The New York Jets have been the butt of jokes. They’ve been reviled by their fans. They’ve been labeled as perpetual losers. And that’s all just since Rex Ryan took over. Let’s not forget though, that these same New York Jets went to the AFC Championship twice under this same regime. Since then, it appears the wheels have fallen off. In 2014 however, there are a few encouraging signs for Jets ticket holders, and if all goes well…..
Geno Smith was thrown into the fire after an injury to Mark Sanchez and the results were predictably bad. Smith, while showing signs of some talent, threw way too many interceptions. If all goes well though, getting that tough experience under his belt will help Geno Smith cut back on mistakes in 2014. There’s also the intangible aspect of having Michael Vick right behind him, perhaps serving as a driving force in his development.
And, if all goes well, the New York Jets will now have some receiving talent to help Smith out. Eric Decker came over from Denver with high expectations, and adding to the mix is Jace Amaro, drafted in the second round and anticipated as an immediate starter.
One more thing needs to go well. The Jets signed Chris Johnson. If he’s healthy, and anywhere close to his old form, he’ll make a fine complement to teh power running style of Chris Ivory.
Speaking of things going well, how about a revival of Ryan’s specialty, defense? A unit that finished 22nd in passing defense needs a strong year from cornerback Dee Milliner, and cross your fingers, recent pickup Dimitri Patterson, brought in after Antonio Cromartie was released. the defensive line should be fine.
Overall, the New York Jets will need more production and fewer negatives from Geno Smith and a more talented offense. If all goes well that might help hide some defensive weaknesses. And if all goes well, it might be enough to get the New York Jets into the playoffs and save Rex Ryan’s job.Eric Drouant