As the New York Jets prepare for their season finale, it’s important to remember that a culture takes a few years for it to be established towards success.
At this point in time, the New York Jets are 4-11 on the year and are easily one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL. After their 10-6 year in 2015, the Jets looked like they regressed tremendously with relatively the same core of players returning.
Hope filled the air that this team would still be a playoff contender capable of pushing the envelope towards continued success. Needless to say, they haven’t lived up to expectations as injuries, a lack of execution, bad playcalling, and even bad coaching all led to the demise of the Jets this year.
While many want to start having heads roll by releasing the entire roster and firing the coaching staff, it’s important to remember that patience is key. Should the Jets part ways with head coach Todd Bowles and once again go on a widespread search for another candidate?
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Bowles has had his lackluster moments but it should also be noted, with the good comes the bad. Stats and numbers never lie as one can’t completely disregard his 10-6 record last year and the immediate impact he brought to the organization.
It wasn’t easy to come in and fix the mess left by former head coach Rex Ryan but all considering, Bowles was and still is what this franchise needs moving forward. While he has lost the locker room this year, it’s fully expected the Jets will do a major evaluation of their players and coaching staff to make the necessary changes.
It also takes patience to see all draft picks and free agent acquisitions of the Jets develop. For a team like the Jets that yearn for a franchise quarterback, it will take another year or two to see what they have in Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, respectively. The talent is there, it just needs time to be cultivated.
As the offseason approaches, this year will be a memory many will undoubtedly remember as one to forget. Overall, fans know that while the heartache and outrage are expected when supporting the Jets, times heals all and hopefully, the right changes are made for a brighter future. Just like most great things in life, the future is worth waiting for.