The NY Jets are expected to be better this season. At least better than the 2-14 disaster of a team that they trotted out a year ago.
But most projections have the team finishing somewhere between five and seven wins. After all, despite the many improvements made, this is a roster that was among the worst in football in 2020.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
But one analyst believes the Jets could turn everything around in just one short year. NFL analyst and former wide receiver Nate Burleson said on Good Morning Football on Tuesday that he believes the Jets can win double-digit games.
Not only that that. But that the expectation for them should be 10 wins.
Can the NY Jets really win 10 games in 2021?
Burleson's rationale was simple. He believes in Joe Douglas, and more importantly, he believes in Robert Saleh.
He likened Saleh and the Jets to Brian Flores and the Miami Dolphins explaining that the Jets could model what their division rivals did and go from one of the worst teams in football to a competitive club in the span of just one season.
"I want more than just competing, I want these guys to have double-digit wins. Why are we saying just be competitive? Like the Jets are the NFL version of Rudy embodied in a football team. No! I don’t want them to take the field and just hope that they play okay. I feel like they have to put their expectations a lot higher than just being competitive. I say 10 wins is the expectation for Robert Saleh’s Jets in 2021."- Nate Burleson
Burleson makes a strong case in favor of the Jets. This is a team that added multiple key pieces in the offseason both through free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.
And it's far from unprecedented to see a new coach have success in his first year. Todd Bowles did so with the Jets. Even Adam Gase went a surprising 7-9 in his first season, although that final record might be a little misleading.
The Jets can win 10 games in 2021. But is it likely? Probably not. And it certainly shouldn't be the expectation.
But what's wrong with setting high goals? This is a team that has resided in the NFL's basement for far too long — it's OK to set high expectations.
Provided you're prepared for disappointment if they ultimately don't reach the heights you hoped they would.
The Jets remain a work in progress, but there is a path to 10 wins if they play their cards right. Crazier things have happened in the NFL world.