The 2012 season has been an exhibition of publicity stunts to win over headlines and failed execution on the football field to couple the melodramatic quarterback controversy that has devolved the New York Jets (6-7) into a complete circus act.
Still, the Jets have pressing needs that stretch beyond their quarterback carousel and the dysfunctional front office.
This season tested the Jets roster's depth because of certain devastating injuries (Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes) but also revealed gaping issues at other key positions that ultimately depleted the team's ability to remain competitive against elite football teams.
The Jets remain devoid of a threatening pass rush on defense while protection on the offensive front is spotty at best.
The Jets brain trust will be forced to be creative to improve these areas because of salary cap restraints and guaranteed contracts.
The following details five realistic free agent and draft targets that the Jets must chase to become a formidable opponent in the 2013 season.