New York Jets: A Recent History of 6-10

The new season is almost upon us, Jets fans. Time to get our gear on and start pulling for our band of merry Gang Green members to take us to the championship, a place we haven’t been in over 40 years. Right now, it doesn’t matter that we are “rebuilding”, we can dream, can’t we? Why not, that’s what training camp, and the early part thereof is for.

Today, I wanted to take a look back at some of the numbers. The Jets are coming off of a 6-10 season, so I wanted to see how, in the recent past, the Jets have performed, recovering from a 6-10 season. Have they stayed down? Have they rebounded? Has it been a little bit of both? Not that the past is ALWAYS an indication, but it is interesting to note. One more note, I just went back to 1980 to track, keeping it to recent history.

With that let’s see what we have:

SIX WIN SEASON: 1987(actually 6-9, one game lost due to player’s strike)
FOLLOWING SEASON: 8-7-1, missed playoffs

FOLLOWING SEASON: 8-8, lost Wild Card game


FOLLOWING SEASON: 10-6, won Wild Card, lost Divisional Playoff


We have to discount the occurrence in 1994. In 1995, Rich Kotite was the coach, as if we didn’t know that already. It turns out that we weren’t exactly set up for success with him wearing the head coach’s headset. If only we had known.

Other than that year, we seem to have done pretty well coming off of 6-10 records. We made the playoffs twice, and weren’t far from it the other year.

We shall see what happens in 2013.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I love your optimism Alan! Yep two play off births and a just missed ain’t bad, but 8-8 and loosing the wild card game isn’t exactly noteworthy. While 8-7-1 and just missing the play offs is a true optimist’s read on that season! Now the 2003 team had us all on the edge for a bit, so there is hope! I’ve been a Jet fan for far too long to have much optimism left!! LOL Maybe 5-11 this season, but I’ll be rooting!! Ah the joys of being a Jet fan!! Sorry this is points league and I just don’t see this offense scoring a bunch of points. Here’s hoping they can!! Go Jets!!

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Paul. I hear you., they certainly make it hard to be optimistic don’t they? Hey, we are 0-0, it’s ok to be optimistic now. I’ve been there a long time too so I understand your feeling. We can hope and root.