Well, that positive energy surrounding the New York Jets did not stick around long following an awful loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Another reminder that the NFL is a week to week league and that winning is always the best deodorant. The Jets enter the bye week with a record of 4-6, with a litany of questions that have to be answered on and off the field.
Are the Jets ready for Petty? At some point the young quarterbacks have to see playing time, so is after the bye week a good idea? Not in the eyes of the Jets as the team still feels that they are in the hunt. Guessing once the team gets their 8th loss a change is made which leaves the organization with a conundrum at the quarterback spot once again. What exactly are you going to learn from 3 or 4 games with a young signal caller?
What is the evaluation of the coaching staff? Heading into the season there was not much expected from the Jets, so in the eyes of most a record of 4-6 is a pleasant surprise. But what about the repeated fourth quarter collapses? What about the ridiculous amount of penalties? And the failure to make adjustments throughout the game? Are these issues attributed to new players and a system change on offense? Is this due to a lack of talent? How exactly do you evaluate this coaching staff when wins and losses were not a focus heading into the season?
Is there an identity on offense? The Jets are ranked 26th in yards, 20th in rushing, and 26th in passing. In terms of an identity, what exactly is it for the offense? Is the work in progress held back by a very inconsistent offensive line?
How do you handle the pending free agents? At one point do the Jets identify pending free agents that they want to retain? Kony Ealy has been a force on the defensive line, leading the NFL in knocked down passes. Austin Seferian Jenkins is arguably one of the best tight ends that the Jets have had in years. Mo Claiborne has emerged as a true #1 cornerback. Josh McCown has been solid at the quarterback position and could be a valuable resource to a young signal caller next year.
What is the evaluation of Muhammad Wilkerson? In 2018 Mo Wilkerson has a cap hit of $20 million dollars. What would you need to see from #96 to bring him back next year? How much do you factor in his injury issues?
6 game test? The Jets will face a series of very good teams in the upcoming weeks which should highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the team. It will be interesting to see how the results of these games impact the decisions going forward.