The New York Jets are not listening to what the outside world is saying as they just are just worried about themselves as a group. This is helping them finally find their identity as a team.
As most fans including myself thought the New York Jets were going to tank, they’ve been one of the most surprising teams this season after purging their roster of veterans in order to usher in a youth movement. The team released veteran players Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, David Harris, Nick Mangold, and they even traded Sheldon Richardson. The organization wanted to get younger and faster which is a smart and understanding move. The team has been a lot more competitive each week and could have won more than four games at this point of the season if not for bad playcalling and 4th quarter meltdowns.
The team sits currently at 4-5, already overachieving on the amount of wins people expected them to have this season. It has been an up and down season but that can happen to any team in the NFL. Fans were calling for Todd Bowles firing including myself but my decision has changed after their big Week 9 win over the Buffalo Bills. Now I believe he has done an incredible job in having this team compete week in and week out.
After attending this past Thursday’s game against the Bills, this team showed me the future is very bright. The defense looks like it has a lot of playmakers that are starting to peak. From Week 1 to this past game, the Jets look totally different and are starting to live up to the hype they have surrounding them.
They made the quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense very uncomfortable from start to finish. They had seven sacks and forced three turnovers which haven’t happened in a long time. All game with the exception of late in the fourth quarter, the defense didn’t allow any big plays and contained Taylor and LeSean McCoy. These two players are game changers and the Jets kept them in check.
The offense for the Bills only had 63 yards in rushing which is an impressive outing. They made the adjustments and coach Bowles used a five-man rush and it worked to perfection. Young superstars Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye are players they need to continue to build around. Each player has outstanding abilities that can make the Jets defense even scarier.
I don’t know what the big deal was with them dancing during the commercial break. It just shows them having fun and enjoying the game they love to play. It makes Jets fans excited because of them seeing the team playing hard but also having that bond with one another. You can see they have a chip on their shoulder and are out there to make a statement, as a cohesive team unified towards the goal of winning football games.
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The offense has some pieces in place that can make this offense an explosive unit in a year or two. They don’t have a big name superstar but they have young and explosive talent that has potential.
Robby Anderson, Ardarius Stewart, and Jermaine Kearse are young explosive players that Jets fans should be excited about. The running game of Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire both are young and will be a force to reckon with in the future.
Overall, Bowles has myself and other Jets fans believing and excited for what the future holds. He has done an excellent job in having his team compete and focus on the task at hand. They have competed amongst the best teams that they should have been blown out by. The Jets don’t care about what the naysayers are talking about as they just worry about each other. They play hard every snap and compete no matter what the outcome of the score of the game is.
They only care for each other and help one another improve every week during games and especially in the week of preparation. They have a chip on their shoulder and want to continue to succeed and surprise the football world. It is something to be excited about as a fan because you see the future of the team ahead of schedule. Bowles has earned a lot more respect on my part after watching this team compete for the past few games. They compete hard and fight for Bowles for how much they believe in what he says. They just need to continue to do what they have been doing and don’t ever doubt themselves.
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The Jets attitude and vision is something we haven’t seen in a long time. It is something to be very excited about. Bowles has this team headed in the right direction for what he been dealt to deal with. Many have changed their thoughts on what they should do with Bowles in the future. He wasn’t given much this year but he has this team working hard and improving. He is not satisfied with what he sees no matter if they win and you hear their players talking the same way. As a fan, you want to hear that and you can see they want to be better which is something you haven’t seen in this Jets organization in quite some time.