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Twelve negative and/or discouraging stats for the New York Jets. Last week we looked at the positive ones…
1 – The New York Jets are currently tied for the third longest playoff drought in the NFL, only behind the Cleveland Browns (15 years) and Tampa Bay Bucs (10 years). Out of the big nine New York sports teams (Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Giants, Knicks and Nets), they have the longest playoff drought at seven years. They are currently in the midst of their longest playoff drought in franchise history since 1970-1980.
2 – The New York Jets have only won five games over the past two seasons that were not against the Buffalo Bills or Cleveland Browns (Ravens, Dolphins, Chiefs, Jaguars, 49ers). They have only won two road games that were not against the Cleveland Browns in that same time span (Buffalo and San Francisco in 2016).
3 – Since Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles took over, the Jets are tied for the 26th worst record in the NFL at 20-28. They Giants are also 20-28 but have a playoff appearance in that time frame and the Jaguars are one of the teams with a worse record (18-30) but won two playoff games last season. San Francisco is worse than the Jets but now have Jimmy Garoppolo. Cleveland is also worse than the Jets but have the 1st and 4th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and more cap space than them.
4 – Since 2011, the Jets record in the AFC East is 16-26, which is the 27th worst record against divisional opponents in the NFL during that time span. Since beating New England on the road in the 2010 playoffs, the Jets record against them is 2-12 and 0-12 in New England.
5 – In 3 of their past 7 seasons, the Jets have not had a 1,000 yard rusher. They have not a back exceed 1,100 yards since Thomas Jones in 2009. Outside of 2015, when both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker went over 1,000 yards, the Jets have not had a receiver go over 1,000 yards since 2007 when Jerricho Cotchery hit 1,130 yards.
6 – The New York Jets have not scored a defensive touchdown since Antonio Allen intercepted a Tom Brady pass in 2013 and brought it back for a score. The Jets have not returned a kick or punt for a touchdown since Joe McKnight (RIP) did it versus the Houston Texans in 2012.
7 – The only Jets players this decade to have double digit sacks in a single season are Muhammad Wilkerson (2013, 2015) and Calvin Pace (2013). The Jets have not drafted an offensive player in the first round since Mark Sanchez in 2009. Since selecting Sanchez they have taken four defensive linemen in the first round (Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams), four defensive backs (Kyle Wilson, Calvin Pryor, Dee Milliner, Jamal Adams) and one linebacker (Darron Lee).
8 – JoJo Natson averaged 2.8 yards per punt return last season on 16 returns, the lowest for any player in the NFL with more than 5 returns. He averaged 20.3 yards per kick return over 16 returns, which ranked 65th in the NFL. His longest return on the year was only 32 yards.
9 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins had the lowest yards per catch (74 receptions, 7.1 YPC) in the NFL among all players with more than 50 receptions at 7.1 yards, outside of Carlos Hyde (59 receptions, 5.9 YPC).
10 – The Jets were tied for 28th in the NFL in sacks last season with only 28 as a team. They were tied for 29th in the NFL in 2016 with 27 sacks as a team.
11 – In 3 of the past 4 years, the Jets have been in the bottom ten of the NFL in giveaway/takeaway ratio. Last year they were (-4) and tied for 20th in takeaways with only 20.
12 – The Jets have not drafted a player who has been first team All-Pro since Darrelle Revis. They have not drafted an offensive player who has been first team All-Pro since Nick Mangold. They have not drafted a skill position player who has been first team All-Pro since Al Toon.
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