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Patriots 28 Jets 14: A Fitting Ending

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The Jets completed their 2020 season today, one of the worst in franchise history, with a 28-14 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots. The loss ended any dreams of finishing the season on a three game winning streak. The final record in this dismal year is 2-14.

I don’t really have many thoughts on the game. It was just something to get through, the final barrier to the offseason.

Nothing was on the line. The season was lost long ago. The team’s Draft position was locked in last week. New England didn’t have anything to play for either in a rare losing season.

The game had to be played so that the two teams could both complete sixteen games.

To be honest I feel like this game was a waste of time, one last time a bad team took the field in a joyless season.

That feels fitting to me.

Think about where the Jets were at this point two years ago. They needed to find a new coach. The roster needed to be overhauled. At least there was a lot of salary cap space and a top three pick to do it in the upcoming offseason. There was also one premium young talent on defense.

Those things are all true right now. Sure, there are some differences. This version of the Jets has substantially more Draft capital. The cap space can be used more efficiently this year when much of the league will be facing a cap crunch. The quarterback situation has less clarity after Sam Darnold’s catastrophic third year. Possible solutions do await with the second overall pick, however.

Still, the Jets have found themselves in virtually the same position at the end of 2020 that they were at the end of 2018.

Two years ago the Jets got in their own way by retaining Mike Maccagnan for five additional months after a failed season. This set off a chain of events that got us to where we are. An inexplicable coaching hire and horrible roster decisions resulted. The team was set up to make moves if a smart football guy was in charge.

Two years later the Jets might have that smart football guy in charge. That’s the good news.

The bad news is it could have been this way then. The team has spent all of this time traveling to wind up in the exact same place it started.

The Jets have spent the last two years wasting your time. Today was one final reminder of that.