You do not want a PhD in Tasseography to learn these tea leaves: There is a sturdy perception on One Jets Drive that possession needs Todd Bowles to proceed to guide this rebuilding outfit.
Nothing is formally official, however Woody and Christopher Johnson have put a premium on stability at head coach and common supervisor throughout this rebuilding course of. Nevertheless, there are vital questions for Bowles to contemplate earlier than something is finalized.
Firstly, do the Jets have a wise plan to land a franchise quarterback?
Bowles, who’s below contract for 2018, is a affected person man, however how for much longer does he need to patch collectively a squad unsettled on the most pivotal place in American workforce sports activities? He has fielded a pair of journeyman quarterbacks and been put within the unenviable place of defending a pair of developmental quarterbacks in his first three seasons.
Actual discuss: The Jets may — and maybe, ought to — have overwhelmed the playoff-bound Saints and probably playoff-bound Chargers the previous two weeks with a greater quarterback.
I would not want this signal-caller mess on my worst enemy.
The Jets merely do not have an opportunity to win with Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. One 12 months after a 41-Three Christmas Eve massacre in Foxborough, Bowles & Co. will probably ring in 2018 with one other loss to the Evil Empire on Sunday.
Secondly, will the Jets crack open their projected $100 million vault to spend actual money on free brokers to fill vital roster holes (together with quarterback)?
Basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan may have ample wage cap house to make needed upgrades, however the Johnson brothers nonetheless signal the checks. Possession despatched the best message by setting reasonable expectations within the wake of an offseason roster purge, however the bosses cannot cease there.
Maccagnan and Bowles ought to have the liberty to spend in free company. The monetary dedication from possession shall be vital to transition into the subsequent part of this rebuilding undertaking.
Lastly, does Maccagnan have a transparent plan to speed up this course of?
The Jets GM needs to construct by way of the draft, however it is time to press his foot on the gasoline this offseason. There isn’t any want to enter reckless overdrive by flooring it, however can we please step out of the low-risk, high-reward consolation zone?
Take greater possibilities. Get out of the grandma lane on the freeway. Sustain with visitors. (Full disclosure: Maccagnan has tried to commerce up for quarterbacks within the first spherical up to now, however the price ticket was too steep. So, he isn’t sitting on his fingers like his predecessor).
The Jets have accomplished a strong job setting a correct basis needed for sustainable success, however it is time to velocity it up a bit. Bowles, who ought to get a two-year extension, wants assist from the entrance workplace and possession if that is going to work.
Whispers that different groups could be involved in Bowles if he one way or the other shakes free should not be a shock. He is a revered coach across the league. Certainly, the Jets are conscious of that whatever the chatter from misguided Barcalounger wizards. Lombardi and Halas could not weave magic with the Jets this season after the roster tear down final spring.
Bowles is the driving pressure behind a much-needed tradition shift. Crew chemistry is an important intangible that does not materialize with the snap of a finger.
Bowles has additionally accomplished nicely conveying his no-nonsense message. His dealing with of Muhammad Wilkerson is obvious proof that he isn’t messing round. In case you repeatedly screw up, you are accomplished, irrespective of how good of a participant you assume you might be or how a lot you may assist. In different phrases, nonsense will not be tolerated.
The workforce’s competitiveness regardless of roster deficiencies is one other vital piece to this puzzle. The Jets, who’re 2-Three in opposition to groups which have clinched a playoff berth, have been aggressive in 13 of 15 video games coming into the season finale in Foxborough on Sunday. It is silly to marginalize that on this first rebuilding part. Lesser groups would have crumbled.
Bowles has managed 5 wins with a roster that ought to endure radical reconstruction this offseason. The Jets’ pursuit of a franchise quarterback rightfully will seize the headlines, however this workforce additionally wants one or two offensive linemen, not less than one offensive playmaker (both No. 1 large receiver or operating again), an edge rusher, one or two cornerbacks and a returner.
Within the meantime, Bowles and his revamped workers have developed younger items like Jamal Adams, Darron Lee, Marcus Maye, Jordan Jenkins, Robby Anderson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Shell. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Johnson brothers, in keeping with individuals to aware of what the Johnson brothers have seen.
Bowles has accomplished a commendable job maximizing the expertise on this roster (with a first-time offensive coordinator, by the way in which).
Nitpicking Bowles’ clock administration is laughable. Andy Reid was lampooned for years for his recreation administration. Invoice Belichick, universally praised because the Grandmaster of Situational Soccer, would have been roasted for eternity for his choice to not name a timeout within the waning moments of Tremendous Bowl XLIX earlier than the only dumbest play-call in Tremendous Bowl historical past turned Malcolm Butler right into a hero… and preserved the Hoodie’s genius standing.
Bowles is way from excellent — it is truthful to criticize the workforce’s fourth-quarter struggles — however it’s foolish to assume that the workforce ought to exit in seek for the subsequent Sean McVay… as a result of McVay is a unicorn. Chasing the presumed subsequent nice younger offensive thoughts typically leads to failure, discord and embarrassment. Simply ask the Giants.
Bowles is the best chief for the Jets. They seem to need him again, however there are nonetheless vital components that he shoulder take into account earlier than it is a accomplished deal.