One week from today, July 26, the New York Jets will hit the practice field at SUNY Cortland in uppers to kick off the 2013 NFL season. It will be the official end to the 2013 NFL offseason, one with plenty of storylines involving the Jets. From Darrelle Revis to Geno Smith and the ongoing drama with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, now is the perfect time to recap the 2013 offseason for the Jets.
What were the biggest stories this offseason for the New York Jets?
Darrelle Revis Trade: The daily soap opera surrounding whether Darrelle Revis would be traded, and where, dragged on and brought everyone following through some twists and turns. The drama isn't over, as the Jets will host Darrelle Revis and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for the season opener at MetLife Stadium.
John Idzik: Mike Tannenbaum was shown the door, with John Idzik taking over the reins as he came over from the Seattle Seahawks. Questions about the job security of Rex Ryan quickly popped up, but Rex Ryan is safe heading into the 2013 season. The first offseason was quiet in terms of acquisitions, but after hitting the rest button on the salary cap this year the Jets are poisied to make some noise next offseason.
Geno Smith: Geno Smith checks in at No. 3 because he includes the next story on the list, while also adding his own flavor to the offseason. From the long wait to No. 39 overall when he was picked by the Jets, to firing his agents and signing with Roc Nation, then the dilemma of whether or not to attend Jets West, Geno Smith has become a fixture in the headlines.
Mark Sanchez and the Quarterback Controversy: The quarterback competition has been described as wide open, but the retirement of David Garrard has sucked some of the drama out of training camp. While Geno Smith vs. Mark Sanchez will create some headlines, the competition will likely be more interesting off the field than on it.
All the stories and drama, plus the 2013 NFL Draft and free agency period, then minicamp and Jets West finally leads up to the team taking the field one week from today at SUNY Cortland. It's the start of a long journey and many of the players present next Friday won't be on the roster just a few weeks later when the Jets open the regular season.