Following a blowout loss to the Oakland Raiders the New York Jets’ critics and skeptics were out in full force ripping every facet of the organization. The general manager was lost in space and the head coach was clueless. The team lacked talent and success was eons away.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and the voices and tunes have drastically changed as Gang Green has won two games in a row. The team is playing with passion and discipline, and following well prepared game plans that were put in place by the coaching staff. The Jets have become a team that is fun to watch and very easy to root for.
So now the million dollar question is: what generated this abrupt change for the Green and White?
The answer to this question is quite simple: unity.
If you watched the New York Jets throughout training camp and the preseason you could tell that this was a close knit group. The locker room turmoil is gone. The locker room drama is gone. The egos and diva like personalities are gone. This is truly a “one team, one goal” sort of environment that was lost in recent years.
This sentiment was reinforced in the locker room following the disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders. Every Jets player to a man talked about unity, playing for each other, and believing in one another. Whether it was a veteran like Demario Davis or Mo Wilkerson or a rookie like Jamal Adams, each player talked about working hard as a team and fighting to reach their goals. These players have blocked out the noise and believe in their direction.
Now, it will not always be pretty for the Jets as the schedule becomes a bit more difficult, but it is impossible to ignore the progress that the team has made on and off the field. This is a credit to both the players and the Jets staff. A united team will pay huge dividends in both the short and long term for this organization.
When was the last time that you saw a Jets team play with this much passion and energy on defense? It is impossible to not get fired up watching this group fly around with so much enthusiasm.
Hats off to Kony Ealy for playing one of the best games of his career while dealing with the loss of a family member. Tremendous amount of resiliency and heart displayed by Mr. Ealy.
Will be interesting to see how the Jets handle Matt Forte as the 1-2 punch of Powell and McGuire can fuel the offense to new levels.
The term “franchise player” is often tossed around but ….. damn Jamal Adams is one hell of player.