The 2016 Cleveland Browns finished 1-15, ranking 28th in passing offense, 27th in receiving offense, and 31st in total yards allowed. Are the 2017 Jets worse?
According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the answer is yes.
"FPI believes the Jets are 7.9 points worse per game than the average NFL team, whereas the Browns were minus-7.4 last preseason, and it thinks all three parts of the Jets are a liability. The gruesome details: 5.2 points worse than average on offense, 2.1 points worse on defense and 0.6 points worse on special teams."
FPI, which is only in its third year of existence, has the Jets rated so poorly due in large part to their "offseason moves, a poor track record, and a horrific choice of quarterbacks," writes Seth Walder of ESPN Analytics.
The Jets haven't yet announced a starting quarterback, but it's expected to be journeyman Josh McCown. The backups are expected to be Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.
Meanwhile, the team recently lost WR Quincy Enunwa for the season, depleting an already underwhelming wide receiving corps.
The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, purged the majority of their veterans from the roster during the offseason, including Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Nick Folk, Breno Giacomini, David Harris, Nick Mangold, and Darrelle Revis.