The New York Jets are preparing for the upcoming season coming off two straight losing seasons. What happens if they once again end with another subpar year?
In 2016 as well as 2017, the New York Jets ended up with losing seasons. Both years, their final record was 5-11 but last season told a different tale. Yes, they were in the bottom of the AFC East but had a lot of good takeaways to work with.
The Jets have slowly but surely been rebuilding the right way. Obviously, since the NFL is a passing league, they completely revamped their defensive secondary to eventually be among the best in the league once everything falls into place. They have moved into a direction focused on youth, hard work, and building a foundation for consistent success in the future.
Unfortunately, it might not happen until another year or two from now. Of course, rebuilding a team from the bottom up can get expedited by a new franchise quarterback that pushes the franchise to greater heights. The Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold in this year’s draft and even though he has a plethora of potential, he’s still going to need more time before everything comes together for his eventual era under center.
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Darnold will also need a better supporting cast if he’s going to be the next big thing to hit the city that never sleeps. While Darnold might not do enough in training camp and preseason action to earn the starting quarterback spot, he will likely get his chance at some point during the upcoming season. Until then, it’ll likely be Josh McCown that once again puts the team on his shoulders and holds the fort down until Darnold’s number is called.
Due to this, a lack of an overall pass rush, and major issues on the offensive line, don’t expect the Jets to immediately go from pretenders to contenders in 2018. They’ll likely once again end up with five, maybe even six wins at season’s end.
What would happen to the leadership regime if such a situation happens yet again in 2018? Don’t expect owner Chris Johnson to immediately fire both head coach Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan just because they end up with their third straight losing season. For a rebuild to be done properly, it takes a lot of patience since it could easily be a three, maybe even five-year project before winning results start happening consistently.
It wouldn’t make any sense for Johnson to fire both Bowles and Maccagnan next offseason since they’re more than qualified to get the job done in the long run. The talent is developing nicely but the Jets are still a few pieces away from fielding a competitive team that is worthy enough to make and built to win in the NFL Playoffs.
Don’t worry, Jets fans. If they end up with another losing year but have their young players continue to develop, Darnold shows progress during his rookie season, and a few players on both sides of the ball end up breaking out, that’s all contributing to the building recipe for big results in the future. Until then, if the Jets are once again on the bottom of the division in 2018, everything will be just fine since by the looks of it, the franchise is undoubtedly preparing for a huge leap in 2019 and 2020.