Popular Post Jetsfan80 Posted January 1 Popular Post Share Posted January 1 DISCLAIMER: No, this is not a thread about tanking THIS year. The difference between 8-9 and 7-10 is negligible. We're talking REAL, season-long-over kind of tanking here. 0-17 vs 2-15 kind of tanking. I'd say that perhaps the most damaging aspect of the Woody Johnson era has been the policy (it would seem) to prefer 5 or 6-win seasons in a lost year over "bottoming out" for draft position purposes. And we're paying for it with every regime. A reminder of the history below (note: You might quibble over how helpful tanking would have been in any given year, and whether we would have been interested in some of these players in the first place, but in totality, its hard to argue we haven't missed out on elite draft capital/talent over the years): 2007 Sitting at 3-12, the Jets won their Week 17 game against the Chiefs to finish 4-12 and end up with the # 6 pick. A loss would have vaulted the Jets into a top-3 pick slot Selected: DE Vernon Gholston Missed out on: QB Matt Ryan 2014 The 2-11 Jets, with lame duck HC Rex Ryan, won 2 of their final 3, thus missing out on a top-2 pick Selected: DT Leonard Williams Missed out on: Large package of picks (Tennessee reportedly strongly considered moving out of # 2 before selecting Mariota) 2019 The 4-8 Jets won 3 of their final 4 games of the season to finish 7-9, costing them a top-6 pick Selected: LT Mekhi Becton Missed out on: QB Justin Herbert; OT Jedrick Wills We also won 2 meaningless December games in 2005, but on this occasion we ended up getting a franchise LT out of the deal (Ferguson). And a December win in 2018 cost the Jets Nick Bosa in the '19 draft, though Quinnen Williams has gained a lot of ground on Bosa from a career perspective this season. But the most egregious "failed tanking" effort was of course... 2020 The 0-13 Jets won back-to-back games in Weeks 15 & 16 with lame duck HC Adam Gase, costing them the # 1 pick Selected: QB Zach Wilson Missed out on: QB Trevor Lawrence There's no getting around this one if you're in the "anti-tanking" group, unless you're simply stubborn and obtuse. Lawrence looks like the real deal. Since Week 9 this year, there's arguably been no better QB in the NFL. The Year 2 leap has happened for him, despite entering a disastrous situation with Urban Meyer in his rookie year. This may well go down as a Peyton Manning/Ryan Leaf situation, and it all could have been avoided had the Jets done what Woody Johnson seemingly refuses to do time and again: Fire a HC midseason and tank properly. 3 1 4 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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