NY Jets: 10 bold, optimistic predictions for the 2021 season

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3. The NY Jets have a winning record

This was originally thought to just be "The Jets improve on their record from 2020," but winning more than two games with an improved roster and coaching staff wouldn't really be a "bold prediction." We're aiming high this season.

Robert Saleh becoming the head coach of the Jets might have been one of the biggest surprises of the offseason, as he was one of the hottest names that many teams tried to pursue. Thankfully, Saleh chose New York as his destination for his first head coaching gig.

The defensive mind helped scheme a defense that silenced opposing offenses and found their way to a Super Bowl appearance in 2019, and still produced despite many of its best players going down with injury in 2020.

The team itself improved on a depleted roster, going on a bit of a spending spree in free agency, as well as using amassed draft picks to bring in some much-needed young talent.

Going from 2-14 to (at least) 9-8 will be a massive jump. The 2020 Jets were abysmal on offense. Where did the team add the most talent? Offense.

The 2020 Jets lacked a truly talented head coach, so they signed the biggest name on the market to lead their team.

Though last season was borderline criminal in terms of performance, the Jets proved that there was potential. Besting both the Rams and the Browns — teams that both won a playoff game that season, there were signs of life in a dreadful team.

If Saleh gets the best from his players, and Douglas assembles a promising roster, the first winning season since 2015 could be in the cards.