The Jet Press Looks Back: 1982 New York Jets

This season, the Jet Press is going to take a look back at a season that was terrific, and nearly became special.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Jets 1982 season. The Jets, under coach Walt Michaels, were coming of a 1981 season that saw the emergence of the New York Sack Exchange, a 10-5-1 record, and a return to the playoffs. Expectations were running high at the Meadowlands.

The season was marred by a players’ strike that lasted eight weeks, and caused the league to eliminate division play when the sport returned. The top eight teams in each conference went to the playoffs, and the Jets made it to a now familiar game, the AFC Championship game, before falling to the rival Miami Dolphins, in a game that many feel that the Jets would have won if not for the tactics of Don Shula. We will talk about that as the season goes on.

On the date of each game, we will post a “The Jet Press Looks Back” piece, detailing each game with as much detail as possible, to put all of you back in that 1982 season.

Some of you might remember it, some of you might be too young, but the season was definitely one to remember, and we will look back all season long.

Topics: 1982 New York Jets, Alan Schechter

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