The New York Jets have made some of the biggest splashes of the NFL offseason so far with the
signings of Darelle Revis, Buster Skrine, Antonio Cromartie, James Carpenter, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Marcus Gilchrist and the trade for Brandon Marshall.
People can no longer say that Mike Maccagnan is the Jets "new" general manager with all the moves he's made so far. He's endeared himself to Jets' fans by addressing some of the biggest issues that the previous regime avoided including the secondary.
Last season, the Jets had one of the best front seven in football but it was an after thought because of the week secondary which constantly got burned for big plays (Many could also attribute the overall poor defense to being warn down to do to an inept offensive which couldn't allow the defensive to rest by sustaining drives).
It was evident from the beginning of 2014 that the Jets secondary was suspect. The always stubborn Rex Ryan continued to play man coverage and bring blitzes that left his secondary completely exposed. It was obvious that Rex was spoiled from having a good secondary during his time in Baltimore and with his early years with the Jets. It was also obvious that general manager John Idzik wasn't going to address the secondary issue as he signed offensive player after offensive player to improve a dismal offense.
Like Rex Ryan, new head coach Todd Bowles also likes to bring pressure and will bring blitzes leaving his corners in man coverage down the field. Mike Maccagnan, fully aware of this and knew he needed to bring in the right personnel to make the defense successful...enter Revis, Cromartie, Skrine, and Gilchrist.
In 2014, Revis (2), Cromartie (3), Skrine (4), and Gilchrist (1) had a total of 10 interceptions between them. The Jets secondary had 6 total.
Revis, Cromartie, Skrine and Gilchrist also combined to defend defend 47 passes in 2014. While the entire Jets team had 51 total.
Needless to say the Jets secondary is much much better on paper right now. Only time will tell if these signings will make the Jets a playoff contender.