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2022 Season

2022 Season Roundup: Jets fans enjoyed a rebirth of their “Gang Green” defense in 2022, but it was not enough to make up for a slow and sleepy offense. The problem started at quarterback, where young Zach Wilson looked lost, veteran Joe Flacco was only so-so, and Mike White was either very good or very bad. After a 7–4 start, New York failed to win another game. On the bright side, four first-year players: receiver Garrett Wilson, cornerback Sauce Gardner and running backs Bam Knight and Breece Hall: were named Rookie of the Week a total of 10 times, so the future looks bright.

2022 Season Preview: Jets fans were surprised and pleased to see their young team win seven games last season. Can they improve and that total in 2022? That will depend on quarterback Zach Wilson, who suffered many bumps and bruises as a rookie last year. There is plenty of talent on New York’s roster, but much of it is untested. It looks like another rebuilding year for “Gang Green,” but good times could be just around the corner.

2021 Season

2021 Season Roundup: New York didn’t figure to contend for a playoff spot in 2021, but no one thought they would struggle as much as they did. The defense gave up touchdowns in bunches, while the offense had trouble putting points on the board. Big wins against the Bengals and Titans got fans excited, but those smiles faded quickly as rookie quarterback Zack Wilson looked lost at times. Not a single Jet was picked to play in the Pro Bowl.

December 26, 2021: Conor McDermott, a tackle, scored a touchdown on a short pass in a win over the Jaguars. Jacksonville lineman Will Richardson recovered a fumble in the end zone to score, too. It was the first time in a century that two offensive linemen scored touchdowns in the same game.

October 31, 2021: In his first start as a pro, backup quarterback Mike White completed 37 passes for 405 yards in a thrilling 34–31 overtime victory over the Bengals. He and Cam Newton are the only players in history to throw for over 400 yards in their first NFL starts. The Jets had cut White four different times before giving him a chance this season.

2021 Season Preview: The Jets took Zach Wilson with the number-two pick in the 2021 draft and New York fans can hardly wait to see him grab the starting quarterback job. The team has a long way to go to play .500 football, but should do better against the NFL’s better teams than in seasons past.

2020 Season

2020 Season Roundup: Jets fans weren’t expecting miracles in 2020, but the team’s dismal 2–14 record was a big surprise. An injury to quarterback Sam Darnold was one of many issues, but the entire offense played poorly. Hope for the future is there, however, with promising youngsters Mekhi Becton, Jamison Crowder, Quinnen Williams, and John Franklin-Myers showing flashes during a long losing streak.

September 13, 2020: Frank Gore, in his 16th NFL season, played in his 227th game. This broke the record for running backs, held by Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

2020 Season Preview: The Jets are a mix of super talent and frustrating weaknesses. Quarterback Sam Darnold will have better blocking in 2020 and New York fans hope that running back Le’Veon Bell will, too. Top 2019 draft pick Quinnen Williams leads the defensive line, while linebacker CJ Moseley is expected to return to health this fall. The pass defense depends more on the team’s safeties than their cornerbacks, which is unusual in the NFL.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: New York started slowly and finished strong to end up 7–9. The offense never truly got going, putting a lot of pressure on the defense—which still did a good job. Sam Darnold threw for more than 3,000 yards and Le’Veon Bell was the team’s top runner with 789 yards. Jamal Adams had an All-Pro season at safety.

2019 Season Preview: With franchise quarterback Sam Darnold starting his second season and superstar Le’Veon Bell joining the backfield, the Jets could reach double-digit wins in 2019 and possibly unseat the Patriots. The offensive line and pass receivers may hold this duo back, but a good pass defense should keep games close enough for plenty of fourth-quarter heroics.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Jets drove their fans crazy in 2018. One week, quarterback Sam Darnold and the offense looked great. The next week they looked terrible. New York’s defense allowed over 400 points despite plenty of talent in the secondary. The result was a 4–11 record, but hope for the future, as Darnold made many big plays in losing causes over the final weeks of the season.

2018 Season Preview: Every Jets fans wants to see first-round pick Sam Darnold nail down the starting quarterback job. But the Jets have a veteran passer on the roster in Josh McCown, and coach Todd Bowles won’t hand Darnold the job for good until he is truly ready. New York’s defense will be full of surprises this year, as Bowles has some real talent to work with, including defensive backs Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Expect to see lots of blitzing until the defensive line proves it can put steady pressure on opposing QBs.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: The Jets did better than expected in 2017, winning five games. They could have won another four or five with a little more luck and experience. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown had a good season, but the team will have to find a younger quarterback to improve in 2018.

