Jets fans started dreaming in 2021 when their team was seen landing in Buffalo in Week 1. It was clear that the Jets team was not very good when they were 21–0 behind in the first half that day.
That point has only been pushed forward from home every week the Jets have taken the field. Tanking for Trevor is now a battle cry with Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence which is seen as a reward for ending this brutal season. Adam Gass hangs by a thread as the Jets coach and that thread will certainly snap at some point and the Jets demand a new head coach.
But at the moment the most important person in the Jet universe is not calling plays or executing any of them. This is Joe Douglas, the general manager should improve this roster if the team has any hope.
It doesn’t matter if Lawrence is a mix of John Elway and Peyton Manning, if he has an offensive line that can’t protect him or wide receivers who can’t get open or tight ends that don’t catch. Can. It doesn’t matter if Douglas Vince finds a way to bring Lombardi back from the dead if that coach doesn’t have players who can win one-to-one matchups and make plays when called.
At the moment, Sam Darnold and Adam Gesse lack the supporting cast to win the game. This is not an excuse for his performance. They both suffer a lot of blame for this 0-8 mess, but see who they are working with.
Douglas blamed it for it during his midseason press conference on Tuesday, saying that he had done a very poor job to give Darnold and Gacy the job. It is certainly very deep. This is a nearly 10-year bad draft by the last three GMs. It is about terrible decisions in free agency like the signing of Trumaine Johnson and Le’Veon Bell. It is about a disqualification that has allowed the Jets for most of the past decade.
It makes you wonder if Douglas really knew what he was doing when he was doing this thing.
“I opened my eyes,” Douglas said. “I knew the odds here.”
Douglas made these mistakes. He missed Robbie Anderson on Tuesday. The way he rebuilt the offensive line, tried to get it cheaply, searched at cheap prices, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
The Jets have been eyeing the 2021 internally for some time. Douglas spent a lot this year clearing his salary-cap position, securing draft picks and saving cap space this year, which could dramatically reduce the salary cap.
According to Over the Cap, Douglas has nine draft picks and an estimated $ 80 million in cap space over the next two years, the most in the NFL.
This gives Douglas flexibility. The Pikes’ squad can help move him around the draft if he wants. The money should help him fill the hole, which the Jets have plenty of, although he warned on Tuesday that he does not see free agency as a nectar.
“You don’t see a lot of teams that earn success in the long run,” Douglas said. “You look at teams, organizations that have long-term success, they draft well and they develop their players. I think this model is moving forward. “
The “draft well” portion of that quote rests on Douglas. He has positioned himself for a large child. It looks like it will be involved with taking a coaching mercenary and possibly Lawrence No. 1. But this will not be enough.
It is a league of players. Consider what former Jamaican coach Todd Bowles is doing in Tampa Bay now that he has good players again. Check out former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in Seattle with Russell Wilson. Jet fans hated those two coaches until the end of their time. Good coaches are nothing without good players.
When Gassé leaves, the bull’s eye moves to Douglas. We will soon find out if he is up for the challenge.