The New York Jets came out second to worst in a new set of power rankings projecting how teams will fare over the next three seasons.
Designed by ESPN’s Louis Riddick, Mike Sando and Field Yates, the rankings put the Jets 31st in the league with an overall score of 60.65 on a scale of 0-100, coming in ahead of only the Cleveland Browns.
What’s more, the Jets received league-worst assessments for their roster and their quarterback situation, two of the five categories taken into consideration. They were also ranked 31st in drafting, 30th in coaching and 30th in front office. The Jets fell into the “very bad” or “disastrous” ranges in all five categories.
“The Jets are in tear-down mode. It’s not a mystery,” Yates wrote. “After purging the roster of several veterans on more lucrative deals, the Jets have started compiling some assets. Question marks pepper the roster, starting at quarterback, but the team also possesses what is almost assuredly the least imposing group of wide receivers in the NFL.”
It’s hard to argue with that assessment. Everyone and their mother knows the Jets are built to fail in 2017, with the long-term goal of drafting a highly-touted QB prospect next April, even if no one in Florham Park will admit to it.
In fact, Sando pointed that out in the Jets’ “what could change for the better” section.
“The Jets ranked last in QB outlook, but there is a very good chance the team will be in position to select from a highly rated draft class in 2018,” he wrote. “Using an early pick for someone such as USC’s Sam Darnold would quickly move the Jets into the top 10 for QB outlook when the time comes to produce future rankings next offseason.”
It goes to show how one player – specifically, one quarterback – can make a world of difference in the NFL. But the Jets need a lot more help than drafting a guy like Darnold to catch up to a certain rival of theirs. The New England Patriots predictably garnered the top spot in these rankings, Tom Brady’s age not dampening expectations.