The Jets are coming off of a season where they defied expectation with 5 wins, however, there are still questions for this year.
Last year, most people expected the Jets to be miserable. Then, they shocked the world by winning five games, including being 3-2 at one point in the season. That performance helped Todd Bowles keep his job, brought Josh McCown back, and created hope for this year. This year though, expectations are equally low, they have the worst Madden rating as well as the lowest Super Bowl odds.
Since then, the Jets have done a lot. This offseason, they made significant additions on both sides of the ball. At quarterback, they re-signed McCown, signed Teddy Bridgewater, then notably drafted Sam Darnold. At running back, they brought in everybody, including Thomas Rawls and Isaiah Crowell. Defesively, they signed Trumaine Johnson to shore up their secondary and Avery Williamson to replace DeMario Davis.
5. Is inexperience a limiting factor?
The Jets are young this year. It’s likely that they could have a 21-year-old quarterback, and two second-year safeties as the most important players on each side of the ball. Now, with Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams being strong leaders, this could be no problem at all. They could handle any success the team has with maturity and everything will be fine. It could also go to their heads or they could get nervous in big moments.
It isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Jets. They had Mark Sanchez, a fellow USC quarterback, lead them to the AFC Championship game as a rookie and sophomore. However, Sanchez was blessed with a talented group of veteran receivers who kept him in the game while having the ability to bail him out.
Darnold doesn’t have such a luxury. Instead, his best two receivers are Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson, both of whom can surprise people with their ability, but don’t have much experience. While he doesn’t expect it to happen, Anderson could still be suspended by the NFL for his arrests this offseason.
Defensively, there is less to worry about. Most Jets defensive players have acknowledged that Adams was a leader from day one. Plus, bringing in Trumaine Johnson who had a lot of success with the Rams last year will help. However, if the offensive youth is unable to keep it together, it might not matter how well the defense plays.