Why Jets can reach Super Bowl within next 3 years Posted February 12, 2018 at 06:00 AM | Updated February 12, 2018 at 06:05 AM 0 shares 0 Comment Darrryl Slater | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com The Jets haven't made the playoffs since 2010, when they reached their second of two straight AFC title games. But all is not lost for them. Let's lay out some reasons why this long-tortured franchise can make the Super Bowl within the next three years — after either the 2018, 2019, or 2020 season, with the latter two being more likely than 2018. Frank Ordonez | The Post-Standard The Jets, of course, have played in just one Super Bowl, after the 1968 season, when Joe Namath and Co. famously won Super Bowl III over the Baltimore Colts. 2018 COULD BE YEAR OF QB If you need a franchise quarterback (as the Jets do, and have for a while), then this sure looks like the year to need one. Not only is Kirk Cousins about to hit free agency (and the Jets have a ton of salary cap space), but this year's draft looks like a strong one for quarterbacks — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Allen. The Jets pick sixth overall, so Darnold and Rosen probably won't fall that far. The Jets could always trade up if they don't get Cousins in free agency. LOADS OF SALARY CAP SPACE As we just mentioned, the Jets have the cap space (between $90 million and $97 million, probably) to patch up their roster ... and not just at the quarterback position. The Jets obviously have a bunch of other needs — No. 1 wide receiver, edge rusher, cornerback — in addition to quarterback. They've got the ability now, though, to go address those needs in free agency, which is where general manager Mike Maccagnan usually likes to address positional needs, while preferring to take the best player available at a draft slot. TOM BRADY IS AGING (WE THINK) Look, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has to start declining at some point. Right? Right? Brady just won his third league MVP award ... at age 40. The guy isn't going to play until 45 or 50, though. (Or is he?) Either way, the more time passes, the better Brady's chances of declining (we think). And that could open the door for the Jets in the AFC East, at long last. JUST LOOK AT THE EAGLES Things can change quickly in today's NFL. The Eagles won seven games in each of the past two seasons. This year, they won 13 games and then won the Super Bowl. Of course, it helps to have a franchise quarterback (like Carson Wentz) in place. And that Nick Foles guy as a reliable veteran backup wasn't too bad of a pickup, either. Just goes to show: If you establish a strong defense with the right roster moves, and correctly address the quarterback position, you definitely can win it all. (Doing those two things clearly is not easy.) ... OR THE JAGUARS Yes, the Jaguars didn't reach the Super Bowl this season. But they're a prime example of a team that turned things around very quickly. The Jaguars lost to the Patriots in the AFC title game, after a 10-win regular season. In the previous six seasons, the Jaguars won three, five, three, four, two, and five games. So there is hope for teams in that sort of dire situation. The Jaguars can maybe be an example for the Jets. JETS' CUPBOARD ISN'T ENTIRELY BARE Yes, the Jets are coming off back-to-back, five-win seasons. But they have some talented young players in their organization, including safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. The Jets aren't weighed down by aging veterans. They got rid of all those guys last offseason. They're rebuilding with younger players (Leonard Williams, too), and while it's not like all those young guys are stars, some look like they could be. The Jets have a foundation. Not a full one, but they've started laying the first layer of concrete, if you will. REBUILDING THE RIGHT WAY The Jets aren't trying (at least not anymore) to take the quick rebuild route, patching up the roster with veterans (like Brandon Marshall) who don't have much time left in the NFL. No, the Jets hit the reset button last offseason, and smartly decided to go with a full-on rebuild, setting a foundation with younger players, through the draft. Of course, you have to draft well (Maccagnan's results so far are quite mixed), and sign at least a few elite free agents (Cousins?) to fill out a rebuild. But the Jets have the right idea with how they're doing this rebuild. Now let's see if they can actually go out and get a competent quarterback somehow this offseason. IT HAS TO HAPPEN EVENTUALLY, RIGHT? Will the world end before the Jets win (or reach) another Super Bowl? Seriously, will it? Well, the odds are probably against that happening. A few previously hopeless franchises (Rams, Saints, Buccaneers, Colts) have won the Super Bowl since the turn of the century. There's no reason the Jets can't do the same ... if they get the right players in place (especially at the quarterback position, of course).