- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The rebuilding Jets will miss the playoffs for the third straight year, and it will be curtains for Rex Ryan.
New general manager John Idzik gutted the roster, hoping to create salary-cap room for 2014. In the process, he forgot to import enough talent to compete in 2013. The uncertainty at quarterback, coupled with a difficult first-half schedule, will leave them out of contention by Halloween. The second half of the year will be all about trying to determine whether Geno Smith is their future.
Ryan is a defensive master and has enough leftover talent to build a respectable unit, which should keep them in most games. But the offense? It could be hard to watch. Marty Mornhinweg is an experienced playcaller, but he simply doesn't have enough weapons for his West Coast offense. They'll trick it up, using Wildcat and pistol formations -- smoke and mirrors in an attempt to camouflage the lack of talent. The lack of stability at quarterback will doom the team and could divide the locker room. Smith has talent, but he's raw and immature. Mark Sanchez, public enemy No. 1 in New York, has too many scars to succeed. He needs a change of scenery.
No one said rebuilding is easy.
Predicted finish in AFC East: third