As Hall-of-Fame coach Tony Dungy liked to say – “No excuses, no explanations.”
It doesn’t matter how young they are, the Jets need to win this year. They have missed the playoffs for the last decade.
“We’re around 20 first and second-year players,” said Jets GM Joe Douglas. “Almost 40 percent of the roster are first and second-year players. There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of energy. At the same time, there’s going to be some ups and downs.”
The “ups and downs” are expected, but they need to find a way to compete for the playoffs. Douglas said as much when he was hired.
“If you are not trying to win a Super Bowl every year, you shouldn’t be in this business,” Douglas said.
So yes the Jets are young, but that is no excuse.
And I’m not saying Douglas and Jets coach Robert Saleh are making excuses. They aren’t. The narrative they might be writing off this season to develop young players is coming from the outside.
But the bottom line is the Jets need to win games and compete for the playoffs this season.
End of story.
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