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The History of the New York Jets

 1960: Led by Lamar Hunt and seven other owners a new football league is formed to rival the NFL. The new league called the American Football League includes the New York Titans owned Harry Wismer. The Titans who name legendary Quarterback "Slingin" Sammy Baugh as their first coach, play their home games at the ancient crumbling Polo Grounds, and are widely viewed in New York as a semi-pro team in a semi-pro league. The AFL is initially loaded with NFL castoffs, and those college players viewed as not good enough for the 40-year old NFL. The first player signed by the Titans is Don Maynard a former flanker from Texas-Western, who was passed up by the NFL, and was playing in Canada. Maynard would go on to have a solid 13-year career, and would go on to the Hall of Fame. On September 11th the Titans took their field for the first time ever at a rain soaked Polo Grounds against the Buffalo Bills. A disappointing crowd of only 10,200 showed up to watch the Titans win 27-3. Attendance would not improve as the Titans, and AFL played in front of empty stadiums all season in the league's inaugural season. The Titans would end up going 7-7 finishing in second place. 

: The Titans continue to toil at .500, posting a 7-7 record for the second straight season as the AFL struggles for creditability against the NFL and the Jets struggle to get noticed with the NFL's New York Giants going to the NFL Championship Game for the fourth time in six years.

: Through their first three seasons the Titans continued to struggle around .500, Sammy Baugh was replaced as coach while fans continued to stay away. Things got so bad that owner Harry Wismer would have fans move down close to the field to give the illusion on Television more fans were at the game. However, it was far from the case as they only drew 36,151 over seven home games. Things would get worse when Wismer was unable to make payroll forcing the AFL to take over the team's finances in November. With all the financial distractions the Titans would manage to only finish 5-9, and finish in Last Place.

: If the AFL was going to survive long term it needed a New York presence, thus finding stable owners for their New York franchise became the league's top priority. Eventually the team was sold to a group headed by Sonny Werblin for $1 Million. Things were already looking up for the team, as a new stadium awaited them in 1964, since the new stadium was next to LaGuardia Airport; the team's name was changed from Titans to Jets. Another more significant move was the hiring of Weeb Ewbank as head coach. Ewbank who had successfully lead the Baltimore Colts to two consecutive NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959, was recently fired, by the Colts who wanted a younger coach. The Jets would still struggle with a 5-8-1 record. However, attendance improved immensely as they drew 103,550 fans over seven games.

: The Jets finally land in a new home as they begin play in the brand new state of the art Shea Stadium. The Jets get off to a flying start at their new home by trouncing the Denver Broncos 30-7 on September 12th. The Jets would once again struggle to finish 5-8-1, but there was reason for hope for the future as Running Back Matt Snell gains 948 yards, and is named AFL rookie of the Year.

: Through the AFL's first five seasons the league was not considered a serious challenge for the NFL. The AFL was still a last resort for players who could not make the NFL were too old, or were trying for another shot in pro football. However that landscape was shaken to its core during the off-season following the 1964 season. On January 2nd, just one day after playing for National Champion Alabama in the Orange Bowl Joe Namath signs a then unheard of $427,000 contract to play for the Jets. Namath considered one of the top pro prospects had spurned the NFL to play in what was thought to be a lesser league. In his first season Namath would take over as starter early in the season and not look back as he would win the AFL Rookie of the Year while passing for 2,220 yards, and 18 Touchdowns. However, the Jets would finish 5-8-1 for the third season in a row. Even though Namath didn't bring immediate success to the Jets he brought about change to pro-football. After the Namath signing NFL owners worried more college prospect would be offered big deals to play in the rival league wanted a common draft between the two leagues. As the discussions of a common draft started the AFL got what it was looking for legitimacy, as the NFL agreed to play the AFL in an annual Championship game. This would game would later become known as the Super Bowl, and would become a National Holiday for Millions of Football Fans.

: In his second season the raw talent of Joe Namath becomes to show some of it s potential as he passes for 3,379 yards and 19 touchdowns. However Namath also throws 27 interceptions as the Jets finish in third place with a mediocre record of 6-6-2.

: The development of Joe Namath continues as he guides the Jets to their first ever winning season in his third year as starting Quarterback. That year Namath also began to make his mark in pro-football's record book becoming the first Quarterback ever in either league to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season. The exciting play of Broadway Joe helped the Jets set an AFL attendance record, selling out every home game, as Jets games at Shea Stadium became the hottest ticket in New York.

