Almost every Jets fan has been complaining about the Jets activity, rather inactivity during this offseason. John Idzik throughout his brief tenure has preached patience and building through the Jets. He has let numerous players such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Darrelle Revis, and Antonio Cromartie escape his grasp even though the Jets have a dire need to fill opposite Dee Milliner. Although most of the top-level free agents are no longer on the market, there are many players that can have a sizable impact on a team. Idzik and the Jets also can have a successful offseason by having a competent draft class, which based on last years draft class is possible. These are the ways John Idzik can have a successful offseason and hopefully guide the Jets to a playoff birth.
Cut Mark Sanchez- This move is long overdue. Cutting Mark Sanchez would give the Jets additional cap space and would rid the Jets of a headache. Sanchez was supposed to be the savior of the franchise, the next Broadway Joe, but once the Jets lost their elite defense, offensive line, and running game Sanchez showed that he could not become the franchise quarterback most of us envisioned. He would allow the Jets to embrace Geno Smith as the new quarterback and rid the Jets of a supremely overpaid backup quarterback.
Cut Mike Goodson- Although Mike Goodson showed promise when he was on the field, the Jets have to cut him. Goodson is the type of player who Rex would run free before Idzik became the general manager and because of his legal problems and injury problems he needs to be cut. With the abundance of third down running backs in the draft, (hello De'anthony Thomas, Devonta Freeman, Dri Archer) the Jets need to cut ties with Goodson.
Sign Champ Bailey- I know what you're thinking, CHAMP BAILEY THE 35 YEAR OLD CORNERBACK WHO HAD TO BE RELEGATED TO THE SLOT. For the Jets to sign him he would have to be converted to safety. He's an Ed Reed that could actually move. He is a high character guy, who would mentor the members of the Jets secondary.
Sign Dustin Keller- The Jets need a reliable pass-cathing tight end and if Keller can be 70% of what he was with the Jets, he would be an upgrade over Jeff Cumberland. Catching passes from Mark Sanchez, Keller was one of the best tight ends in the league and coming off a gruesome knee injury he shouldn't cost much more then the minimum.
Sign Jacoby Ford- The Jets have been linked to Jacoby Ford by multiple reporters and the Jets could use him. He is a dynamic punt and kick returner that the Jets did not have last year due to Joe McKnight getting cut. He has the same skill set of Cylde Gates but Ford can actually catch a ball. he would be the ideal 4th or 5th receiver based on your opinion of David Nelson
Sign Legarrette Blount- This is purely a luxury pick for the Jets. Imagine the amount of havoc Chris Ivory and Blount would create. The defense would be worn down with the Jets physical running style and would give the Jets two of the beck tackle-shedding running backs in football.
Sign Michael Vick- Once the Jets cut Sanchez, the Jets need a competent quarterback to compete with Geno Smith. Vick is the best quarterback on the market and his dynamic running style would rub off on Geno Smith. Even if Vick loses the competition, which I expect, he would be one of the best backups in the league and a suitable replacement for Geno is he gets hurt.
Trade for DeSean Jackson- My last article, Why the Jets Absolutely Need DeSean Jackson, detailed why the Jets need Jackson. He gives the Jets an explosive playmaker, draft flexibility, and a person familiar with the Jets offense.
Draft Darqueze Dennard- The Jets whiffed on every free agent corner and cutting Cromartie created a huge hole at corner opposite Dee Milliner. With the dearth of quality free agents, the Jets must address the cornerback position in the draft. Dennard or Gilbert would be fine additions but I doubt Gilbert will fall to us. Dennard excels in press-man coverage and is a willing tackler that give Rex the cornerback he needs.
Draft Kyle Van Noy- This pick could anger some Jets fan but it this is the type of pick that turns a good defense into an elite defense. Let's be honest, Calvin Pace should not be our starter. The only reason he had 10 sacks was because of the havoc the D-Line created. Van Noy is an athletic outside linebacker who has the potential to be an annual 10+ sack guy. He is solid against the run and in coverage, which the Jets desperately need.
Draft C.J Fiedorowicz- A true throw-back tight end who excels at blocking and is a factor in the short and intermediate passing game. He will never be Vernon Davis or Jimmy Graham, but he has the ability to pick up yards with short passes. He gives the Jets a great blocking tight end that would make the Jets even more lethal in the running game. He give the Jets a nasty streak as well as a red-zone target.
Draft Donte Moncreif- Moncreif has the ability to become a good possession receiver. Every quarterback could use as many weapons as possible and the Jets get a young weapon for theirs. Moncreif does not have blazing speed and for him to succeed he has to accept that and focus on running shorter routes.
Draft Ty Zimmermann- The Jets are going to have to get a young safety to pair with Antonio Allen and Zimmermann can be that safety. He has impressive size for a safety who is terrific in deep and intermediate coverage. Zimmermann has a good football IQ and it is hard to fool him. He is a willing run defender which is a trait Rex loves in his safeties.
Draft Dri Archer- Archer put his blazing speed on display during the combine and could be the Jets 3rd down back. He has the hands in order to do so and the only question is if he can survive the hits he will take in the NFL. The Jets were smitten with Tavon Austin last year and Archer is just like Austin. If the Jets get him 10 touches a game, he can be a great weapon on offense.
Draft Logan Thomas- The Jets should try developing a backup if Geno doesn't work out. Thomas jumps out physically because of his combination of strength, size, and speed for the quarterback position. If the Jets are able to fix his accuracy issues and decision making, they will have a superb player on their hands.
The start of the offseason has caused the Jets to back themselves into a corner. They need another wide receiver, safety, outside linebacker, punter, tight end, third down running back, and a corner or two. The free agent market is not exactly inspiring, but important role players can be had. The key for success for the Jets is the draft, a sentiment that has been echoed by John Idzik in his brief tenure. The Jets need to make many moves to improve this roster to put themselves in playoff contention and if Idzik makes some of the suggested moves, the Jets will have had a successful offseason.