New York Jets Team History
The New York Jets have had two different eras. The very first was a short-lived time as the New York Titans. Which began when the AFL was created in 1960. The owner of the team, Harry Wismer, chose the name because, as he said, “Titans are bigger and stronger than Giants.”
The Titans were not better at finances. The AFL had to take over the running of the team from Wismer in 1962 and search for a new owner. That ended up being Sonny Werblin, who did an entire franchise reset.
Instead of remaining in the Polo Grounds. Werblin moved the team to the newly built Shea Stadium, the new home of the Mets. He hired a new head coach, Weeb Ewbank, who was an NFL champion with the Baltimore Colts. And he changed the team name to the Jets, because of Shea Stadium’s proximity to LaGuardia Airport.
The team didn’t break .500 until the fifth year of Ewbank’s tenure. Then came his sixth season as the head coach, and the greatest season in the history of the New York Jets. They finished first in their division for the first time. Also, won the AFL for the first time, and won the only Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. Upsetting the Colts in Super Bowl III.
The Jets have played in four AFC Championship Games since that Super Bowl win – 1982, 1998, 2009, 2010 – but they lost all four.
Not surprisingly the top Jets in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are from that Super Bowl-winning team. Headlined by the starting quarterback who guaranteed victory, Joe Namath. The Super Bowl MVP had his No. 12 retired in 1985.
Also from that AFL and Super Bowl champion is wide receiver Don Maynard, tackle Winston Hill, and head coach Weeb Ewbank.
The two other primary Jets players in the Hall of Fame are center Kevin Mawae and running back Curtis Martin.
NFL Big Changes from Last Season – New York Jets
The offseason goals of the Jets were clear. Get more weapons for second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, and get a better defense.
Both of those goals seem to have been met, and now it’s time to see if they translate into more wins in 2022.
In free agency the Jets got a new tight end in C.J. Uzomah. Last season he caught 49 passes and five touchdowns for the AFC champion Bengals. They also paid good money for left guard Laken Tomlinson.
The real offensive change, however, is coming at wide receiver. Gone is Jamison Crowder, and in is Garrett Wilson, a vertical threat from Ohio State that becomes the first first-round wide receiver for the Jets since 2001. Wilson runs a 4.38 in the 40 and he averaged 15.1 yards per catch last season with the Buckeyes.
Wilson, added to Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, along with their new tight end, gives this passing game great outside talent. Also joining the offense, and expected to be another target for Zach Wilson, is rookie running back Breece Hall, who ran a 4.39 at the combine.
On defense there are also big changes, and this defense should be much better than the group that finished dead last in points allowed.
New York has two new starting cornerbacks, in free agent D.J. Reed, coming over from Seattle, and the fourth overall pick in the draft, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. In a division with Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill, Gardner was a must draft.
The pass rush was also upgraded by the Jets with the final of their three first round picks, Jermaine Johnson from Florida State. Johnson had 12 sacks last season and 18 tackles for loss. Also, he will pair nicely across from a now healthy Carl Lawson. Who is returning from the achilles injury that cost him almost all of 2021.
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