The New York Jets are on the up as a team. However, there are still questions that must be answered for the Jets to be successful in 2019.
Even with a record of 4-12 and last place finish in the AFC East division, 2018 didn’t feel like a typical empty season. Even with an undisciplined, inconsistent team, having a young quarterback like Sam Darnold made the season bearable.
Darnold finished the season strong after missing some time with injury, which brought optimism to the fanbase.
Although, this offseason has provided an interesting course of events. Todd Bowles was fired after the final game of the regular season. Mike Maccagnan was given what appeared to be one final chance to prove his worth.
Maccagnan hired new head coach Adam Gase, handled free agency and ran the draft. Then, out of the blue and rather surprisingly, Maccagnan was fired and Gase has been given full control of the roster for the time being.
Bringing Gase on board was highly scrutinized when the team decided he’d be the new head coach, and now the hire looks even riskier as hints of a power struggle between he and Maccagnan began to brew.
Whether that rumor is true or not, the Jets and Gase are now looked at as a team turning the corner. C.J. Mosley, Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder were all signed in free agency, and Quinnen Williams was the team’s first-round draft pick.
With a much more talented roster, a second-year quarterback and a head coach with a lot to prove, the Jets must answer these questions in 2019.