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Joe Douglas takes ‘ownership’ of Jets roster failures with job on line in 2024

Joe Douglas went 27-56 in five years as the Jets' general manager.

The team hasn't made the playoffs and hasn't had a winning season.

Douglas will return for a sixth season in 2024, which will either make the playoffs or break the bank for the GM.

“We need to win,” Douglas said in Monday's end-of-season press conference. “My grades aren't good enough, but I know that everything we do from now on is to win. That's all that matters.”

The Jets went 7-10 for the second consecutive season, but there are many questions about how Douglas constructed the team's roster.

The toughest thing for Douglas, he said, is the Jets' inability to handle adversity in each of the past two years.

“It's tough to sit here as a general manager and for the past two years, our team has been characterized by an inability to overcome adversity. That's directly on me, and I'm taking responsibility for that. ” Douglas said.

Jets GM Joe Douglas met with the media after his team once again finished 7-10. Bill Kostron/New York Post

Douglas made a big move in April when he signed with the Packers in a trade for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

When Rodgers entered the season four plays down, his big swing went awry.

The Jets ended up starting three other quarterbacks, including 2021 first-round pick Zach Wilson.

Wilson had some positives, but ultimately struggled.

Many Jets fans wondered why the team didn't have a better backup plan than Wilson or sign a better backup after Rodgers went down.

Zach Wilson had an up-and-down season with the Jets after Aaron Rodgers departed. AP

“We went into the offseason with the plan to have Zach here with Aaron, and that would be a huge benefit,” Douglas said. “Zach had a great training camp and we felt like we had a good plan. Obviously things didn't go well, so hindsight is always 20/20. It's easy to go back and say “could, could, should,” but what went wrong in our process? Use that information to make the best decisions, understand what exactly went wrong in the process, and avoid making the same mistakes twice. ”

Douglas said it's “likely” the Jets will have a veteran backup behind Rodgers in 2024.

The Jets are expected to try to trade Wilson in the offseason.

Douglas will say he just does what is “right for the team.”

“Look, you all know that when the phone rings, I'm going to pick it up, but I don't have a crystal ball as to what's going to happen here in the future,” Douglas said.

Another major problem for the Jets was their offensive line.

For the second year in a row, injuries plagued the position, making it difficult for the offensive line to function.

The Jets had 13 different starting offensive line combinations.

“In terms of injuries, I feel like I've spent an awful lot of time trying to prevent the storm from actually coming,” Douglas said. “I don't think certain injuries can be prevented. I feel like we could have done a much better job in terms of soft tissue injuries, but frankly there are some things we could have done better with the offensive line. One is to add another offensive lineman.”

Signing Dalvin Cook didn't work out for the Jets. Getty Images

Douglas covered several other topics.

  • On using the franchise tag on free agent edge rusher Bryce Huff: “We're not there yet in terms of making a decision like that.”
  • On signing running back Dalvin Cook in August and why it didn't work out: “Obviously, he's a player that I'm sure he wanted, or none of us wanted.'' They didn't have the production that they had. But again, that's a bit of an afterthought.” /20 They had a good feeling about Brees when they signed Dalvin in August. [Hall] Although he recovered from the injury, he did not play. He wasn't participating in practice.
  • “So we thought this was a great insurance plan and felt like we could get a Pro Bowl running back for a price that was below the market price for a Pro Bowl at the time.” [running] return. So in terms of the actual decision at the time, we felt it was a really safe decision. ”
  • On why he believes Robert Saleh is the right coach to turn things around, he said: I love his energy, he's the right person for this job, there's no doubt about that. ”
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