A Jets Fan Excited About the Draft? I’m Just as Shocked Myself
- Updated: April 1, 2010
Seriously, it’s a strange phenomenon. It seems like forever that the Jets “needs” have extended to offensive line, defensive line, quarterback, the skill positions, secondary and linebackers. The somewhat laughable joke around Jet quarters has frequently been around the notion that it’s not where we need help, but what might be the few areas we actually don’t need to upgrade.
Yet, this year the feeling is decidedly different. The offensive line feels solidified for the foreseeable future. The franchise quarterback – whether he pans out to be or not — is in place. A young up and coming running back is joined in the backfield by a future HOF with a chip on his shoulder and the type of veteran fullback you love to have clearing the way (and in the locker room). There are certainly question marks, but those uncertainties are fewer and decidedly less scary. Most fans agree with King Kiper and his take:
Could it be that the draft is evolving into a place where Jets fans and management are simply looking for pieces to get the team closer to a championship? No, like, really? Has Ryan helped put the culture of losing in the rearview? Woody’s emerged from the shadows as an owner who nows seemed more focused on building and embracing a winner, and Tannenbaum’s willingness to take a chance all of the sudden feels more empowering than dangerous. What gives? Could the days of draft misery and a losing mentality be behind Jets fans forever? Is it OK to dream? On second thought, please don’t answer.