Last season the Jets with new head coach Todd Bowles were on the verge of the postseason when a final game loss in the regular season combined with a Steelers win knocked them down and out for the playoffs.
This offseason, the team has moves to make and things to do in order to make a run at Super Bowl LI, a task that right now that sites like William Hill Online Betting has them at 40-to-1 to win.
The teams’ biggest decision is going to come down to who lines up under center, with plenty of saga with the team chatting with top free agent QB Robert Griffin III.
The ultimate decision on who plays quarterback could mean the difference between if this team is truly good enough to make the postseason and have a chance to play in Super Bowl 51 or not.
The club still doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to bring back veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, a player who led the team last season to nearly making the playoffs, but in the end played terribly in the final game against the Bills, and his 2015 numbers will be tough to duplicate.
In the end, Griffin has plenty of upside, is younger, and can run. You basically know what you are going to get with Fitz, and if the team pulls a sudden move and brings him back instead of going with Griffin, it could be a bigger risk than going with the young mobile free agent.
Griffin was 2-5 in seven starts last season with the Redskins, but was playing a system not made for him, and the Jets feel if he comes to the team he will put up numbers similar to his rookie year, when he was 9-6 as a starter, with 20 touchdowns throwing, five picks, and had seven more touchdowns rushing.
Negotiations between the Jets and starting quarterback Fitzpatrick have stalled, and there’s been rumblings that the Broncos could be the team that looks to get Fitzpatrick next.
If that’s the case, the team better find a QB that can lead them, and you can just about forget about Geno Smith, who never regained the trust of the team after last year’s training camp incident in which he broke his jaw taking a punch.
Give RG III a shot to be the man. With the spotlight on him with a new improved running back in Matt Forte, and two top pass catchers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, the Jets with the right QB could be postseason bound.
That quarterback clearly is Griffin, who has deserved a second shot with a new team.