The New York Jets, a team that was once on the cusp of winning that elusive Lombardi trophy, a team that had a solid roster that was good enough to be in playoff talks for a few years is now gone. They made believers out of Jets fans once again. The Jets had the running game, the shutdown defense (not shutdown when it had to be) and a young quarterback that showed promise his first two seasons.
All that has changed. Jets fans are believers no more.
As a New York Jets fan, it was known that the team wasn’t going to be early players in the free agent market. Due to their salary-cap situation—thank you, Tannenbaum—there was no possible way the Jets could make any splashy moves. That’s fine. But what Jets fans have witnessed this past week has been horrific. The roster built by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum has been massacred.
With a regime change, an exodus is always expected, but what we’ve witnessed this past week has been ridiculous. With new GM John Idzik, we’ve seen familiar faces depart by the busload.
A team just two years removed from a second straight run to the AFC Championship game is in complete rebuilding mode. What was once a concern of adding a couple of weapons to the offense has now turned into trying to build an entire roster. Building for the future.
So where does that leave coach Rex Ryan?
This definitely looks to be Ryan’s last season. How can he work with a team built of nothing? The Jets’ eighth ranked defense from last season is being dismantled—the coach will have to replace seven defensive starters and also deal with the lack of offense…again.
Dustin Keller, Shonn Greene, Bart Scott, Matt Slauson, Brandon Moore, Calvin Pace, LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Eric Smith, Bryan Thomas, Darrelle Revis, Mike DeVito and Sione Po’uha have either signed with other teams, are expected to, or just won’t return at all. It was nice knowing you all.
Just last week Ryan told season-ticket holders that the “Jets are a team many players want to play for—if not all.” Obviously. Players are lining up around MetLife stadium to sign up.
2013 looks to be over for the Jets before it even started. It should be interesting to see how and when they rise with a new identity, and will they be relevant?
Let’s all have a moment of silence for what could have been.