2017 Season Preview: The Jets are in rebuilding mode for 2017 and the fans aren’t happy about it. A group of young players—including rookie defensive backs Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams—will have a chance to turn those frowns upside down. Veteran Josh McCown will play quarterback until Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg is ready to take over.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Jets hoped to get another good year out of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but their season fell apart from the start after they lost five of their first six games. The team’s strength in 2015—its defense—gave up more than 400 points in 2016. That erased good efforts from young receivers Quincy Enuwa and Robby Anderson.

2016 Season Preview: Can Ryan Fitzpatrick possibly be as good as he was last year? If the answer is Yes, the Jets could be a 10-to-12 win team. If not, it could be a long season for Gang Green, which faces one of the NFL’s toughest schedules. Matt Forte leads the running attack, while Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Darrelle Revis give the team a solid defense.

2015 Season

December 6, 2015: Brandon Marshall set a record by gaining 1,000 receiving yards for his fourth different NFL team. He had 1,000-yard seasons for the Broncos, Dolphins and Bears. Marshall later became the first Jet to catch 100 passes.

2015 Season Preview: Although the Jets are unsure who their quarterback will be at the end of the season, they know who he’ll be throwing to: new receiver Brandon Marshall. Meanwhile, slashing running back Chris Ivory will keep opponents on their toes. A great secondary that includes returning star Darrelle Revis will power one of the AFC’s top defenses.

2014 Season

September 2, 2014: The Jets offense has nowhere to go but up in 2014. Under rookie QB Geno Smith, the club struggled to score in 2013, especially through the air. The addition of Denver touchdown-maker Eric Decker will help, as will veteran running back Chris Johnson.The defense will be tough against the run again this year, but needs to improve against the pass. Fans hope that rookie safety Calvin Pryor can turn be a game-changer in the New York secondary.

2013 Season

October 20, 2013: Rookie quarterback Geno Smith led the team on a game-winning drive to beat the Patriots in overtime. Smith is the first player since 1970 to lead four game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or overtime in his first 7 starts.

September 22, 2013: The Jets defeated the Bills 27–20 despite being penalized 20 times. The last time a team won a game with 20 or more penalties was in 1951.

September 4, 2013: An injury to Mark Sanchez opened the way for rookie Geno Smith, who will learn on-the-job in 2013. The defense is not as good after the team traded Darrelle Revis, but still has plenty of playmakers. Much will depend on how well Smith and his teammates adjust to a new offense, which will feature lots of short passes.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: February 2, 2013: New York dropped to 6–10 and at season’s end no one was sure who the starting quarterback should be. The team’s defensive backs were the best in the business, but the Jets could not stop the running game.

Summer, 2012: Mark Sanchez? Tim Tebow? Both? The question of who will quarterback the Jets in 2012 should keep fans on the edge of their seats all year. A great defense should keep the Jets in games while head coach Rex Ryan figures out who will call the signals each week.

More Go-To Guys

Art Powell was playing for the Oakland Raiders by the time the Jets were any good. He and Don Maynard gave the team a great one-two punch. (Topps, Inc.)

We all went crazy when Hungry Man soups picked Gerry Philbin for their ads in the 1960s. We loved him in New York, but no one else knew who he was. (CSCBrands LP)

In 1986, Ken O’Brien beat Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins 51–45, O’Brien passed for 479 yards, 31 more than Marino. The Jets started that season 10–1 but then lost five straight and fell to the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs. A major bummer! (Topps, Inc.)

Mo Lewis was the guy who tackled Drew Bledsoe so hard that the New England Patriots had to put Tom Brady in. Oops. (NFL Pro Line)

  • Art Powell — Receiver
    Born: 2/25/1937
    Played for Team: 1960 to 1962
    When the Jets were known as the Titans, their most exciting player was Art Powell. He spent only three seasons in New York, but the fans never forgot him. Powell was an All-Pro in 1960, when he led the AFL with 14 touchdown catches. Two years later, he topped the league in receiving yards.

  • Matt Snell — Running Back
    Born: 8/1/8/1941
    Played for Team: 1964 to 1972
    Matt Snell was a big, bruising running back and an overlooked hero for the Jets in the 1960s. Snell did whatever the team asked of him. He was usually the lead blocker on rushing plays, but he also ran the ball hard and caught passes out of the backfield. In Super Bowl III, Snell rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown.

  • Gerry Philbin — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 7/31/1941
    Played for Team: 1964 to 1972
    Gerry Philbin was smaller than most of the offensive lineman he faced, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a defensive star. Philbin was at his best using his speed to rush the quarterback. He was voted All-Pro twice, in 1968 and 1969.

  • Pat Leahy — Kicker
    Born: 3/19/1951
    Played for Team: 1974 to 1991
    Pat Leahy led his college team to three national soccer championships. Jets fans know him as the club’s all-time scoring leader. Leahy kicked 304 field goals and 558 extra points for a total of 1,470 points.