: After coming of a successful 8-5-1 season the Jets hoped they could finally win their division, and play for the AFL Championship. The Jets would get off to a flying start winning their first game over the Kansas City Chiefs thanks in part to ball control in which the Jets held the ball the final 5:56 of the game. Two weeks later in their home opener the Jets would pull off another last minute win as Emerson Boozer scored a TD to give the Jets a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in front of an AFL record crowd of 63, 786 at Shea Stadium.  With the Jets cruising towards the AFL Championship game their November 17th game in Oakland against the Raiders set itself up as a possible AFL Championship preview. The game was a back and forth affair as the Jets scored a Touchdown with 1:05 left in the game to pull in front 32-29. However, the high scoring game was taking a while to play, and NBC executive began to sweat it out as the game was heading close to the 7pm start of the Children's movie Heidi. NBC programmers decided that the game was over, and decided to pull the end of the game off the air to show Heidi on time and in its entirety. Within seconds thousands of irate football fans began calling NBC, and their affiliates. Meanwhile the Raiders stormed back and scored two Touchdowns in 42 seconds to win the game 43-32. Millions of fans on the East Coast were left in the dark, and assumed the Jets had won; the outrage forced NBC to apologize, and sent a message to Television Programmers that Pro-Football was a force on Television. The game would forever be known as "The Heidi Game". After finishing 11-3 the Jets easily won the Eastern Division and found themselves in a Heidi Game rematch with Raiders for the AFL Championship at Shea Stadium in front of 62, 627 fans. . The Jets took a 20-13 lead into the 4th quarter thanks to jumping out to a quick 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter. The Raiders would not go down easily and would take a 23-20 lead midway through the fourth. However, Joe Namath and the Jets would not be deterred as he drove the Jets down the field and threw a six yard pass to original Titan Don Maynard for his third Touchdown pass of the game which a gave the Jets a 27-23 lead they would not relinquish. The win would earn the Jets a trip to the AFL-NFL Championship game, which for the first time was officially being called the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl III
: Going into Super Bowl III the Jets were 18-point underdogs to the powerhouse Baltimore Colts. In fact the Super Bowl was considered a mere exhibition since the NFL's Green Bay Packers won the previous two encounters easily. The game had an ironic twist for Coach Weeb Ewbank in that he was facing his former team, and he was staring at Don Shula the man who replaced him five years earlier as head coach. However, the match-up of Ewbank, and Shula became a mere after thought after Joe Namath guaranteed the Jets would win. The guarantee was thought of as a joke, the Jets did not have a chance, and now they were looking arrogant. Many old school traditional football fans still had not accepted the presence of the AFL, and were pulling for the Colts to shut the brash young Quarter Back's mouth. Meanwhile AFL fans and players were pulling for the Jets, as their shot at finally being accepted as a legitimate football league against this back drop Super Bowl II, finally brought mass attention to the Championship Game.  When game time arrived finally all the talking was done, and the Jets and Colts began to play what would become the most important game in Pro-Football history. After one quarter of play the Jets had held the powerful Colts to a stale mate as they harassed starting Quarterback Earl Morrall all throughout the opening period. In the 2nd Quarter the Jets finally got on the board taken a 7-0 lead with Matt Snell scoring from four yards out. The Jets would continue to hold the Colts off the board late in the 2nd Quarter when Morrall drove the Colts deep into Jets territory. However, in one of the biggest blunders in Super Bowl history Morrall throws an interception into double coverage while WR Johnny Orr was waving his hands all alone near the end zone. The game would go to halftime 7-0. The Jets would extend their lead to 10-0 after a long drive that opened the second half. Meanwhile the Jets would continue to frustrate Morrall into mistakes, and would go into the 4th Quarter leading 13-0 after another Jim Turner Field Goal. In the 4th Quarter Turner would extend the lead to 16-0, and fans began to realize the Jets might actually have a chance to win this one. However, the Colts would not go down without a fight. With Morrall being ineffective Don Shula decided to replace him with Johnny Unitas, the all-time great Quarterback who had been hampered all season with injuries, but had the experience to get the Colts back into the game. Unitas would take the Colts down the field, and put them on the board 16-7, and when the Colts recovered the on-side-kick all of a sudden they were in business. However, Unitas did not have enough magic in his right arm and was picked off late in the 4th Quarter. The Jets had done they had won the Super Bowl, the AFL finally had legitimacy, and as the game ended Super Bowl MVP Joe Namath ran off the field and into the locker room holding up his finger saying "Were Number 1".

: The Jets flight to a second straight Super Bowl hit turbulence even before the start of training camp when Quarterback Joe Namath suddenly retired, rather than sell his interest in the nightclub Bachelor's III. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle who now had jurisdiction over the AFL teams and players demanded Namath sell the bar because of unsavory characters that were partners in the ownership group. Eventually Namath would come to his senses and sell the nightclub, and would rejoin the Jets just in time the preseason. With Namath back in the saddle the Jets would finish 10-4 and would cruise to their second consecutive Eastern Division Title. That year the Jets needed to win an extra game to get to the AFL Championship, since an extra round of playoffs were added. In the interdivisional round the Jets faced the Kansas City Chiefs at Shea Stadium. The Chiefs defense was able to shut down Broadway Joe all game forcing him into thrown three interceptions. The Jets managed to stay close keeping the game tied 6-6 into the 4th Quarter, but the Chiefs were too much and would pull out a 13-6 win to advance o the AFL Championship Game, and eventually on to Super Bowl IV, which they won easily.


  Coach Weeb Ewbank                Joe Namath                        Don Maynard                         Emerson Boozer

 1970 : The merger, which was instigated by the Jets signing of Joe Namath, and expedited by their victory in Super Bowl III, is finally completed. Pro-football is now completely housed under one league with the AFL fully joining its once rival league, and three NFL teams joining the AFC to give both conferences an equal number of teams and divisions. Along with the merger, 1970 saw a few other firsts that have become a regular part of the NFL, and the Jets were right in the middle of these changes. First came on opening day September 21st when the Jets faced the Brows, (who recently moved to the AFC from the NFL) in Cleveland for the first Monday Night Football game in NFL history. The Jets would end up losing the Monday Night inaugural 31-21. The merger also brought to the AFC the Jets Super Bowl III opponents the Baltimore Colts. Not only did they join the AFC, but joined the AFC east meaning they were guaranteed two match-ups against the Jets every year. In the first match up against the Colts on October 18th the Jets season took a sudden down turn, as Joe Namath fractures his wrist in the 29-22 loss. The Jets would go on to finish with a disappointing 4-10 record while Namath sat out the sidelines unable to play. However, the season would see another first as regular season inter-conference play is introduced. The highlight of the season comes when the Jets face the Giants at Shea Stadium on November 1st in front of a sold out crowd. The Jets would grab an early lead, but without Namath could not hold as the Giants took the first regular season math-up 22-10.

