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Five things the NY Jets can do to fix the mess of 2013 With the question of Rex Ryan’s fate behind him, John Idzik has to figure out how to turn the current Jets — who look like a sub-.500 team on paper — into a winner with the current financial flexibility he has at his disposal.

 

BY SETH WALDER / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2014, 9:28 PM
 
 
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Geno Smith doesn't earn enough trust to warrant having the starting job handed to him in training camp.

 

 
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The Jets announced one of their biggest offseason decisions just moments after their 2013 season was officially in the books. By bringing back Rex Ryan, owner Woody Johnson and GM John Idzik made a popular move with their players and their fans, and maintained some consistent leadership.

 

But with the question of Ryan’s fate behind him, Idzik has to figure out how to turn the current Jets — who look like a sub-.500 team on paper — into a winner with the current financial flexibility he has at his disposal. Because while he may have cap room and draft picks available to him, Idzik has more than his fair share of holes to fill. Let’s look at the big decisions facing Gang Green’s GM this offseason:

 

1. WHAT'S THE PLAN AT QUARTERBACK?

How much trust did Geno Smith earn by improving his play at the end of the season? Not enough to warrant having the starting job handed to him in training camp, in all likelihood. GM John Idzik was as blunt as he ever is about Gang Green’s plans when it comes to signal-callers this offseason when he said in his season-ending press conference, “We’ll look at quarterbacks, yes we’ll look at quarterbacks.”

 

That could mean looking at veteran options to compete with Smith. It could mean a first-round draft choice that would ultimately supplant him.

 

Either way, expect a QB competition in training camp, one that doesn’t involve Mark Sanchez. Given his injury last season, his regression before that, and his bloated contract, Sanchez is all but out the door in Florham Park.

 

2. WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS?

The Jets may have had the worst receiving corps in the league last season. That’s a problem for any quarterback, let alone a second-round rookie.

 

“There will be an emphasis there,” Idzik said when asked about his skill positions, before adding, “but there will be an emphasis on improving every single position.”

 

 

 

It doesn’t take a GM’s mind to see that wide receivers and tight ends have to be a priority.

 

Santonio Holmes is a virtual lock to be cut. Stephen Hill can’t be counted on realistically as a major option. Jeremy Kerley is a solid slot receiver but not a game-changer.

 

The Jets didn’t do enough when it came to the receiver position last offseason and it came back to haunt them. Don’t expect them to make the same mistake twice.

 

jets-camp.jpg ROBERT SABO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS It’s possible Antonio Cromartie has played his last game as a Jet.

 

3. WHAT IS ANTONIO CROMARTIE’S FUTURE?

It’s possible Cromartie has played his last game as a Jet. He could be a salary-cap casualty this offseason, and the Jets may just decide to start fresh with Dee Milliner and a new cornerback opposite him. They may decide, however, that 2013 and not 2012 was the aberration in Cromartie’s performance, and that his aching hip was the cause for his subpar performance. In that case, expect either a restructuring or extension of Cromartie’s contract, because the Jets won’t be entirely responsible for the $14.98 million cap number his contract currently holds for next season, according to overthecap.com.

 

4. WHAT HAPPENS AT GUARD?

The Jets have issues at both guard positions: Willie Colon, who was mediocre at right guard, is a free agent, and tore his biceps at the end of the year. Brian Winters was completely underwhelming in his rookie season. Gang Green will probably need to bring in two new guards via free agency or the draft: one to replace Colon and one as a safeguard in case Winters continues to scuffle.

 

5. WHICH FREE AGENTS TO BRING BACK?

Among members of the 2013 Jets who will be free agents, right tackle Austin Howard will likely be the team’s top priority. Howard has developed into a nice offensive lineman, and good tackles are hard to find.

 

Nick Folk has played on four straight one-year deals with the Jets, and after his career-best performance this season, he could receive his first multi-year deal with Gang Green. If he doesn’t get one, he might end up elsewhere. Calvin Pace could be back after his first double-digit sack season. Josh Cribbs proved useful in his brief time as a Jet, and could come back as a return man.

