The New York Jets have been mired in mediocrity for the better part of a decade.
Failed draft picks, no hope for the playoffs, and free-agent busts have become commonplace.
Although one youngster has brought a fresh new perspective to the team that could change everything.
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A New Energy Has Arrived
Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Shortly after being selected, every rookie immediately does a media tour talking about their draft day experience and their new team.
With that in mind, Gardner joined the ‘Around the NFL Podcast’ and Dan Hanzus was walking him down memory lane of all the Jets’ failures over the years when the youngster stepped in:
“I don’t want to cut you off, but we aren’t living in the past. We have to make a change for the future. I feel like I am the solution and we just got my guy Garrett Wilson. I feel like he is also a big solution so I just can’t wait for us to get there.”
Gardner wasn’t the only one that has had enough of that narrative. Fellow member of the Jets secondary Jason Pinnock tweeted out, “y’all keep thinking this same ole Jets if you want.”
The Jets haven’t been to the playoffs in 11 years which is the NFL’s longest active playoff drought. During that same span, the green and white have only had one winning season (10-6 back in 2015).
Only 1 Way to Change That
At the end of the day, talk is talk.
It’ll be up to the coaching staff and the roster to change that narrative by collecting wins during the 2022 season.
The only way to get respect is to earn respect.
Although I have to say it is refreshing to see players, both old and young alike, being sick of people making fun of the team.
Part of making the change is getting angry and then manifesting that emotion into a chip on the shoulder. That should provide more than enough motivation for the team during the dog days of the offseason so they can focus on the ultimate task.
You have to crawl before you can walk, but this is one of the most talented Jets teams on paper in a long time.
A familiar narrative still rings true as this team will go where quarterback Zach Wilson takes it in 2022. That is a large oversimplification of a complicated sport, but that is the gist of how this season will be defined.
The cool thing about New York is the intense spotlight.
When you’re terrible everyone is going to let you know it. However on the other side of the coin, when you win in New York there is nothing greater.
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