To state the obvious, American football is volatile from week to week, but the 2021 NY Jets are really putting their own spin on the cliche "Any Given Sunday."
Through the first quarter of the NFL season, the Jets, one of the youngest teams in the league —starting the most rookies including a rookie quarterback and led by rookie coaches (less special teams coordinator Brant Boyer) — are on a roller-coaster and they’re bringing NFL fans, Jets fans, and even BYU fans along for the ride!
The Jets have already produced a streak of eight consecutive touchdown-less quarters of football. Nevertheless, the team has continued to grow as a cohesive unit from game to game by demonstrating growth right before our eyes.
They've done so with their ability to learn from their mistakes and adjust from week to week, play-to-play, and sometimes even mid-play.
Even the dropping woes, courtesy of the Jets receiver corps, seemed to have been cured en route to the Jets Week 4 win at MetLife Stadium.
In terms of adjustment, it goes beyond New York scoring three touchdowns on their way to their first win, as the defensive side of the ball has really stepped up to the plate.
This should not be a surprise as Robert Saleh, the rookie head coach, is a defensive specialist, however, despite a majority of rookie and sophomore secondary and linebacker units, there cannot be enough praise sent in the direction of the defensive line, C.J. Mosley and the linebackers, and the young cornerbacks.
The small advantages that the Jets are able to create due to veterans such as Mosley changing plays at the line of scrimmage, Sheldon Rankins imposing his will on the defensive line, and the general manager finding treasure on the waiver wire in the likes of Quincy Williams allows New York to live up to the "All Gas, No Brakes" moniker.
Beyond the obvious positive plays on the field… there is a breath of fresh air around One Jets Drive as Saleh has been able to deliver in just a short time on the prospect of trusting the homegrown young cornerbacks, and not bringing in a veteran, which would have sacrificed game reps and salary cap, without not much on-field production.
From Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry, Brandin Echols, and even Isaiah Dunn, who went from being picked on in the Giants preseason game to making incredible plays in crunch time on third-down in the fourth quarter against the Titans to put the Jets in a position to win their first game of the season.