Are The New York Jets Hurting Themselves By Winning?
The New York Jets were supposed to be the worst team in the NFL this season. Yes, that is correct, worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Rex Ryan has found a way to rally the troops, and amazingly the Jets are somehow still in the playoff picture — albeit with a very low pulse. The real question is are the Jets hurting themselves by winning?
We all know what happened during the offseason. John Idzik was hired to gut the Jets and rebuild through the draft, and they ended up taking Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. A huge controversy would then arise. Ryan needed to win now in order to save his job and would have most likely started Mark Sanchez if the quarterback didn’t suffer a season-ending shoulder injury. Idzik and the front office pushed for Smith to be the starter. Smith has been below average all season long and has been pulled from two games.
The Jets are a team that has a lot of needs. They are thin at the safety position and have virtually no weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Smith has three more games to show if he is the quarterback of the future, but if the first 13 games are any indication he is not.
Let’s face it; it would take a miracle for the Jets to make the playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins are the two teams that sit ahead of the Jets in the standings, and both of those teams own tiebreakers over the Jets since they both put a beat-down on them.
The Jets weren’t supposed to win more than three or four games this season. It was a nice feel good story for the beginning of the year, but now they are just hurting themselves. In no way am I saying that the Jets should’ve tanked, but it is just the way the cookie crumbled this year. They will miss out on Teddy Bridewater in the draft and should be looking to take a receiver instead and maybe take another quarterback in the second round.
The Jets proved that the experts can’t take into account the heart of a football team, but the Jets are putting themselves in a position to lose out on one of their needs in the upcoming draft.