They’ll need all that money because this roster has a good foundation but is littered with holes. Here are five steps the Jets need to complete to rebound from such a disastrous 2014 season.
1) HIRE A COACH - The Jets first orders of business for this offseason was to hire a new GM and a new head coach. It’s not official yet but the Jets will soon announce Mike Maccagnan as their new GM now they just need a coach. That coach will most likely be Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn but the Jets will have to wait until the Seahawks season is over before making that official.
2) HIRE THE RIGHT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR - Quinn seems to be the best head coaching candidate for the Jets, well respected coach that has improved the already insanely talented defense that he inherited when former DC Gus Bradley went to Jacksonville. Quinn can handle the defense and oversee the entire team but the Jets weakness still lies on the offensive side of the ball. In order for Quinn, or anyone else, to be successful with the Jets he will need to do what Rex Ryan never could and that’s hire the right OC to get the most out of the quarterback and develop a consistent offense. Kyle Shanahan, who Quinn has already reportedly reached out to, would be the perfect fit to coax the most out of the Geno Smith and the offense.
3) UPGRADE OFFENSIVE LINE - You always hear that quarterback is the most important position in football and it is if you have a great one, or a terrible one, but if you’re quarterback is somewhere in the middle the offensive line becomes the most important position. A great offensive line can turn a bad quarterback into a decent one, a decent quarterback into a good one and a good quarterback into a great one. The Jets need to find an upgrade over guard Willie Colon and look into possibly upgrading their tackles as well as just adding more overall depth on the line.
4) BOLSTER SECONDARY - The Jets lost their top three corners, two to injury and one who went AWOL, last season and it showed. UDFA Marcus Williams came along midseason and helped bring some stability to the CB rotation and Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle will both return from injury next season but the team can’t be content with that. The Jets need to sign or draft after least one starting caliber corner and add a couple of more for depth.
5) FIND A COVERAGE LINEBACKER - David Harris is still a good run stuffing linebacker and underrated and underused blitzer but has been a liability in coverage for years. DeMario Davis has improved in many areas of his game but coverage is not one of them. The Jets should let Harris and Calvin Pace follow Rex Ryan to Buffalo and restock their linebacking core. With a likely switch to a 4-3 defense Quinton Coples will move back to his natural position on the line but the Jets will need to try and find their own Bobby Wagner and/or K.J. Wright.