The New York Jets are trying to win in 2018, but it may not be enough to keep them in the playoffs.
The team needs a complete overhaul, which includes adding a new defense.
It’s a huge step forward, but the Jets don’t have a whole lot of time.
“I think we’ve got a plan, and we’ll see how it works out in the offseason,” defensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told NJ Advance Media.
“I think when it all comes together, we’ll be there.”
Bates has spent the past three years in Jacksonville, and the defense that played the Jets last season was one of the NFL’s best in 2018.
The Jets ranked among the league leaders in scoring defense, giving up just 10.5 points per game.
The offense finished with 2,948 yards, the third-highest total in the league.
The Jets have already re-signed defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who will make $5 million in 2018 after being released in March.
They’ve also made a few tweaks in free agency, including signing cornerback Antonio Cromartie and defensive end Jairus Byrd.
A former first-round pick, Cromarties best season came in 2017, when he played in every game, recording 11.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
Byrd has played in four games this season, recording one sack and three tackles for a loss.
As for Byrd, he’s not going to make the $2.8 million the Jets paid him in 2019.
He’ll be on the practice squad if he doesn’t earn a roster spot.
Byrd is coming off of a torn ACL, which caused him to miss the first four games of the 2018 season.
He returned in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys and helped the Jets win the NFC East, with 10 sacks, six hits and three forced fumbles.
There’s no doubt the Jets need to add a new pass rusher.
They lost defensive end Myles Garrett in free agent moves and defensive tackle Damon Harrison in free camp.
But Bates isn’t worried about the defense.
He’s not worried about what other teams are thinking, he said.
We’re looking forward to seeing what happens, and then we’ll take the next step and look at what the players want to do.