Quick 2014 recap:
The Jets had a very rough year and finished 4-12. To be fair, there were a few games in which they were absolutely in and could have won or covered - scalabrine probably knows it at best. They were a stupid timeout call away from overtime at Green Bay (24-31), outgained the Bears by 157 yards (19-27), outgained the Dolphins in game 1 and had a lead coming into the fourth quarter, lost in overtime at Minnesota and outgained the Patriots in BOTH games by 100 and 76 yards to lose both games by a combined three points. If things went different, the Jets could have been rather a 7-9 team than 4-12. But the reason they went 4-12 was a big lack of quality and a little bad luck due to injuries on certain positions.
A few important 2014 team (!) stats:
Offensive yards per pass attempt: 5.9 (#30)
QB Sacked Percentage: 8.62% (#24)
Yards per rush attempt: 4.5 (#7)
Red Zone Scoring Percentage (TD): 36.17% (#32)
Defensive yards per pass attempt: 7.0 (#19)
Sack Percentage: 7.72% (#4)
Def. yards per rush attempt: 3.8 (#6)
Opp. Red Zone Scoring Percentage: 59.18% (#26)
Defensive INT Percentage: 1.12% (#30)
You can point out the obvious: The Jets struggled at passing the ball, had o-line troubles and got almost no production from their secondary. I didn't do the math, but the average league INT percentage over the years on the defensive side is around 2.5% - 3%. 1.12% is a horrendous number.
Some positive things: The defensive front seven was almost monstrous. Peyton, Tom twice, most QBs had their problems with the pressure of the Jets front seven. They finished top-six against the run and in the QB sack percentage category. Also the offensive running game was absolutely top-ten material, even though there weren't enough designed plays for Chris Johnson.
Biggest needs before free agency started:
A true #1 WR
Other needs with lower priority:
Defensive tackle / Nose tackle
(Final) Moves since yesterday:
WR Brandon Marshall: Very nice deal for a 5th rounder. I don't care about the troubles he caused in the past in his teams. The new Jets coaching staff has to take care of him. He is a true #1 WR and will bring a new dimension to the Jets. BMarsh, EDecker, JKerley, JAmaro / JCumberland are a good receiving corps to start with and the Jets also have a few prospects in the pocket like Enunwa, Evans and Owusu how could see a few snaps to develop. The draft also has a few possibilities.
CB Darrelle Revis: Best move of the entire free agency period. He is worth every penny. When Revis played for the Jets, the Gang Green defense was an average 2nd in YPPA, 4th in TD per INT ratio, 4th in Opponent QB Rating. 22nd 30th and 23rd since he left New York. Just an example for how important he is
CB Buster Skrine: Nice move for solid money. The Browns were 5th against the pass last season despite having a weak d-line. Skrine was a part of the good Browns CB play and he improved very well and is a very good add to the CB position.
OG/LG James Carpenter: Jets couldn't get the very big names but Carpenter is a solid improvement. He will likely play LG but the Jets will definitely look for a RG via free agency or the draft. Colon will be gone and his possible replacements Aboushi and Winters are not good enough to call it a good o-line.
According to recent reports, the Jets are in talks with Antonio Cromartie and Marcus Gilchrist. I simply cannot believe how amazing aggressively Maccagnan starts free agency. He takes on the biggest needs. Just imagine a CB depth of Revis, Cromartie, Skrine, Milliner & McDougle combined with one of the best front sevens which already has some potential to adress, maybe via the draft.
Feel free to discuss.