Mandate: Jets need to make playoffs this year! Dan Leberfeld

In January, Jets owner Christopher Johnson was asked if there’s a mandate for his team, coming off back-to-back 5-11 seasons, to make the playoffs in 2018.

“I have no mandate,” Johnson said. “Believe me, I want to get to the playoffs. I want to build a team with Mike and Todd that can compete for the playoffs every year. That can’t happen fast enough. But there’s no mandate.”

He’s smart to stay away from mandates because of the uproar it would cause in the media.

But I’m making one – THE JETS NEED TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THIS SEASON!

The Jets have missed the playoffs seven years in a row, last making the second-season in the 2010 campaign. That is unacceptable in a league with myriad mediocre teams, and with a system set up for competitive balance thanks to a salary cap, and a draft/waiver wire order based on won-loss record from the previous season.

So the Jets need to make the playoffs in 2018.

No excuses. No explanations.

Just do it.

Their seven-year playoff drought needs to end.

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