Check out this quote from Gregg Rosenthal in a post he wrote for NFL.com on the topic of whether or not Rex Ryan might be on the hot seat at the end of the season based on some of the quotes from the Jets head coach yesterday.
Ryan actually might benefit from the Jets’ awful offseason and preseason. Expectations are low. If they make the playoffs – like we expect – it will be viewed as a great achievement.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.com
It’s a backhanded compliment, to be sure. We agree that the Jets are likely to make the playoffs above most everyone’s expectations. The team is going to be great on defense and the offense has sufficient talent to be fine. The Jets preseason was bad in that they weren’t scoring or winning meaningless preseason games thanks to injuries and the rest … but what does he mean by the “awful offseason”? Awful how? In that ESPN rammed Tebow coverage down our throats every day since March? If that’s the definition, then yes, it was an utter abomination. As far as the Jets, we thought they did pretty well in the talent acquisition aspect.
The Jets areas of need going into free agency was right tackle, both safety spots, wide receiver and an additional pass rusher. Here’s what they did.
- Re-signed one of the best run-stuffing DTs in the game
- Re-signed a versatile veteran OLB who can start or come off the bench
- Kept their RFA linebacker who led the team in sacks without a full season with team
- Signed two new starting safeties who are much more physical and athletic
- Signed a veteran backup receiver
- Traded for a backup QB who can run the ball 5-10 times a game out of Wildcat / Spread Option offense
- Drafted two starters at DE & WR and then sub-package players at FS & ILB
- Benched their right tackle in favor of a younger player with more speed and confidence
How was that awful?