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Complete Guide to The New York Jets

The New York Jets will always be remembered for Joe Namath’s Super Bowl “guarantee,” but the franchise hasn’t had much high-level success since then.

In recent years, Gang Green has had serious difficulty even fielding competitive teams, making it tough for bettors to confide in them.

It’s worth wondering if that could be changing, as the Jets have a new head coach and should be making some big offseason moves. Whether you’re ready to bet on the Jets or not, feel free to use this Jets team guide as a way to filter through the latest news, stats, and information.

New York Jets Overview and Key Information

The New York Jets began as the “Titans of New York” in 1960 as part of the AFL (American Football League). During their time with the AFL, the Jets made their one and only Super Bowl appearance at Super Bowl III, defeating the Baltimore Colts for their only Super Bowl championship in more than 50 years.

In the early days of the franchise, the Jets were quarterbacked by Joe Namath, while Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam made up the “New York Sack Exchange.” The team was on fire for several years until the merger with the NFL in 1970 seemed to cool things down for the second New York-based team.

Over the years, the Jets have made 14 playoff appearances and won four division championships but have been relatively quiet since 2010.

Adam Gase, former offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and head coach of the Miami Dolphins, took over the head coaching position for the New York Jets in 2019, replacing Todd Bowles.

New York Jets – Key Info
Established
1960
Division
AFC East
Current Team Location
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Stadium
MetLife Stadium
Head Coach
Robert Saleh
Owner
Woody and Christopher Johnson
Website
www.newyorkjets.com
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$2.85 billion (8th)

New York Jets Team History

In the early days of the AFL, the Jets were known as the Titans of New York, named because “Titans” were considered stronger than “Giants,” their NY-based NFL counterpart. The Titans were one of the initial members of the American Football League and had an impressive run.

The first few years were tough on the ownership, though. The team struggled financially and were housed at the Polo Grounds, a location that didn’t befit “Titans.”

So, at the end of 1962, a five-person investment team purchased the Titans and moved them to Shea Stadium near LaGuardia Airport. The location prompted the name change to “Jets.”

Super Bowl Appearances and Playoff History

Under coach Weeb Ewbank, the Jets won division championships in 1968 and 1969 and made their only appearance in Super Bowl III in January of ’69. The Jets defeated the NFL’s Baltimore Colts 16-7, claiming the first AFL Super Bowl victory with Joe Namath named Most Valuable Player.

In 1970, the AFL and NFL merged, and the Jets went from the highs of the ‘60s to an average team in the ‘70s. The Jets did end up with four playoff appearances in the 1980s but started to hit their stride under Coach Bill Parcells in the late ‘90s, heading to their first postseason in seven years.

The New York Jets kicked off the 21st century with six playoff appearances from 2001 to 2010. But 2010 is the last year that the New York Jets have seen any action after the regular season and have only finished with one winning record since then — 10-6 in 2015.

  • Super Bowl Appearances: 1968
  • Super Bowl Championship: 1968
  • AFC East Titles: 2002, 1998, 1969, 1968
  • Playoff Appearances: 2010, 2009, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1991, 1986, 1985, 1982, 1981, 1969, 1968

Home Stadium – MetLife Stadium

  • Inaugurated: 2010
  • Capacity: 82,500
  • Grass or Turf: Turf

The Jets have an unusual situation in that they’re a 50/50 partner with the New York Giants in MetLife Stadium. The two NFL teams share the venue that initially opened as New Meadowlands Stadium.

MetLife is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just eight miles outside of New York City and easily accessible by various methods of transportation. For the Jets, it replaced their previous Giants Stadium that was nearly 30 years old.

The venue cost $1.6 billion to construct and boasts a custom lighting system that switches colors from green for the Jets to blue for the Giants depending on who’s playing at the time. MetLife has the closest 50-yard-line seats in the NFL, located just 46 feet from the sideline.

It’s an outdoor venue without a retractable roof, and it takes 18 hours to convert the endzones from one team to the other.

  • Stadium Address: MetLife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
  • Mailing Address: New York Jets, c/o MetLife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
  • Phone: 201-559-1500

New York Jets Head Coaches

The roster of New York Jets head coaches includes a list of 21, but there were very few with any longevity or impressive records to boast.