 

 

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Five Potential Targets in Free Agency

John Idzik didn’t make a big splash in free agency in his first offseason, but that could easily change this time around. Even if the Jets extend Muhammad Wilkerson, which seems likely, Idzik should have plenty of money to work with. That could mean a big name signing on with Gang Green.

 

QB Chad Henne

If the Jets are looking for a game manager who can complement Gang Green’s defense in case Smith implodes, Henne could be an option.

 

QB Josh McCown

He impressed with Chicago this season, but Jay Cutler is the QB permanently there. McCown will get paid well (for a backup), and the Jets have money to spend.

 

QB Michael Vick

Vick could reunite with his old offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, if he came to the Jets.

 

WR Hakeem Nicks

Could Nicks switch locker rooms at MetLife and join the Jets? Anything is possible for the right price. If other teams are scared off by Nicks’ performance this season, perhaps the Jets could see him as a value.

 

WR Jeremy Maclin

He’s the top free agent wideout on the market, but he tore his ACL last summer.

 


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Article lost me at "fix the mess of 2013" to be honest.

 

2012 = mess.

2011 = mess.

 

2013 went better than most expected, and saw one of the NFL's youngest rosters get more minutes for their rookies than any team in the league.

 

8 wins is impressive, all things considered.

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So 5 days ago the Daily News was acting like we just won the super bowl, now they're calling 2013 a "mess".....gotta love the NY media.

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geno looks baked

 

did they even try to extend howard ?  letting him get away would be epic fail

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Article lost me again at Chad Henne, Hakeem Nicks, Mike Vick.

 

None of those guys aligns with the "build from within, build through the draft" approach Idzik has preached. All of them have managed to do one thing consistently in their careers... and that is underwhelm. 

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Article lost me again at Chad Henne, Hakeem Nicks, Mike Vick.

 

None of those guys aligns with the "build from within, build through the draft" approach Idzik has preached. All of them have managed to do one thing consistently in their careers... and that is underwhelm. 

 

Not that I like any of those options, but they have to bring in someone to seriously  compete with Smith.  There isn't much out there.    I hate to think the unthinkable.  Sanchez

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I know Kerley is not a "game changer" but look at Geno without him and I think there's a definite difference, or in  non-journalist (experts/sensationalists/wordsmiths) terms, a "change".

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By the way can't Seth Walder just walk to the next cubicle and ask Manish these 5 questions?....He's the one calling the shots anyway.

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Not that I like any of those options, but they have to bring in someone to seriously  compete with Smith.  There isn't much out there.    I hate to think the unthinkable.  Sanchez

 

I agree. I just think there'll be more options than we realize right now. 

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Article lost me again at Chad Henne, Hakeem Nicks, Mike Vick.

 

None of those guys aligns with the "build from within, build through the draft" approach Idzik has preached. All of them have managed to do one thing consistently in their careers... and that is underwhelm. 

 

I wouldn't be upset by Henne at all.  I actually think it would be a good idea.

 

Look, anyone at QB who isn't Geno Smith or a 1st round pick this year is a bad thing.    No one, not Vick, not Henne, not Campbell, not Juan Fútbol, starting is good for the franchise, but we need someone who simply can play if necessary.  At least Henne will come cheap and has solid starting experience.

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Article lost me at "fix the mess of 2013" to be honest.

 

2012 = mess.

2011 = mess.

 

2013 went better than most expected, and saw one of the NFL's youngest rosters get more minutes for their rookies than any team in the league.

 

8 wins is impressive, all things considered.

Did you happen to notice the scoring differential. WORST in the history of a ".500" team, that is a .500 team if you count the 2 gifts from TB and NE.

 

Dont be blinded, 2013 was a complete mess, and unless they bring in Vick or McCown, or draft Manziel, then good luck in 2014 with Smith pulling the trigger.

 

Did you see the dudes slinging it yesterday? That was impressive.

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Did you happen to notice the scoring differential. WORST in the history of a ".500" team, that is a .500 team if you count the 2 gifts from TB and NE.

 

Dont be blinded, 2013 was a complete mess, and unless they bring in Vick or McCown, or draft Manziel, then good luck in 2014 with Smith pulling the trigger.

