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The Jets didn’t have enough bullets in 2012, so they are biting down hard for a better tomorrow. The NFL’s hard cap may send tailgaters to the hard stuff, if for anesthetizing purposes only.
They’ll live. Nobody has to tell anyone who has been waiting for another championship since 1969 that the franchise has survived longer down periods than this one, without home games going untelevised. The Jets fans who care the most, who have watched six playoff teams since the millennium and had their hearts broken three times in AFC title games since 1998, want a team than can win it all. They will buy into a viable plan.
Naturally, seeing a developing top-level quarterback becomes believing in any regime. And in this case his arrival probably is a year away. But after going 6-10 in 2012 and winning just nine of their last 24 games over two seasons with an almost unwatchable offense, nobody can argue that Shonn Greene and Dustin Keller were difference makers.
The one arguably impact player lost during the first week of free agency, LaRon Landry, will be 29 in October and 33 when his deal with Indianapolis runs out. Landry is the only player that to this point the Jets have elected not to keep to ever have been selected for a Pro Bowl, and he went just once.
Mike DeVito was a solid player and an even better guy, but is replaceable and the same goes for Yeremiah Bell and Sione Po‘uha, who missed three games and was limited in some others, which make him a risky re-sign.
Obviously, the loss of both starting safeties and a No. 1 reserve, Eric Smith, creates the most immediate pressure for John Idzik and the personnel guys to step up with players who can get the Jets through 2013, if not beyond. But the true test of whether this can be a two-year rather than a five-year rebuild already has largely been predetermined by the last few drafts.
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These are the players who will either join Mo Wilkerson to make this retooling begin to pay off by 2015 or ultimately doom the Jets to another spending spree that the history of the cap area suggests rarely works.
In the meanwhile, the Jets have signed
With Greene, the Jets never pounded to Rex Ryan’s expectations and now they are going to a West Coach offense regardless, making a committee of
It would help to get another competent receiver to help get