The New York Jets added another win to their 2017 roller-coaster of a season on Sunday, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 in OT.
The win came surprisingly for a Jets team that has been heavily criticized for reportedly trying to tank their season away.
With that being said, could this victory for the Green & White be considered a loss down the road?
While a gruesomely bad season can make for a long year of football, the gamble for future aspirations may be worth it in the eyes of some Jets fans.
That’s why, when looking down the road to where the Jets need to see improvement, the latest win could truly be a loss.
While the future is never guaranteed, the Jets winning in 2017 is giving them a better chance at being mediocre in the seasons to come.
But on the flip side, the Jets winning in a season where there was a legitimate shot at them going 0-16 is quite intriguing.
Racking up a few wins while in the depths of a rebuild can be exactly what they need. While the up and coming players continue to learn and improve on their skill set, they also experience the pace of the NFL and earn the opportunity to evaluate their opponents, something that teams, such as the Patriots, continue to utilize in order to maintain dominance in this league.
Watching these young stars such as Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye develop into a threatening secondary is certainly not something fans should consider hurtful toward the Jets future. While it may limit the “tank,” it is undoubtedly a movement in the right direction.
At the same time, witnessing a veteran quarterback in Josh McCown see success with a pretty poor overall roster helps younger players learn how to attack their own positions in hopes for a long and successful career.
To add, the Jets offense which was sought as the main reason for this team performing so badly this year, is finally getting to see their time as well. Young players such as Robby Anderson and Elijah McGuire are making names for themselves after previously taking a back seat to veterans such as Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. Now, they’re making the most of it.
So while the Jets continue to dodge the circling rumors amidst the tank, they also put themselves in a cloudy position in terms of future success.
With each win, they continue to diminish their chances at a player that could potentially transform this team for years to come, but they also continue to craft a set of building blocks for a team loaded with hope.