Last year I tried to go through all 32 teams, I didn’t make it I got half way through before the draft came around. This year I’m not going to try I’m going to focus on six teams. Of all the people who follow this blog I am only aware of the rooting choice of three of them. I will take a look at these three teams, ironically each one of these three people is watching what those other two people’s teams are doing as they are division rivals. The next three teams I will look at will be the teams that the members of my family root for. So to kill the suspense the teams that will be looked at this year are the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders. Let’s kick this year off with the New York Jets.
The Jets after yet another dismal season blew everything up. They’ve brought in a new GM Mike Maccagnan formerly with the Houston Texans front office and a new head coach Todd Bowles the Arizona Cardinals former defensive coordinator. Chan Gailey as the new offensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers the former Miami Dolphins defensive line coach was hired as the new defensive coordinator, and Bobby April the former Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Saints, Rams, and Steelers special teams coordinator to coach special teams.
The Jets had the worst passing defense in the league giving up an average of 184.1 yards a game. The Jets gave up 45 passing plays of 20 yards or more with a long of 87. The Jets had all of six interceptions last season, returning none of them for a touchdown, and their longest runback was 25 yards.Opponents passed on the Jets secondary for 4,056 yards and a 64.1% completion percentage and a TID of 4.7, as well as a passer rating of 101.5. To say that the Jets need to upgrade their secondary talent is an understatement. Jets fans in this case should be happy as one of the biggest names in the cornerback market has returned to play for the New York Jets. Darrelle Revis after a two year exile from the Jets, one in Tampa Bay and one in New England where he picked up a Super Bowl ring has agreed to a new 5 year deal with Jets. Revis is entering his 9th season in the league and is on the downside of his career there is no doubt that this contract is his last big payday that said last season Revis had 47 tackles, 41 of them solo. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as well as 2 interceptions and 14 passes defensed. Even if Revis has lost a step he is still one of the best the league has to offer.
The Jets further upgraded their secondary with the addition of former Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine. Skrine is entering his 5th season in the NFL and has yet to miss a game. Skrine last season had 67 tackles, 4 Interceptions and 18 passes defensed. He should have a step on Revis but with Revis playing opposite him this is a very good cornerback tandem. Expect Skrine to have a good season if not a breakout one opposite Revis.
On the offensive side picking up free agent guard James Carpenter from the Seahawks upgrades at least one of their guard positions. The Jets also traded for Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall should be able to take some heat off Eric Decker. In 13 games this past season 61 receptions for 721 yards and 8 touchdowns he also had a RR of 58.1% and has a career ratio of 59.6%. In 15 games Decker had 74 receptions for 962 yards and 5 touchdowns and a RR of 64.3% and a career ratio of 61.9%. Even though Marshall isn’t a number one receiver anymore and Decker has always been a number two, the Jets staring two twos is better than starting a two and three for most of the season. In other good news for all those who have lost faith in Geno Smith the Jets have traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick the Texans starting quarterback last year. Of course the first question you asked was how is a journeyman quarterback like Ryan Fitzpatrick better than Geno Smith especially when you look at their career quarterback ratings after only 2 season Geno Smith has a 71.5 QB Rating and after 10 seasons Fitzpatrick has a 79.5 QB rating. It is a real simple answer the Jets are giving up on the Geno Smith experiment and don’t believe that they can get Marriota or Winston in the draft this year or they are not high on either of them and don’t believe that this years quarterback class is very deep and they need a transitional guy to take over. Because at the end of the day Fitzpatrick took a Texans team that had been 2-14 the year before and spearheaded them to a 9-7 turn around. Yes he throws a lot of interceptions but he can manage the game a lot better than Geno Smith can, and if you don’t think you have your quarterback for the future waiting for you in this years draft, you would take Ryan Fitzpatrick every day of the week over Geno Smith, heck I’d rather have Chad Henne and Luke McCown start over Geno Smith, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than both of those guys.
Final Grade: A