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How much do you still care?

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This has been a difficult season to be a Jets fan.

The team is three games away from living in infamy as the third team to go 0-16 over the course of a full season. The young quarterback upon whom so many hopes were pinned looks more and more like a bust. The head coach few of us wanted has been worse than even his worst critics could have imagined.

Going through a season like this alone would be difficult enough, but this is the cap of a dismal era in franchise history. The Jets are about to go through their tenth straight year missing the Playoffs. In that span the team has put together a single winning season.

There is reason for hope on the horizon. The team will be in a position to draft a new highly touted quarterback at the top of the NFL Draft. The Jets are rich in both cap space and Draft capital, and they will have the opportunity to find a better coach.

All we can do is move forward and hope for a better future.

I do think skepticism is justified, however. We have heard this all before. Over the last ten years ownership has repeatedly told the fanbase a new day was dawning. We have already heard how coaching changes, new quarterbacks, Draft picks, and cap space would fix all of the problems.

Lately I have sensed growing apathy within the fanbase. Jets fans had been angry at the team’s performance for years. We have reached a point where anger has started to subside for many. These days Jets fans just don’t seem to care that much.

Many diehard fans have told me that they aren’t watching the games anymore. Many who still watch say they aren’t emotionally invested.

This seems like a real problem for ownership, one I’m not sure they entirely grasp. When fans are angry, at least it shows they still care. I interact with as many Jets fans as anybody in my travels, and it seems to me like the fanbase is dwindling from apathy. You can only lose so much before people find something better to do with their time.

To be honest if it wasn’t for this website and the podcast I host, I don’t think I would be watching Jets games on Sundays.

The question is how long this will last. I am sure there are still some diehards out there who live and die with every snap no matter how bad the team is.

Many do not. My question is how long will they stay away from the team. Will they return full of hope next year after this winless campaign is behind us? Will they wait and see, not fully investing emotionally until there is some sign the team is on the right track? Are they just gone forever finding other ways to spend their time?

How do you feel as a fan right now?

Poll

How do you feel about the Jets?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    I’m still rooting as hard as I ever did. (Includes people rooting hard to lose for Draft position)
    (327 votes)
  • 18%
    I’m done for this year, but I’ll be back next year ready to go.
    (228 votes)
  • 34%
    I’m not emotionally investing until I’m convinced they’re moving in the right direction.
    (421 votes)
  • 19%
    I’m done.
    (240 votes)
1216 votes total Vote Now