If there’s one NFL team that would provide ideal fodder for a reality TV series or a soap opera, it’s the New York Jets. The more things change with the Jets, the more they seem to stay the same. Even when things look to be going well for this team, it seems there’s always a controversy bubbling just below the surface of all that goodness and light. The Jets went 10-6 during the 2015 NFL season but missed the playoffs when they dropped the final game of the season to the Buffalo Bills.
It was a season that started in duress when quarterback Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw in a scuffle with a teammate. But journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench to turn in a career year and save the season. But as the Jets reported for organized team activities in June, Fitzpatrick was a contract holdout and the team’s future under center was much like the history of this franchise – muddled and uncertain.
It all came down to the season finale for the New York Jets in 2015. A win at Buffalo against the Bills and their old coach Rex Ryan would have put the Jets into the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
As if often the case with the Jets, when prosperity is within their reach, they find a way to let it escape their clutches and this was no different. A 22-17 loss cost them a postseason berth and spoiled what was an otherwise impressive first season under new coach Todd Bowles.
So what should we expect from the Jets in 2016? The same thing we should expect from the Jets every season – the unexpected.
Only seven NFL teams have played in a solitary Super Bowl. Of those seven, just three have won their lone shot at the Super Bowl – the New Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.
Of those victories, without a doubt, the win by the Jets was the most significant. It still can be called perhaps the most significant Super Bowl win in the history of the big game.
When the Jets arrived in Miami for Super Bowl III, they were 18-point underdogs to the mighty 15-1 NFL champion Baltimore Colts. The two previous AFL Super Bowl representatives – the Kansas City Chiefs (35-10) and Oakland Raiders (33-14) had both been whipped by the Green Bay Packers.
Brash Jets quarterback Joe Namath boldly guaranteed a victory and then delivered on his vow in a 16-7 stunner. It wasn’t a spectacularly-played game but it was a spectacular moment for the NFL, making the AFL legitimate and making the 1970 AFL-NFL merger more palatable to old-school NFL fans who’d previously looked at the AFL as an inferior product.
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New York Jets Regular Season Schedule
Here is the New York Jets regular season schedule and following a 10-6 season that didn’t result in a postseason appearance, the reward for the Jets is the rugged slate that the NFL’s balanced schedule tends to offer teams that win double digit games the previous season.
What Are The New York Jets Standings
These are the current New York Jets standings in the AFC East and to say the Jets are an intriguing bunch is an understatement of the highest order.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
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In 2015, the 10-6 Jets were the only NFL team to post a winning record and not qualify for the playoffs. If you’re looking for the reason behind the downfall of the Jets, look not further than their six defeats, four of which came against teams that did not finish with winning seasons.
The Jets, who haven’t won an AFC East title since 2002, will have their work cut out for them to match their 2015 campaign, so the playoffs could again prove to be a pipe dream.1
Seven of the Jets’ 2016 opponents qualified for the NFL playoffs in 2015 and four of them posted records of 12-4 or better. Overall, the Jets’ 16 opponents have a combined 136-120 record for a .531 winning percentage.
In other words, it could be a long year for Jets, and certainly it will prove a difficult year to match last season’s win total.
If you were seeking a theme song to describe the Jets since their victory in Super Bowl III, it could be long time coming. If you wanted to pen a melody about the occasions the Jets have nearly made it back to the promised land, close but no cigar would be the best fit.
After their 1969 Super Bowl triumph, the Jets qualified for the playoffs just once in the next 12 years. They didn’t win a postseason game again until 1982, rolling all the way to the AFC Championship Game that season before falling 14-0 to the Miami Dolphins.
It was the beginning of a trend for the Jets. On the rare times when they reached the precipice of a return to the Super Bowl, they’ve always come up short. They’d wait until 2009 for a return trip to the AFC Championship Game but were felled 30-17 by the Indianapolis Colts, curiously the same franchise the Jets defeated for the only Super Bowl triumph.
They made it right back to the AFC Championship Game in 2010, but it wasn’t a case of third-time lucky. The Jets lost 24-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There’s a common belief among football people that the Jets might be one player away from a championship contender but that missing link unfortunately is at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick saved the day for them in 2015 but going forward, do the Jets really want to invest a pile of cash in a 33-year-old journeyman playing for his sixth NFL team?
Equally uncertain is whether they want to place their future in the hands of the unpredicatable Geno Smith. But with several skill players on the wrong side of 30, they probably can’t want for 2016 second round draft pick Christian Hackenberg from Penn State to develop.