Every year, when training camp arrives and the NFL season is about to start, every single football fan is excited and hopeful, even the ones who support teams that are not used to winning lately. Somehow the beggining of a season always has this effect on fans. Especially when something changes, like a new quarterback. And it’s not different with the Jets, we got ourselves a 21-year-old QB in the first round that brought even more hope to this fanbase. The thing is… he’s not going to take this team to the playoffs in 2018, so what else should we expect from the Jets this year?
When I was watching the Jets-Dolphins game, I felt bad for the defense. Jamal Adams said after the game that he is sick and tired of losing. Leonard Williams said it’s disappointing as a defensive unit to hold the opposing offense to 6 points and still lose the game. This is a good, young defense that always gives the team the chance to win games. The offense, on the other hand, has too many holes, which makes it very hard to score. The same thing happened two weeks ago, against the Vikings. Lack of reliable receivers, terrible O-line play (including bad snaps from Spencer Long), stalled running game AND a rookie QB. It’s a recipe for disaster. Or is it?
Right now, yes. It’s terrible. But looking ahead, the situation looks good. Darnold is going to be better next year, as long as he keeps playing and learning from his mistakes. The Jets will have A LOT of cap space next year and hopefully a good QB on a rookie contract. Free agency, draft… all of that. We’re going to have all the opportunities to build this offense, just like the Rams, Eagles and Bears did. So this season is about the future. Developing the rookies. Chris Herndon is quickly becoming a really good weapon for Sam, Nathan Shepherd is doing good things against the run… the young defense is ready to compete in the playoffs. The future looks bright.
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