  • Wesley Walker — Receiver
    Born: 5/26/1955
    Played for Team: 1977 to 1989
    Despite being legally blind in one eye, Wesley Walker became an All-Pro receiver. The key to his success was his blazing speed. Opponents always gave Walker extra room because they were afraid he would sprint right by them. Walker averaged more than 20 yards per catch eight times during his career.

  • Ken O’Brien — Quarterback
    Born: 11/27/1960
    Played for Team: 1984 to 1992
    Ken O’Brien was a smart quarterback who was an expert at reading defenses. In 1985, just his second year, he was the top rated passer in the NFL. O’Brien went to the Pro Bowl that same season. In 1986, he became the first quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game and record a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3.

  • Al Toon — Receiver
    Born: 4/30/1963
    Played for Team: 1985 to 1992
    Few receivers possessed Al Toon’s size and speed. He could catch passes between linebackers over the middle of the field and breeze past defensive backs on long bombs. Toon played in the Pro Bowl three seasons in a row starting in 1986. Unfortunately, a series of head injuries ended his career early.

  • Mo Lewis —  Linebacker
    Born: 10/21/1969
    Played for Team: 1991 to 2003
    Mo Lewis was the team’s defensive captain for seven seasons. He was a ferocious tackler and a great leader. Lewis continued New York’s tradition of outstanding linebackers, which included Greg Buttle, Lance Mehl, Kyle Clifton, and Marvin Jones.

  • Chad Pennington — Quarterback
    Born: 6/26/1976
    Played for Team: 2000 to 2007
    An NFL passer must be tough and accurate. Chad Pennington was both for the Jets. He fought off two serious injuries and was named Comeback Player of the Year twice. During his career in New York, he had the highest career completion percentage of any quarterback in history.

More Fun Facts

Leon Washington is wearing the throwback version of the old Titans uniform on this magazine cover. (NY Sportscene)

    When the Jets agreed to let coach Herman Edwards join the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006, they received a draft pick in return. New York used that pick to get Leon Washington. In the final game that year, Washington scored the touchdown that got the Jets into the playoffs. In 2008, he led all NFL running backs with 2,317 all-purpose yards.

    One of the most beloved Jets of the 1960s was Sherman Plunkett, an enormous lineman who outweighed the players he blocked by 100 pounds or more. Plunkett’s nickname was “Tank”—after the Sherman Tank that helped win World War II. But it was the nickname Plunkett created for Joe Namath that was most famous. He was the first Jet to call Namath “Broadway Joe.”

    One of the first NFL players to realize the seriousness of concussions was Al Toon of the Jets. After several hard blows to the head, he retired at age 29 because he did not want to risk his health anymore. Toon led the league in receptions in 1988 and was named AFC Player of the Year in 1986. His son, Nick, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2012.

League Leaders

Don Maynard was too quick for one guy to cover. It’s funny to see him in these old posed shots. (Topps, Inc.)

You might think of Mark Gastineau as a big, lumbering brute. This photo shows how quick and agile Gastineau was. (Black Book Partners)

    1982 — Freeman McNeil — 786
    2004 — Curtis Martin — 1,697

    1962 — Art Powell — 1,130 (as a member of the New York Titans in the AFL)
    1967 — Don Maynard — 1,434 (AFL)
    1978 — Wesley Walker — 1,169

    1966 — Joe Namath — 3,379 (AFL)
    1967 — Joe Namath — 4,007 (AFL)
    1972 — Joe Namath — 2,816

    1967 — Emerson Boozer — 10 (AFL)
    1987 — Johnny Hector — 11 (tied for NFL lead)

    1960 — Art Powell — 14 (as a member of the New York Titans in the AFL)
    1965 — Don Maynard — 14 (tied for AFL lead)
    2015 — Brandon Marshall — 14

    1960 — Al Dorow — 26 (as a member of the New York Titans in the AFL)
    1972 — Joe Namath — 19 (tied for NFL lead}

    1968 — Jim Turner — 145 (AFL)
    1969 — Jim Turner — 129 (AFL)

    1962 — Lee Riley — 11 (as a member of the New York Titans in the AFL)
    1964 — Dainard Paulson — 12 (AFL)
    2005 — Ty Law — 10 (tied for NFL lead)

    1983 — Mark Gastineau — 19
    1984 — Mark Gastineau — 22

Playing for the Championship

1968 AFL Championship Oakland Raiders Won 27–23
1968 Super Bowl III Baltimore Colts Won 16–7
1982 AFC Championship Miami Dolphins Lost 14–0
1998 AFC Championship Denver Broncos Lost 23–10
2009 AFC Championship Indianapolis Colts Lost 30–17
2010 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 24–19

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