Are the New York Jets tanking the 2017 NFL season on purpose? | The Tylt
Are the New York Jets tanking the 2017 NFL season on purpose?
T-A-N-K, TANK, TANK, TANK! Face it, Gang Green. New York has already given up on the season. After adding Eric Decker and David Harris to their laundry list of players they’ve shown the door, the Jets have no shot at being even a mediocre team.
With Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker gone, the best wide receivers on the team are Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson—four years of experience between the two. The Jets also signed 37-year-old quarterback Josh McCown, who’s coming off a 0-3 season with the Cleveland Browns and has a 2-20 record over the last three years.
If New York wanted to be competitive, they would have kept key pieces around for the upcoming year. However, the Jets have treated the offseason like a fire sale, and no one is safe. People shouldn’t delude themselves into thinking the Jets have any other plans to improve the team this year. The tank is on.
The New York Jets may be letting go a lot of key players, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t going to lose games on purpose next season. The team can be competitive without those players, and still build toward the future.
Quincy Enunwa stepped in valiantly when Eric Decker went down last season. He actually led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns last year, even with Brandon Marshall playing 15 games. Matt Forte is still a threat from the running back position, and the defense is still in good hands with Leonard Williams in the trenches.
With the approximately $13 million in cash and cap space from the recent cuts, the Jets can still go out and get a decent free agent to help the team win. The roster moves weren’t to lose games, but to free up money for future pieces. The Jets roster may be full of unfamiliar faces, but the season is far from over.