I have been passionately following the Jets since 1983.
I can actually recall as a 7 yr old watching a few games on TV of the Jets playing at Shea Stadium – the final year they played there before moving to New Jersey. In those 34 years of being a fan I have seen them in 3 AFC Championship games. 1998, 2009 and 2010 – all Jets losses. Never have I seen this team in a Super Bowl, let alone win one. It’s been a long painful ride for us Gang Green faithful.
Almost 50 years have passed since Joe Namath led the Jets to the promised land at Super Bowl III in January of 1969, their only championship in franchise history. The cross town rival Giants on the other hand have won 4 since 1986 and the divisional rival Patriots have won 5 championships since 2001 alone.
The team has had its share of great players and teams since last lifting the Lombardi trophy all those years ago at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The early 80’s teams with the New York Sack Exchange of Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam were good enough to win it all, but was stopped dead in its tracks in the mud of Miami in the 1982 Championship game.
The 1986 Jets started 10-1 but lost in the divisional round to Cleveland. The late 90’s Parcells led teams had a world of talent, but made it to only 1 championship game – a loss in 1998.
And then there were Rex Ryan led teams of 2009 and 2010. All world on defense, but the offense was nothing to write home about. Both of those teams came up 1 game short of reaching the Super Bowl.
This brings us to the current sad sack state of the New York Jets.
Rich Kotite, Daily News
After seeing Rich Kotite lead the ’95 and ’96 Jets to records of 3-13 and 1-15, I thought the days of bad football were behind us – but the 2017 team looks like it may be one of the worst ever.
GM Mike McCagen has gutted the team of anything resembling professional football players, making them devoid of any real talent. Brandon Marshall, Erik Decker, Darrelle Revis, David Harris and Ryan Fitzpatrick have all been cut or traded.
They are entering the season with 37 year old journeyman Josh McCown as their starting Quarterback, along with 2nd year QBs Christian Hackenberg & Bryce Petty – neither of which re exactly John Elway in waiting.
The defense has some life, and 1st round draft choice Cornerback Jamal Adams should be a real boost, but that can’t make up for the decrepit lack of an offense the team possess.
Then there’s Coach Todd Bowles. Heck of a nice guy, but overmatched as an NFL Head Coach. Poor time management and even worse player management. Remember the locker room fighting last year that he somehow didn’t even know about? This proves he has no control over the Jets.
To sum up the 2017 New York Jets you only need to ask yourself one question: where are the wins coming from? I see 2 or 3 at best this season, and though it pains me to say it, I am actually hoping for losses. If you’re going be substandard, you might as well be really inferior and gain a #1 or #2 overall pick in the draft.
It’s going to be a long year in Jetsville, longer than most I foresee. It’s demoralizing when your team’s season is over before it begins, but that’s how this feels to me.
But believe me, I hope I’m wrong.