: The Jets struggle for most of the season finishing with a disappointing record of 6-8 as Quarterback Joe Namath misses most of the season due to a preseason knee injury.

: A 7-7 season is highlighted by major individual accomplishments. First came Joe Namath's finest single game performance on September 24th in Baltimore. Namath torched the Colts for 496 yards passing as the Jets won 44-34. The next individual accomplishment on October 15th when Running Backs John Riggins (168 yards) and Emerson Boozer (150) became first tandem in history to hit the 150-yard mark in a game. The final achievement accomplished by a Jet was when Wide Receiver Don Maynard playing in his final NFL season set a new record for career receptions at 632.

: The Jets are forced to play their first six games on the road, losing two home games in the process, as the Shea Stadium is used by the New York Mets who make an amazing run into the World Series. In the season, which would be Weeb Ewbank's swan song, the Jets would finish with a disappointing 4-10 record. Ewbank would also be upstaged in his final game on December 16th at Shea Stadium as Buffalo Bills Running Back O.J. Simpson rushes for 203 yards becoming the first rusher to reach the 2,000-yard mark in NFL history.

: After going 1-7 over the first part of the year the Jets snapped their slump with a titillating 26-20 overtime victory over the Giants at Yale Bowl in Hartford, Connecticut. Joe Namath threw six yards to Emerson Boozer for the winning points and had a bootleg Touchdown to tie the score. The win would be the start of a six game winning streak that closed out the season at 7-7.

: Despite Running Back John Riggins becoming the first Jet to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, the Jets could not avoid an awful 3-11 season.

: Another disastrous 3-11 season is highlighted by Head Coach Lou Holtz's feeble college coaching techniques Holtz style would fail miserably in the pro, and he would quit before the season's final game. The season would also turn out to be Joe Namath’s final in a Jets uniform, as the Quarterback who led the Jets to Super Bowl III is released following the season. Namath would end up playing one final season with the Los Angeles Rams, but the knee injuries that hampered him in his final years with the Jets followed him, and forced him to retire.

: While the Jets struggled with their third consecutive 3-11 season, they won a major off the field court decisions. The Jets who were sharing Shea Stadium with New York Mets since 1964 were always forced to start the season on the road since the Mets who were the primary tenant of Shea refused to allow the Jets to play any home games until their season was over. The ruling allowed the Jets to use Shea Stadium anytime the Mets were not playing, and only served as a precursor to further troubles between the two teams.

: With a new look, and opening game upset over the Miami Dolphins at Shea Stadium the Jets stay in contention for most of the season before finishing with an 8-8 record.

: With Richard Todd taking a bulk of the duties at Quarterback the Jets continue to play .500 football posting an 8-8 record for the second straight season while finishing in third place.

: In his second season as starting, Quarterback Richard Todd suffers through a terrible season as he is picked off 30 times while being sacked 40 times, as the Jets finish in last place with a miserable 4-12 record, along the way they are the only team to lose to the 1-15 New Orleans Saints.

: The Jets get off to a 0-3-1 start and once again look ticketed to an awful season. However a powerful defense that earned the nickname "New York Sack Exchange". Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau who lead the NFL in sacks with 20.5, and 20 respectfully lead the Sack Exchange. The Jets defense would spur them on to a 10-5-1 season, which earns the Jets a Wild Card spot, and their first trip to the postseason since 1969. In the Wild Card game at Shea Stadium against the Buffalo Bills, the Jets get off to a rough start falling behind 24-0. However, the Jets would fight their way back into the game before losing 31-27 when Quarterback Richard Todd is intercepted on the Bill two yard line with ten seconds left in the game.

: The Jets suffer a blow in the second game of the season, as Sack Exchange member Joe Klecko is lost for 14 weeks after suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee in the 4th quarter of a 31-7 win at New England. However, Klecko's injury would not affect the Jets on the field as a 57-day Player's Strike started two days later. The strike would shorten the season to nine games, and would increase the number of playoff teams to eight in each conference. Upon their return the Jets would finish 6-3, and make the playoffs comfortably as the sixth seed. In the 1st Round of the Playoffs the Jets are matched up against the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. Running Back Freeman McNeil has the second best game in playoff history with 202 yards rushing and Darrol Ray sets a postseason record with a 98-yard interception for a Touchdown, as the Jets upset the Bengals 44-17 in Cincinnati to mark their first playoff since Super Bowl III. The Jets would move on face the Raiders in the 2nd Round in Los Angeles. The Jets would stun the experts yet again beating he silver and black 17-14 to advance on to the AFC Championship Game. Two Lance Mehl interceptions in the final three minutes sealed the victory for the Jets. In the AFC Championship Game played in Miami against their AFC East rival Dolphins the Jets find themselves stuck in the mud as a sloppy Orange Bowl makes for a sloppy game. The game would see a combined 12 turnovers as Dolphin Linebacker A.J. Duhe intercepted three Richard Todd passes, including one in which he returned for a Touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 14-0 victory. Shortly after the game Head Coach Walt Michaels would resign to take a job in the newly formed USFL.

: On October 6th citing Shea Stadium as "rundown, neglected and the NFL's poorest facility for athletes and spectators alike" the Jets announced their plans to move to the Meadowlands for the 1984 season. The Jets pledged to return to New York City if a first-class professional stadium is ready for occupancy starting in 1989 under a lease equitable to the city and the Jets. In their final season at Shea the Jets would finish with a disappointing 7-9 record, which included a 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final game at Shea on December 10th.

