After five years of inactivity, the Jets decided they could no longer wait for ticket prices to rise.
The franchise last raised ticket prices in 2016, starting in season 10-6. Despite the worst performance in the NFL since 2017 (along with the Giants), the Jets charge more for tickets and parking in 2022, according to the Associated Press. Ticket prices rose an average of 3%, the first increase in five years, and the first increase in parking spaces since MetLife opened in 2010.
The Senior Bowl – the annual All-College Star Game – provides the first chances of coaching this pivotal pre-draft event for the NFL’s top two pick teams. Despite the historical futility of the Jets, they have not trained the Senior Bowl since 1979. They will join the Lions team in Mobile, Alabama for the February 5 showcase. The Jaguars have a # 1 pick but have not yet decided on a coaching staff for 2022; The Texans who finished in 3rd appeared to have turned down as rumors circulated about the status of David Callie’s work.
Last year, when the Jets were still putting Saleh on to replace Adam Haze and the Jaguars ushering in the disastrous era of Urban Meyer, the Dolphins and Panthers were coached.
Several changes were announced at an event on Tuesday designed to empower coaches who might not otherwise receive them. Robert Saleh and Dan Campbell will “act more as advisors” so that their assistants can show how they will handle potential promotions. And four coaches from colleges and universities who have historically been black will join the two NFL headquarters this week.
“The New York Jets are excited to be able to connect with these young people and be a part of everything that happens at the Senior Bowl,” Saleh said in a statement.
Over 40% of last year’s draft picks have played in the 2021 Senior Bowl, according to the event.
At Monday’s end-of-season press conference, Joe Douglas and Saleh dodged the details, giving in-depth answers to questions about Mekhi Beckton, Quinnen Williams, Marcus May and Denzel Mims. But Saleh has singled out two players as free agents he wants to reclaim: quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Mike White.
Both quarterbacks have expired and White is a restricted free agent. The pair teamed up for four starts in 2021, when White caused a brief sensation before crashing back to Earth. Saleh said their value goes far beyond their playing time, calling QB’s 2021 situation “perfect” and saying he “absolutely” wants Flacco back.
“I know they will have contract years and all that, but this year we had the perfect setting,” Saleh said. “Involving Joe, I know the outside world doesn’t see it,” he said, “but Joe Dee, who invited Flacco for the selection in the sixth round, I don’t think anyone understands how important it was.”
Prior to bringing Flacco on board, the Jets did not have a quarterback with previous NFL experience to mentor or replace new QB rookie Zach Wilson.
With the Jets and Seahawks missing from the playoffs, Douglas chose the two best players. Gang Green’s own pick will be # 4 overall. The Giants and Texans also finished 4-13, but the Texans get No. 3 due to the easier schedule and the Giants get No. 5 due to the more difficult schedule.
Seattle’s pick, acquired through the trade of Jamal Adams, briefly looked like it could make the top five after Russell Wilson and Gino Smith stumbled 3-8 to the start. But four wins in the last six games have propelled the Seahawks to 7-10, and the Jets’ second pick will be their 10th overall.