At 5-9, they will enter the final two games of the season as a team that plays with effort, a team that gives it their very best, but a team that is just barely going to hit their over/under number from the start of the season.
Yes, some thought the Jets would be a historically bad team.
The Jets were not historically bad, but a team destined for 5-11 didn’t exactly light the world on fire in 2017.
The season hasn’t been toxic, far from it. In fact, that distinction shockingly belongs to the other team in town, the New York Giants.
The Jets are a together group, seem to like each other, and despite the sour end to the season, it’s a team that hasn’t given up in games.
The fight that has been on display throughout 2017 is a good sign for Jets head coach Todd Bowles.
Unlike a year ago his players have not quit on him, and considering the lack of talent on this roster, I think he has warranted a chance to come back to coach the team in 2018.
That said, when you are 9-20 in your last two seasons, it wouldn’t be a federal crime if the Jets decided to go in a different direction.
I don’t think you can say it’s a given that the Jets have their coach for the foreseeable future.
The jury is out on Bowles and the worst thing the Jets could do in the offseason is reward Bowles with a long-term extension.
Bowles has not earned a long-term extension in any way. The effort of the team being positive should not under any circumstances equate to a three or four-year contract extension.
The Jets should make Bowles come back and show serious progress in 2018 and then maybe I can sing a different tune.
It would be a lot easier for Bowles or any coach of the New York Jets to be the answer if the franchise could solve a riddle that has eluded them for quite some time.
Who can be the quarterback to provide long-term stability at the position?
Josh McCown did a halfway decent job, but he’s 38. He’s a stop-gap, year-to-year guy at best.
Bryce Petty? Christian Hackenberg? Let’s be honest, neither one of these draft picks appears to look the part of an NFL starter, let alone a franchise quarterback.
The Jets can turn to the draft and hope that a first-round pick will provide the answers they’ve been looking for. Or they can turn to free agency and hope that Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith or Tyrod Taylor can come in and provide instant credibility at the position.
The franchise will have an opportunity to answer these questions in the weeks to come.
Until the Jets find answers regarding both their coach and their quarterback, the direction of the franchise will continue to be the same: a road to nowhere.
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JJ’s Week 16 Unlocks
(Season Record: 38-36-1)
• New Orleans -5.5
• Philadelphia -9
• Dallas -4.5
• Tennessee +6.5
• NY Jets +7