Even the most hardcore New York Jets‘ fans didn’t have this team doing a dang thing in 2013. This is a team that nearly everyone predicted would finish last in the AFC East. But through five games, they’ve proved all the doubters wrong. It hasn’t been pretty and they’re certainly not a top-tier team, but the Jets have a winning record.
The biggest reason why the Jets have turned things around is because they finally got rid of Mark Sanchez. It looked like Rex Ryan was going to name him the starter once again in 2013, but a freak shoulder injury may have saved the coach’s job. You cannot convince me that New York would even be close to this good with the Sanchize behind center. Geno Smith‘s competence has made all the difference
The rookie QB has looked very green at times this season, but he seemed to take a big step this past Monday night. Smith led the Jets on a game-winning drive and tossed three touchdowns without turning the ball over. He wasn’t Peyton Manning-good, but he was pretty darn good. So it’s with the team’s big win on MNF that people are starting to jump back on the J-E-T-S bandwagon. That’s great, but it’s still way too early to call this team a legitimate playoff contender.
New York has a very tough stretch upcoming in the next month. It starts this weekend with a winnable home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but you know Ben Roethlisberger and company are hungry. Then in week seven the Jets have a date with the New England Patriots. That game will be followed by two more tough matchups with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints.
Those four games will lead the Jets to their bye week and it’s at that time when we’ll have a true idea of how good this 2013 squad really is. Still, to this point you have to tip your cap to Ryan and his players for proving nearly everyone wrong.