New York Jets in Better Shape Entering Offseason

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This time last year, the New York Jets were a team in despair. Coming off that 6-10 record from 2012, problems other than the lack of talent plagued a troubled organization. No direction could be found as bad contracts created salary cap restrictions. Quarterback Mark Sanchez appeared to embody compliancy from two AFC Championship Game appearances.

“Win now mode” had been the mentality since owner Woody Johnson went on 2008’s spending spree. Head coach Rex Ryan added his own talent which raised hopes that their long Super Bowl drought would soon be over. Shaky play from Sanchez as he learned hindered a mostly veteran team. Quality from his receivers dwindled and that hurt. Players with so many expectations are supposed to lead though. Further understanding how to improve is their responsibility.

Ball security never improved from Sanchez, and made it clear that he was not the answer. Former GM Mike Tannenbaum paid in part for his failures, being replaced by John Idzik. One of his first moves was selecting quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of 2013’s Draft. He looked solid at times, and has every physical trait you could ask for. Inconsistency with accuracy and turnover issues plagued the Jets over three horrible games.

After 2012, the Jets had a defense that still was respectable, but changes occurred. Seven starters left and young pieces were called upon. In the end things look much better now with Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Sheldon Richardson.  They have a solid running game with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory. Bringing in better receivers, at least one safety and competition at QB helps finish the rebuild. Overall, much progress has taken place during Idzik’s first year.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.