Photo credit: Marianne O’Leary
Author: Jon Kuzma
If anyone told you the New York Jets would be 2-0 over the first two weeks of NFL regular season action you would of been a fool not to laugh in their face. The Jets were a dysfunctional team under Rex Ryan and looked like they were going to continue that dysfunction when Geno Smith got his jaw broke by teammate IK Enemkpali in the preseason. Well, all that lack of cohesion went out the window when the regular season rolled around. The Jets now find themselves 2-0 on the season and walking around with a sense of pride under new coach Todd Bowles. Much of the Jets improvements can be credited to their draft picks on the defensive line and the new attitude that Bowles brought to the team. One Jet went as far to say “We had to grow up under Bowles.” A statement that makes you feel like coach Bowles holds the team more accountable. While that is certainly true the team also is much more talented this time around. They brought in Brandon Marshall to pair along with Eric Decker at the wide receiver positions. Giving the team a true aerial attack that can complement the team’s running game. On the defensive side of the ball guys like Muhammad Wilkerson, and rookie first round draft pick Leonard Williams have caused havoc for opposing offensive lineman. By dominating upfront the Jets are allowing opposing quarterbacks very little time to get the ball out of their hands. These quicker decisions have led to quarterbacks causing ill advised plays, which has been the foundation of the Jets success this far. It also should be noted the Jets got better on the defensive edges returning Revis and Cromartie as well. Together with the blend of outstanding defensive and a revamped offense the Jets look like a brand new team. Good news for owner Woody Johnson and high praise for head coach Todd Bowles.