: The move across the Hudson River to New Jersey gave the Jets a good stadium to play their home games at. No longer did they play in a horseshoe where the wind would wreck havoc on the style of play like at Shea Stadium. However, they moved into Giants Stadium, and they lost their identity and became second-class citizens to their NFC rivals. What was worse it brought a major inconvenience to their largest fan base on Long Island. Even though Jets games were routinely sold out many fans would chose not to go to the game then travel the two hour plus drive across New York City to the Meadowlands. The Jets would lose their Meadowlands debut 23-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 6th. The loss would be the first of nine as the Jets once again failed to make the playoffs with a 7-9 record. However, Mark Gastineau made NFL history by recording 22 sacks, to establish a new official single season record.

: The Jets complete a successful 11-5 season which earns them a Wild Card Playoff berth filled with many highlights. On October 14th during an emotional Monday Night Halftime ceremony the Jets retire Joe Namath's Number 12, and which help inspire the Jets to a 23-7 victory over the Dolphins. The Jets will offense would also sparkle in two other wins first on November 17th when the Jets racked up a team record 62 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was followed up by a spectacular 96-yard pass from Ken O'Brien to Wesley Walker on December 8th in Buffalo. However, the Jets success would not carry over into the playoffs. Turnovers are the story as the Jets commit four costly ones while dropping a 26-14 decision to the eventual AFC champions, New England. The Patriots score the backbreaking Touchdown in the 3rd quarter on the return of a fumbled kickoff.

: The Jets get off to a flying start thanks to one of the most memorable games in club history. The Jets topped the Dolphins 51-45 in a wild Overtime contest. Ken O'Brien, who passed for 479 yards and four Touchdowns, threw a perfect strike to Wesley Walker from 21 yards out on the final play of regulation to tie the score. In Overtime, Walker caught a club record fourth Touchdown Pass on a 43-yard bomb at the 2:35 mark. The win would help spur the Jets on to an incredible 10-1 start. However, in their ninth straight win, Mark Gastineau would injure his knee and would miss the final five weeks of the regular season. The Jets would go on to lose all five games falling to a final 10-6 mark. However, the 10-1 start was still good enough for the Jets to land safely in the playoffs. After ending the season with five straight defeats, Coach Joe Walton names Pat Ryan as the starting Quarterback for the playoffs. The moves seemed to have paid off as the Jets won their first home playoff games since 1968 with a 35-15 trouncing of the Kansas City Chiefs. The key play of the game was Ryan's 24-yard run on a Quarterback draw on 4th Down and six, to the Chiefs nine yard line in the 1st quarter. The Jets took the lead two plays later and it set the tone of the game. The Jets would move on to the Divisional Playoffs against the Browns in Cleveland. The Jets appeared to be on the way to the AFC Championship with a 20-10 lead with 4:14 left in the game, before the Browns mounted their comeback that tied the score. Aiding the Browns comeback was Mark Gastineau who had two unsportsmanlike penalties that gave the Browns 15 yards each. The Jets, would receive a 2nd life in OT when Mark Moseley missed a 23-yard Field Goal, but his 27-yard Field Goal, 2:02 into the second Overtime sent the Browns to the AFC championship game.

: The Jets get off to a strong start winning their first two games. However, the NFL would go on strike as replacement players were used over the next three games. Though Mark Gastineau would cross the picket line the Jets would win just one if the three scab games. When the regulars returned the Jets would struggle as the split their next six games. Nonetheless they were in the thick of the race for the AFC East title with a 6-5 record heading into December. However, come December the Jets would go into a complete tailspin losing their final four games as they finished in last place with a 6-9 record.

: On October 21st not even half way through the season Linebacker Mark Gastineau stuns the Jets and the NFL by retiring citing personal reasons. The Jets never were in the race for a playoff spot but on the final game of the season the Jets beat the Giants 27-21 to post a winning record at 8-7-1 and in the process knocked the Giants out of the playoffs. Al Toon caught the winning five yard Touchdown pass on a Ken O'Brien third down audible with only 37 seconds left.

: The Jets put together a dismal 4-12 season in which fans expressed their ire at Head Coach by chanting "Joe Must Go". Things would only get worse for the Jets as Gang Green is shutout each of the teams final home games, while fans chanted and held sings aimed at the coach. Shortly after the season the Jets gave their fans what they wished for when Head Coach Joe Walton was fired.

: Under new Coach Bruce Coslet the Jets would continue to struggle as they started to rebuild by letting past stars like Marty Lyons, Mickey Schuler, and Wesley Walker go and rebuilding with youth in the draft. The young Jets are led by first round draft pick Rob Moore who scores six Touchdowns while collecting a solid 692 receiving yards. Despite hitting double digits in losses for the second straight season the Jets close the season on a positive note with two straight wins while tallying a 6-10 record.

: The Jets muddle through a mediocre season and enter the final game of the season in Miami with a 7-8 record. However, by beating the Dolphins earlier in the season the Jets were actually in position to the make the playoffs via tiebreaker by beating their heated rivals. If the Jets were going to win the game they would have to do it without their all-time leading kicker Pat Leahy, who was forced to the sidelines with an injury. The game would prove to be a back and forth tilt with Miami taking the lead with 44 seconds left. However the Jets would quickly get into Field Goal position and Leahy's replacement Raul Allegre booted a 44-yard Field Goal to send the game to Overtime. In Overtime Allegre was the hero again nailing a 30-yarder to send the 8-8 Jets to the playoffs.  In their first playoff game in five years, several second half mistakes prevented the Jets from registering an upset win at Houston as they fell, to the Oilers 17-10.

