Chemistry is one of the many things that are important on a team but difficult to see with the naked eye. Last season around this time in the preseason, the New York Jets‘ locker room was in a bit of turmoil amidst the QB controversy between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. Luckily for the Jets, this season the roster seems a lot closer than it did last year, which may help them reach their full potential as a team.
Last season the split in the locker room was easy to see; some players were loyal to Sanchez, and some were looking towards the future with Smith at the helm. The injury to Sanchez in Week 3 of the preseason did give the job to Smith, but training camp bonding was lost due QB battle. This preseason, the Jets have no problem chemistry-wise between Smith and Michael Vick. Vick has been nothing but supportive for Smith. He has the respect of the locker room, and he has said himself that Smith is the starter.
Management has also done a very good job this offseason in making sure that this team has good chemistry guys in the locker room, and some of that was letting players go. Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie both were not the greatest guys to have in the locker room, and by letting both of them walk it will help the Jets off the field. Bringing in guys like Vick, Chris Johnson and Eric Decker seems to have had a very positive impact on the team. With Decker has the No. 1 option in the receiving corps, that group will be a thousand times closer than when Holmes was the go-to guy.
For the first time in three seasons, New York has a great rapport in the locker room compared to last season and the Tim Tebow disaster in 2012. A closer Jets unit off the field can only help this team on the field toward ultimately reaching their goal of making the playoffs after missing them the past three seasons.