In this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets, Josh McCown made some interesting NFL history, why Todd Bowles deserves to be back in 2018, and how youth is leading the way in the solid start to rebuilding for the future.
The New York Jets continue to surprise many in the football world and well, it’s a nice sight to see. Compared to the disaster that was last season, this team is hungry, playing hard in every game, and has some bright spots worth mentioning at season’s end.
Will the Jets make the NFL Playoffs this year? Well, they still have a shot and that’s all anyone can ask for. They’ve proven to be able to overcome adversity and improve at a slow and steady pace. The culture set by the coaching staff speaks volumes at a job well done and a rebuild executed well so far with youth leading the way.
In case you didn’t know, my Coffee with the Jets series takes some of the top articles on the internet to get discussions going and well, enjoying great reading material over a hot cup of coffee.
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Josh McCown shares historical footnote with (ahem) Jim Thorpe by Rich Cimini (ESPN)
Only one other player in NFL history scored twice on the ground at the same age as McCown, and it was a guy named Jim Thorpe.
Talk about being in some legendary company, eh? McCown scoring two touchdowns at the ripe age of 38-years-old continues to show that veterans can indeed get the job done. To see him score not one but two rushing touchdowns exemplifies his tough attitude and overall grit. Sharing such an accolade with a Pro Football Hall of Famer sure must feel amazing and well, something McCown can brag about for years to come.
Todd Bowles earned right to coach Jets next year by Kristian Dyer (Metro)
In handling this team, a team admittedly deficient and lacking star power, Bowles has been nothing short of masterful. Truthfully, had the replay officials gotten things right on two occasions this season the Jets could well be 7-5 right now if two Austin Sefarian-Jenkins touchdowns had rightfully stood-up.
One has to give credit where credit is due, Bowles has taken a team many thought would be the worst in the NFL and turned them into a competitor. They might not have the talent to go the distance and make the NFL Playoffs but at the end of the day, his team is working hard and sticking with the process. The locker room is leaps and bounds better than when Bowles first got the job and after purging the roster this past offseason of all those overpaid and unproductive veterans, continues to be a solid group of players. It’s not perfect just yet but is just about to get there within the next year or two. For 2018, Bowles undoubtedly deserves to come back and continue what he started. The future is bright thanks to Bowles at the helm and how he’s been molding this team into the vision he’s been wanting to see over the past few years.
Jets finally have group of young players to build around by Connor Hughes (NJ.com)
But this time … it’s different. This time, the Jets have a young, improving core which they can build around. And those players — like Robby Anderson, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye and more — give hope for the future.
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Youth is the way to go for any franchise in the NFL that wants to have sustained long-term success. It’s a mix of mostly young players and a few key veterans to serve as mentors to pave the way for a competitive team that can post 10 or more wins consistently in a season. The Jets have several key positions that are set with young players that are going to be cornerstones for years to come. Expect to see the Jets continue having solid drafts and making smart acquisitions to bolster the roster for the future. All that is left is to get a definitive answer at quarterback, rebuild the offensive line, and continue adding quality depth and the Jets will easily be a playoff contender. It won’t be easy but the young building blocks are already here and only getting better over time.