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Coffee with the Jets: Timetable for winning season after rebuild

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Jun 13, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team stretch during mini camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team stretch during mini camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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A loyal reader wants to know how long it’ll take the New York Jets to produce a winning season after their initial rebuilding phase. Time to discuss over a hot cup of coffee.

As of right now, players of the New York Jets are going to have plenty of time to enjoy everything the Summer brings. Training camp doesn’t start until around the end of July but all eyes will be on what could be the worst season in the history of the franchise. Of course, it’s hard to predict what will exactly transpire but at the end of the day, the Jets will more than likely not be a very good football team.

In case you didn’t know, my Coffee with the Jets series are basically questions fans send my way to answer right here on The Jet Press. It’s great to discuss football over a cup of coffee as today’s question comes from Tito via Twitter:

What's the timetable for a winning season after this rebuild?

— Tito (@Tito2Chainz) June 8, 2017

Thank you for the question, Tito! The Jets are rebuilding towards a better future and that obviously takes time. How long? Don’t expect much, if anything, in 2017 but there is hope for 2018 and the highest expectations being 2019. Going on a little over 30 years of watching football, I’ve come to realize that rebuilding and player development tend to take about two to three years at most.

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As the Jets have a plethora of young talent on the roster, they will need a few years to have everything come together where they can execute consistently. Some players develop faster than others but the majority need much more time.

Miracles don’t happen overnight so realistically, if the Jets stick to rebuilding through the draft, spending money wisely in free agency, and build a culture of accountability, they will be back to being a playoff-contending team in 2018 and 2019.

If they continue to have off-the-field issues and let the locker room spiral out of control again, it will take even longer. I don’t see that happening this time around as head coach Todd Bowles should have hopefully learned many things over his first few years with the Jets that will make him keep his players in check.

Overall, look forward to 2018 and 2019, in particular, to see if this team can finally deliver a winning product on the gridiron. Don’t expect to see the Jets win more than five games or so, if that, in 2017. Things aren’t looking good at all heading into the upcoming season.

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