Despite a loss down south to the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee proclaims “dominance” is on the horizon.
Good signs? Absolutely. Dominance right around the corner? Hmmm, not so sure about that.
Despite the New York Jets two-possession loss to the New Orleans Saints down south on Sunday, inside linebacker Darron Lee decided to take the “good signs” theory and stretch it into “dominance,” via Darryl Slater of NJ.com.
“The future for this team?” he said after Sunday’s loss. “I mean, dominance. If you can’t see that now, you better heed warning now. I feel like this whole season will be a warning shot, just of what’s coming. Because once everybody [on the Jets] all figures it out, it’s over.”
This comes on the heels of a 31-19 loss that saw Drew Brees throw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, officially eliminating the Jets from playoff contention.
“We are so close,” he said. “We’ve just got to find a way to put it all together. Don’t write us off. We’re going to come out and fight. We’re going to keep striving to get those wins, and it’s going to happen. It’s all going to fall into our lap. It’s all going to come to fruition.
“All right, this year, maybe no playoffs. But hey, that’s OK. At least we know what we’ve got. We know what we’re working with here.”
Listen, I was one who didn’t buy into the gloom-and-doom tank scenarios like so many so-called “experts.” Instead of one, two or three wins, I chose this underrated roster to finish 6-10.
Still, let’s pull back the “dominance” talk.
Before dominance can commence, a bonafide NFL quarterback needs to be in the building. It’s just the way the league made things. The position is so incredibly important that even a Buddy Ryan-led 1985 Chicago Bears defense would have struggles winning in today’s league.
So, yeah, Darron, I love you, man and love the underrated nature of this roster, especially the defense. But let’s hold it back a bit. Finish the season strong and first allow Mike Maccagnan to find the franchise’s future in the offseason.