Pop Quiz: When is the final time the Jets gained a sport in September?
No, sensible man, it was not 1968.
But it surely has been some time. The Jets’ final win in September got here on Sept. 10, 2018, in Detroit. You do not forget that sport, proper? It was a giant debut for Sam Darnold. The Jets obtained touchdowns from the protection and particular groups in a 48-17 romp that ended with followers crowded behind the bench doing the J-E-T-S chant. Individuals believed the franchise quarterback had been discovered and the workforce was on its manner.
Since then, the Jets are 0-9 within the month of September. To say the Jets have been unhealthy within the NFL’s opening month is like saying it drizzled right here on Wednesday evening.
The Jets have been terrible at first of the season, dropping six of these video games by 10 factors or extra and failing to attain greater than 17 factors in any of the losses. They’ve been outscored 236-111 within the 9 video games.
That is the problem awaiting new head coach Robert Saleh and the 2021 model of the Jets. Can they get win one among these September video games: at Carolina, vs. New England, at Denver? A victory would go a good distance for Robert Saleh as he tries to ascertain his program and forge an id for a younger workforce.
Saleh has executed an excellent job along with his messaging and his educating. You may inform his gamers consider in him and are shopping for in. However sooner or later, the gamers are going to want outcomes to bolster the message and actually give Saleh the credibility within the locker room he wants for long-term success.
Saleh agreed with the premise that wins construct confidence, however he stated it gained’t matter if it occurs early or late.
“Confidence is contagious proper?” Saleh stated. “However I feel it applies to even a veteran, when you might have preliminary success, and also you get that confidence, it will get contagious, proper? You see it on a regular basis, the groups that gained the final three or 4 video games on the finish of the common season are scorching they usually journey that momentum, like Tampa [Bay] did final 12 months. Nobody at midseason would have thought they have been going to win a Tremendous Bowl. You simply get scorching, and also you roll. It’s the identical factor, that confidence begins to construct, you suppose you’re invincible.”
However the Jets try to vary a dropping tradition, and an early win would enhance that. A veteran participant who had been with a successful workforce earlier than becoming a member of the Jets informed me a number of years in the past that there was a dread contained in the Jets’ locker room that when issues went poorly, everybody felt, “Right here we go once more.”
The Jets are rebuilding and will get off to a tough begin. They in all probability gained’t be favored in a sport till Oct. 31, when the Bengals go to MetLife Stadium. They began 0-13 final 12 months and opened 1-7 in 2019. One other gradual begin seems possible attributable to their first six video games.
Saleh argued that the Jets don’t essentially want a quick begin. He pointed to 2017 when the 49ers began 0-9 after which went 6-1 down the stretch. That workforce, for which Saleh was defensive coordinator, traded for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at midseason, although.
“We began 0-9, misplaced seven video games by three factors or much less, or one thing like that,” Saleh stated. “We gained our final 5 video games of the 12 months. How does that occur? You win one, Jimmy Garoppolo steps in and you then get confidence and everybody’s excited and you then overwhelm individuals with juice. It’s the identical factor, whether or not you’re a veteran workforce or a younger workforce, success breeds confidence, confidence breeds extra success.”
Confidence is one thing that has been missing round right here for some time. An early win, perhaps over Darnold himself, would go a good distance for these younger Jets.