solid if not spectacular players.
I wouldn't let Revis hold the team hostage either. He's the best, no doubt. There are too many other places that need that extra money right now though.
Also, those receivers that keep dropping balls, get rid of them now. If they don't have hands now, they will never develop good hands. Get some guys who know how to get open and who will catch what's thrown to them. they're more valuable than someone who can run a 4.2 but drops half of what's thrown at him. You don't need one spectacular weapon. You need several good weapons. Anyone can be shut down. The question is whether they can shut down all your weapons. Good weapons don't have to be super stars.
The ability to sign Revis in 2014 should not be an issue cap wise. While Cro has a 10mill cap hit, he could be cut or extended at that time based on his 2013 performance.
The jets just need to avoid the temptation to put a band aid on the team.
They can cut 30 mill of dead wood this off season then 25 mill more in 2014.
With a good draft in 2013 and 2014 they will be primed to hit the 2014 FA market with enough cap room to sign a couple of top guys and 3-4 others to round out a solid roster.