In a recent article for NFL.com, Elliott Harrison ranked the New York Jets’ offseason as the sixth best in the league this year.
Harrison focused on the signings of Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Eric Decker (a possible QB1, RB1 and WR1 combo) and the drafting of tight end Jace Amaro, all of which will revamp an offense that was 29th in scoring and 25th in total yards last year. He said the defense has gotten “younger” in the past few years, though some of this can be attributed to the decision not to retain veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville and Arizona had the best five offseasons in the league according to Harrison.
These rankings are fun to read, and it’s nice to see the Jets get some positive recognition for something. However, the offseason is far from over. The Jets need to capitalize on their talented free agent and draft classes this summer. The upcoming organized team activities and training camp are crucial for the Jets’ success.
Remember the last team Michael Vick was on, the Philadelphia Eagles, circa 2011? They “won” the offseason, signing several big-name free agents such as cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive linemen Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, running back Ronnie Brown and, of course, Vince Young. Young was only supposed to be a backup to Vick, but he ran his mouth like a starter, dubbing the squad the “Dream Team” in July. The Eagles finished the season a very un-dreamy 8-8, and fell apart the next season at an underachieving 4-12.
Sometimes players just don’t have the right chemistry together. Cogs don’t fit how they’re expected to, the system isn’t appropriate for the parts it is given – the list can go on. I don’t want to see the Jets win in March, April and May and lose in September, October and November. No fan does. So while running seven-on-seven drills in May and June is not one of the sexy events on the league calendar, it’s maybe the most important.
News and notes: In the same fashion that reporters frequently ask Geno Smith about Michael Vick’s presence on the field and in the locker room, the media asked running back Chris Ivory questions almost exclusively about new backfield-mate Chris Johnson on Thursday. Ivory made it clear to reporters that the Johnson signing did not surprise him. “Why would it surprise me?” Ivory said. “It’s just another guy on the team with great talent and it’s somebody that can bring diversity to the team and just give us another weapon and add explosiveness to what we have.” He added that Johnson has great speed and hands and that Johnson’s play “speaks for himself.”
~Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. has named the New York Jets the recipient of their 2014 NFL Team of the Year award, presented annually to a team that has demonstrated commitment and support of Pop Warner both locally and nationally. Cornerback Kyle Wilson is accepting the honor on behalf of the team this weekend at the 54th annual Pop Warner All-American Scholastic Banquet, at the Disney Yacht Club in Orlando, Florida.