It’s been three long years since the New York Jets have been in the playoffs. This is the same team that enjoyed much success what seems like an eternity ago back in 2009 and 2010 when they enjoyed back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game. This is the exact team that had one of the top defenses in the NFL as well as one of the most potent running attacks you could ever ask for in the past. So why haven’t the Jets enjoyed similar success the past three years?
Inconsistency on offense.
Every offseason after each disappointing season, the Jets never really made much of a quality effort to upgrade the talent in regards to wide receivers, running backs and offensive linemen. After all, you need to have the best of the best if you expect to keep up with teams like the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks just to name a few. If you don’t have the offensive talent level like the aforementioned teams do, you will always put yourself into a situation on the outside looking in.
During the time where they led the league in many categories back when they were playoff contenders, the Jets decided to stray away from the formula that works — running the football. Why they decided to go into a more aerial kind of offense leaves many in a state of confusion since they were built to run like there is no tomorrow. At the time, the Jets didn’t have the athletes needed to have a system that’s effective in throwing the football which is why it wasn’t successful. Three years have passed, and the Jets are finally committed to going back to going back to their ground-and-pound roots.
This offseason, however, is drastically different from years past. The Jets bolstered the offense incredibly by acquiring top talent and having what many consider to be a very strong draft class. The Jets added some nice depth to the running back group and upgraded the offensive targets by acquiring veterans. Throw in a nice infusion of youth and speed from the rookies who are anxious to contribute and you have a nice mix that could potentially be a very effective winning formula.
All in all, there is plenty of hope and optimism that the Jets will be back into playoff contention. On paper the Jets look like they will be competing in the AFC East with the cream of the crop in the Patriots. While it remains to be seen if they can keep up with them, if they can execute and perform well offensively with all the new talent, they have a shot at something big this season. This could be the season of destiny if all the pieces fall into the right place.