A few websites of late have been doing preseason power rankings … did the Jets fall in the thirties again this year? It would seem not, with the Jets landing more towards the middle of the pack than they did a year ago … but no one is preparing for their Super Bowl run either.
Here’s Josh Alper’s blurb for PFT
The Jets need a consistent and reliable quarterback if they are going to be a consistent playoff participant and they aren’t sure if they have one.
There’s more certainty about the quality of the offensive talent around the quarterbacks this year, though. Adding Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and Jace Amaro gives the Jets a much deeper group of options at skill positions to go with a defense that did a very good job on the way to last year’s 8-8 record. Even a modest bump in production at quarterback would give the Jets the right to think about the playoffs, so the pressure is on
Yahoo!’s Frank Schwab writes a projection on Shutdown Corner but is a little less sanguine than Alper.
I just don’t think the Jets have the quarterback play to get over the hump. I think Smith will be better, and in a perfect world he’d be a solid quarterback by year three or four, but good luck finding that kind of patience in that market. The schedule and offensive issues might prevent the Jets from reaching .500. If that’s the case, it’ll be interesting if Ryan survives for another season.
Also, here’s one from right after the draft from Elliot Harrison at NFL.com:
It was hard not to like the Jets’ draft. While we’re at it, let’s give some kudos to Rex Ryan for admitting some homerism in the selection of quarterback Tajh Boyd. Or call it quasi-nepotism; Ryan’s son played with Boyd at Clemson, so the New York coach made the move. All good. A sixth-rounder shouldn’t threaten Geno Smith, anyway.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comLast year’s many rankings of the Jets at or near the bottom of the barrel was harsh. We said so at the time and that we believed them to a better team. Over the course of the 2013 season, the Jets demonstrated that while the team had some building and growth to do, they were not as bad as many analysts had said.
This year the team is in the middle of the pack, and we cam understand where the analysts are coming from again. The Jets surprised many last year with a strong finish, and did nothing but make themselves stronger in the offseason. The offense got better with multiple acquisitions while the defense got younger and more physical in their secondary to pair with a young and talented defensive line. Analysts will give the Jets the benefit of their work from last year in concert with their improvements, but until the Jets can start consistently get back to the playoffs, they’ll stay out of the top twelve spots in rankings until such a time.
This will be the year for the Jets coaches and players to demonstrate that they need to be among those discussions