Clear some space when you discuss the New York Jets offseason, as major changes were made starting from the top of the organization in management, to the players on the field.
New General Manager Mike Maccagnan was hired to right the ship that missed qualifying for the postseason for four straight seasons. Maccagnan’s first move was to replace the beloved Rex Ryan, who is now the new head coach of the division rival Buffalo Bills. Maccagnan hired the defensive coordinator from the Arizona Cardinals, Todd Bowles, who earned his first head coaching opportunity.
The Jets gave a complete makeover to their defense, which struggled mightily to defend the pass last season. First and foremost, Maccagnan brought back the tandem of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, the latter of which Bowles coached in Arizona for the past few seasons. After the Patriots declined Revis’ costly option, the Jets decided it was best to spend their dollars in the secondary, as the league has become pass happy. Along with the two familiar cornerbacks, the Jets signed cornerback Buster Skrine from the Cleveland Browns and Marcus Gilchrist to play safety. A secondary with a lack of talent in 2014 did a complete 180-degree turn and now has turned into a top-flight unit overnight.
The Jets also locked up middle linebacker David Harris, who is in line to start and finish his career as a New York Jet.
On offense, the splashiest move was trading for wide receiver Brandon Marshall for late-round draft picks. The Jets signed James Carpenter, an offensive guard from Seattle, re-signed Willie Colon and Bilal Powell. Although Geno Smith was announced the starting quarterback heading into camp, the Jets traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Texans for depth at the position.
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The build up towards the regular season has been positive for the New York Jets, as fans wait to see if it translates to their play on the field. The team can take the city by storm if the Jets are competing for a division title to knock off the New England Patriots.