The New York Jets hope to finally challenge the New England Patriots in the AFC East in 2019, and Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman thinks they may just have what it takes.
While the Patriots have been off winning the Super Bowl seemingly every other year, the Jets have been treading water in the NFL basement. The Gang Green haven’t been to the postseason in nearly a decade, but the new regime is hoping to change those fortunes this season.
The Jets overhauled the front office and coaching staff this offseason, and brought in plenty of new faces to upgrade the roster on both sides of the ball.
Those upgrades haven’t escaped the attention of Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who believes the Jets might have a recipe for giving his team plenty of trouble in 2019 (via George Willis, New York Post):
They’ve got some new coaches and some really dynamic players and a young quarterback. They also have a defense that for some reason does real well against us. People ask me when I’m in New York about the Giants and the Jets. Those teams have always played us well. Now the Jets have Gase and he’s got some blueprints from Miami, where he beat us. It’s going to be a tough matchup.
The Pats have won their last six games against the Jets, and 14 of the last 16, dating back to 2011. The only two wins New York has over New England in that time span both came in overtime, the last one coming in December of 2015.
But with a new sheriff in town in head coach Adam Gase, and new general manager Joe Douglas taking over the personnel side, New York could be primed for a quick bounce-back after missing the playoffs eight years in a row since making back-to-back trips to the AFC title game.
Gase’s Dolphins had far more success over the past three seasons against the Patriots than the Jets, winning three of their six matchups against the division-rivals and defending Super Bowl champs.
The Jets may be a surprise playoff pick for some, but it’s clear they won’t be sneaking up on the Patriots this year.