The offseason is an ideal time to set expectations for the upcoming season.
Everyone seems to be undefeated at 0-0 and followers are plotting how their crew could make it to the playoffs.
Talking of the postseason, that’s someplace the New York Jets haven’t sniffed because the 2010 marketing campaign. After a decade of mediocrity, what ought to the expectations be for a crew with a first-year head coach, a rookie quarterback, and a ton of youth?
One analyst believes the bar needs to be set at a “double-digit win season.” Say what now?
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The place the Heck Did That Even Come From?
Former NFL wideout and present co-host of Good Morning Soccer on the NFL Community, Nate Burleson despatched Jets followers right into a tizzy after his scorching scorching take.
When requested what ought to the expectations be for the inexperienced and white in 2021, the gifted analyst didn’t maintain again:
“I need extra than simply competing, I need these guys to have double-digit wins. Why are we saying simply be aggressive? Just like the Jets are the NFL model of Rudy embodied in a soccer crew. No! I don’t need them to take the sphere and simply hope that they play okay. I really feel like they must put their expectations so much greater than simply being aggressive. I say 10 wins is the expectation for Robert Saleh’s Jets in 2021.”
Burleson in contrast the 2021 Jets to the 2020 Miami Dolphins as the primary crux of his argument:
- Going from 5 wins in 2019 to 10 wins in 2020.
- Brian Flores (defensive-minded head coach) vs Saleh (similar philosophy)
- Bringing in free brokers to enhance the roster in the course of the offseason.
- Tua Tagovailoa (top-five choose within the 2020 NFL draft) vs Zach Wilson (top-two choose within the 2021 NFL draft).
A Key Distinction Price Pointing Out
Now Burleson didn’t “predict” that can occur for the Jets in 2021, however he stated that needs to be the expectations for the crew. So what’s the distinction?
A prediction is saying it is going to occur and placing your identify behind it. Setting an expectation is having a robust perception that one thing will occur.
Why ought to the Jets set the bar low and simply hope for the most effective? If that occurs positive, however expectations are supposed to dream the unattainable dream. Whereas exterior the locker room, analysts might have their doubts in regards to the inexperienced and white, that doesn’t imply contained in the locker room those self same ideas ought to permeate.
Inside that locker room coach Saleh is attempting to construct a successful tradition and a part of that’s getting the crew to buy-in. You possibly can wager he isn’t spitting that “Rudy” narrative within the locker room of a feel-good story, they’re attempting to win soccer video games and finish the NFL’s longest lively playoff drought.
The Jets have an unusual track record of success with head coaches of their first 12 months with the group.
Todd Bowles received 10 video games in 2015, Rex Ryan received 9 however went to the AFC Championship sport, Eric Mangini received 10 video games in 2006, and Herm Edwards additionally received 10 video games in 2001. What was the commonality in all these conditions? Completely no thought and that shouldn’t have any bearing on what transpires with Saleh in 2021, nevertheless it’s a captivating nugget nonetheless.
For a double-digit win season to occur for the Jets, they’ll want a number of issues to fall into place:
- Accelerated growth of rookie passer Zach Wilson.
- Erosion of the AFC East:
- Tagovailoa doesn’t take the following step.
- Cam Newton’s finest days are behind him.
- Buffalo Payments wrestle with an encore efficiency in 2021.
- The Jets cross rush proves potent and forces opposing quarterbacks to eliminate the ball shortly.
- CJ Mosley is the very same participant pre-injuries and COVID opt-out or very near that stage of participant.
If all or any of these items occur, it’s so much simpler to see a practical path to a double-digit win season and sure a playoff berth for the primary time in a decade.