- Super Bowl Championships: 1
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 3
- Claim to Fame: The Jets were the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl, spurred by Joe Namath’s guarantee
- Claim to Shame: Mark Sanchez has arguably been the team’s most successful quarterback since joining the NFL in 1970
The New York Jets were once the talk of the NFL. Now they’re trying to make the long climb back to the top.
After back-to-back AFC Championship games under Rex Ryan, the Jets have gone seven years without a playoff appearance. In fact, they’ve only had one winning season since then, and they’re coming off of back-to-back 5-11 seasons.
Todd Bowles is back as head coach of the Jets in 2018. He engineered a 10-6 season in 2015, but the arrow is since pointing downwards.
The former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator saw his team give up 23.9 points per game last year (tied for 22nd) while putting up just 18.6 (24th).
The offense at least had a few bright spots in 2017 with Josh McCown (94.5 passer rating), Bilal Powell (4.3 YPC), Robby Anderson (941 yards, seven TDs), and Jermaine Kearse (810 yards, three TDs) all performing well with the opportunities provided.
Defensively, Darron Lee evolved into a play-making linebacker, logging 94 tackles and three sacks for a defense that helped the Jets offer sneaky value at 8-6-2 against the spread.
The Jets lost leading tackler Demario Davis and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to free agency, and also released former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
They were, however, able to keep Mo Claiborne on a one-year deal, while bringing in Thomas Rawls and Terrelle Pryor on prove-it deals. Quincy Enunwa should also return from a bulging disc in his neck he suffered in training camp last year.
New York made their biggest impact at the draft, though. They took Sam Darnold sixth overall, in hopes that he can evolve into the franchise QB this team has been anxiously awaiting. They plugged holes at tight end and along the defensive line with their other picks, with the hope being the long-term plan pays off.
The Jets don’t have big expectations in 2018, but if the roster shows steady progression, it should make the fanbase happy and buy Bowles more time on the sideline.