A Successful Mock Offseason

As this regular season rapidly approaches its final hours, Jets fans are eagerly anticipating and projecting the team's upcoming offseason. Gang Green will finish the season with a 7-9 or 8-8 record in a year where many pundits didn't expect the Jets to even reach six wins. With a ton of cap space and a surplus of picks at their disposal, the Jets have a very promising future. However, these assets will only take the team so far if they are not properly used.

The Coaching Dilemma

Many people seem to be split on whether the team should retain Rex Ryan or choose to go in a different direction. While Ryan is well-liked among his players and one of the best defensive minds in football, his decision-making in regards to every aspect of coaching has been the downfall of this team far too often. Whether it's going to Dave & Busters the Saturday before a game or electing to start Ed Reed a mere three days after he signed with the team, Rex Ryan's decisions sometimes leave you scratching your head. Even his staple as a head coach has gradually declined every year he's been in New York. His once-dominant defense has been shredded by the likes of Jake Locker and Andy Dalton as it currently ranks 11th in the league in yards allowed per game. Rex's tenure with the Jets has been bittersweet and the team should look elsewhere for a new head coach.

With John Idzik being from the Seahawks organization, one excellent candidate to replace Ryan would be current Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. He orchestrates a run-first offense that focuses on efficiency and puts the quarterback in situations to succeed. While some experts say the NFL has become a "passing league," seven teams ranked among the top ten in rushing attempts are currently in the playoffs or in the playoff hunt. His offensive philosophy is a perfect match for our roster. We have talented RBs in Ivory and Powell while we have a young QB in Geno Smith that has struggled with turnovers. Bevell has helped develop Wilson and his presence should greatly benefit Smith.


Mark Sanchez - No-brainer. Savings: $8,300,000

Santonio Holmes - Yet another no-brainer. Savings: $8,250,000

Antonio Cromartie - While Cromartie was a Pro-Bowler just a year ago, his play has dramatically declined this season and his injuries are a cause for concern moving forward. The team is better off moving on and looking for a younger replacement. Savings: $9,500,000

Dawan Landry - Landry has played commendably in his time with the Jets and was an excellent bargain in a season where the Jets had limited resources to improve the safety position. This offseason is different, however, and the Jets could find an upgrade. Savings: $1,500,000

Mike Goodson - It didn't take long for Goodson to draw the ire of Jets fans. He found himself in legal trouble early in the offseason and managed to play just two games before being placed on injured reserve. His production in the small sample size was great, but the Jets are set at RB and can get a player with his skillset in the draft. Savings: $1,316,666

Clyde Gates - Remember him? He was our fourth best WR early in the season before landing on injured reserve. His lasting memory with the team? Crucial drops in a Thursday Night Football game against the Patriots that cost the Jets a victory. Savings: $645,000


Nick Folk - Folk has been terrific this season and has come up clutch many a time. His kickoffs leave a lot to be desired, but his near blemish-free season should have him back with the Jets. 2 years/$3,000,000

Willie Colon - Colon has been an outstanding signing by John Idzik. He's great in run blocking and pass protection, but is a bit prone to penalties. Willie is also a terrific locker room guy. 2 years/$4,000,000

Austin Howard - Howard is currently our best offensive lineman and an ever-improving young player. 4 years/$14,000,000

Jeff Cumberland - Cumberland has had his moments and is still a serviceable TE in this league. 2 years/$2,400,000

Darrin Walls - Good backup corner. 1 year/$900,000

Isaiah Trufant - Terrific special teams player. 2 years/$1,390,000

Nick Bellore - Good special teams player. 1 year/$645,000


Muhammad Wilkerson - Best player on the team and one of the best defensive players in the league. Calais Campbell was rewarded with a 5 year/$55,00,000 extension a few years ago at the age of 25. Wilkerson is 24 and has been more productive. 5 years/$60,000,000

With those roster moves, the team is left with $35,498,724 in cap space for free agency and the draft.

Free Agency

Jairus Byrd - The Bills and Byrd are unlikely to reach an agreement on a deal and he'll likely be wearing a different uniform in 2014. Byrd wants to be paid like the best safety in the game and his play justifies such a hefty contract. The Jets desperately need help in the secondary and Byrd is major improvement. 4 years/$30,000,000

Walter Thurmond - Speaking of improving in the secondary, the signing of Thurmond will do just that. With extensions for Sherman, Thomas, and Wilkson looming, the Seahawks are unlikely to keep many of their free agents this year. They'll likely replace them by the draft and the Jets benefit by signing a solid starting corner. 3 years/$10,500,000

LaMarr Woodley - Wait, what? Yup, LaMarr Woodley. While Woodley is currently under contract with the Steelers, many expect him to be cut. With Jarvis Jones claiming one of the OLB positions for the future and a much cheaper option available to the Steelers in Jason Worilds, the Steelers will look to cut Woodley. Assuming the Jets still use a 3-4 defense under Bavell, Woodley would be a fine acquisition. 3 years/ $15,600,000

Jeremy Maclin - Maclin is coming off an ACL injury and he likely will be the 4th best WR on the market with guys such as Eric Decker, Golden Tate, and Hakeem Nicks commanding more attention. The Eagles will likely look to draft a replacement and not re-sign him. The Jets can sign him to a LaRon Landry type of deal for one year where he proves he can remain healthy and still play at a high level. 1 year/$5,000,000

The Draft

Needs: WR, TE, OG, S

1st round: Marqise Lee: WR

2nd round: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins: TE

3rd round (from Tampa Bay): Jordan Matthews: WR

3rd round: De'Anthony Thomas: RB/WR

4th round: Jon Halapio: OG

5th round: Aaron Colvin: CB

6th round: Aaron Murray: QB

7th round: Isaiah Lewis: S

The first five picks of the draft are all used to help out the offense. The Jets are desperately in need of talent at the skill positions and Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, and De'Anthony Thomas will greatly help out Geno Smith. If Geno still does not perform well, Aaron Murray can be given a shot. Murray has a lot of talent and will drop in the draft due to an ACL injury. Halapio helps fortify the OG position and Colvin and Lewis are great additions to the secondary.

If the Jets follow this offseason plan, their depth chart would look like this:

QB: Geno Smith, Aaron Murray

RB: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, De'Anthony Thomas

WR: Jeremy Maclin, Marqise Lee, Jeremy Kerley, Jordan Matthews, Stephen Hill

TE: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Jeff Cumberland

OT: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Austin Howard

OG: Willie Colon, Brian Winters, Jon Halapio

C: Nick Mangold

DE: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson

DT/NT: Damon Harrison, Kenrick Ellis

OLB: Quinton Coples, LaMarr Woodley

ILB: David Harris, Demario Davis

CB: Dee Milliner, Walter Thurmond, Kyle Wilson, Aaron Colvin, Darrin Walls

FS: Jairus Byrd, Isaiah lewis

SS: Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett

K: Nick Folk

P: Ryan Quigley

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