If you look at the list of the past ten, you’ll see Patriots coach Bill Belichick on there twice even though he didn’t coach a game. Belichick served six days in the position between Rich Kotite and Bill Parcells. After Parcells retired, Belichick was his interim for one full day in 2000.

Some names do stand out in New York Jets history, however. Here’s a quick breakdown of the top Jets coaches ever.

Weeb Ewbank

The first is Weeb Ewbank from 1963 to ’73 who, along with Joe Namath, put the Jets on the map with two AFC titles and their only Super Bowl appearance and championship.

The Jets still struggled for much of Ewbank’s tenure, but they did reach the playoffs twice and won a title. Considering that and the 11 years he put into the job, it’s safe to say Ewbank is one of the best Jets coaches of all time.

Bill Parcells

It’s worth noting both Walt Michaels and Joe Walton. The former got the Jets to the AFC title game in 1982, and between the two of them, New York made the playoffs four different times in the 1980s.

Neither really hold a candle to Bill Parcells, who is without a doubt one of the best coaches in NFL history. Parcells took a team that was 4 and 28 under Rich Kotite and turned it around to 27 and 18 under his leadership, including a playoff appearance in ’98.

New York was 8-8 or better each year under Parcells, including a magical 1998 campaign where they won the AFC East, went 12-4, and reached the conference championship game.

Rex Ryan

Herman Edwards deserves a nod for getting New York to the playoffs three different times, but the next coach to grace this list is the ever-brash Rex Ryan.

Ryan’s Jets slipped in the latter stages of his tenure but made it to the AFC title game in each of his first two seasons. Despite never being able to figure out the quarterback position, Ryan typically fielded strong defenses and had the Jets at 8-8 or better four times in his six seasons on the job.

In 2015, Todd Bowles signed on as the Jets’ 20th head coach in the team’s more than 50-year history. Bowles retired as a former safety with the Redskins and 49ers. His first NFL coaching job was in 2000 as a secondary coach with the Jets.

He moved on to the Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, and Cardinals in various coaching positions, including interim head coach in Miami in 2011, finishing his short stint with a 2-1 record. In 2014, he won the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year awards from both the AP and PFWA.

In 2019, the Jets hired Adam Gase. His coaching resume includes various positions in college football, as well as roles with the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and Chicago Bears. Before being hired by the Jets, Gase served as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach from 2016-2018. In his first season with the Dolphins, he guided Miami to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

# Years Coach W-L % Playoffs % Titles
21 2019-20 Adam Gase 9-23 .281
20 2015-18 Todd Bowles 24-40 .375
19 2009-14 Rex Ryan 46-50 .479 4-2 .667 .667
18 2006-08 Eric Mangini 23-25 .479 0-1 .000
17 2001-05 Herman Edwards 39-41 .487 2-3 .400
16 2000-00 Al Groh 9-7

New York Jets’ Last Five Seasons

Season Coach Finish W-L % Playoffs
2020 Adam Gase 4th 2-14 .125
2019 Adam Gase 3rd 7-9 .438
2018 Todd Bowles 4th 4-12 .250
2017 Todd Bowles 4th 5-11 .313
2016 Todd Bowles 4th 5-11 .313

New York Jets’ All-Time Career Leaders

Category Player Stats Years
Passing Yards Joe Namath 27,057 1965-76
Passing Touchdowns Joe Namath 170 1965-76
Rushing Yards Curtis Martin 10,302 1998-05
Rushing Touchdowns Curtis Martin 58 1998-05
Receptions Don Maynard 627 1960-72
Receiving Yards Don Maynard 11,732 1960-72
Receiving Touchdowns Don Maynard 88 1960-72
Tackles Kyle Clifton 1,468 1984-96
Sacks Mark Gastineau 74 1979-88
Interceptions Bill Baird 34 1963-69

New York had some nice success early in the franchise’s history but has struggled as a whole in the NFL. Despite that, they still produced some iconic figures in pro football. Here are some of the biggest Jets stars to ever grace the field. 

