A new season brings a higher set of expectations for each team and Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins knows that. The Jets are yearning for a better season.
Unfortunately, everything has went downhill from the end of the 2015 season.
That year, the Jets went 10-6, nearly sneaking into the playoffs. Since 2010, the Jets have not sniffed postseason play.
Coincidentally, the Jets would select edge rusher Jordan Jenkins out of Georgia the year after.
Jenkins became a free agent in the off-season after his rookie contract expired. Jenkins re-signed with the Jets in April.
Jordan Jenkins Press Conference
Entering his fifth pro season, the 26-year old linebacker took some time to vent on the team’s past and where he hopes to be this season.
He first expressed his pleasure to be back with the team.
“Unforeseen things happened in free agency with the pandemic outbreak, some guys not getting what they’re supposed to get and all this other stuff but, you know, honestly happy to be back with the Jets,”
Then, Jenkins discussed part of the Jets recent history.
“Always love G-Dub [defensive coordinator Gregg Williams] and the staff that’s around here and honestly when I came here, I know that the Jets didn’t have really a winning history and it really sucks that in the last four years we couldn’t get it done. But me being back here, been here four going on five years, and I’m tired of (expletive) losing so, you know, now just gotta ramp (expletive) up and, you know, try and get the ball rolling.”
A Fan’s Perspective
Fans would like to see the Jets turn a corner and start winning again. Jenkins has been one of the more respected guys in the locker room during his tenure. His words will definitely speak volumes. He’s been the most productive edge rusher on defense, collecting a career-high eight sacks in 2019. Jenkins has led the Jets in sacks for the past two seasons.
The Jets started out the 2019 season 1-7, due to numerous key injuries and a pedestrian offense. The defense was the strong suit of the Jets. The Jets finished as a top 10 defense for the first time since 2015.
The Jets did make a late run, finishing the final eight games 6-2. It wasn’t enough for the team as they failed to make the playoffs once again.
The Jets aren’t exactly one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. The Jets finished with a sub-.500 record for the 4th consecutive season.
No one can blame Jenkins for what he said. Since he’s been with the Jets, he’s been apart of nothing but losing. The Jets went 5-11 in 2016 & 2017. The Jets would finish 2019 with a 7-9 record, their best record in the last four seasons.
Currently, general manager Joe Douglas is looking to assemble a winning culture.
Most fans don’t expect much out of the New York Jets this season. Can Jordan Jenkins fire up the locker room? Will the Jets shock the world and return to the playoffs?