A Jet Fan’s Reality On The Impact Aaron Rogers Will Have In NY

A Jet Fan's Reality On The Impact Aaron Rogers Will Have In NY

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It’s about the third week in July and every morning I wake up and read the papers and see stories on how well Aaron Rodgers and the Jets are doing in practice. Craig Carton just picked the NY Jets to go 18 and 0 this year. I want to know what he ate for breakfast. Everyone seems happy. Many NY Jets players have been constantly quoted as saying that to play with Rogers is a chance and opportunity to learn from one of the greatest players in NFL history. Rogers seems happier than he’s ever been or at least in a long time. Head coach Robert Saleh keeps throwing complimentary phrases around Rogers and the rest of the Jets team. Fans are going nuts saying this is our year finally. That is of course not all fans. If you’re a long-time New York Jets fan,  you will understand what I’m about to say.

No matter how much hope, no matter how much hype, we have seen it all before. There have been many seasons, although not many recently where there was so much hope at the beginning of a season for the Jets to have a run at the Super Bowl or at least make the playoffs. When the Jets landed Brett Favre, everyone thought that was it, finally a chance to go all the way with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. When Mark Sanchez came to town as the number one pick we all thought that’s it, we’re going to the Super Bowl. Funny thing is we almost did, two years in a row. You can say what you want about Mark Sanchez but the man brought us to the championship game two years in a row. There has not been much fun since those two years we all love to call the Rex Ryan years.

The Sam Darnold draft was supposed to fuel another shot to become a playoff contender. Do you remember how many teams were hoping to get in a position to draft Sam Darnold? I am a New York Jets season ticket holder. I can tell you firsthand how excited we all were when the Jets drafted Donald. That excitement didn’t last too long. I’m not even going to get into the draft of Zach Wilson. That one just felt wrong from the start. Since the two Sanchez /Rex Ryan championship games, it’s been pretty dismal going to Metlife Stadium every year. The only bright spot has been the time of the games.

Almost all of the New York Jets home games for the past decade have been 1.00 PM Sunday starts. The networks have had no reason to put the Jets on in Prime Time. As a season ticket holder, I can tell you that we all prefer 1:00 p.m. Sunday games because traffic is a nightmare in New York. There’s nothing worse than driving from Long Island to New Jersey on a Thursday or Monday afternoon. It’s usually a 3-hour drive. We can deal with the 3-hour drive after the game but not before the game too. That’s all changed this year.

I will admit that a lot of us have been upset that there are many games this year at home that are night games. It’s selfish,  yes. However, I don’t think I’m speaking just for myself to say that we will happily trade our 1:00 p.m. games for night games if the Jets start winning. If the Jets give us a glimpse of hope. If there is some excitement. If Aaron Rodgers does what everyone is expecting him to do. However, that’s the problem. Jet fans always expect the worst. I don’t want to jinx anything so I’m going to be careful with my words. Yet, we know it may be coming. We know that amongst all this hype and happiness, is an NFL season to be played by the New York Jets. We know what that’s like. We know what’s next. Or do we? Yeah, I think we do…………

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