JEsus...another one. There is a definite sect in the fanbase that is coming out of the woodwork here.
The man is in YEAR ONE of his job remaking this team. He has had ONE off-season. This isn't Madden boys. You don't get to rebuild a team with the flick of a controller. We had ZERO talent. In the time Joe Douglas has got here, in ONE YEAR, has so far done the following:
1. Drafted what looks like a franchise LT for the next decade (barring injuries)
2. Got a potential #2 receiver in Denzel Mims in the second round, while moving down in the draft to do it.
3. Traded a disgruntled free safety, who thinks he is better than he is, and turned him into 2 first round draft picks and a 3rd round pick over the next two drafts.
4. Rebuilt the entire OL. 5 new starters, including said franchise LT and (upon early returns) a VERY good RT in George Fant. He also drafted a solid G in Cameron Clark. Is this unit perfect? But not bad considering they are all brand new parts.
5. Traded Leonard Williams for a 3rd round pick last year (which we used on Ashtyn Davis)
6. Signed multiple guys to 1 year "see what you can do" type deals during a season that was going to be SCREWED from the get-go because of Covid. This season will be won, not by sheer talent, but by which team can keep their starters all healthy the longest.
Has everything worked? The above five I think are pretty great! Has everything worked? No. You can debate what has and what hasn't, but not every move will work. You have to try stuff, and so far, I would put finding a franchise LT, a potential #2 WR, complete 5-position rebuild on the OL, a potential starting S at a lower cost, and two extra first round draft picks as a DAMN fine first step.
We will have to fully judge Douglas on year three. What will all these draft picks look like then? How are we looking depth wise? How have the free agents worked out? That is when we can finally see how things look for the future.
WE GET IT....being a Jet fan sucks, and the countless attempts and failures at rebuilding this franchise. Mike Mccagnan did not work out, but he got at least three years. You HAVE to give a GM three years to see what a team will look like. Otherwise, it is rinse and repeat.
The big step now will be a) Does Joe Douglas actually have the keys to the franchise, and can he fire Adam Gase and bring in his guy? b) Can he follow up next year with another solid draft c) How does he evaluate Darnold, and if he chooses to move in a different direction, what can he get for Darnold?