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

SIX WIN SEASON: 1990
FOLLOWING SEASON: 8-8, lost Wild Card game

SIX WIN SEASON: 1994
FOLLOWING SEASON: 3-13

SIX WIN SEASON: 2003
FOLLOWING SEASON: 10-6, won Wild Card, lost Divisional Playoff

SIX WIN SEASON: 2012
FOLLOWING SEASON: ?????????

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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