It's been a long time since the NY Jets organization has been able to recruit new fans. Years of losing have taken their toll, but following a promising 2022 season, things might be set to change in the near future.
In fact, one fan of the Jets' cross-town rivals, the New York Giants, is officially switching his allegiance following his former favorite team's decision to hand quarterback Daniel Jones a four-year, $160 million contract on Tuesday.
Twitter user "@umichaeltweets" released a statement on Twitter entitled "Dear Giants Nation," in which they condemned the Giants for "a commitment to mediocrity."
The statement went on to say that the individual was switching to a Jets fandom because "they aren't gonna settle for mediocrity." The response to Michael's statement of intent was met with mocking Giants fans and mostly welcoming Jets fans.
Michael even went as far as to change his bio to "Former Giants fan," his profile picture to a photoshopped image of Aaron Rodgers in a Jets jersey, and his header to an image of Sauce Gardner wearing his cheesehead. He's all in on the Jets.
The NY Jets are creating new fans now?
The Jones extension has been a high-profile talking point over the last 24 hours. The former first-round pick is making $40 million per season, which ranks him as the seventh-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, tied with Matthew Stafford and Dak Prescott.
It's a large sum of money for a player whose best season consists of 15 passing touchdowns and just over 3,200 passing yards. Still, the structure of Jones' contract essentially makes it a two-year deal.
Perhaps this speaks more to the growing optimism around the Jets, though. The Jets exceeded expectations in 2022 and were 7-4 through their first 11 games, despite receiving the worst quarterback play in the NFL.
A late-season collapse, spurred on by more terrible quarterback play, ultimately derailed their hopes of reaching the postseason, but there's optimism and, quite frankly, an expectation that things will be different in 2023.
From Sauce Gardner to Garrett Wilson to Quinnen Williams to Breece Hall, this Jets roster is stacked with young, exciting talent. They just need a quarterback.
Michael and many others seem to believe that the Jets are on the come up. Better times are (hopefully) ahead.