By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
As this (dismal) season has progressed, we now have a nearly-full grasp of what the biggest needs on the team are and their relative importance.
Of course, many of these needs are dependent on who Mike Tannenbaum decides to keep after the season (assuming these decisions are still Mr. T’s to make by the end of the season).
Wide Receiver: This group has vaulted to the top of the list. The injury to Santonio Holmes has exposed the extreme lack of depth at the position. Outside of Jeremy Kerley, no one in this unit can get open with any consistency. Stephen Hill has struggled with drops and getting separation.
Outside Linebacker: The defense has managed to maintain effectiveness without Darrelle Revis, but this linebacking corps is as old and slow as any position. Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace are invisible as pass rushers. If the Jets can add a good rusher in a deep draft for such players, this defense has a chance to be special.
Running Back: I would bet against the Jets resigning Shonn Greene after season’s end, which could only upgrade the position in the long run. Bilal Powell has looked good in limited action, but the Jets need a more talented back to be the centerpiece of their “Ground and Pound” offense.
Quarterback: In his four years as a Jet, Mark Sanchez has been beyond inconsistent. His supporting cast may be the worst group in the NFL, but he continues to make catastrophic plays on a regular basis to put his team in a hole. His inability to get over rookie mistakes as a veteran may be enough for the Jets to decide to move on.
Right Tackle: Austin Howard has been good enough to win with, but he is a replaceable player. However, given the sheer amount of needs on this American Football team, this position can be put on the back burner for another season.
Safety: LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell have played well this season, but both players are on 1-year contracts and not getting any younger. The Jets do have Josh Bush waiting in the wings, but he is largely unproven.