JETS OFFSEASON JOURNEY IS WELL UNDERWAY
Author: Callum Insull
Since the end of the 2022 season, which saw the New York Jets miss out on the play-offs, Jets owner Woody Johnson, General Manager Joe Douglas and Head Coach Robert Saleh have wasted no time to relax and take stock, with big decisions having already been made prior to the start of March.
Just a fortnight after the Jets’ narrow loss on the road against Miami on the final week of the season, the franchise made the decision to part ways with Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur to allow him to ‘pursue other opportunities’, and he later joined the LA Rams.
In search of a new OC, the Jets interviewed a host of names, including Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, Philadelphia’s passing coordinator Kevin Patullo and Miami’s QB coach Darrell Bevell.
One man that had an interview was former Green Bay Packers OC and more recently Denver Broncos Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett. The 43-year-old was then announced as the new offensive play caller for the Jets after his exit as the HC with Denver after just a season in charge.
That was just one piece of the puzzle though, with the elephant in the room of who the Jets new QB is going to be still to be discovered. However, there have been developments in that, with the Jets meeting with former Las Vegas Raiders QB and now free agent Derek Carr. The veteran QB had a successful meet with Robert Saleh & co, and it’s clear there’s interest from both sides but with a long time to go, it will be interesting to see if Carr does in fact sign with the Jets, with there being other options out there.
One of those, of course, is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who has made it clear he might well have played his final game as a Packer. There have been no formal chats held with Rodgers yet, as the 39-year-old took a vacation, stepping into a ‘darkness retreat’ where he has put off all talks about his future until now. So, the next few weeks could be interesting to see if he makes a move.
It feels as if the new man under centre for the Jets will be either Carr or Rodgers, but there still might be other choices out there that New York just haven’t discovered. Names like Jacoby Brissett, Baker Mayfield and Gardner Minshew are options as the trio are out of contract at their respective teams, but I think the chances of the former Raider Carr or the current Packer, Rodgers being the new poster boy of the Jets is highly likely.
A decision will come soon you’d have thought, but that is yet to come.
Away from the QB position, there are plenty of things to discuss, like what will happen on the defensive and offensive lines, the free agents out there that the Jets could pick up elsewhere and the moves the front office will make to create more cap space.
In a recent press conference, GM Douglas has said he won’t begin negotiations with moving on from or restructuring the contract of players to create more space until after the scouting combine which started this week. That leads us onto the combine where the Jets will get to hold discussions with possible draft prospects who they see as potential players for them from April onwards.
It's also a chance to see those prospects workout, as they will be taking part in training sessions to determine certain things about where they might be placed when it comes to the draft.
Everything is up in the air during the offseason but it’s at these times where interesting things happen ahead of the new campaign and be sure to find out with us the next steps the Jets make.
Let’s go Jets!