Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the Jets are back for another season and they brought a shiny new quarterback and a new coach along for the ride. Yeah, the rebuild project that's been ongoing for the past decade hasn't been going very well if we're being honest with each other. There's a true lack of vision and a refusal to be patient that is at the core of this all, and the fans are left to suffer as a result.
After moving on from Sanchez, Gang Green has started Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Luke Falk, Trevor Siemian, Joe Flacco, and now Zach Wilson at the quarterback position. During that same span, they've had Bowles, Gase, and now Saleh attempting to pull the team back into contention as head coaches.
That's not a pretty look.
All of this came to a head in week one of the 2021 NFL season, when the Jets met the Carolina Panthers. Carolina, with Darnold working as starting quarterback, bested the Jets and, in many ways, looked like the team that New York should be right now. While Wilson looked good at times, he was too busy trying to run for his life to be consistent. The O-Line remains a turnstile, doing the new kid no favors.
It felt like deja vu. And trust me, I really want to be optimistic. I want to be patient. I understand that those two things are the only things that will get this squad back to the playoffs. I also want to be realistic when I say that it didn't have to be this way.
Darnold was a very good quarterback that rarely got to show it. Inept coaching and iffy draft choices ensured that Sam had no real chance and therefore neither did the team. I am hopeful that Wilson will get better treatment, but week 1 showed that it likely won't get much better for him, and the team, until next season at the soonest. They are the youngest team in the NFL, to their defense, so maybe this really is an effort to change the direction.
We can only hope.