If the New York Jets plan on defeating the current Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, it’ll all come down to team unity.
In any sport, teamwork is ultimately key when it comes to not only winning but establishing a culture of success. When it comes to the NFL, dominant teams all share the same trait in that team unity is and always will be at the forefront of everything else. For the New York Jets, they’re 3-2 and have a shot at being 4-2 and first in the AFC East if they can beat the New England Patriots on Sunday.
It’s not going to be easy but at the end of the day, the Jets have a common theme. Yeah, some of their wins might have been ugly but a win is a win they did it by having team unity. When a team is able to go out there and have fun doing what they do best, it will almost always translate to results.
When the Jets ended last season at 5-11, head coach Todd Bowles knew that his team was in dire need of change. They had too many distractions by players that took away from his overall message of playing hard on every play and above all else, playing together as a team.
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Throughout the offseason, the Jets made sure to purge their roster of overpaid and unproductive players to put players that wanted to play with pride and a sense of urgency in their place. Yeah, the majority of the roster is young and inexperienced but they’re all playing well together and for each other. The results clearly show in the grand scheme of things.
Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said earlier in the week about unity and how his players are accepting it:
On the team unity…
It’s fun seeing them all work together. It’s fun seeing them practice and communicate and joke around a lot and keep the mood light in the locker room and out on the practice field, so from that part of it, it’s been enjoyable.
On how much of a process it has been to unify the team…
It started at the end of the season last year. You have to start working on that stuff right after the season. As a third-year coach, you kind of know what your team needs and it’s up to me to go out and coach every day and get them to where they need each other, so that’s all we have been working on.
If the Jets have any shot at beating the defending Super Bowl champions, it will be by continuing what Bowles started at the end of last season. Having each other’s back and knowing that the Patriots do have weaknesses that can be exploited on Sunday will be the difference-makers in this Week 6 AFC East showdown.
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Overall, the Jets have a golden opportunity to silence their critics and continue to surprise the football world one week at a time. If they do leave their game against the Patriots victorious, it’ll come down to the fact that as a team, they’re finally playing as a cohesive unit capable of beating anyone in front of them.