The first reason I point to this season as a success is the development of some of the younger players on the team. Bilal Powell, Brian Winters, Quincy Enunwa, Lorenzo Mauldin, Leonard Williams, Calvin Pryor, and Marcus Williams, have all greatly improved over the course of the season. All of these have now become building blocks for the future. This team now has a core of young players that they can rely on. After last season many were quick to label Calvin Pryor a draft bust, but now he is considered one of the better strong safeties in the NFL. The development of some of the players shows that this is a coaching staff that can be trusted. While the young players have developed, this coaching staff has gotten the most of its veterans. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are both having amazing seasons in Chan Gailey's offense. James Carpenter has been the rock of the offensive line. Muhammad Wilkerson is having a career year.
Another reason I view this season as a success is the quarterback situation. After Geno Smith broke his jaw and Fitzpatrick became the starter, nobody knew what to expect. Fitzpatrick has shined, with 25 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and has the Jets at 8-5. He has been a leader on and off the field, and has been very clutch. The Jets should now view him as a guy they could sign for a couple of years to be their quarterback while a guy like Bryce Petty develops. For the first time in a long time, the Jets have some stability at quarterback.
The playoffs would be awesome, but the Jets have already doubled their win total from last season and should go even further then that. This team has a foundation they can build around, and a coach and GM that can be trusted to lead. The future is bright for the Jets.