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The toughest pill to swallow in 2017

By Luis Tirado Jr.
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 11: A New York Jets fan wears a bag over his head during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 11: A New York Jets fan wears a bag over his head during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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When it comes to the New York Jets and expectations for the upcoming season, the toughest pill to swallow is knowing that once again, this franchise will be the laughingstock of the NFL.

By now, fans of the New York Jets have undoubtedly read all the doom and gloom about expectations for the franchise heading into the regular season. It’s ironic since the season has yet to start but major analysts and networks have already written off the Jets even before Week 1.

The truth of the matter is, the Jets don’t have a good roster since they’re rebuilding towards the future. It’s a smart and strategic move considering they’ll have so much salary cap money to play with in 2018 that they should be able to be competitive again next year. It won’t be easy but the Jets are laying down a good foundation now to be contenders again later.

Of course, with that being said, it comes with a sacrifice, one of which fans of the Jets know too much about. Even though everyone is writing off the Jets, it’s hard to disagree with the majority that knows this team won’t be a good one. It’s not just the roster that lacks overall talent but more so, the tough teams they’ll be facing all season long.

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With games against the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, and the Kansas City Chiefs, just to name a few, the Jets are in for a long year ahead.

Of course, we also have to factor in the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, whom the Jets play as always, twice this season. That right there will more than likely be a 0-2 sweep courtesy of Tom Brady and company.

It’s easy to see this team win maybe three, five games tops but at the end of the day, they simply have a locker room full of young and developing players. Some will develop faster than others but the majority are still a year or two away from reaching their true potential.

The toughest pill to swallow for fans of the Jets is knowing that once those losses start to pile up, the constant ridicule will hit this franchise faster than a New York minute. Every major media outlet will chime in their thoughts with the smarter ones knowing that this needed to happen for a brighter future.

Fewer fans will be attending home games this season and well, it’s just going to be another year of waiting patiently for this franchise to get things done right. Trust the process but for 2017, you might be better off watching games at home and working on your fantasy football rosters.

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