Well, the 2022 NFL season is over…at least for the New York Jets. While 14 teams made the NFL playoffs, the Jets will be watching from home for the 12th year in a row. That’s right. The 12th year in a row. Which is the longest streak in the league in case you are wondering.
A quick season recap
And for much of the season, it actually looked like the New York Jets would break this streak in 2022. A little past midseason, the Jets record stood at 7-4, holding tight onto a wild card spot. The had beaten my hometown Buffalo Bills and boasted a top defense. In fact, their success even prompted me to write this post on their surprising season!
So, what happened next? Well, they promptly lost 6 games in a row. To tie a team record for most losses in a row. Even after losing 4 games in a row, they found themselves in position to make the playoffs just by winning their last 2 games. But no. They lost them both.
How did this compare to expectations for the New York Jets 2022 season?
I guess it depends on how you look at it.
Coming into the season, there were not high expectations for the Jets. Most “experts” predicted the Jets would win a total of 6 games. So, in the middle of the season, the Jets were one of the biggest surprises in the league! But, by the end of the season, they only exceeded this prediction by 1 win.
Put in another perspective, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said at the beginning of the season was to be playing “meaningful games” in December. And the last time the Jets were playing meaningful games in December was when I was a 3rd year resident – so awhile ago.
Based on that goal, this season was more on the successful side of the spectrum. The problem is just that they lost every single game in December – all of which were meaningful.
But I will say, it was fun to actually “be in the running” for this year. Based on our hot start, the Jets should have made the playoffs. So there was a lot of disappointment in the end. However, I didn’t expect to be competitive enough to be disappointed…so that was a nice thing to feel. If that makes sense at all.
Biggest successes for the 2022 New York Jets season
In my minds, there were two major successes this season for the Jets:
- The development and success of their rookies
- Their dominant defense
The Jets are a young team. A ton of rookie and second year players held major responsibilities for them this year. Their three 2022 first round picks and one second round pick all balled out. Sauce Gardner, their top pick, and Garrett Wilson, their second first round pick, project to win the Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards respectively. Brice Hall likely would have contended for the OROY award had he not suffered a season ending injury in the middle of the season.
Meanwhile, their defense developed into one of the most dominant units in the NFL. They did suffer a few big breakdowns in the later season, but overall they were a great unit.
The biggest failure for the 2022 New York Jets season
This one is easy. And ultimately it is the reason they failed to make the playoffs.
The Jets continued to fail to develop a starting quarterback. Over the season, they started Joe Flacco then Zach Wilson then Mike White then Zach Wilson then Mike White and then Joe Flacco.
Hardly a recipe for success.
The biggest issue remains the lack of progress seen with Zach Wilson, who they drafted second overall just 1 year ago. At points of the season, he played so poorly that he was not just benched, but deactivated, for a mental “reset.”
Mike White again showed flashes of being “the guy.” However, injuries limited his ability to produce and take hold of the position.
By far the biggest offseason goal for the Jets is to stabilize the quarterback position.
I will lastly note here that the offensive line was a big disappointment and certainly contributed to poor QB play. Another area of focus for the offseason…
My final grade
In the end, my grade for the 2022 New York Jets season is C.
They passed. But not by a lot. And certainly not in style. I’m sure this grade is influenced by recency bias. If you told me at the beginning of the year that the Jets would be competing for a playoff spot for the majority of the year, I would have been excited.
But I can’t forget their late season collapse. So, a C it is.
But, as all Jets fans know, there is always next year…
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What do you think? How did your favorite NFL team do? What do they need to improve on? Why do I keep letting the Jets back into my life? Let me know in the comments below!