: After a 5-0 preseason in which first year starting Quarterback Browning Nagle shinned there was hope and optimism abound for the Jets and their fans. Nagle would get off to a flying start as he threw for 366 yards and two Touchdowns in the season opener at Atlanta. The yardage total was the second highest by an NFL Quarterback making his first start. However, Nagle and the Jets dream would go crashing back to reality as both struggled all season, and would wind up winning less games in the regular season then the preseason and the Jets finished a woeful 4-12. However, the story of the season comes on November 29th when Defensive End Dennis Byrd was partially paralyzed in a freak collision with teammate Scott Mersereau in the 3rd quarter of a game against the Chiefs. Most Doctors thought Byrd would never walk again, but spinal surgery and allot of hard work helped Byrd overcome his injuries, and walk again. Byrd would become an inspirational figure among his teammates and all who suffer spinal cord injuries, by giving them hope for the future. The Jets would use Byrd as an inspiration in the game following the injury as the Jets stunned the Bills in Buffalo, allowing the Jets to snap a five year losing streak to the Bills.

: After a slow start the Jets make a run for the playoffs thanks to a midseason five game winning streak. The Jets would go into the final game of the season with fate in their own hands. A win and they were in the playoffs with a 9-7 record. However, the Jets were never in the games as the Oilers shut the Jets out 24-0. After the game Head Coach Bruce Coslet was fired, and replaced by Defensive Coordinator Pete Carroll.

: The Pete Carroll era gets off to a good start as the Jets stand at 6-5 after their first 11 games. In the six wins include a sweep of the Buffalo Bills, and a win in Miami over the Dolphins. The stage was set for a first Place showdown with Dolphins on November 27th at the Meadowlands. The Jets would come flying out of the gate as 75,606 people, the largest home attendance mark in Jets history, came to watch the show down. The Jets fans were loud and all their feet all game long as the Jets held a 24-6 lead in the 3rd Quarter. However Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino guided the Dolphins back into the game ad after two Touchdowns the Dolphins were within a Field Goal as Marino drove the Dolphins down the file in the final minute. Marino passed the ball deep into Jets territory with 30 seconds left and wet to the line as if he was going to stop the clock, instead he faked the Jets out and threw a Touchdown Pass to Mark Ingram to give the Dolphins a 28-24 victory. The Jets would not recover; they would lose their final five games and finish the season 6-10. At the end of the season Carroll is let go and replaced by Richie Kotite little did anyone know the Jets miseries had just begun.

: The Richie Kotite era gets off to a terrible start as the Jets are pummeled in their first game on the road by the Miami Dolphins 52-14. Though the Jets would get revenge against the Dolphins later in the season with a 17-16 win at the Meadowlands the Jets and their fans are forced to endure a terrible 3-13 season that is worse than the NFL's two expansion teams.

: With the hopes of a quick turnaround the Jets drafted Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson with the Number one overall pick, and signed Free Agent Quarterback Neil O'Donnell who had just guided the Pittsburgh  Steelers to the Super Bowl. With these two new acquisitions most thought the Jets would show measured improvements, after 3-13 it was hard to imagine things would get worse. However, things would get worse far worse, as the Jets suffered through their worst season ever winning just one game, and losing 15. The Jets really would hit rock bottom in a blowout loss to the Houston Oilers in a cold and rainy Giants Stadium. Though the game was sold out more than 60,000 no-shows led to an almost empty Meadowlands, which would be completely emptied as the Oilers continued to pour it on. After the season Richie Kotite was fired with a miserable two year record of 4-28.

: After going 4-33 since the Marino spike play desperate measures were needed to changes the fortunes of the Jets. These drastic changes included luring Bill Parcells away from the AFC Champion New England Patriots. However, Patriots owner Bob Kraft was no willing to let a division rival take his coach away so easily. Eventually NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue stepped in and the Jets gave the Patriots several draft picks over three years as a form of compensation. The move would pay immediate dividends, as the Jets were 9-6 going into the final game of the season in Detroit. The Jets would lose the game 13-10, and would miss out on the playoffs, but for the first time in years there was reason for hope.

: Looking to improve the team further the Jets signed Running Back Curtis Martin, and Quarterback Vinny Testaverde. Initially Testaverde was the back-up behind Glenn Foley, but after Foley was ineffective early Testaverde came in and the Jets took off. In a season in which the Jets returned to their old look made famous by Super Bowl III, the Jets looked like Champions finishing 12-4, and winning their first division title since 1969, ending the longest drought in the NFL. After earning a first round bye, the Jets needed just one win to earn a trip to the AFC Championship Game. In a wild game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars the Jets jumped to a 17-0 lead in the 2nd quarter only to see the Jaguars get back into it before surging to another 17-point bulge, 31-14. The Jaguars closed to 31-24 before John Hall's 30-yard Field Goal closed the door sending the Jets to their first conference championship game in 16 years. In the AFC Championship The Jets took a 10-0 3rd Quarter lead in Denver, but were unable to play the mistake-free football they had played all season and saw the Broncos come back for a 23-10 victory en route to defending their Super Bowl championship. After taking their 10-0 lead via a Field Goal and a blocked punt resulting in a Touchdown, the Jets were victimized by a couple of big plays by John Elway and the running of Terrell Davis 1967 yards and one Touchdown The Jets lost four fumbles and had two passes deflected into interceptions.

