Unfortunately for the New York Jets, they’re just about to be eliminated from making the NFL Playoffs and realistically, they are nowhere near being such a contender.
As the 2017 NFL season gears into the home stretch, one thing everyone can likely agree on is this season’s installment of the New York Jets have exceeded everyone’s expectations. Coming off of a major salary purge, people were calling for Todd Bowles‘ job (whether just or unjust, many still are) and many reputable pundits had the Jets final record from 0-16 to 2-14, shooting for the 2018 NFL Draft’s #1 overall pick.
There are still a few games left in the season and some opportunities for the Jets to make some noise are certainly available. Despite this, it is time to come to terms with what a lot expected out of the Jets even before training camp: they will not be making the NFL Playoffs this season.
At 4-7, we are done here, folks. The odds are just insurmountable. Right now, the Jets are the 11th best team in the conference. Moving into the final five games of the season, there just are not that many more winnable games that the Jets will be able to persevere and make some kind of a run.
The fact that you can Google the NFL playoff picture this late in the season and read that the Jets are “in the hunt” is a wonderful accomplishment in itself. This team was purging all of the massive contracts from seasoned veterans who have given them a lot. This was difficult to reconcile with many at the time, but it was most certainly the logical move.
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The Jets may pull out a couple of wins in this final stretch, but it will not do anything to make strides to improve their standing in the playoff discussion. This being said, with the right moves in the offseason, the Jets are in fantastic position to make some real noise on the field in 2018, and they need to take advantage of that.
In free agency, with names like Kirk Cousins, Le’Veon Bell, and Jimmy Graham scheduled to be available (as of this writing) and $80 million available to spend along with a likely top-10 pick, the Jets have a chance to get back very quickly as legitimate postseason contenders.
Even with only four wins, Bowles has done enough to keep his job. He has gotten a lot out of this group and they are playing very hard for him. He deserves a chance to be able to see this team through through this next chapter beyond the hard reset he is dealing with at present.
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The Jets season will be finished after Week 17. They are going to miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season, but there is no reason for anyone on this team or the fans to hang their head. They have a chance to make some great moves and upgrade the team in an expedited fashion.