We have seen the best that the 2013 New York Jets have to offer. They have beaten Drew Brees and Tom Brady in recent weeks. Geno Smith has shown uncanny ability to make changes as a game goes along and can make big plays when the time is right. He can also draw a penalty when one is desperately needed. The defense can take anyone and everyone’s running back out of the game.
We have also seen the worst out of this team. We have seen a defense that CAN’T stop anyone when the game is on the line. We have seen an offense that can’t move the ball even between the 20s, much less get a chance at the red zone. This team has run the extremes, that there is no doubt. It will continue. Why?
Because this football team, as constituted, is a .500 team. Bill Parcells always said, “You are what your record says you are.” Well the Jets are 5-5. They have been at the top of their game, and they have been at the bottom of their game. Led by a rookie quarterback, you have a team that plays well sometimes, and terribly other times. This is the blueprint of a .500 team.
We have to understand, this is what to expect when you have a team that is “rebuilding”. You have a rookie quarterback. He is not going to be great every week. He will get better, but for right now this is to be expected.
We cannot get too high over a win. They aren’t as good as we think they are when they win. Nor are they as bad as we think they are when they lose. Again, the hallmark of a .500 team.
We like to get crazy after a win, talking about the playoffs, myself included. On the other hand, after one game, we want to turn the offense over to Matt Simms. We cannot go through these extremes.
Understand what this group is. It’s a .500 team. That’s what they are.
They are what the record says they are.