The New York Jets are making their offseason moves already. The Jets reached an agreement with head coach, Rex Ryan, on a contract extension. The contract includes one additional guaranteed year through 2015 and future unguaranteed years. Many believe that Ryan deserved this extension as he is arguably the league's best defensive coach and led the overachieving Jets to an 8-8 record, with a rookie quarterback and limited offensive weapons.
Cribbs signed with Gang Green Week 7. The three-time pro bowler is known as a Wildcat weapon and electric return man. He is coming off arthroscopic knee surgery, prior to signing with New York. The Jets brought him on to help put points on the board as he did in Cleveland. The problem is, the Jets haven't seen the same Cribbs as Cleveland did. Cribbs had his third lowest kick return average this season, in his nine year career. The once feared Cribbs has had just one touchdown return since 2010. And at wide receiver, Cribbs has recorded just nine catches the last two seasons combined.
The former Brown finished the season on injury reserved with what Rex Ryan described as a "pretty bad" shoulder injury in Week 13. Gang Green replaced Cribbs with running back and return specialist, Darius Reynaud. Reynaud saw little to no time. Reynaud has the potential to fill both return roles. In 2012, he became the 16th player to return two punt returns for a touchdown in the same game.
Rather than hope an older veteran like Cribbs get back to past form, this is the Jets chance to develop a young dynamic player. Whether that is through free agency, the draft or someone on the current roster, the Jets need a spark on special teams and offense. Having a specialist would benefit Gang Green in a multitude of ways. One in which, it keeps some of the Jets key players like cornerback Antonio Cromartie from risking injuring in trying to give the team better field position.
The Jets special teams will look completely different as they have lost special teams coach, Ben Kotwica, to the Washington Redskins. No matter who New York brings in to replace Kotwica, they will need to address the lack of production and explosive play that the return game lacked this season.