: After falling one game short of the Super Bowl, there was no reason not to think Jets were a legitimate Super Bowl contender. However, the Jets Super Bowl dreams died in the first half of the first Game when Quarterback Vinny Testaverde ruptured his Achilles tendon. The injury left the Jets without a starting Quarterback and would lead to a 4-8 start. However, former Rutgers star Ray Lucas would start the final four games of the season allowing the Jets to finish with a respectable 8-8 record.

: Shortly after the 1998 AFC Championship Longtime Jets owner Leon Hess died of complications from a blood disease. Throughout the injury plagued 1999 season the Jets were up for sale, and as the season-ended final an owner was found. The New Jets owner was Johnson and Johnson CEO Robert Wood Johnson. Head Coach Bill Parcells went through an ownership change in New England and was not comfortable dealing with a new boss, and resigned. His top assistant Bill Belichick would then take over. However, in a bizarre reversal of Bill Parcells arrival Belichick would resign and take the Patriots job, with Jets receiving compensation in the form of draft picks. With Parcells, resigned to a front office job and Belichick off to New England the Jets were forced to settle on Al Groh as their new Head Coach.  The Jets get off to a fast start under Groh with a respectable 9-4 through the first 13 games. The fast start is highlighted by the biggest comeback in the history of Monday Night Football on October 23rd. The Jets score 23 points in the 4th Quarter against Miami; take the game to overtime where John Hall kicks the winning field goal, giving the Jets a 40-37 victory in what would be later voted the greatest Monday Night Game ever and called "The Monday Night Miracle". However the Jets would stall losing their final three games and missing the playoffs. Shortly after the season Al Groh decides to leave the Jets to coach the University of Virginia.

: An ugly Week 6 loss at home to the St. Louis Rams dropped the Jets to 3-3, as the run defense allowed Rams backup Running Back Trung Canidate to get over 200 rushing yards. A week later the Jets narrowly beat the Carolina Panthers 13-12, and looked to be a team heading in the wrong direction. However, the win was the start of a 4 game winning streak and the Jets enjoyed a Thanksgiving week off in first place. However the late season collapses of season's past reared its ugly head again as the Jets dropped three of their next five games and faced a must win game in the final week of the season just to make the playoffs. Making matters worse the Jets had to win in Oakland a place they had not won in 30 years. The Raiders and Jets battled back and forth all day before John Hall nailed a 53-yard field goal that sent the Jets flying into the postseason with a 24-22 win that ended the Jets season at 10-6. The win would set up a Wild Card rematch in Oakland six days later, and the same magic was not be found, as the Raiders torched the Jets all day in a 38-24 shootout.

: The Jets began the season with a bang in Buffalo as Chad Morton returned two kickoffs all the way for touchdowns including in overtime as the Jets beat the Bills 37-31. However, the Jets would go into a tailspin in the next three games as they were outscored 102-13 over their next three games. In a move hoping to jump-start the team, Coach Herman Edwards benched QB Vinny Testaverde in favor of Chad Pennington. In his first Pennington seemed to give the Jets a spark, but they would blow a late lead at home to the Kansas City Chiefs to fall to 1-4. After beating the Minnesota Vikings the Jets blew another 4th Quarter lead at home to the Cleveland Browns as they continued to struggle with a 2-5 record. Most had counted the Jets out and a reporter asked Coach Herman Edwards if the Jets were playing out the string. Edwards respond in anger, "You Play to win, that's all you ever do in this league." Play to win is exactly what the Jets did as they embarked on a four game winning streak to get back in the race. However, a bad loss on the road to the Chicago Bears in Week 15 had most again doubting the Jets who needed to win their final two games and get allot of help to make the playoffs. The Jets would do their part in primetime beating the New England Patriots on the road in primetime 30-17 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Entering the final game with a record of 8-7 the Jets need a win and the Patriots to beat the Miami Dolphins to make the playoffs. As the Jets took the field things looked bleak as the Patriots trailed the Dolphins all game. However the Pats would rally to send the game in overtime where they won on a field goal by Adam Vinatieri. As the final score went up a thunderous eruption from the crowd at the Meadowlands sent the message the Jets were still alive. The energy from the crowd seemed to spark something in the Jets who erupted for a dominating 42-17 win over the Green Bay Packers to win the competitive AFC East with a record of 9-7. The Jets continued to fly high six days later as they dominated the Indianapolis Colts 41-0 to set up a rematch with Oakland Raiders in the Divisional Playoffs. The Jets were flying so high after their improbable late season run it seemed they could have gone to Oakland without an airplane. The Jets played the Raiders tough through the first 30 minutes as they tied the game 10-10 with a late Touchdown. However, the Jets seemed to run out of steam in seconds half as the Raiders dominated them to win the game 30-10 to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

: After a rough off-season that saw the Jets lose several key players to free agency the Jets took on more turbulence in the preseason when Quarterback Chad Pennington broke his wrist in a preseason game against the New York Giants. With Vinny Testaverde starting under center the Jets season was almost over before it begun as they dropped their first four games. After two straight wins, Pennington returned during a 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, allowing him to shake off the rust for his first start the following week against the Giants. Pennington would play well as the Jets and Giants battled a full overtime period before the Giants won 31-28 on a Field Goal that dropped the Jets to 2-6. However with Pennington back the Jets started playing better winning 3 of their next 4 games. However, the Jets would sputter home as losing three of their last four games as they landed in last place with a record of 6-10.