Joe Namath

Joe Namath quarterbacked the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama, leading them to a 1964 national championship before being picked as the Cardinals’ 12th overall pick in the NFL draft as well as the Jets’ first in the AFL.

Choosing the Cardinals meant that Joe needed to forego the Orange Bowl. So, instead, he signed with the Jets that day after the bowl game. Namath started his professional career in 1965 and was named the AFL Rookie of the Year. He played 12 seasons with the Jets (1965-76), earning the Super Bowl MVP title for Super Bowl III. Joe was a four-time AFL All-Star, the AFL’s MVP in both 1968 and ’69, and a two-time AFL passing yards leader.

In 1972, he led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Namath was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. “Broadway Joe” spent his final pro season with the Rams in 1977, but his number 12 was retired by the New York Jets.

Don Maynard

There were a few teams before and after Don Maynard’s 13 seasons with the New York Jets (1960-72), but his career highlights were made wearing a Titans or a Jets uniform. The wide receiver was the Giants’ ninth-round pick in the 1957 NFL draft. By that time, Maynard was averaging 27.6 yards per reception for ten touchdowns in three seasons at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was released by the Giants in the ’59 training camp and was the first player to sign with the New York Titans in 1960.

As a Titan (and Jet), he had four seasons with 50 or more catches and 1,000 yards receiving. He was a four-time AFL All-Star and twice First-Team All-AFL. Maynard was on the Jets’ Super Bowl championship team, and the organization retired his number 13.

Curtis Martin

Running back Curtis Martin began his NFL career in New England after being selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 1995 draft. He had played college ball in his hometown for the University of Pittsburgh’s Panthers. In his first professional year, he was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year but left the Patriots in 1998, signing with the Jets as a restricted free agent.

In his first seven seasons with the New York team, he missed only one game. Martin was named to five Pro Bowls and two First-Team All-Pros. In ’04, he was the NFL’s rushing yards leader, and he retired after the 2005 season with 14,101 rushing yards, 90 rushing TDs, and 484 receptions. His number 28 jersey was retired by the Jets.

Mark Gastineau

NFL Network ranked Mark Gastineau as the 8th-greatest pass rusher in NFL history. Gastineau played defensive end for one season at Arizona State University before heading to East Central Oklahoma State where he accumulated 27 quarterback sacks in his college career. He was the university’s first-ever draft pick, selected in the second round in 1979 by the Jets.

Gastineau played for the team from 1979 through 1988 and set both franchise and NFL records. He was the NFL sacks leader in ’83 and ’84 and earned the top spot for most sacks in a Pro Bowl with four. For the Jets, he set a single-season sacks record with 22, four single-game sacks, and 107.5 career sacks. Mark Gastineau was the NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year in ’82 and the UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year in ’84 as well as the 1984 Pro Bowl MVP.

Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko wore the New York Jets uniform from 1977-87 and was a member of the “New York Sack Exchange,” along with Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam. Klecko, out of Temple University, was the Jets’ sixth-round pick in the 1977 NFL Draft. He had his most significant year in 1981 as the Defensive Player of the Year named by the NEA, PFWA, and AFC.

It was also the first of two First-Team All-Pro designations. Joe also made the Pro Bowl four times during his 12-year professional career. After the 1987 season with the Jets, he spent his final year with the Indianapolis Colts. In 2004, the Jets retired his #73 jersey, making him just the third player in the franchise’s history to receive the honor at the time.

New York Jets Trivia

Mark Gastineau once held the record for sacks in a single season, but he was also part of one of the nastiest pass rushes in the early 1980s. The Jets legend teamed up with Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam to don the nickname “New York Sack Exchange.”

New York had a chance at quarterback Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft. They opted for Ken O’Brien instead. In 1995, the team also drafted tight end Kyle Brady instead of defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

In 2000, the Jets completed the “Monday Night Miracle,” coming back from 23 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. New York scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and went on to win the game.

The Jets and Raiders were playing a game in 1968 that was tense in the final moments. New York was ahead 32-29 and looked to be in line for the win. NBC switched over to “Heidi,” assuming the game was over. The Raiders scored two touchdowns for a miraculous 43-32 win, surprising (and upsetting) Jets fans everywhere.

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