With Expectations Super Low, Time for Jets to See What They Have in Hack
Aug 08, 2017 | 11455 views | 0 0 comments | 326 326 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a nightmare of a 2016 season, the hits just keep on coming for the Jets in 2017.

After saying goodbye to Brandon Marshall and Erik Decker, a team in transition that doesn’t exactly have much in terms of weapons lost arguably its most dynamic one on Monday.

Emerging wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was lost for the year due to a neck injury.

With the loss of Enunwa, you are looking at one of the worst offensive teams that you will ever see.

The situation is anything ideal when it comes to winning football games, but the Jets predicament is very different compared to the other 31 NFL teams.

At least in 2017, the Jets are not in the business of winning and it’s actually part of the plan.

The team can tell you whatever they want, the coaches can tell you whatever they want, but the bottom line is the Jets put together a roster that is easily one of the worst you will ever see in the National Football League.

The Jets did not spend a ton of money, they did not bring in many veteran players, and the plan is to stink it up throughout 2017 so that there will be a legitimate opportunity to land a difference-making quarterback in the loaded QB class of 2018.

It’s a plan that actually makes sense, but it also puts Jets fans in the bizarre predicament of rooting against their team right out of the gate.

Imagine that? First game of the year. Jets against the Buffalo Bills and you are sitting there rooting for, wait for it...the Bills?

I get it, it’s totally weird and will be impossible for many Jets fans, but in reality it’s the best thing for the franchise.

The 2017 season should simply be about player development and learning exactly what you have internally.

That brings me to the quarterback position.

The Jets have veteran Josh McCown in the quarterback room and I totally understand it.

He’s started games for multiple teams, he’s a good guy to have to help mentor a young quarterback, but on this awful Jets team he serves no purpose starting games.

The Jets invested a second-round pick in Christian Hackenberg back in 2016.

He didn’t step on the field at any point throughout the 2016 season. It’s time to see what the Jets have in the young quarterback.

Do I have my doubts about whether or not he is a starting-caliber quarterback in the league?

Absolutely. This is a quarterback who played poorly his last two seasons at Penn State.

That said, the Jets should at least give Hackenberg every opportunity to showcase what he could potentially bring to the table.

After all, there’s nothing to lose.

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