This is looking like it’s going to be the worst season in the history of the Jets franchise, but that doesn’t mean it has to last long. In fact, the Jets have the roadmap, and their rebound from this abysmal year can be much quicker.
In 2012, the Chiefs finished 2-14. They fired Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel, and things looked bleak. The following offseason, they brought in Andy Reid to coach the team and John Dorsey to be the general manager.
That year, they drafted franchise left tackle Eric Fisher and signed veteran free-agent QB Alex Smith. They also drafted a tight end out of the University of Cincinnati by the name of Travis Kelce; perhaps you’ve heard of him. That set into motion three seasons with double-digit wins and an AFC West title.
In Dorsey’s final draft as GM — the AFC West title-winning season — the Chiefs also drafted go-to wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
There was just one problem: Alex Smith wasn’t the long-term answer.
The Chiefs subsequently decided to go in a different direction at general manager. After John Dorsey laid the groundwork, Brent Veach took over.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chiefs traded up for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and the rest is history. The Chiefs finally had their franchise quarterback, and they eventually won a Super Bowl.
Potential Road to Success for the Jets
Fast forward to 2020, and the Jets are in position to do the same if they land the No. 1 pick. They hired Joe Douglas to be the general manager, inexplicably after letting the previous general manager handle the offseason. In his first draft, they got a franchise left tackle in Mekhi Becton, and a potentially good go-to wide receiver in Denzel Mims.
There are a couple of pieces missing here. The Jets need to get the head coach and quarterback right. If they get the No. 1 pick, that should be easy. However, finding the right person to lead the charge won’t be. The Jets also need to fix the interior offensive line and get a tight end.
It took the Chiefs seven years from the beginning of this process to get to the promised land. However, the Jets don’t need to take that long.
They already have foundational pieces in place. It appears that Joe Douglas also hit well in his first draft. Not just home runs, but some crucial hits too.
Some say the road will be a long one for the Jets, but it doesn’t have to be. If they pair a franchise quarterback with the right head coach, they’ll be well on their way to a quick turnaround.
(Featured Image Credit: Chiefs.com)