Here is some information courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info on local product Joe Douglas and his upcoming season with the Jets.
This offseason, the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan and hired Eagles VP of Player Personnel and former Richmond Spider Joe Douglas.
Douglas spent three seasons with the Eagles, helping Philadelphia win their first Super Bowl.
This will be the Jets 4th general manager in the last 8 seasons and the team hasn’t made the postseason since 2010, which is the third-longest active streak in the NFL.
The Jets signed two elite free agents, C.J. Mosley & Le’Veon Bell. They also added former Redskins WR and Duke product Jamison Crowder.
NY committed $125.3 million guaranteed to free agents this offseason, the most in the NFL. These decisions all cannot be attributed to Douglas as they occured before he was hired.
The good news for Douglas is that the last 3 seasons, the teams to lead the league in free agent spending made the playoffs (2018 Bears, 2017 Jaguars, 2016 Giants). Unfortunately for the Jets, neither the Giants nor the Jags were able to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons after going money crazy. The Jags missed the 2018 playoffs and the Giants missed the 2017 playoffs.
In Le’Veon’s 4 seasons in the league, he has had 13 games with at least 30 touches and his 129.0 scrimmage yards per game is the
most in NFL history (min 60 games). The last Jets running back to rush for over 1,000 yards was Chris Ivory in 2015.
The Jets upgraded their defense with the signing of C.J. Mosley. Their defense allowed 27.6 PPG which was the 4th most in the NFL. One of the main problems was their lack of stopping the big play. They allowed 82 plays last season that went at least 20 yards, the most in the NFL.
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