The New York Jets head into the future better off than they were after the 2015 season was over.
“No, we’re always trying to win,” Bowles said. “Whether we kept them or we let them go, we’re always trying to win. We don’t do anything in the mindset [of rebuilding]. You rebuild as far as people and names, but you don’t rebuild in terms of trying to win or not win. We’re trying to win all the time.”
With that said, they are clearly better off than they were last season because they have a vision and a plan, rather than trying to piecemeal a team together.
To put it in light terms, last season was a debacle. It started off with the media claiming the Jets “needed” to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and wondering why it was taking so long to get a deal done.
Then the media blowing up about the Fitzpatrick signing, and how it was great for the team.
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However, instead of piggybacking off of 2015 and riding the momentum, Fitzpatrick and the Jets fell flat on their faces. The front office and Bowles ended up with egg on their faces for the ridiculous $12M signing and the subsequent handling of his poor performance.
Fitzpatrick held the Jets hostage for the entire offseason, and him not being there for most of the offseason showed up during the regular season. Now the Jets are back at square one.
The team was in limbo last offseason. Now they have a plan in place and a vision for the future. That’s undoubtedly a better place to be.
Hindsight is always 20/20, and maybe the Jets should’ve given Geno Smith the chance to start and moved on from Fitzpatrick. Smith was unfairly criticized, and now the Jets are paying the price. Now let’s see if they can build a winner from scratch. It may appear bleak at the moment, but patience is a virtue. It will work out in time.