After the NY Jets lost to the Buffalo Bills, many in the media and fans said, “Same old Jets,” when it came to how the season ended. It’s too early to make such a judgement.
Like ESPN‘s Lee Corso likes to say, “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!” This season wasn’t quite the “same old Jets” in the grand scheme of it all.
First and foremost, this team set plenty of individual records. Ryan Fitzpatrick set the single season passing touchdown record, and Brandon Marshall set the record for catches and yards, even tied the record for touchdowns. They also finished fifth in team scoring.
Secondly, the Jets had 10 wins this past season. That has only happened 11 times in the history of this franchise. It was also only their 19th season above .500.
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This team is much different than many of the previous teams. It’s not the same old Jets. With that said, in order to shed the “same old Jets” label, the Jets will have to do something in 2016 that they have only done twice in franchise history (1985-86 and 1968-69), win ten or more games for a second consecutive season.
Even I was guilty of the “same old Jets” mantra. After some time contemplating and looking at some other seasons, I have come to realize that this mantra isn’t actually accurate.
We shouldn’t judge the Jets in a one-season vacuum. This team and organization should be judged on the next few seasons under their new leadership regime.
Todd Bowles has a four-year deal. We need to give Bowles a second season before judging the team as “same old Jets.” Weeb Ewbank, Joe Walton and Herman Edwards are the only coaches in team history to have multiple 10 win seasons. Ewbank and Walton did it in back-to-back seasons.
I agree that the first major goal is to get the NFL Playoffs, and the Jets weren’t able to achieve that. However, before we jump to conclusions, we need to wait one more year before we judge this team.