In their best season since 2010, the New York Jets missed the playoffs by a single game. Although it was a heartbreaking ending, we look back at some of the positives, and negatives, of a 10-win season from Gang Green.
Most Disappointing Player
Chris LoGrasso: Antonio Cromartie
Coming off of a rebound year, Cro couldn’t live up to his own hype this season. He’s going to need to take a pay cut in order to stay with the New York Jets.
Matt Castillo: Ryan Quigley
Can someone explain to me why the Jets bring this guy back year after year? He can’t kick a ball any better than a kid on the playground. The Jets need to move on from Quigley and find a new punter.
Chris LoGrasso: Ryan Fitzpatrick
‘Fitzmagic’ was the best thing to happen for the Jets this season. It was a truly unbelievable year from the former backup QB. Throwing 31 touchdowns from a guy that we traded for deserves a round of applause for this bearded gentleman.
Matt Castillo: Marcus Williams
Williams was undrafted in 2014, found his way on to the Jets’ active roster last season and continues to improve. This year he had six interceptions including three of them that were game-winning INT’s. He added 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the year.
High Point of the Season
Chris LoGrasso: The win over the New York Giants
Well, the last time the Jets beat the Giants was in 1993. I was born in 1994, so this win was special. This also sparked the team to win the next 3 games.
Matt Castillo: Beating the Patriots
The Giants win was special, but anytime the Jets defeat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, it is always the high point of the season.
Low Point of the Season
Chris LoGrasso: Not making playoffs
Plain and simple. Rex Ryan held the Jets from the playoffs yet again.
Matt Castillo: Losing 4 out of 5 games after 4-1 start
The loss to Buffalo was not the only reason why the Jets are not in the playoffs. They started the year 4-1 and then lost four out of five games. Obviously winning one more of those games during this span would’ve had the Jets in the playoffs.
Chris LoGrasso: Brandon Marshall
This man was traded for a 5th round pick. He crushed his own career records and Jets all time Wide Receiver records. Talk about a steal.
Matt Castillo: Brandon Marshall
This is no brainer, trading for a future Hall of Famer for just a 5th round pick. We should thank Chicago for this steal. I might even send them a letter.
Chris LoGrasso: None of them
The Jets made two trades this off season for Fitzpatrick and Marshall, these were amazing trades.
Matt Castillo: None of them
Mike Maccagnan did an outstanding job making deals, Fitzpatrick and Marshall will be a deadly combination in this league.
Top Draft Target
Chris LoGrasso: Offensive Line
Have to get younger and faster. The offensive tackles can’t keep up with the talent that these other teams have.
Matt Castillo: Edge Pass Rusher
The Jets do need to draft an Offensive Lineman and possibly a Tight End, but they need a pass-rushing Linebacker on the outside. I love Calvin Pace but he is getting old.
Top Free Agent Target
Chris LoGrasso: Muhammad Wilkerson
Wilkerson is a very special player that can be a run stuffer and rush the passer. He has a very unique style of play that can help any team. It would be huge if the Jets could resign him.
Matt Castillo: Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Jets could always franchise tag Muhammad Wilkerson, but they need to make sure they bring back Fitzpatrick. He worked great with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and with more time together, they will only get better. Yes, Fitz did not play great in Week 17’s do-or-die game against the Bills, but the loss wasn’t solely on him. He still won 10 games and set the single-season TD record for the Jets with 31.