The New York Jets are building something special for the future. Even Colin Cowherd knows they will eventually own the AFC East once a certain quarterback retires.
For what feels like forever now, the New York Jets have been on the outside looking in when it comes to the AFC East. The New England Patriots have been the team to beat within the division and have always made the Jets into examples almost every time they met on the gridiron.
Led by Super Bowl-winning and future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, he’s been the main catalyst on the Patriots offense. Time and time again, Brady has always come through in the clutch and over the past few years, the Jets haven’t even been competitive enough to keep up with him.
Over time, however, all that is about to change. Father Time will eventually catch up to Brady and his time to retire will come. Once that happens, there will not only be a major shift in the NFL but in the AFC East as well.
Even Colin Cowherd believes the Jets will run the division thanks to their newly drafted quarterback, Sam Darnold. Here’s what he had to say:
"Sam Darnold is going to be a special player. Within a year or two when Tom Brady retires, the Jets will own this division."
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 30, 2018
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Of course, this might be a bit premature but hope is indeed a beautiful thing. If Darnold ends up being everything he’s been hyped up to be and then some, he will undoubtedly be one special quarterback. One of which that will do his part to not only turn the Jets into contenders again but run the AFC East to begin a new era within the division.
The Jets have slowly but surely been rebuilding over the past few years. They got rid of aging and unproductive veterans and brought in young players that are hungry to win football games. Through the NFL Draft and making smart acquisitions in free agency, the Jets are building a great foundation now for what should be a bright future.
It all starts with Darnold and how quickly he progresses to start his pro career the right way. It’s uncertain if he’ll be able to do enough in training camp to earn the starting job to begin the regular season but make no mistake about it, he will at some point in 2018 play for the Jets.
Once that happens and the Jets continue to build quality support around him, the sky is the limit. Of course, it will be so much easier once No. 12 on the Patriots finally calls it quits.