we start with a capable GM/Chief of Football Operations
we cut a lot of dead wood (Scott, Smith, Pace, Thomas, Pouha, Moore) and clear some cap space
We try and fumigate the franchise of Pickchez if there is any way possible without the full 18 million cap hit.
A trade with Seattle our bad contract for theirs with Pickchez signing a revised contract giving him upfront money to in effect have the Jets pay half or so of his idiotic contract due If that's not doable then we just let him rot on the bench for the season and acquire a relatively cheap vet backup in the offseason to compete with McElroy for the starting job
Just off the top of my head and maybe it makes no sense but it's something to start discussion