The upcoming offseason for the New York Jets will be a busy and important one. General manager John Idzik will be in his second season at the helm with a bunch of money to go out and sign free agents as well as address concerns at the draft come May.
Rex Ryan gets one more chance to prove he deserves to be the Jets coach for a long time, and hopefully he will have some legitimate players to help him do so. With a lot of holes to fill, Ryan and Idzik must get cracking, so here are a few issues in the organization that the Jets need to address.
The Jets’ main concern lies with the offense and more specifically at the skill positions. The Jets first need to figure out if rookie quarterback Geno Smith is the franchise quarterback or not, and if not they need to find an alternative. They also cannot make this determination without seeing him with offensive weapons, so upgrading the tight end, receiver and running back positions will be key to his improvement. Also, it is unclear if Austin Howard or Willie Colon will come back, so in the event that they don’t they need to find legitimate players to fill their roles. Ideally, the Jets would like both to come back, but that is not always possible.
On the defensive side, some improvements need to be made in the secondary and role players at the linebacker position need to be improved. The defensive line is set; I wouldn’t touch it. Improvements in the secondary and minor improvements at the linebacker position will turn this defense into a top five unit in the league.
In regards to specific players, the Jets need to address the contracts of Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie to determine if they will be back with the gang green this upcoming season. Once cornerstones of this team, all three have slowly slipped in terms of their value to the team, and it wouldn’t be a shock if all three don’t come back.
Above all, the organization just needs to continue to make strides to become a consistent, successful franchise. This upcoming offseason is a good place to start.