The Cleveland Browns have been punchlines for NFL jokes for decades. One season, 50 years ago, is the only thing that separates the New York Jets from being in the same company as their AFC colleagues.
The Jets won the 1969 Super Bowl, changing the face of football forever. However, since that historic 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts, much has gone wrong.
This year they traded up to get the No. 3 pick from the now-Indianapolis Colts and used it to draft Sam Darnold, a quarterback from USC. A fast start with a win over the Detroit Lions raised hopes, but reality has set in and the Jets are 2-6 since and Darnold reportedly will miss Sunday’s home game against the Buffalo Bills with a sprained foot.
Here’s a look at some of the misery that the Jets have encountered at quarterback since that glorious day at the Orange Bowl in 1969.