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Jets now own the longest Playoff drought in the NFL

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With their victory today, the Cleveland Browns clinched their first Playoff berth since 2002. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched their first Playoff berth since 2007 last week. That leaves the Jets with the longest postseason drought in the NFL, and their absence is double the length of the next closest team.

It takes a lot of bad football and bad decisions to get to this point.

Of course there is a silver lining. The successes of Tampa Bay and especially Cleveland show that a down on its luck franchise can turn things around.

The Jets have a tremendous amount of Draft capital and salary cap space. They also have a general manager who for some of his early personnel mistakes is widely respected across the league.

After a decade of false starts, can the Jets climb out from this mess? It might come down to whether ownership will finally let a football guy run the team without interference.