The long offseason is finally over and the New York Jets have a new regime running things. What’s the outlook like for the 2015 NFL season?
The new regime of general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles accepted the talented gift that was Leonard Williams with open arms. Previous Jets teams would’ve passed on the big fellow and rationalized passing up on the most talented guy in the pool by way of “positional need.”
Not these Jets. This suddenly smooth-running organization knew when something special was staring at them in the No. 6 hole in the NFL draft.
The Williams selection was just the cherry on top of the entire offseason. One that saw Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie come back to town; Buster Skrine add on to the cornerback of riches; David Harris re-sign; the addition of Super Bowl champion offensive lineman James Carpenter; and last but certainly not least, the acquisition of All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
This regime proved to be the polar-opposite of the previous one. Bowles represented the no-nonsense coach while Rex Ryan let the asylum run the facility. Maccagnan moved and shaked his way through the offseason while John Idzik did his best to not sign deals.
Richardson was suspended four games by the NFL due to multiple failed drug tests for marijuana. Expected starting quarterback, Geno Smith, was knocked out in the locker room by teammate IK Enemkpali. To top it off, Richardson hit the headlines again for his evading police among other charges in his hometown in Missouri.
The circus that is the Jets was back.
And unfortunately, for the organization, that sentiment will forever be firmly planted in the minds of all football fans until they start to win games. On September 13 against the Cleveland Browns, they’ll receive their first crack to change public perception.
Here is the 2015 preview and predictions installment on the New York Jets: