No one ever said that creating a team of Jets to challenge in the AFC East and beyond would be easy – few things in the NFL ever are. Now, with seven games to go in the regular season, first-year head coach Robert Saleh is able to assess where the â€œdraftâ€ is at Thanksgiving 2021 and where he sees it going.
“I lived that [rebuild], this is my fifth start from Houston, Jacksonville, Seattle, San Francisco, “Saleh said.” That’s exactly what it looks like and we’re not the only ones. You look at Arizona [9-2], they’re in grade 3 and doing a hell of a job.
“So like I said before, I respect the urgency on the part of the fans and the desire to return this thing, but in all honesty this is the first time this fan base has experienced something like this. Usually this was a quick fix followed by scrambling This is a real shot I feel like [general manager] Joe [Douglas] does a phenomenal job with a really, really concise plan of how to build from scratch and there are a lot of exciting pieces in this team that are hidden in these losses. But when you sit down and look at this from our point of view and the combination of veterans and young people, it’s definitely going in the right direction and ultimately, while frustrating today, it’s going to be great when this thing goes. to fall over. “
Saleh, Douglas and their staff have determined the future of the Greens and Whites on building through the draft and the flexibility to add suitable players in free agency. The Jets currently have two first-round picks in 2022, two in the second round and two in the fourth round out of nine selections in total. There has been obvious progress since the last two draft of players like Bryce Hall, Ashtyn Davis, (both) Michael Carters, Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore, Brandin Echols and others.
That said, Jets fans are a passionate and impatient cohort, hungry for a team capable of winning steadily.
â€œI started joking with someone who said a year in New York City was like dog years,â€ Saleh said. “It’s euphoria or disaster, there is no in-between. We embrace the wait. We want to win. Even now we try to win football games and we try to teach to this young group and these young men how to win these games.
“It’s all about the process and trying to find ways to improve and get those scars, I call them scars in terms of match experiences and stuff, but that’s going to change and there is has so many promising pieces on this football team, attack, defense, special teams. To Joe’s credit, he knows exactly where we need to go, exactly what we need to teach, and the players know exactly what we need to do to improve. and that’s just something we’re looking to achieve over the next seven games. Just focus on the process and let the chips drop where they can and hopefully that translates into a lot of W’s. “