: With Chad Pennington healthy at the start of the season the Jets would get off to a flying start winning their first five games. However in the middle of the season the Jets would sputter losing three of their next four games as the Jets offense struggled, with Pennington suffering tendonitis. With back up QB Quincy Carter the Jets managed to win three in a row to sit at 9-3 entering a December 12th match up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game was tied 3-3 entering the 4th Quarter, before Jerome Bettis ran wild scoring a Touchdown on a run and throwing a pass as the Steelers won 17-6. The loss would be the first of 3 as the Jets limped home losing three of their last four games. However, their 10-6 record would still be good enough to earn them a playoff berth. The Jets would also see Curtis Martin who passed the 13,000 career yardage mark, win the rushing title 1,697 yards rushing beating out Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks by one yard in the closest race for the rushing title in NFL history. Also playing a key role in the Jets playoff appearance was an improved defense which was led by 1st round draft pick Jonathan Vilma who had 105 tackles, and three interceptions while winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year. In the playoffs the Jets faced the San Diego Chargers, the Jets defense controlled the game early, as they held LaDainian Tomlinson to under 100 yards, while holding a 17-7 lead into the 4th Quarter. The Jets appeared to have the game won as the Chargers 4th down pass was incomplete. However a roughing penalty on Eric Barton gave the Chargers a second chance as they tied the game with 16 seconds left one play later. In overtime the Jets would dodge a major bullet as the Chargers played conservatively once driving into Jets territory, before Nate Kaeding missed a 40-yard Field Goal. The Jets would take advantage of this second life and would win the game 20-17 on 28-yard Field Goal by Doug Brien for their first road playoff win in 22 years. A week later against the 15-1 Steelers the Jets defense was again rising to the occasion as Reggie Tounge returned an interception 86-yards to give the Jets a 17-10 lead in the 3rd Quarter. The Steelers would battle back to tie the game. However the Jets would have a chance to win the game in regulation only to see Doug Brien miss a 47-yard Field Goal with 1:58 left. The Jets defense would again step up intercepting Steelers super rookie Ben Roethlisberger again, but the Jets like the Chargers a week earlier played too conservatively, as Brien's 43-yard attempt at the end of regulation also missed. In overtime the Steelers would take advantage winning the game on a 33-yard Field Goal by Jeff Reed for a 20-17 win to advance to the AFC Championship.

: After a strong showing in the postseason the Jets entered the season with many viewing them as a top contender in the AFC. However on the first series of the year the Kansas City Chiefs sliced through the Jets defense on a three play 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 35-yard Touchdown run from Larry Johnson. After sputtering on their first drive the Jets were hit again as the Chiefs made it 14-0 on a Touchdown run from Priest Holmes, as they went on to beat the Jets 27-7. After bouncing back to win their home opener over the Miami Dolphins 17-7, the wings fell off in Week 3 as both Quarterback Chad Pennington and back up Jay Fiedler suffered shoulder injuries in a 26-20 overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Losing both quarterbacks made the Jets desperate as they reached out and lured Vinny Testeverde out of retirement. After Brooks Bollinger struggled in a 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens the Jets made Testeverde the starter and he was solid enough to help the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12. However, Testeverde showed his age in the rest of his starts as the losses began mounting for the Jets. After seven straight losses the Jets got more bad news as Running Back Curtis Martin was shut down for knee surgery as he saw his string of ten straight seasons of 1000 yards rushing or better come to an end. Despite missing Martin, the Jets would end their losing streak in Week 14 with a solid 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Jets would go on to win another meaningless came against the Buffalo Bills to close out the disappointing season which saw them land in last place with an awful 4-12 record. Following the season the Jets would allow Coach Herm Edwards to leave and Coach the Kansas City Chiefs, getting a draft pick in return, while the Jets decided to go with youth to replace him as they hired 35-year New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Eric Mangini.

: When the season began with new Coach Eric Mangini, there was not much optimism surrounding the Jets, as Running Back Curtis Martin was unable to return from a knee injury, as his career end unceremoniously on injured reserve. With Leon Washington taking the bulk share of the running game, along with the Kevan Barlow who was acquired during the pre-season from the San Francisco 49ers, the Jets entered the season relying heavily on Quarterback Chad Pennington who was returning from elbow surgery. In the season opener the Jets got off to a strong start building a 16-0 lead on the road against the Tennessee Titans, but the Titans battled back to tie the game in the 4th Quarter. Rather than unravel the Jets rebounded and won the game 23-16 on a short Pennington to Chris Baker Touchdown pass with 2:10 left. After losing their home opener to the New England Patriots, the Jets proved to be road warriors again with a 28-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. The following week came another home loss, but within came allot to be proud as they gave the Indianapolis Colts all they could losing in the final minute 31-28 on a one yard sneak by Peyton Manning. After a 41-0 thumping at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road the Jets finally figured out how to win at home beating the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions in consecutive games. However a week later the Jets slipped back a notch again losing to the Cleveland Browns 20-13 heading into a rematch with the Patriots on the road. In Foxboro in was the student giving the teacher a lesson as the Jets defense frustrated Tom Brady all day in the rain pulling off the upset 17-14, as Pats Coach Bill Belichick hardly acknowledged Mangini after the game. However the rest of the NFL was as the Jets defense was suddenly playing well and had the Jets in the playoff chase, despite a frustrating 10-0 loss at home to the Chicago Bears. That loss would be a mere bump in the road as the Jets would win five of their last six games to sneak into the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Getting into the playoffs would set up another match up with the Patriots in Foxboro. However, this time it was on New England's terms as the postseason was their domain, as the Jets were overmatched as the Patriots pulled away late turning a close game into a 37-16 laugher.

