With the intense amount of drama and off-the-field attention surrounding the Jets—including media lightning rods like Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Bart Scott and Tim Tebow—there was not quite enough talk about on-the-field action in New York.
As a result, some wide gaps developed between the opinions of statisticians and experts as compared with the rants of some of the more vocal on-air personalities. The most quantifiable difference came in the betting lines, where the Jets were favored more often than not in 2012. Meanwhile, the Jets were picked to lose most of the time in popular media.
The truth came somewhere in between, with the Jets going 6-10.
This offseason is sure to be full of complaints and further on-air rants about how the Jets should clean house and cut everyone. Of course rants like those ignore basic things like the salary cap and the need to actually put players on the field. But I will leave those issues aside for now.
In August, when the 2013 regular season looms, I expect this same discrepancy to pop up again. More likely than not, gamblers will once again be putting more faith in the Jets than on-air personalities will.
So why do people plunk down money, expecting the Jets to contend?
Here are the five key reasons Jets fans should be optimistic about seeing their team in the playoff hunt in 2013.