The same old Jets. The team that does everything wrong when they need to do the smallest thing right. The team that throws an interception in the red-zone when all they needed was a field goal to take the lead. The team that blows leads like its their job. The team that can't find a starting QB through any means! All of these things characterize the "same old Jets." But this season, believe it or not, the Jets don't have seem to have that undying "same old Jets" vibe surrounding the team.
This offseason the Jets brought in a new GM, hired several new coaches including head coach Todd Bowles and spent a large portion of the money that ex-GM John Idzik saved up for the team. As a result, the Jets defense looks like it could be one of the best units in the league. If the stats on paper can translate to on field success, the Jets may not have to score much this year in order to win. In 2009 the Jets won in this exact fashion. The team allowed only 14.8 points per game, while the offense averaged 21.8. This gave the Jets a legitimate chance to win on most Sundays. The hope is that the Jets can hold opponents under 20 points on a weekly basis and that maybe, just maybe, whoever is under center will be competent enough to score just enough. Not too much, just enough.
It is hard to have confidence in the Jets this year for many reasons, a rookie head coach being one of them. But the Jets should know, this is no average rookie. Bowles worked under Bruce Arians in Arizona over the last few seasons. Arians is a prime example of a coach who transitioned easily from being a coordinator to a head coach and it is very possible that Bowles learned quite a bit from him. If Bowles can adjust before the midpoint of the season, and keep the Jets just over .500 until then, we might very well see a competitive finish by the team.
Many things have to go right for the Jets to make the playoffs this season, and right now, everyone is down on them. But the Jets showed us one key thing under Rex Ryan: they will always be competitive. The Jets always play up or down to their competition and seldom get blown out of the water or vice versa. Remember in week two last year when the Jets marched into Green Bay and stormed ahead? Well they ended up losing, but I don't think anybody expected a close competition. And if the Jets, like the New York Mets have this season, can shed their age-old label then there is no telling what might happen. But don't expect too much from this team. They might surprise you, but you might as well expect failure. Because without failure, they wouldn't be the "same old Jets." But if they don't fail, this team has the potential to the best Jets team of the last decade.
Predictions: vs Browns (W), at Colts (L), vs Eagles (L), at Dolphins (W), vs Redskins (W), at Patriots (L), at Raiders (W), vs Jaguars (W), vs Bills (L), at Texans (W), vs Dolphins (L), at Giants (W), vs Titans (W), at Cowboys (L), vs Patriots (W), at Bills (W)