New York, NY (PressExposure) June 17, 2009 -- The New York Jets are an NFL team that plays in the AFC East division. The team shares a stadium with the New York Giants and often takes a backseat because of the success that the Giants have had over the years. The Jets have had many successful years; however they have gone almost 40 years without even competing for a championship.
In the early years, the New York Jets seemed more like a Broadway show as opposed to a football team. When the team drafted quarterback Joe Namath from Alabama, the team had no idea what sort of showman that they were getting. Joe was able to fit in pretty well with the New York crowd and earned the nickname of Broadway Joe because of his eccentric style and the way that he interacted with the fans and the media alike. Namath led the team to their one and only championship in 1969 over the highly favored Baltimore Colts. Before the game, Namath had guaranteed victory, which upset his coaches because it gave the Colts even more motivation to win the game. However, Namath backed up his words and led the Jets to a 16-7 victory in Super Bowl 3 and the Jets have yet to return to the Super Bowl.
The team struggled after the Super Bowl victory and this was due to the fact that star quarterback Joe Namath was injured for most of the rest of his career following the Super Bowl victory. In fact, the team did not go to the playoffs for 11 years and not once during the 1970's. The team had success in the early 1980's led by the New York Sack Exchange which was anchored by defensive lineman Mark Gastineau who set the record for most sacks in a season that held for more than 20 years until he was passed by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants. However, the Jets that were built on defense during those years did not have the offense to carry them far in the playoffs and even though they would get there, they would be unable to beat much better teams in January.
After the 1986 season, the team only went to the playoffs one more time over the next 10 years and their lowest point came in 1996 when they went 1-15, which was their worst record ever posted in franchise history. In fact in 1995 and 1996 combined, the team went 4-28, which is one of the worst two years spans in the history of the NFL. Following that season, the Jets signed legendary head coach Bill Parcells to help them dig themselves out of the mess that the franchise had become. After a successful first season going 9-7, the team still failed to make the playoffs, however the following year, the Jets were one of the best teams in the league and were just one game away from returning the Super Bowl, but they fell short against eventual Super Bowl champion, the Denver Broncos. Parcells changed the culture for the Jets organization in the same way he did with the team that the Jets share their stadium with, the New York Giants. Even though Parcells is no longer there, the culture of winning has remained the same and the Jets are always a perennial favorite to win their division, in fact since 1998, the Jets have only had three losing seasons and have had made the playoffs 5 times over that same span.