The New York Jets haven’t had much luck for more than a decade.
From 2011 to 2021, they’ve only had one winning season and two 8-8 finishes, which are neither bad nor good.
It’s a steep fall from grace when compared to the 2009 and 2010 seasons wherein they reached the AFC Championship Game under head coach Rex Ryan.
Even Ryan couldn’t replicate that success which eventually led to his firing in 2014.
Since then, Todd Bowles and Adams Gase tried to turn the Jets into a competitive squad but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the verdict is still out on Robert Saleh but his 4-13 finish doesn’t look good.
However, linebacker C.J. Mosley thinks that the 2022 Jets can break their postseason drought.
Jets are 27-70 over the last six seasons combined 😬 pic.twitter.com/dW8iClDmLh
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 26, 2022
Mosley said, “I’m really expecting playoffs or bust. I think it’s something that’s a realistic goal.”
This statement is on the same level as Chase Claypool‘s declaration of being a top-three receiver.
While you can’t help but admire the positivity of both players, the harsh reality might only lead to more frustration.
For the Jets, it’s hard to see them becoming competitive even in their own division.
The New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills made last season’s playoffs, while the Miami Dolphins made massive upgrades to their roster, especially on defense.
Therefore, it would be difficult for the Jets to have winning record in the AFC East alone.
Bright Things To Come For The Jets
Realistically, it’s hard to see the Jets being a playoff team in a highly-competitive AFC.
However, the 2022 NFL Draft may be the start for them to turn things around.
They are banking on Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, and Jermaine Johnson II to live up to lofty expectations.
If they do, the Jets will have a core that could bring them back to football relevance.
But until then, this young group of talented athletes will experience more growing pains.