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3 reasons the Jets can make the playoffs in 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 11: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 11, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 11: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 11, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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We’ve seen quick turnarounds in the NFL before, and the New York Jets could easily end up writing their own postseason story in 2019. Here’s how.

While the Jets have occasional flashes of success, they generally don’t inspire much faith in their fans.

And who can blame them? This is a team that has won only one championship, and that was five decades ago. And the Jets have almost no recent success to speak of, compiling only one winning season over the past eight.

I have frequently lamented the team’s struggles. Okay, I admit it. I have almost always been negative and critical when writing about the Jets.

However, perhaps it’s time to try something different. It’s summer, the sun is shining, the Jets have a shiny new roster, and the season hasn’t started yet.

Hope springs eternal, and maybe this will finally be a good year for the Jets. If they do somehow make the playoffs in 2019, they can credit their success to the following three reasons.

ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 11: Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers jumps over Ronald Darby #28 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 11: Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers jumps over Ronald Darby #28 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

1. Sam Darnold finally has enough weapons

The Jets almost never have a good offense. Whether it’s the lack of a supporting cast or the continued struggle to find a competent quarterback, the team just never seems to have it all together.

Sam Darnold showed flashes last year, but the overall offense was inconsistent and largely ineffective. In addition to Darnold’s inexperience, the Jets didn’t have enough offensive talent around him.

This coming season things might finally be different. While I was skeptical of it initially, the Jets’ decision to sign Le’Veon Bell does give them one of their most potent offensive weapons in recent memory. And adding slot receiver Jamison Crowder to the pre-existing trio of Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Chris Herndon gives the Jets a respectable arsenal of talented pass catchers.

If Darnold takes a step forward in 2019, look out. The Jets might actually have a good offense. *gasp*

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – APRIL 25: Quinnen Williams of Alabama poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – APRIL 25: Quinnen Williams of Alabama poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

2. Reloaded defense could be dominant

While the Jets seldom have good offenses, they have had some elite defenses in recent memory. The 2009, 2010, and 2015 Jets defensive units all ranked in the top ten in points and yards allowed.

If everything breaks well for them, the 2019 Jets have a chance to return to that level of dominance.

The additions of free agent superstar C.J. Mosley and top draft pick Quinnen Williams add to an already stout defensive front seven. The Jets should be able to consistently generate internal pressure and stop the run.

The 2019 Jets defense certainly comes with some big question marks, in particular the pass coverage and outside pass rush. But if a few key players currently on the roster step up (i.e. Trumaine Johnson, Jordan Jenkins, Jachai Polite), those concerns could be mitigated.

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets throws a pass in front of James Burgess #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets throws a pass in front of James Burgess #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

1. Darnold makes a huge leap

As much as coaches talk about football being a team sport, the supporting cast of an NFL team hardly matters if the quarterback play is poor.

Fortunately for the Jets, their time in quarterback purgatory might finally be coming to an end. Although his rookie season was filled with ups and downs, Sam Darnold ended the season on a high note (6 TD/ 1 INT over his last 4 games).

With a year of experience under his belt and some new offensive players to support him, Darnold needs to build on the progress he’s made.

If Darnold becomes a top quarterback in the league, the Jets will have a great chance of contending in 2019 and beyond.

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