This NFL season is going to be a strange one. From many stadiums being empty for part or all of the season, to the expanded practice squads, to the unknown with COVID-19, but one thing hasn’t changed: low expectations for the New York Jets.
This is the time of the year where many pundits enter the cave and come out with predictions. It’s time for the ones for the New York Jets. However, these aren’t your garden-variety predictions. It’s time to get bold.
3. One step back, and two giant steps forward
The defense will take a step back in 2020, and it’s not just due to talent. The schedule poses a daunting task, and in fact, unlike last season, the defense will be the reason the Jets lose some games as opposed to being able to keep the team afloat.
The two steps forward will be on offense. Sam Darnold will start to emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL carrying the Jets and raising the game of the team around him. He will become the true franchise quarterback moving forward, unfortunately it won’t necessarily produce wins due to the schedule, but when you look back at the tape, there will be plenty to be excited about.
2. Adam Gase WILL Change
There are a lot of axioms and cliches when it come to change. The big on is, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, Adam Gase will put all of the axioms to the test, as this veteran coach will make the necessary changes, and we will see the offense take huge strides as a result, and that leads to No. 1…
1. A Poor Record DOES NOT cost Gase his job
Many fans are looking at the final record, and that may be due to the old cliche from Bill Parcells. “You are what your record says you are.” The problem is, that isn’t always completely true. There are underlying circumstances sometimes.
In the Jets case, Mike Maccagnan did such a poor job that you can make strides on the field with this team and still walk away with a bad record. That will be the case with the Jets in 2020.
This team is not ready to win games against top playoff teams, but they can be competitive. Their record will be in the five to seven win range, but the team will have taken enough strides for Gase to go to Joe Douglas and say that they are on the verge of something with one more offseason. Despite an under .500 record, Gase will be the head coach going into 2021.