The New York Jets set a 2016 blueprint to win now, but at 3-8, winning now is not an option. What should the 2017 blueprint look like?
Optimism filled the air entering the 2016 season, and why not?
Fresh off a 10-6 season that saw them sign a dynamic running back, trade for former pro-bowler Ryan Clady to fill the hole left by D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and re-sign the quarterback who broke the franchise record for touchdown passes in a season after a long hold out were just a few reasons why expectations were high.
The New York Jets set a 2016 blueprint to win now. Unfortunately, “now” hasn’t worked out.
Sitting at 3-8 heading into Week 13 of the NFL season, winning now is no longer an option. With the turnover happy Ryan Fitzpatrick, the misuse of Matt Forte, and the season-ending injury to the injury prone Ryan Clady, the blueprint to win now has failed.
The New York Jets still have to play another five games this season, but as far as the playoffs are concerned, the season is over. The problem with a win now blueprint is if it fails, major changes are usually right around the corner.
It time to set the positional blueprint for 2017: