How far away are they? Dan Leberfeld

The Jets are going through some tough times.

But if they play their cards right, it might not be for long.

In 2021, they are armed with bunch of premium draft picks, a lot of salary cap space entering free agency, and a very good talent evaluator occupying the GM office, Joe Douglas.

They also have an opportunity to hire a transcendent coach – a leader, a visionary, a great teacher known for a strong attention to detail. The Jets need to hit a grand slam home run with their next head coaching hire. There is no way around it.

Another thing there is no way around – they must let Douglas conduct the head coach search, and pick the next coach.

So if the Jets play their cards right, with so much draft capital, cap space for free agency, and the chance to hire a top-shelf head coach picked by Douglas, better times could lie ahead.

“It’s our responsibility to make the best decisions in terms of the leader that we bring in, the players that we choose from in free agency, the players that we draft,” said Douglas. “And so, obviously, we’re excited about the resources we have. We’re excited about talking to a candidate to come to this great city, to this great market and this great fan base and really do something, build something special that hasn’t been done here in a long time. And so, I think these are exciting times for this franchise, for this fan base. Obviously, it’s important that we get all these decisions right moving forward.”

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