Another week, another very disappointing loss for the New York Jets. The Jets seem to be finding new ways to blow leads and lose games and now sit at a record of 3-5. You can make a very good argument that Gang Green should be 5-3 right now, but could haves and should haves never add up to much in the National Football League.
The most surprising aspect of the Jets 3-5 record is the fan reaction following each game. Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons brought out social media complaint sessions from fans demanding front office changes and roster maneuvering. It’s almost like some bought into the Jets being able to compete for a playoff spot, forgetting the rebuilding process that is being endured. I guess winning 3 games in a row overshadowed what the team is trying to accomplish and the challenges that the organization is facing?
Heading into this season fans “claimed” that they would be satisfied with a young team that competes every week while learning and improving. Fans stated that they wanted to see the team well coached with game plans that made sense. Well, don’t look now but that is exactly what you are getting.
It’s time to face some facts: the Jets roster still lacks talent and there is a ways to go with this roster overhaul. The fact that the Jets are competitive every week is a credit to the coaching staff and the drive and chemistry of the locker room. New York is competing with a journeyman quarterback, a mediocre offensive line and next to no pass rush. Not to mention the fact that several young players like Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Darron Lee, Wesley Johnson, Brandon Shell, and Robby Anderson are still trying to learn the NFL ropes on the fly. This is a flawed team thus why the goal for the year was and remains identifying the true building blocks for the future.
Unfortunately for the Jets and their fans losses like the last 3 weeks are part of the rebuilding process, the one that everyone deemed necessary for sustainable success in the future. It will not be pretty, it will bring out anger and frustrations, but you need to see the forest through the trees. How many of these current players will be starting next year? How much different will this team look after $80 million in cap space is used to upgrade the roster?
You asked for a true rebuild and you got it. Now you have to deal with the consequences, which includes losses, plenty of them…as expected prior to the season. Don’t let moments of greatness fool you into overreactions.