Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex ryan answers questions from media during minicamp at Jets Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

How the New York Jets Respond to 8-8: A Look Back

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Rex Ryan and the Jets head into an interesting year in 2014. With an offense that didn’t have much going for it, they finished 8-8, in what some say was Rex Ryan’s best coaching job with the Jets to date. They go to battle in 2014 with a defense that is getting younger, and an offense with many more weapons than last season.

How will the Jets respond to last season and their 8-8 record? Well, let’s take a look and see how the Jets have responded in the past.

We are going to look back through the history of the New York Jets(only the Jets, not the Titans), and see when the team finished with a .500 record, and how they responded the following season. It doesn’t necessarily predict the future, but you know what they say about history, so here we go:

1966: 6-6-2 (for our younger readers, 16 game seasons did not begin until 1978)
1967: 8-5-1

1972: 7-7
1973: 4-10

1974: 7-7
1975: 3-11

1978: 8-8
1979: 8-8
1980: 4-12

1991: 8-8
1992: 4-12

1993: 8-8
1994: 6-10

1999: 8-8
2000: 9-7

2011: 8-8
2012: 6-10

So how will this work out for the Jets in 2014? We obviously have no idea, but if history repeats itself, it won’t be good, because more often than not, the Jets got worse from 8-8 instead of better.

Thankfully, that is why they play the games.

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