In 2015, nobody could have sanely predicted that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would turn in the best season of his career, or that the Jets would go 10-6. Even with the departure of head coach, Rex Ryan, the one thing everyone was expecting was another circus act from the most unpredictable team in New York. To Jets’ fans dismay, 2015 started along that very path after Geno Smith’s jaw was broken at the hand of his own teammate, IK Enemkpali. Shortly after, Enemkpali was signed by the Buffalo Bills, who are “coincidentally” coached by Rex Ryan.
Moving forward to 2016, the Jets are in a unique position to begin the season as a worthy playoff prospect. Whether or not they resign Fitzpatrick will probably determine what position they draft in the first round. If they can resign him, they should draft a young, dependable offensive lineman who can revamp their aging offensive line. From there, they can depend on Fitzpatrick and WR Brandon Marshall to be their primary means of scoring, while RB Matt Forte, recently acquired from the Chicago Bears, will give them dependability and experience out of the backfield. That offense, along with a defense that was every bit as good as last year’s Super Bowl participants (Denver and Carolina), could very well be a force to be reckoned with in the coming season.