The New York Jets enter their bye week flying high with a record of 3-1, with all of the victories over conference opponents. The Jets have displayed signs of improvement on both sides of the football with several members of the team playing at a very high level. Gang Green’s early success has not gone unnoticed as many experts are starting to talk about New York as a team on the rise. While it is premature to consider the Jets a contender, there is an encouraging sign for this team as they prepare for the remainder of the schedule: the organization’s success is not due to one player, it has been a cumulative effort from top to bottom.
The New York Jets’ offense features an explosive running back, two top tiered receivers, a stout offensive line, and a veteran quarterback that is finding ways to consistently produce points. Each aspect of the offense is contributing and feeding off one another to make each other better. Chris Ivory’s running style opens up space in the passing game. The threat of Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall in the passing game keep defenses honest as they try to stop the rushing attack. The experience of Ryan Fitzpatrick allows offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to open up his playbook and aggressively attack opponents. The sum of all of the parts is making the Jets offense effective.
Statistically the New York Jets have one of the best defensive units in the National Football League. As with the offense, the success on defense comes from the entire unit contributing. The Jets defensive front has been doing a solid job of stopping the run forcing opponents to the pass football. Gang Green’s secondary has been doing an excellent job in coverage which has allowed the pass rushers to get after the quarterback. The end result? Dominant defensive football which is generating turnovers and getting off the field on third down.
Todd Bowles and his staff have worked diligently to create a culture of accountability and discipline. Bowles fosters an environment that features hard work and strives to put his players in a position to succeed. The Jets as a team are well coached and prepared, and the game plans routinely attack the opponent’s weaknesses. When faced with adversity (injuries, suspensions) the coaching staff made the necessary adjustments to maximize the talent on the roster. The coaches are working in tandem with the players to find ways to improve on the field.
In order to have success in the NFL the front office must remain on the same page as the coaching staff. The general manager and the head coach must “share a brain” when it comes to personnel decisions and needs. Mike Maccagnan has been doing a good job of providing Todd Bowles with the players he needs to become successful. From the trades for Fitzpatrick and Marshall, to the return of Darrelle Revis, to the unheralded signing of Buster Skrine, Maccagnan has addressed areas of need. More importantly the Jets general manager has continuously worked to improve the back end of the roster which has paid dividends as well (see Dion Bailey).
A team effort
As you can see this New York Jets team is not about one player or one coach. Each facet of the organization is working together to put a winning product on the field. It is all about the team. You work hard and play for one another and let the results fall where they may. It is all about sustainable success as the team moves forward. After four games it appears that the New York Jets are heading in the right direction.