All 32 teams begin every season believing they have what it takes to contend for a Super Bowl title. In many cases, such as the Jets this season — the reality that they will not contend sets in.
With the promise of a new head coach in Adam Gase, a dynamic defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams, quarterback Sam Darnold in his second-year and some key free-agent acquisitions like linebacker C.J. Mosley, the Jets had expectations of possibly contending for a playoff berth.
But the 1-7 record at midseason left the Jets in crisis mode. Questions about whether Gase would make it to the second year of his contract were raised — and eventually answered when team CEO Christopher Johnson gave him a vote of confidence for 2020.