What can the New York Jets learn from both teams in Super Bowl LII? It’s all about the quarterback.
For what seems like forever now, there has always been that one constant thing that continues to hold the New York Jets back both as a team and organization. Well, one constant position, in the grand scheme of things. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, there is one big thing the Jets can learn from both the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s all about the quarterback. Case in point, look at the sheer dominance and success of future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has enjoyed over the years. He’s won numerous championships, MVP awards, and continues to be the iconic figure of what it takes to be an elite quarterback.
Even the Eagles have above average play at quarterback and also proved that depth at the most important position on the team is also crucially important. When quarterback Carson Wentz went down for the year due to a torn ACL, backup Nick Foles stepped in and took care of business. It’s not easy to be thrown into such a situation to start and lead your team in the NFL Playoffs but Foles did it without skipping a beat.
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The Jets? They haven’t had a consistent franchise quarterback for decades now. The last one worth mentioning is Joe Namath and sadly, all the younger generation of Jets fan can only look to videos and NFL specials to remember the glory days when the franchise had a quarterback that brought a championship to the big apple.
Hopefully, the Jets take a page from both the Patriots and Eagles and understand that having a starting quarterback and quality depth behind him is one of the most important aspects of any football team. The quarterback is easily the face of a franchise and the right one can turn a team from pretenders to contenders. Case in point, look at how the San Francisco 49ers dramatically changed their franchise when they acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. For a player that was Brady’s backup for a number of years, it’s easy to see that he’s more than likely going to have a very successful career.
Overall, the Jets need to figure out their quarterback situation and get a player that can lead this team to win football games, punch a ticket to the playoffs, and go the distance faster than a New York minute. Otherwise, they’ll continue to be on the outside looking in.