The last two seasons have not been pretty for the New York Jets as the team seemed to be in disarray on and off the field. The swagger and "ground and pound" ways of the Jets fell way to a circus like atmosphere that had many questioning the direction that the franchise was headed.
New York entered the 2013 season with question marks on both sides of the ball along with a head coach that many believed had no chance of saving his job. The Jets according to many were going to be one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Well after seven weeks of the NFL season the New York Jets (4-3) are making many of the NFL experts look foolish. Gang Green has an offense that is continuing to develop with a rookie quarterback, while the defense has emerged as one of the AFC's best. More importantly the team is establishing a refreshing new identity, one that can lead to sustainable success.
Rex Ryan and his Jets have become a team united that is working together to find ways to win games. Gone are the days of finger pointing and trash talking that repeatedly generated headlines. Gone is the predictable offense that left many longing for one vertical pass a game. Gone is the portrayed lack of leadership in the locker room.
The New York Jets have become a fearless team that is not scared to face adversity. This change in mentality started with general manager John Idzik and his new no nonsense approach to running the organization. Rex Ryan then created a new culture on the team where competition was preached and confidence was instilled in the younger players. The players then held up their end of the bargain by holding each other accountable.
As a lifelong fan of the Jets it is enjoyable to watch a group of players that fight for each other. It is great to see a rookie quarterback that always talks about getting better and defers credit to his teammates. It is encouraging to watch a group play their hearts out for their head coach and truly embrace the team first mantra.
The New York Jets as an organization are heading in the right direction. This may not translate into a playoff appearance this season, but definitely sets the team up for success in the near future.