While it is true that the New York Jets are in a rebuilding year, the players should still try and play for a playoff spot.
The New York Jets have finally realized that it’s time to rebuild. It’s time to take a few years and get exactly what they need in the next few drafts to become contenders again. While this is a smart move for the team, the players should not lose in order to get early picks.
The only way the coaches and managers will know if they are getting the right players is if those players play 100 percent every time they step onto the field.
This article is in agreement with reporter Mike Florio’s article on Pro Football Talk, where he agreed with quarterback Josh McCown, who said the players should play to the best of their abilities because their careers ride on it. It doesn’t matter what the final record is, it’s all about working hard to play competitive football in every aspect of the game.
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Another quote from Florio’s article is that the low expectations for the upcoming season from the coaches are good. This is also true because if the players put too many expectations on themselves, then the pressure could cause them to do poorly. If that happens, especially within the rebuilding stage, then they are likely to lose their jobs pretty quickly.
The coaches, managers, and owner may have the rebuilding plan, but the players should not. They need to play hard and show the coaches that they are the right players to rebuild with in the future. And hey, with a lot of solid performances, and not a lot of expectations, maybe these players could pull out a winning season.
It doesn’t have to be double-digit wins, but any Jets fan would be happy with a .500 year at this point. And if the team does go under .500, then at least the fans know the players played their hearts out on every single play.