While some teams are preparing for a Super Bowl run, others are trying to decide what they will look like next year. For the New York Jets this evaluation continues on Sunday against AFC East rival Miami Dolphins. Miami currently is holding on to that final AFC Wild Card spot. They go up against a Jets squad that seemingly has no incentive to show up. This, however, is not quite true.
Head coach Rex Ryan’s job status going forward is a major topic of discussion. It seems, though, that his players want him back. Owner Woody Johnson and general manager John Idzik supposedly will sit down and make a decision regarding their coach’s future. It remains to be seen whether Ryan has done enough to earn another season, or if Idzik wants his own choice. Security is not guaranteed for this staff, but the same could be said for parts of this roster as well.
Not qualifying for postseason action three years in a row will cause uncertainty. More firepower must be added so their receiving group could look different. People like Greg Salas, fringe players showing effort could make an impression. Santonio Holmes likely will be released, so his mission becomes shining for other perspective destinations. If safety Ed Reed wishes to continue his career, it probably must happen elsewhere. I also believe Antonio Cromartie gets shown the door so this getting burned constantly has to stop for his own sake. Safeties Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry have to improve or two starters could easily be replaced by two upgrades.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has yet to establish himself as a future franchise quarterback. Executing plays in the final game could build credibility. If another turnover-plagued contest occurs, another search for quality play at this critical position will be underway.
Suffice to say, there are quite a few things to play for still for the Jets.