: The Jets would not have to wait long to have a rematch with the New England Patriots as they faced them at home in the season opener. However, things did not go well for the Jets as they were beaten badly 38-14, while the story of the game came when Coach Eric Mangini caught his former mentor spying on his team's signals. A scandal would emerge that would tarnish the Patriots and further drive a wedge between the two franchises. A week later with Quarterback Chad Pennington on the bench, back up Kellen Clemens struggled in his first career start as the Jets were beaten by the Baltimore Ravens 20-13. Pennington would return one week later thrown for two touchdowns and running another in as the Jets earned their first win of the year by beating the Miami Dolphins 31-28. However, Pennington and the Jets would never get off the ground as they dropped their next five games and found themselves sitting at 1-7 with the playoffs out of reach before Thanksgiving. Chad Pennington would eventually be benched in favor of Kellen Clemens the second round pick in the 2006 draft. After a bitter overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Clemens would get his first NFL win on November 18th thanks to Mike Nugent who tied the with 23 seconds left then won the game in overtime, as the Jets stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 19-16. The win would not be savored long as the Jets put up their worst effort of the season on Thanksgiving losing to the Dallas Cowboys 34-3. The Jets would only win two more games the rest of the season as they posted a terrible 4-12 record.

: Following their disappointing season the Jets worked quickly on remaking the roster as they parted ways with several players including Jonathan Vilma, while being heavily involved in the free agency market signing All-Pro Guard Alan Faneca away from the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with Tight End Bubba Franks who was one of Brett Favre's go to receivers with the Green Bay Packers. As training camp was beginning and Favre had second thoughts about retiring the Jets quickly got themselves in the picture to land the legendary Quarterback. When the Packers and Favre finally decided to part ways it was the Jets who would benefit as they got the future Hall of Famer for a conditional draft pick. The Jets were quickly hot with Favre fever as Chad Pennington was released as Jets practices became a media event. Favre's debut with the Jets was a good one as they beat the Miami Dolphins led by Chad Pennington in the season opener on the road, with Favre throwing for 194 yards with two Touchdowns including a 56-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the 1st Quarter. After losing their next two next two games, Brett Favre began to find his comfort level with a career high six Touchdown passes in a 56-35 win over the Arizona Cardinals at the Meadowlands. Following a bye week the Jets split their next two games and stood at 3-3, as they trailed the Kansas City Chiefs 24-21 in the 4th Quarter at the Meadowlands as Favre had a pass picked off a returned 91 yards for a Touchdown by Brandon Flowers. However, as he did often in his career with the Packers, Favre shook off the mistake and led the Jets to a game winning drive, connecting with Laveranues Coles on 15-yard pass with just one minute remaining to win the game 28-24. The Jets would go on a winning streak, winning their next two games as they faced the New England Patriots in a Thursday Night showdown with first place on the line. In one of the best games of the year Brett Favre was sharp passing for 258 yards with two Touchdowns, while Leon Washington ignited the Jets with a 92-yard kickoff return. However, the Patriots playing with backup Quarterback Matt Cassell refused to quit tying the game 31-31 with one second left on a 16 yard pass to Randy Moss. In overtime, it was all Jets as Jay Feely won the game with 34 yard Field Goal. Ten days later the Jets would establish themselves as one of the top teams in the AFC as they handed the Tennessee Titans their first loss with a stunning 34-13 win in Nashville. At 8-3 the Jets appeared to be flying high. However, a sore shoulder for Brett Favre prevented him from making his usual strong passes, as the Jets suddenly started to sputter losing two in a row, as Favre failed to throw for a Touchdown pass in each game. Favre continued to struggle a week later, but the Jets took advantage of a fumble by J.P. Losman to beat the Buffalo Bills 31-27. However, it was just a temporary reprieve as the Jets lost to the Seattle Seahawks 13-3 losing all hope of winning the AFC East, as Favre continued to struggle. In their season finale the Jets faced the Miami Dolphins again, this time at the Meadowlands. This time all the excitement over Favre was gone as he was picked off three times, while Chad Pennington was error free leading the Dolphins to a 24-17 win that won the AFC East, while the Jets season ended at 9-7, without the playoffs. A day later the Jets would fire Coach Eric Mangini, while Brett Favre retired for the second straight season.

2009: The 2009 New York Jets season was the 50th season for the club and the 40th season in the National Football League and the last season at Giants Stadium. While they did not improve their 9–7 record from 2008, this time the team headed to the playoffs. The Jets fired head coach Eric Mangini on December 29, 2008 and hired Rex Ryan  from the Baltimore Ravens on January 18, 2009. The New York Jets were represented at the 2010 Pro Bowl by Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Shaun Ellis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Alan Faneca.

Sammy Baugh 1960-1961
Bulldog Turner 1962
Weeb Ewbank 1963-1973
Charley Winner 1974-1975
Ken Shipp 1975
Lou Holtz 1976
Mike Holovak 1976
Walt Michales 1977-1982
Joe Walton 1983-1989
Bruce Coslet 1990-1993
Pete Carroll 1994
Richie Kotite 1995-1996
Bill Parcells 1997-1999
Al Groh 2000
Herman Edwards 2001-2005
Eric Mangini 2006-2008
Rex Ryan 2009-Present

 Hall of Famers:
Weeb Ewbank Coach 1963-1973
Ronnie Lott S 1994
Don Maynard WR 1960-1972
Art Monk WR 1994
Joe Namath QB 1965-1976
John Riggins RB 1971-1975

 Retired Numbers:
12 Joe Namath QB 1965-1976
13 Don Maynard WR 1960-1972
73 Joe Klecko DE 1977-1987

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