Five New York Jets bold predictions sure to (maybe) happen in 2020 include a surprising offense and Braxton Berrios‘s emergence.
There’s only one thing to expect in the National Football League: the unexpected. Parity has led the way in this league since true free agency and the hard salary cap was implemented over a quarter of a century ago.
Of course, some would argue how much the league has turned over from year to year—mainly thanks to the Hall of Fame quarterbacks dominating—but in general, the parity theme has rung true.
Twenty-twenty also brings something so fresh that parity must remain at the forefront of our minds. Tom Brady’s New England exit means the New York Jets will play a Patriots team Brady-less for the first time since 2008 (and 2000 before that Matt Cassel-filled season).
Why can’t the Jets shock the football-loving world this year? (I ask that as if it has no answers while the opposite rings true.)
Jamal Adams is gone, C.J. Mosley has opted out, training camp injuries have littered the summer headlines and that nagging question about the head coach are just several reasons the Jets won’t do anything in 2020. Then again, Joe Douglas is no joke and the depth is much improved.
It’s time to rattle off bold predictions sure to (maybe) happen in 2020.
1. The offense finishes with better DVOA than the defense
“Put the drink down,” is what readers are currently yelling at the computer or phone. While I cannot hear you yell at me, it’s also true there’s no drink in my hand. (It’s on the desk within arm’s reach.)
Carefully think about what’s transpired this past offseason. Which loss is the greatest? Obviously, it’s the Prez’s impeachment.
Gregg Williams has his hands full this season and the fact the Adams loss is being sugarcoated a bit is beyond shocking. This man is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. As talented as Marcus Maye may be, taking on the strong safety role is a tough ask.
No C.J. Mosley, no edge-rushing presence and a shaky cornerback crew adds to the overall headaches defensively.
Meanwhile, offensively, Douglas finally put an end to one of the worst-looking streaks in the game. Mekhi Becton‘s selection marked the first time the Jets snagged a first-round offensive lineman since 2006. After an up-and-down start, Becton has really come on strong to close the camp. He and Connor McGovern represent the two most important non-Sam Darnold pieces on the roster.
The Jets finished 32st (dead last) in offensive DVOA a year ago while the defense finished 10th. This bold prediction places the offense in the 10-14 range while the defense slips to 15-20. Funny things happen when the offensive line is prioritized.