The New York Jets actually won a game in overtime against another abysmal team. Fans of Gang Green shouldn’t be cheering for losses to ensure a higher draft pick since again, winning is everything.
Yes, it took the New York Jets in overtime to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are considered to be one of the worst teams in the NFL and the Jets, on paper, should have easily defeated them but it took some extra time to get the job done.
Most appalling of all, even in the moments after the Jets scored a game-winning touchdown in overtime, legions of fans hit social media to chime in their thoughts. One can’t begin to tell you how mad fans were that the Jets actually won.
It’s in the belief of many that the Jets should continue tanking this season to ensure a higher pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. This mindset is pretty terrible, to say the least. At the core of professional football is the eternal statement that winning is everything.
A higher draft pick isn’t going to magically turn the Jets from pretenders to contenders overnight. Believe it or not, the Jets are well on their path towards redemption. It all starts with leadership and despite this season, both general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles are the perfect tandem to get the Jets back on track.
The Jets might have dropped the ball this past offseason with some of their personnel moves but once this year is over, a new one will begin. Time heals everything and both Maccagnan and Bowles know exactly what needs to happen to get this franchise back into contending come next season.
It won’t be easy and will require a ton of patience but for fans to dare think that the Jets should just lay down and let opponents monkey stomp them to another loss is ridiculous. If anything, at least the Jets showed some heart and grit against the 49ers and when it mattered most, did just enough to win. The Jets have usually been playing some lackluster football and look completely unprepared for the most part but again, winning football games heals everything.
Celebrate that at least for this very moment, the Jets came together to finally leave a game victorious. Don’t celebrate for this team to just keep losing to move up a few positions in next year’s draft. A good general manager, just like Maccagnan, can handle anything in stride and works with wherever the chips may fall.