If you’re a New York Jets fan, you couldn’t be more thrilled right now, or at least you should.
The Jets currently sit at 5-4, second in the AFC East and very much so in the wild card picture, completely exceeding all expectations for this year. That’s the first thing fans should be excited about.
The second is the revival of the big mean green defensive machine. The Jets’ defense currently sits among the top defenses among the NFL. Quite simply, it’s a force to be reckoned with. With the emergence of Muhammed Wilkerson being one of the best defensive lineman in the league as well as Sheldon Richardson in the hunt for AFC rookie of the year, there is so doubt that this defense will be good and for a long time.
Third is the overall performance of the team without prized offensive weapons. This is a huge credit to Rex Ryan and his coaching staff. Not to knock anyone, but the Jets really do not have a premier skill position player at all. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has held his own, Chris Ivory has emerged to be a solid running back, and the receiving core as managed to put up some respectable performances.
This is unreal to think about when you think back to the beginning of the season when expectations for this Jets team were that they would be the worst team in the NFL.
Finally, and maybe the most intriguing, fans should be excited for the future. Between a great defense and a solid offensive line, this team will always be in the hunt for the playoff picture. But whats even better is that they will actually have money to spend in free agency next year, which will give new GM John Idzik a chance to revamp and improve this organization dramatically.
Think back to the last time the Jets made big splashes in free agency — they reached back-to-back AFC Championships. Just think of the possibilities.