Any given weekday the New York Jets can give us something extremely interesting, even if the product on the field will probably be awful to watch on Sundays.
It’s tough to count out a Rex Ryan team from scrapping together at least 6 wins in mystifying fashion, as for all the critiques Ryan still excels at winning more games than it feels like his teams should. That’s not stopping me from predicting this to be the year Gang Green finally hits rock bottom. Mark Sanchez was drafted top 10 back in 2009 and it’s been a long time coming.
We do not know whether Ryan and Sanchez will make it through next offseason in New York and have equivalent uncertainty about the Jets’ quarterback position heading into Week 1. Sanchez was injured while inexplicably playing late into a preseason game, Geno Smith has looked absolutely unready in preseason action and recently-signed Brady Quinn has looked absolutely unready since his career began six years ago.
There are some decent-yet-unspectacular players at other skill positions like Chris Ivory and Jeremy Kerley, while the offensive line will be a distant cry from its former punishing self with question marks next to D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold.
The saving grace for the Jets to remain respectable lies again with the defense. Ryan may make questionable personnel decisions but retains a keen eye for front-seven talent and can out-scheme an opposing coordinator any Sunday, which made some of New York’s dominant wins last season oddly unsurprising. The health of Quinton Coples will be critical, but New York has an array of top-notch young talent to work with here including Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Kenrick Ellis.
Now if Dee Milliner can look more like Darrelle Revis than Kyle Wilson then this defense could drag the 2013 Jets from horrendous to merely mediocre.
Predicted Regular Season Record: 3-13 (4th in AFC East)
Predicted Finish: Miss postseason