The AFC East blog continues it “Hope and Concern” series in the division.
Here are the biggest reasons to be hopeful and concerned about the 2013 New York Jets:
Biggest reason for hope: General manager John Idzik
The Jets began the offseason in a large salary-cap deficit. Thanks to Idzik, they came out of it under the cap for 2013 and have more room for future seasons. Idzik came to New York with a solid reputation with the Seattle Seahawks and showed he’s knowledgeable with roster management in his first offseason. For example, Idzik made the wise football decision to cut Tim Tebow and a necessary but tough decision to trade star cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets will most likely suffer this season after tearing down the roster of veteran players. However, Idzik only needed a year to clean up former general manager Mike Tannenbaum's mess. The Jets are finally making a majority of roster decisions that make sense. Idzik’s goal is to put New York in a position to contend in the next two or three years.
Biggest reason for concern: Lack of talent
As we mentioned, the Jets have to field a team this season and it probably won’t be pretty. New York lacks talent at this point nearly across the board. The Jets could not afford to keep their quality free agents due to a very tight salary cap. New York has major issues on offense. The Jets are unsure at quarterback and lacks playmakers at wide receiver and tight end. New York’s offensive line also underachieved in 2012. New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will try to implement a West Coast offense but doesn’t have much to work with. Jets head coach Rex Ryan is in a must-win year and probably has his weakest roster since taking over the Jets in 2009. Ryan will have to put forth arguably his best coaching effort to date just to keep his job.