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NY Jets 2016 Predictions

As a life-long fan of the New York Jets, I have been conditioned to approach each new NFL season with 10 percent optimism and 90 percent apprehension about the inevitable suffering that will almost definitely come to pass. Year after year of watching optimism turn into horror will do that to a person.  We don’t go into this season like Giants fans, who have had too much success in recent years.

As the 2016 season draws ever closer, those feelings are once again beginning to rear their heads. Sure, Gang Green was 10-6 last season. Sure, they were once again knocking on the door of the playoffs. They were just one win away from a wild-card berth, and once again, the Jets found a way to blow it. Any Jets fan, let alone any football fan can look at the Jets roster in its current state and sense the same impending doom that has plagued them year after year.

Vegas has released their futures odds for the 2016 season.  The Jets are 50/1 to win the Super Bowl.  They are 25/1 to win the AFC.  They only have the third best odds to win the AFC East, and they are projected for eight wins.

As far as the offense goes, it appears that the Jets will once again be stuck with a sub-par quarterback. Even though Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a franchise record 31 touchdowns in 2015, the front office has found a way to insult him by offering him less money than quarterbacks like Brock Osweiler. To show how insulted he is, Fitzpatrick refuses to sign a new deal with New York until they pay him what he feels he deserves.

This means that Geno Smith stands to once again be under center as the Jets starting quarterback. This is the same Geno Smith who has looked more or less like a lost puppy than an NFL caliber starting quarterback in what we’ve seen of him so far. The same Geno Smith who was punched by a teammate in a dispute over $600. As it stands right now, the Jets need to do whatever they can to bring Fitzpatrick back. If they don’t, Jets fans everywhere will be doomed to once again watch Geno run 20 yards in the wrong direction on 3rd and 5.

On a more optimistic note, the recent free agent signing of prolific running back Matt Forte could help to offset the sub-par quarterback play of Geno Smith. The Jets also traded for offensive tackle Ryan Clady, who should help their running game exponentially.

If Forte can stay healthy (injury problems have plagued him lately,) the 10 percent optimism I normally feel could increase to 20 percent. Forte has grown older, but in his prime he was one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the NFL. Even if Forte can bring a fraction of that magic with him to New York, that would be more than a start.

As far as the defense is concerned, everyone will have to wait and see how first round pick Darron Lee will perform in the pros. The outside linebacker from Ohio State University was one of the fastest players available in the draft, and he shoud provide a nice complement to longtime Jets linebacker David Harris.

In the secondary, Darelle Revis will return for another season. While he’s not the All Pro corner he once was, Revis is still one of the better defensive players in the league. With Sheldon Richardson and Mohammed Wilkerson on the defensive line pressuring quarterbacks, Revis should be able to use his high football IQ to make life miserable for his opponents.

While the Jets quarterback dilemma still leaves me with that unshakable feeling of foreboding, I can’t help but feel like the Jets once again have a shot at the playoffs this year. The Jets don’t appear to be the best team in the league by any stretch, but they also definitely aren’t the worst.

Best New York Jets Teams of All-Time

The New York Jets are a franchise with a long and storied history. While most seasons inevitably end in heartbreak for the Jets and their fans, some Jets teams have taken us on unforgettable rides that Jets fans will remember fondly for the rest of their lives. Can this year’s team make the list?  Probably not but who knows.  Here are the best New York Jets teams of all time.

2009

This team defined everything about what it means to play Jets football. From the smash-mouth, run it down your throat rushing attack to the hard hitting, stifling defense, the 2009 Jets were an absolute blast to watch. The rise of Darelle Revis as the game’s premier cornerback began with this team. Revis consistently rendered every opponent’s number one receiver irrelevant. The tandem power running of Thomas Jones and Shonn Green wore down opposing defenses. Unfortunately for this squad, inconsistent play from rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez would lead to a loss at the hands of the Colts in the AFC Championship game.

2010

Much of the 2009 team remained intact for the 2010 season. They key roster change came in the form of replacing Thomas Jones with one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game, LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson shared the load with Shonn Green as they combined for over 1,600 rushing yards on the season. Despite Darelle Revis being injured for much of the season, other Jets defenders like linebacker corps David Harris and Bart Scott shut down opposing teams week after week. After winning a thrilling divisional playoff game against rival New England, the Jets went on to lose a heartbreaking AFC Championship game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1998

This Jets team holds a place in my heart as my personal favorite. This team had Curtis Martin, the best player to ever suit up for Gang Green in my opinion. It had Keyshawn Johnson, one of the most explosive receivers in the league at the time. Working in tandem with wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, the two managed to amass over 2,200 yards receiving combined. This was the result of veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde’s calm, composed play. The 1998 Jets would eventually lose the AFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

1968

You may have noticed something in common with the last three Jets teams on the list. If you did, you noticed that each of those teams lost in the AFC Championship Game. Each team fell just one game short of the Super Bowl, and that is what separates the 1968 New York Jets from every other team before or after. This team was the only Jets team to not only make the Super Bowl but win it. We are still well behind the Giants.  Led by hall of fame quarterback Joe Namath, the 1968 Jets would go on to defeat the Baltimore Colts 16-7 to win the only Super Bowl in Jets franchise history.