After a disappointing 3 game losing streak took the playoffs from the destiny of our beloved team, The Jets imploded. That is in the past but lessons must be learned so they are not repeated.
So far the NFL's most expensive team to see at a home game( w/ 82,500 seats they are the largest tied with who else, The SB champion Giants who are expensive to see as well "top 5"). That takes balls to increase ticket prices by 5% after what I saw in 2011, I would not mind so much if the team did not have so many "question marks".
The Jets were barely under the cap, then restructured pro-bowl LT D. Ferguson's contract. I think that was wise even though he regressed last year, and W. Hunter played like saloon doors making the highest paid Jet look bad as he took a pounding most games and was lucky to end the year healthy. M. Sanchez actually improved in some areas, and with a decent core of WR's(add B. Edwards/J. Cotchery), another RB under 30(M.Bush who is a young 28 as he has been mainly a b/u) and an OT( V. Carey; this is the weakest link on offense by far) . That leaves the QB position to target and I like the idea of bringing in both K.Orton and C. Henne and try to sign the best option. Many people forget that K. Orton won 10 games in Chicago before getting traded. He is a "Winner" and the more of those on your team the better off you stand to be. Henne played for "The Sporano" in Miami and that may help him be the choice? The addition of T.Sporano at OC(plus the OL coach he brought with him will help) as the games are over for Mark, He is 25 years old and the highest paid player on the roster. He has proven he can win big games, win with 4th Quarter comebacks and he is durable as hell(one tough hombre). This will most likely be his final year as a Jet if not successful. Given the right players around him I think he will become an elite player, and this year should be the time to shine. The FA players listed above will not break the bank, but they do fill holes and add depth and should help turn around what has been one of the most anemic offenses in the league. Say goodbye to disgruntled: LT(Geriatric) and "The Lobbyist" Plaxico Burris(Felonious), don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
FA happens prior to the draft, as well as after so I will offer no mock drafts at this point as it is impossible to plan for all the intangibles and I do not feel the under ware Olympics is as accurate as tape, especially at the top of the draft . My strategy would be to draft the "BPA" as FA is where the holes should be filled. I would avoid the "Big Names/Large Dollar deals at all costs. Washington is a team that has proven that does not work. What does work is following the management of teams like: Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, New England and our cross town rivals are doing something right as well. I do feel our draft should be players with Size, Speed and Smarts(these things can't be coached). When two players on your roster come from Hampton U and you have one player from the entire state of Florida(UM,FSU,UF,UCF...)something is wrong. Too many great athletes from Florida stack NFL rosters. The schools attract "Blue Chip's" during recruiting and play tough schedules. The weather makes it easier to train year round may help as well?
If you thought I would stand pat on our top 5 defense that is regressing too, you were wrong. I think the B. Scott trade news is a way to lower his cap # as he is no longer a three down player and can't be paid like one. I would try to keep him at a lower price that reflects a situational player. DT S. Pouha and S J. Leonard should both be re-signed for low cost short term deals. The LB position could use help(Tulloch or Spencer would help but may be out of reach $ wise, we do have "The Baum") Lots of good LB's in this draft! I can't think of a better way to stop Brady than to sign a stud Pass Rusher LB/DE, It is my feeling one can be found in the draft (Ingram/Upshaw/Hightower but I said I would avoid this), just saying? A. Maybin led the team in sacks and will improve as he ages(He should be chained to the weight room and fed raw meat with Vlad and K. Ellis) "no f*****g snacks" and no soup either! The safety position is another weakspot, when J. Leonard went down the loss had the same effect as losing N. Mangold, re-sign J.Leonard as said above but add a S like(M. Griffin/T. Branch or L. Landry ) then draft another in the draft to boot(SS A.Allen?, sorry there I go again). Speaking of boots both K M. Nugent and P. Dawson should be looked at as possible replacements at K. Then the team can draft a late round speedster at P who is worth a pick and will send westy off in style. Again, no FA on this list that will break the bank but damn sure make the depth chart look better. The signing of DL Coach Dunbar may turn out to be the best move of all
The more value signed during FA allows more flex ability during the draft. I want this team taking "BPA" in every round of the draft. The new salary structure makes RB's(T.Richardson/L. Miller "Whoops") and QB's(Tennehill "last one") worth signing early. If the team are set at a certain position and to my knowledge the CB position is the team strength. The OL is one player from being elite, the QB must be protected if you pay him the most and he needs WR's(Floyd "damn") and (Holmes/Kerley are one or two player away too) and TE's(Keller +1) too. Not to mention RB's(Greene/McKnight +1) if you intend to "Ground and Pound". If you face N.E. twice a year you need a pass rush to disrupt "The Brady Bunch"(where is M. Lewis when you need him), as well as two good Safeties capable of covering TE's. This year we should see growth in many areas and if we can survive the transition the Cap should grow to manageable in 2013, This is one of the best 8-8 team's in the league and with a system in place to adhere to should contend immediately.