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No winning mandate for Jets in 2018 is key for rebuild

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets celebrates with Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 3, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets celebrates with Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 3, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Owner Chris Johnson did the right thing by not issuing any winning mandate for 2018 as this is key to finally rebuilding the New York Jets the right way.

When it comes to the New York Jets, they’re in Year 2 of their complete rebuild. To make a long story short, the Jets purged their roster in 2017 of overpaid and unproductive players to usher in a true youth movement. They wanted to give as many of their younger players valuable regular season experience and for the most part, they saw some solid development by a lot of them.

Now, in their second year of rebuilding, it’s all about continuing to stick with the process. The Jets have a lot of work ahead of themselves before becoming contenders again. It’s expected during this offseason, they’ll address their quarterback situation, bolster their offensive line, and get a more consistent pass rush to start things off right.

Fixing those key areas should undoubtedly push the Jets towards the right direction which will translate into winning more football games. For the Jets to end last season at 5-11 is remarkable considering that everyone wrote them off to even win a single game.

The best part of this rebuild is that the players are, for the most part, completely bought into it all. They’re working hard and despite losing eleven games, were competitive in every single one of them. They had their issues to fix all throughout the season but overall, this young team was hungry to do everything in their power to win football games and it clearly showed.

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Luckily for 2018, owner Chris Johnson made the right call by not issuing a winning mandate for next season. This is the sign of a smart owner who knows that realistically speaking, the Jets are probably another two, maybe even three years away from being a real contender that can go all the way to a Super Bowl appearance and have a shot to win it all.

It’s not easy to build such a roster worthy of earning a championship but it takes a lot of time, patience, and having the right culture in the locker room where everything comes together seamlessly for it to be the winning recipe. That’s why rebuilding the way the Jets have is how it’s done and to have an owner understand that it truly takes time for it to be considered a success.

Johnson knows that rebuilding the right way comes with a sacrifice of winning in the moment. It’ll all be worth it down the road since this is the first time that the Jets are actually doing things the right way to ensure a brighter future. Not having a winning mandate in place for next season is key so everyone can continue focusing on the task at hand and not worry about job security for at least a few more years. It takes time to have a complete roster from top to bottom to compete for a championship but make no mistake about it, that time will come for the Jets to finally be contenders again in the future.

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