Infamous dumpster fires paint grim picture for Jets’ rebuild
The Jets are five weeks away from cratering out. They are five weeks away from the end of the worst season in franchise history for a team that has had some doozies.
But how long will it take for the Jets to return to relevance? How long will it take for general manager Joe Douglas to rebuild a roster with very little talent? When can Jets fans hope for an end to this playoff drought that is a few years away from becoming a teenager?
To get the answers to these questions, we decided to look back at the teams who have been in similar situations to the Jets. There are not many. With the Jets now 0-11 and four of their final five opponents possessing winning records, let’s assume they go 0-16. They would be the third team in NFL history to reach that dubious distinction.
So how do they measure up with the 2008 Lions and 2017 Browns, who both went 0-16, and how long did it take those teams to climb out of the abyss?
The Jets are scoring fewer points (13.8 per game) than either those Lions (16.8) or those Browns (14.6). The Jets are allowing fewer points (29.3) than the Lions (32.3) but more than the Browns (25.6). So the three teams are similar.
Let’s see how these Jets compare and what happened with those teams through a few different lenses and what those teams did to rebuild:
Jets fans desperately want coach Adam Gase fired and it looks like a certainty at this point. He is 7-20 in his two years with the Jets and his offense is going to be the worst in the NFL for the second straight year.
Interestingly, none of the coaches who presided over the 0-16 seasons was fired during the season, and it appears Gase won’t be either. The Lions fired Rod Marinelli after the 2008 season and replaced him with Jim Schwartz.
Hue Jackson actually survived the 2017 season. You think Gase’s record is bad? Jackson went 1-31 in his first two years in Cleveland. Jackson was fired in the middle of the 2018 season and replaced by current Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The Browns subsequently hired and fired Freddie Kitchens before hiring Kevin Stefanski this year.
Douglas is safe. The Jets only hired him 18 months ago and he has positioned the team to be able to make moves in 2021 with nine draft picks and close to $100 million in cap space.
The Lions fired their general manager Matt Millen after Week 3 and hired Martin Mayhew, who presided over the rebuild. The Browns fired Sashi Brown in December 2017 and hired John Dorsey, who got to benefit from Brown’s stockpiling of draft picks. Dorsey was fired after last season.
One common theme among all of these teams is drafting a quarterback No. 1 the following year. The Jets appear to be on their way to taking Clemson star Trevor Lawrence next spring.
The Lions took Matthew Stafford out of Georgia with the No. 1-overall pick, and while he has not led them to a Super Bowl, he is the team’s all-time leading passer. The Browns moved on from Deshone Kizer and took Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall in 2018. Mayfield has been inconsistent in his first three years, but has shown promise.
One of the biggest hurdles for Douglas is the overall lack of talent across the roster. The Jets have a few promising young players in Quinnen Williams, Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims, but all remain unproven.
It was clear the Lions had a star in wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who had 78 catches for 1,331 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2008 season. The Browns had just taken defensive end Myles Garrett No. 1 overall in 2017 and he had seven sacks as a rookie, a sign he was going to be a stud.
Jets fans should start dreaming of 2023. It took three years for both the Lions and Browns to become winners.
The Lions went 2-14 in 2009 and 6-10 in 2010 before going 10-6 in 2011 and making the playoffs. They have been back to the postseason twice since then.
The Browns went 7-8-1 in 2018 and 6-10 last year but are now 8-3 and in the playoff hunt. Things could go wrong for them down the stretch, but it looks like they are about to end their playoff drought.
The Jets are a little more than a month away from bottoming out and then the rebuild can begin. Judging from history, it will take a while.
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