The New York Jets currently stand at 3-3. It's a record the team is probably unhappy with, but better than the pundits imagined. The Jets roster is thin, yet, even on the offensive side of things, the Jets have made plays when needed 50% of the time. A flip of the coin isn't enough in this league, so it begs the question—could one transaction push this Jets team over-the-top?
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On defense, the New York Jets have done about 8 out of every 10 things right. They play aggressive, they completely eliminate the opposing offense's run game (2nd in NFL/YPG), and they get sacks (20, T-4th in NFL). But they're not getting takeaways; Jets have forced just 3 turnovers. And, while pressure is getting to QBs, the backend coverage has been lackluster.
Regardless of their hiccups, this Jets D is stout, fearless, and very young. There is plenty of time for them to grow, and become the very best in the league.
The offense, on the other hand, has been very up-and-down—an actual sign of growth from 2012. OC Marty Mornhinweg has mixed up his playcalls, giving rookie QB Geno Smith time to feel out defenses, and then burn them with big throws. The offense's success has come with his personal success, and it's been a rollar coaster, as demonstrated in the below image, via ESPN.
To understand Geno's inconsistencies, one would have to understand his limited responsibilities in college (quick decision plays), the fact that he's a rookie and this is natural, and the lack of playmakers around him. Let's see who he's working with...
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An injured Santonio Holmes, whose Jets receiving yards high of 746 happened in 2010. Not a true number one receiver, even when healthy.
Clyde Gates - 18 receptions on 47 targets before the 2013 season, for 243 yards and 0 TDs.
Stephen Hill - A sophomore receiver who struggled mightingly in 2012, between drops and injury issues.
Jeff Cumberland - The cream of the crop. A solid TE who can play a security blanket role, at least until defenses catch on to this.
Kellen Winslow, Jr. - A 'resurgent' player who was essentially absent from the league in 2012. Suspended for 4 games (comes back during bye week) for prohibited substance use, which he denies.
David Nelson - Wasn't he a Bill at some point, maybe?
Michael Campbell - At this point, it's like I'm reading the Madden roster.
GM John Idzik may have a decision on his hands, if he so chooses to allow it to enter his mind. The New York Jets could be a playoff team this season. It may take as simple an acquisition as a wide receiver for Geno Smith.
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks may be on the market, and Tennessee's Kenny Britt's clock is ticking with the Titans. Others are always on the table; the price is just the means of discussion. Jags' Justin Blackmon has Jets fans drooling (in imagination).
Would/Should Idzik make a splash in his first year?
The answer to both, is no.
As a fan, I'd love to see some big name player join the New York Jets and see Gang Green get back into the playoffs. But that would be irresponsible of the organization, assuming the price is one or more medium/high draft picks.
The Jets have a defense that can grow together and dominate for years. They have a rookie QB that could be an answer—his arm is thrilling. They're missing a few pieces that can be found via smart drafting and patience. Geno Smith's noted ups-and-downs won't go away even on a Green Bay or New Orleans-built squad. They'll just be highlighted by missed throws to 'wider' open receivers, or fumbles in the red zone.
Nothing is guaranteed for the future, but picking up some player with health, age, or demeanor issues is not what this (still rebuilding) team needs.
Any games won this season is amazing. The playoffs would be awesome. But don't throw away the future for an extremely tough shot today.