Are The 2020 New York Jets The Worst Team Of All Time?

  • The 0-7 New York Jets are 19.5 point spread underdogs in their game against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The current state of the New York Jets franchise is quite possibly the worst it has ever been.

The 0-7 Jets are the pinnacle of pity in the NFL, and are historically notable 19.5-point underdogs in their game against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

The team is ranked last in nearly every statistical category, and is barely able to function as a football franchise at this point in time. Lowlights of the season so far include a 29-point loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a nine-point loss to the 2-4 Denver Broncos, and a loss to the Miami Dolphins in which the Jets scored zero points.

While 2020 has taken its toll on everyone, there is no excuse for the current state of the Jets.

The quality of football being played is so low that fans of the green team in New York have begun asking themselves the very real, and very disturbing question.

Are The 2020 New York Jets The Worst Team Of All Time?

The 2020 rendition of the Jets have a very real shot of going 0-16 this season and are currently on pace to be the worst team of all time.

For those unaware of the current status of the Jets, the team has completely imploded on any sort of goal or plan they were trying to accomplish under head coach Adam Gase.

The team is winless, and has also spurned NFL bettors by going 1-6 against the spread so far this year.

Earlier this month, the question was asked as to which New York NFL team is worse in 2020. While the 1-6 Giants are easily in the cellar of teams this year, the Jets have emphatically answered that question for themselves by their play over the last few weeks.

Notably, a losing effort against the Dolphins where the Jets scored zero points.

There are three other teams in NFL history that the Jets are in “competition” against for the title of Worst Of All Time (WOAT): The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14), the 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16), and the 2017 Cleveland Browns (0-16).

The Jets currently lose at an average of 16.9 points per game, the worst in the league by over seven full points. In comparison, the 2017 Browns lost by an average of 11 points per game.

The Jets currently average 12.1 points per game, the worst in the league by over five full points. The 2008 Lions averaged 16.8 points per game. While that Lions team at least had Calvin Johnson, this Jets team’s best player is…Marcus Maye? Quinnen Williams? Mekhi Becton? The results are still unclear.

This Jets team is currently on pace for a -293-point differential for the season. If they are able to stay at their current pace, they will beat the record of -287 held by the 1976 Buccaneers.

In order to get some more context as to how far this team has fallen, it is important to realize just how capable this team was not so long ago.

In 2009 and 2010, the Jets made the AFC Championship game in back to back years under Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez and Ryan were often the butt (fumble) of the joke, it is hard to imagine that any Jets fan wouldn’t trade life and limb to go back to the winning ways of that era.

Since that loss to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 playoffs, the Jets have cascaded into oblivion.

In the seasons following, the Jets consistently regressed into one of the worst teams in the league:

  • 2011: 8-8
  • 2012: 6-10
  • 2013: 8-8
  • 2014: 4-12 (Rex Ryan is fired, Todd Bowles is hired)
  • 2015: 10-6 (Just miss playoffs behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Darrelle Revis)
  • 2016: 5-11
  • 2017: 5-11
  • 2018: 4-12 (Todd Bowles is fired, Adam Gase is hired)
  • 2019: 7-9
  • 2020: 0-7

This brings things back to Adam Gase. After being fired by the Dolphins, Gase was almost immediately hired for the exact same job at the Jets. Many questioned the decision to hire a man for a job he just failed, but none question it anymore. The decision has reached WOAT status of its own in terms of head coaching hires.

Not only is Gase’s seat white hot, but online sportsbooks actually have him with negative odds to be the next NFL head coach fired.

Next NFL Head Coach Fired

  • Adam Gase -175
  • Doug Marrone +200
  • Matt Patricia +700
  • Mike Zimmer +700
  • Mike McCarthy +1400
  • Anthony Lynn +1600

The first step on the Jets road to recovery is removing Gase and his goons from the system.

From there, the Jets need to build around the few young pieces they have in order to create a young core that can be built around instead of just a graveyard of players demanding trades.

Sam Darnold has franchise QB potential, but no one really knows his abilities since the Jets terrible offensive line has kept Darnold either rushed, scrambling, or injured for the majority of his young career.

Will the Jets turn things around eventually? Probably.

Are they the worst NFL team of all time? Probably.

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