The FanSided 250 has been released for 2020 and the NY Jets were snubbed again.
And that notion didn’t change this year.
FanSided released their annual rankings and the Jets were snubbed altogether for the second year in a row. In total, 20 NFL teams made the list — including the division rival Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots — but the Jets were, predictably, not among them.
The FanSided 250 takes a look at three integral components when determining each year’s rankings — the Fan Vote, Search Score, and Social Follows.
This is done to ensure that the “hottest” fanbases are the ones that rank toward the top. Note that it isn’t referring to the “best” fanbases as in recent years, but the ones with the most buzz surrounding them.
That’s probably a large reason the Jets didn’t make the top-250. And it’s likely why they’ve never made the FanSided 250 in the four years that FanSided has been doing it.
The Jets, for all intents and purposes, are the laughing stock of the NFL world. With an 0-12 record, a lame-duck head coach, and a quarterback just playing out the stretch, few teams are less buzz-worthy than the Jets.
However, that could be set to change in the near future.
The NY Jets could make the FanSided 250 next year with a little help
With their eyes on the first overall pick and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Jets could go from zeros to heroes in a matter of just a few months. After all, nothing generates interest quite like the best quarterback prospect in recent history.
Coincidentally, Lawrence happened to make the FanSided 250 coming in at No. 104 on the list. He was the 19th-highest sports figure and the highest — and only — college athlete.
Lawrence would undoubtedly add a bit of star power to the Jets and even if the team doesn’t find immediate success, that should allow them to climb up the rankings next year.
Notably, the New York Giants also didn’t make the list further highlighting the sad state of New York football. But again, the fortunes of both teams could be changing in the near future.
Next year at this time, the Jets will hopefully not only be a more successful organization (it’s nearly impossible to do worse), but they’ll generate enough interest to make their debut on the FanSided 250.
And perhaps Lawrence could be the one to lead the way.