The NY Jets have been one of the many teams connected to rumors regarding disgruntled Houston Texans superstar quarterback, Deshaun Watson. And at least one notable voice believes Watson should do what he can to force his way to New York.
Sherman, someone who probably values culture more than any player in the league, believes that Watson would be best off going to the Jets than any other landing spot.
This is more significant than many will probably make it out to be.
Perhaps Deshaun Watson could be a part of the new NY Jets culture
General manager Joe Douglas and new head coach Robert Saleh are doing everything possible to not only change the culture of the Jets’ organization, but change the narrative surrounding the franchise.
The Jets have been the laughing stock of the NFL for the better part of the last decade. From the waning days of Rex Ryan to the incompetent days of Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase.
The Jets have never been able to get out of their own way, and that’s forever been their reputation. They’ve been viewed as losers — an organization where careers go to die.
But no more.
If a player like Sherman is saying this, clearly something is changing. Sherman has seen firsthand the impact that a positive culture can have on an organization having spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
You’d be hard-pressed to find two franchises with more positive cultures than those two teams.
Of course, Sherman has spent a lot of time with Saleh whether it was working directly under him in San Francisco or even dating back to their time together in Seattle when Saleh was the Seahawks’ defensive quality control coach.
Sherman has made it clear how highly he thinks of Saleh. And that right there is part of the culture change we’re seeing right before our very eyes. Players around the NFL respect the Jets. Not only that, but they’re actively campaigning to join the franchise.
It should also be noted that Sherman will be a free agent this offseason meaning that the Jets could look to add the five-time Pro Bowler. Perhaps he follows his own advice and “heads to New York” this March.
Either way, it feels like a dream come true to see respected players like Sherman saying this about the Jets’ organization.
Times are changing. And maybe — just maybe — the Jets can solidify this culture shift by landing Deshaun Watson this offseason.