 

Did you see the dudes slinging it yesterday? That was impressive.

 

LOL shut up already.

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LOL shut up already.

I'll do my best.

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Did you happen to notice the scoring differential. WORST in the history of a ".500" team, that is a .500 team if you count the 2 gifts from TB and NE.

 

Dont be blinded, 2013 was a complete mess, and unless they bring in Vick or McCown, or draft Manziel, then good luck in 2014 with Smith pulling the trigger.

 

Did you see the dudes slinging it yesterday? That was impressive.

 

Yeah, I don't know why the NFL counts wins and losses, they should just let them all play 64 quarters versus 13 different teams and add up the points at the end of the year.

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So 5 days ago the Daily News was acting like we just won the super bowl, now they're calling 2013 a "mess".....gotta love the NY media.

Indeed. Earlier this week Manish Mehta wasnted to give Wrecks a 5 year extension and have Geno's baby.

The problem is #1. This offense is pathetic because the QB sucks, and 2 okay games against some crappy teams was lipstick on a pig.

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Yeah, I don't know why the NFL counts wins and losses, they should just let them all play 64 quarters versus 13 different teams and add up the points at the end of the year.

Interesting Idea. If they did, I beleive the Jets would be drafting 3rd, and definitely be able to get that QB they so desperately need.

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Article lost me at "fix the mess of 2013" to be honest.

2012 = mess.

2011 = mess.

2013 went better than most expected, and saw one of the NFL's youngest rosters get more minutes for their rookies than any team in the league.

8 wins is impressive, all things considered.

You've bought in to Le Narrative Grande.

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I know Kerley is not a "game changer" but look at Geno without him and I think there's a definite difference, or in  non-journalist (experts/sensationalists/wordsmiths) terms, a "change".

 

Imagine if there was a legitimate receiver on the outside? Kerley might be even better than we think.

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You've bought in to Le Narrative Grande.

 

Perhaps I'm the one selling, not buying.

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Imagine if there was a legitimate receiver on the outside? Kerley might be even better than we think.

 

Hopefully we'll find out soon.

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I wouldn't be upset by Henne at all.  I actually think it would be a good idea.

 

Look, anyone at QB who isn't Geno Smith or a 1st round pick this year is a bad thing.    No one, not Vick, not Henne, not Campbell, not Juan Fútbol, starting is good for the franchise, but we need someone who simply can play if necessary.  At least Henne will come cheap and has solid starting experience.

 

I agree. Not the worst option at all. 

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I wouldn't be upset by Henne at all.  I actually think it would be a good idea.

 

Look, anyone at QB who isn't Geno Smith or a 1st round pick this year is a bad thing.    No one, not Vick, not Henne, not Campbell, not Juan Fútbol, starting is good for the franchise, but we need someone who simply can play if necessary.  At least Henne will come cheap and has solid starting experience.

Matt Simms. The Jets bigger concern are targets. 

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Matt Simms. The Jets bigger concern are targets.

No history. And his limited opportunities have been unimpressive. Need better.

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No history. And his limited opportunities have been unimpressive. Need better.

 

Matt Simms should be the # 3 guy this year (and inactive on game day).  Great story, strong arm.  That is the kind of guy you try to develop for a year or two down the road.  You need a veteran backup behind a kid like Smith.  A veteran that is actually healthy enough to play and not just practice when he feels like it.

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No history. And his limited opportunities have been unimpressive. Need better.

Thats the problem, whats better right now at QB? Im not saying that we dont need better, but I feel like we can make the team better from the targets provided than the back-up that may never even see the field. 

 

Remember, Simms was throwing to the same Kerley-less targets in that Dolphin game when Geno was benched. Its just hard for me to feel that our QB situation is that critical when we had the absolute worst offensive weapons in the league by far. Look at McCown for the Bears for example, I've never heard a jet fan even speak about Josh McCown, yet put him with Brandon Marshall and the "should have been Jet" Alshon Jeffery and what happens? 

 

Get the QB some targets who can make plays for the QB and watch a guy like Matt Simms be a topic of conversation for other teams looking for back-ups just like McCown this year. 

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