Why The New York Jets Should Just Tank Next Season
SportsGrid Staff 10:22 am, March 14th, 2017
Two seasons ago the New York Jets went into the off season looking to win. They hired Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan to help lead the Jets back into playoffs. Magic Mike was able to trade for Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick and sign Buster Skrine, Marcus Gilchrist, Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. The team started out that season 5-5 until they went on to win five straight games. Going into the last week of the season it was a win and your in, but Fitzpatrick showed his inconsistency and the team lost to the Buffalo Bills and failed to make the playoffs.
Last season was a mess as Fitzpatrick showed why he's not a starting quarterback in the league as he threw six interceptions in week three against the Kansas City Chiefs. After two more terrible starts Fitz was pulled from the starting role and Geno Smith was named starter once again. Trying to prove he can start in the NFL Smith tore his ACL in the only game he started and missed the rest of the season. That led to Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick finishing out the rest of the season. They finished out the season 5-11 and secured the sixth pick in the draft.
Heading into this off season the team decided to part ways with some veterans such as Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and Nick Folk. They also cut Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady and Brandon Marshall. So far the Jets have been quite in free agency as they only re-signed some of their own guys. The only two signings they did was sign offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Having no starting quarterback on their roster the team missed out on Mike Glennon, Tyrod Taylor, and Brian Hoyer. After being cut by the Chicago Bears Jay Cutler has been linked to the Jets and so has former first round pick Robert Griffin III.
As the team is in a rebuilding mode the Jets shouldn't bother on trying to bring in a quarterback via free agency or draft and just have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg play out next season. An end goal for next season is to get the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and take either Louisville's Lamar Jackson or USC's Sam Darnold.
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