For those Jets fans that thought the worst was over, think again. While it would be hard to think about a worse outcome than last year for Jets fans, success in the 2013 season is going to be anything but easy.
The addition of Chris Ivory and Geno Smith looks promising, but they overcome the losses of Darrelle Revis and Dustin Keller.
Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback by Week 11. Call it a QB controversy it you want, but there’s no way Rex Ryan runs Geno Smith out on the field to be the starting QB on Week 1.
Mark Sanchez was statistically one of the worst QBs in league last year, but Rex Ryan will opt for stability to start off the season. While I think Smith eventually starts under center, he is not the next Robert Griffin III.
The strength of schedule from an opposing defensive perspective is tough through the first 10 games including New England twice, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Jets' bye week is Week 10, which would appear to be the time to make a QB change if not sooner.
Jeremy Kerley will lead the Jets in receptions in 2013. Kerley has some talent and rest of the Jets' receiving team does not. Santanio Holmes will not be ready to go Week 1 and there’s no time table for return. Stephen Hill has potential but is also recovering from injury. Kerley will be “the guy” unless the Jets make some moves before the season begins.
Jets' offense will be improved. Ok, so this isn’t saying much since the Jets were ranked 30th last season in offense, but the addition of new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, RB Chris Ivory and the potential of Geno Smith, makes the case that they should be at least better than last year.
When Chris Ivory plays, he’ll be good. Ivory is solid RB and should fit in well in the Jets' offense, which will be run heavy this year. He is a hard runner and has the ability to run over tacklers, but the question is how much will he actually play.
Ivory was limited to touches in New Orleans not only because of the heaving passing offense but also because he hasn’t proven he can maintain a heavy workload without getting injured. Since 2010, he’s had injuries to his foot, hamstring and knee which have caused him to miss significant time. He is averaging 86 touches a season for his career.
Jets' defense will be decent. I am a slight believer in the Jets' defense, they won’t be great but they should near the neighborhood of good. Rex Ryan is committed to getting the defense back to where they were a couple seasons ago.
Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson, Mo Wilkerson and Quinton Coples should all have an immediate impact on the defense this season. The biggest question is can the offense stay on the field long enough to give the defense a break?