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FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A preview of what’s going on around the New York Jets:

1. Bit of a snake? In what has become an all-too-familiar stance, the Jets will enter the offseason staring into the quarterbacking abyss — a dark place for any franchise. So many questions: Can Zach Wilson be saved? Are they re-signing Mike White? Are they chasing a veteran free agent like Jimmy Garoppolo?

After two years in the job, coach Robert Saleh still has no concrete answer to the quarterback. And that must be disconcerting.

“It’s because you know the quarterback is the head of the snake,” Saleh said. “You want the snake’s head to be stable, and we just couldn’t. I’m responsible for that as well. It starts with me.”

The Jets have developed a great roster over the past two years, but that’s been tempered by quarterback struggles. They have scored 17 points or less in 16 of 32 games under Saleh as Wilson has shown no progress. Saleh has used five quarterbacks in two years, as if trying to make a fortune out of scratch off lottery tickets.

Wilson, drafted second overall in 2021, was supposed to be the golden ticket. To say it didn’t work would be an understatement. Truth be told, the organization had some serious questions about Wilson before Thursday night’s debacle, a 19-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that played out on national television. Wilson was 9 of 18 for 92 yards and a 5.2 QBR before being replaced in the third quarter by former practice squad QB Chris Streveler. It’s hard to imagine Wilson, booed off the pitch, coming back from that.

“We are not going to let him go,” Saleh insisted.

But here’s the thing: Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas, who are finishing their second year together, will be under pressure to break through and make the playoffs in 2023. The Jets are set for their 12th straight season without a playoffs – a record franchise. The owner’s patience is tested. Saleh and Douglas know that, and they’ll do anything they can to quarterback.

They can’t afford to roll another snake’s eyes.

2. Zach vs. JaMarcus: Wilson’s slow start to his career has led to unflattering comparisons to another quarterback: the former Raiders beat JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007. On Thursday night’s Prime Video telecast, former player-turned-analyst Richard Sherman referred to Russell and Wilson as “some of the biggest busts in the history of the game”.

3. Disgruntled Elders: A few former high-profile Jets chimed in with their views on Wilson and the quarterback situation:

4. Old ghosts reappear: Wilson’s extinction overshadowed the team’s collapse in December – 0-4. In Week 10, the Jets had a 73% chance of making the playoffs, according to ESPN analysis. Now it’s down to 5% (before Saturday games).

“We were riding pretty high there for a while and felt pretty good,” center Connor McGovern said. “I guess we didn’t manage to do it the way we had to. We got knocked off that horse and we really have to assess.”

It’s one of the worst slumps in the team’s recent history. Consider some of the others:

  • 2011: The Jets were 8-5, then dropped the bottom three, including Victor Cruz’s infamous game on Christmas Eve. It cost offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer his job.

  • 2008: Brett Favre, the former gunslinger, started shooting blanks and the Jets lost four of their last five, finishing 9-7. Coach Eric Mangini has been fired.

  • 2000: They were 9-4 but ran out of gas and dropped the bottom three under demanding Al Groh, who could have been fired had he not left to coach his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

  • 1997 : Even the great Bill Parcells couldn’t stop that free fall, as the Jets lost three of the last four to finish 9-7. Leon Johnson tell you something?

  • 1994: Dan Marino’s Fake Spike started a five-game losing streak for the Jets, which went from 6-5 to 6-10. Pete Carroll has been fired.

Next Sunday, the Jets will reunite with Carroll, who is battling for a playoff spot with the Seattle Seahawks. It’s a strange symmetry.

5. It’s on the line: The No. 1 priority this offseason — well, other than the quarterback — is fixing the offensive line, which has been running on “E” for the past few weeks. The injuries started in training camp (see: Mekhi Becton), and they hit hard, especially at tackle with six different starters.

Of the current five starters along the line, the only lock to return is left guard Laken Tomlinson. McGovern, tackle George Fant and guard Nate Herbig will be free agents. Tackle Duane Brown, 37, will certainly not be back for the final year of his contract. (Oh, by the way, the Jets will be hit with cap fees of $6.3 million in 2023 and $4.7 million in 2024, according to Over the Cap data.)

The good news is that Alijah Vera-Tucker, who can play guard or tackle, will be back healthy in 2023. The Jets still need two or three starters, depending on how they view tackle Max Mitchell (list of non-football related injuries). Becton, given his history of injuries and weight issues, is such a wild card. Can they really count on him?

They must consolidate the central position; every good line requires a rock in the middle. McGovern admitted his game faltered.

“There are guys who are playing really good football and there are guys who faltered a bit, myself included,” he said.

Largely due to inconsistent line play, running play came to a screeching halt. In the past three games, the Jets have rushed for just 192 yards and 3.0 yards per carry.

“Putrid,” Saleh said.

It’s a cruel irony that Douglas, who places great importance on offensive line play, is facing yet another rebuild on the line.

6. Non factor: Another move that hasn’t worked out is the trade of running back James Robinson, a nice scratch in four of eight games since joining the Jaguars for a conditional sixth-round pick. Some members of the Jaguars were surprised the Jets made the deal knowing he was suffering from a knee problem. Robinson’s lack of explosives is obvious.

7. Kryptonite: The secret is in how to beat the Jets defense. Two words: Dink. To soak.

Continuing a recent trend against the Jets, the Jaguars were successful with short passes, especially crossover routes. Over the past four games, the Jets have allowed a 78% completion rate and 91.2 QBR on passes under 10 air yards, compared to 71% and a 69.1 QBR in the first 11 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The defensive philosophy is based on limiting explosive passing games. The downside is that they are willing to concede things short. Patient offenses can be successful, but defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich says he believes their way will prevail more often than not. He admitted, however, that the team can play tighter men’s coverage to stop him.

“It’s sometimes the negative of the style we play,” he said.

8. Did you know? Wilson went 8 for 8 against the Jaguars when his receiver was at least 3 yards apart, according to NFL Next Gen stats, but was 1 for 10 when a defender was within 3

meters from the target. Wilson has been the worst in the NFL on those throws this season, completing 44% of his attempts.

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