The Jets are 3/4 of the way to completing the ultimate tank. They lost to the Raiders by running a zero-blitz and leaving rookie defensive backs on islands one-on-one to fall to 0-12 against the Raiders.
Let’s face facts: Keeping Adam Gase and Gregg Williams around to complete this tank with a decision like that shows the Jets know exactly what they’re doing.
Tanking for New York is much more than getting Trevor Lawrence. It has been a long time since the fans of Gang Green could look at the coaching staff and believe in them.
Joe Douglas gives the fans hope that the front office finally knows what they’re doing. The team finally has multiple foundational pieces with which they can count on for their future. Now, they need to get the head coach and quarterback right. Then, the head coach has to build a competent staff that can be trusted to lead the team for the long haul.
Think about it this way: With Mekhi Becton, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, and Trevor Lawrence, the Jets can entice a good coach (hopefully offensive-minded.) Then, with Quinnen Williams, Folorunso Fatukasi, John Franklin-Myers, Marcus Maye, and some good free agents/draft picks, that could entice good defensive coaches.
The Jets are competitive lately, and that may also be a good sign of things to come. They can’t necessarily build off of a season with “moral victories” at the end. Things change too rapidly in the NFL; you can look at the pieces of the future.
The Jets are proving that they just need competent coaching and a couple of more pieces to turn this thing around.
They have the right GM in place.
Now, if they get the coach and quarterback right, they will be on their way to a bright future.