NY Jets: The sun will continue to shine
The NY Jets and their surprising season are over but the sun will continue to shine as there is much hope and excitement for the future.
The Jets lost their final game to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, dashing their hopes of a playoff run and sending them home to watch the post season. The game was an ugly affair to watch and losing twice to Rex Ryan added to the hurt for Jet Fans.
While surfing the internet, I was disappointed to find all the negativity that is surrounding this team today. Fans are calling for Ryan Fitzpatrick to be cut, and won’t even consider the idea of a return engagement for the veteran signal caller. In a matter of moments, Fitzpatrick went from “Fitzmagic” to “Fitztragic” and Jet fans have turned on him like a pack of wolves.
The reaction to this loss has been truly unbalanced. Folks are screaming that Revis is a bum, that the Jets overpaid and some even believe that he should retire! Revis shut down every receiver he faced this year except for Sammy Watkins on Sunday. Yeah, the guy had a terrible game, but he’s still has a lot of football left in him. The reaction by some of the fan base is having over one bad game is totally ludicrous.
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Jet fans need to step back for a moment and reassess their reaction. Look, I know it was a tough loss, I myself was ready to throw my Pepsi bottle through the big screen television at our local sports bar.
It was heartbreaking, I get that, but today is a new day. Being a Jet fan hasn’t been an easy affair over the decades and getting that close to a playoff berth and losing it is heart breaking, but we need to keep it in perspective.
The sun is still shining on the Jets. If you don’t believe that, then maybe you’ve forgotten the terrific season we just enjoyed. This was a 4-12 team last year and quite frankly the games were hardly watchable. This season we saw the Jets show grit and determination, mounting comebacks late in games and posting a 10-6 record. Jet fans haven’t seen a wining season in what seems like forever and now they just had one. Why is all the gloom and doom spreading through the fan base?
Jet fans have every reason to be excited about this football team and very little to be disappointed about from where I sit. Maybe I’m wrong, but if I am, I trust you guys will tell me that I’m totally off base. General managher Mike Maccagnan is building something special in New York that will be sustainable. I’ve said it all year, Jet fans need to be patient. The Jets are rebuilding and that takes time, yes the playoffs would have been great, but not making it, doesn’t turn the clock back in any fashion.
The Jets have young guys that are beginning to contribute, and that is the sunshine I’m talking about. The Jets never had the youth movement they have today under our last two general managers. Maccagnan is building from youth and that is long over due, but it also takes time. Through the course of this season, I caught quite a bit of slack from Jet fans for my insistence that this wasn’t a playoff caliber team quite yet. The Jets are a rising team though, with a lot of young men poised to contribute though.
Nov 29, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) rushes the quarterback during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets went into this season with their brand new defensive secondary and some exciting new offensive players. Hopes were high and playoff and Super Bowl predictions abounded. Yet if you looked at this roster, you could already see the inconsistencies coming. The Jets’ offensive line is the oldest in the NFL with Ferguson, Mangold, Colon and Giacomini all being being thirty years old or better. They played well for the most part this season, but the inconsistencies were there too. Jets will likely start rebuilding this line this year and that too will take time.
At wide receiver it was really a two man show, with Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall carrying the bulk of the load and little behind them. Sure, Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins came on during the course of the season but let’s face it, they weren’t consistent in their performances. They are however part of the future, young guys developing behind the veterans. Maccagnan is building from youth and letting it develop behind the experienced guys. Next year, Devin Smith and Jace Amaro will add to the youth movement as well.
Many have complained of our secondary this year, but again, the stars were seasoned veterans with youth behind them. Antonio Cromartie is likely one and done, but the good news is the Jets have some youth to replace him. Marcus Williams has emerged this year and has gotten a lot of valuable snaps behind and alongside the veterans. Dexter McDougle is also another young guy that got into the mix this season, his time was limited, but the snaps were vital to his development. Dee Milliner sat the bench this year and only played special teams after he returned from IR, but he’s young yet, and if the Jets aren’t done with him, may still hold promise in the future.
Brian Winters surprised most of us when he stepped up and played well in replace of the aging Willie Colon when he went down to injury. Winters was a guy most of us had given up on after a couple of devastatingly bad performances. Winters is an example of how not to push players into starting roles, given some time behind Colon, we saw what can happen. Even Wesley Johnson showed the development when he was forced to step in for an injured Nick Mangold. Behind the scenes, the coaching staff are actually developing players nicely for the future.
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Maccagnan has a plan. He’s building sustainability through his young players, something we haven’t seen from the Jets in a long time. He’s utilizing veterans while building talent. Jet fans shouldn’t be down over this season’s results. They should be excited for what’s to come. The sunshine is shining bright on this organization, but we all need to be a little more patient. Maccagnan has my trust to deal with our needs in the off season and I’m expecting another exciting season next year.
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