The 2015 season has been a roller coaster ride for the New York Jets as the team started out with a record of 4-1, only to lose 3 of their last 4 games leaving the organization with several questions as they take on the Houston Texans in week 11. There have been a litany of excuses and reasons provided for the Jets inconsistent play ranging from the learning curve for a first time head coach to the notion that the football gods dislike Gang Green. The fact of the matter is that the Jets are what their record says they are: a team one game above .500 which is good enough to be in contention for a playoff spot.
Enough with the excuses
At this point in the season it is put up or shut up time in the National Football League. Every team in the league is dealing with injuries and personnel issues. Every team has positions of strength and holes on their roster. This is the time of year where leadership and determination prevails over the weak and selfish. A team that is united and prepared can overcome the grind and rigors of the excruciating NFL season.
The New York Jets have what it takes to put together an exciting run at a postseason berth. The team has a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick that everyone believes in and is willing to fight for. There are playmakers at the wide receiver and running back positions which should be able to consistently keep opposing defenses off balance. On the defensive side of the ball, Gang Green has some of the best players in the league including Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson. Throw in some young emerging players like Leonard Williams, Calvin Pryor, and Lorenzo Mauldin and it is quite evident that talent is not an issue for the Green and White.
All about consistency
The key for the Jets as they move forward is consistency. The team has to play well for all four quarters of the game, not 10 minute intervals. Ryan Fitzpatrick has to continue to make sound decisions with the football while Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have to eliminate their untimely drops. Chris Ivory has to hold on to the football while the offensive line has to gel as they overcome weekly injuries. The defense as a unit has to become more consistent with their tackling and effort. The special teams units have to improve to at least a level of mediocrity. Lastly, the coaching staff has to remain consistent with their aggressive approach and demands for accountability. At this point in the season a lack of effort and repeated mistakes cannot be tolerated nor accepted.
The Jets as an organization have the pieces in place to make a playoff run and there is really no excuse not to. It all starts this weekend against a pedestrian Houston Texans team that is coming off of an emotional victory on Monday night. The Texans have a questionable quarterback situation along with a defense that struggles to stop the run. This is a perfect combination to get the New York Jets back on track….no excuses.