When does it end for the Jets? For decades put together, we have seen consistent failure from this team, and the hopes of a deep playoff run diminishing in September of every single season. It is a tough sight to bear for Jets fans, but what can they make of their future?
The Jets hired Joe Douglas, a well known and promising executive who worked for the Eagles, to be the general manager of the team. Douglas came in with very high hopes from Jets fans, considering it was a change from long time dissapointing GM, Mike Maccagnan. Douglas made some big splash moves, most notably, trading superstar safety Jamal Adams to the Seahawks for multiple picks.
The 2020 season hasn’t gone the way Douglas would’ve expected, with Jets starting 0-5, with the season feeling finished already. Jets fans are looking forward to the firing of head coach Adam Gase, and the potential of being awarded the first overall pick. “Tank for Trevor”, has already made waves in the Jets fanbase, in reference to Trevor Lawrence, the generational talent at QB in this year’s draft class.
What can Jets fans expect at this point?
Well, without another head coach, the future of this team seems bleak. Jets have reportedly fielded calls on everybody apart from Mekhi Becton, which means we know what Douglas is doing. He is working from the ground up, and tearing this team down first, piece by piece.
The big question is what happens to Sam Darnold, the third overall pick back in 2018. There are several routes Douglas can take with this matter, but realistically, you cannot pass up on a talent like Lawrence.
The Jets have holes at essentially every position, so the best player available mentality may be the right choice for Douglas in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jets could also trade down from their high pick, to acquire multiple top 15 first round picks, and select some premium prospects like Penei Sewell and maybe Jamarr Chase.
Based on the current path of the Jets, it seems highly likely that they decide to pursue the Lawrence route, and clean house to accumulate more picks. Nothing is set in stone whatsoever, but what is guaranteed is that the Jets will look back at this offseason in 10 years, as the one that dramatically altered this franchise.