For most teams, it's Super Bowl or bust on a yearly basis. For others, making the playoffs is viewed as a success. The New York Jets, however, didn't accomplish either feat in 2015, and the season is seen as a big letdown after coming one win away from a postseason berth.
Todd Bowles completely turned the team around after a 4-12 season in 2014, leading the Jets to 10 wins this season. Still, that's not enough for him to call it a good enough season.
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"It's not a success because you didn't win a Super Bowl," Bowles said "It's the first year. We made some mistakes. We know. I have to grow as a coach. We have to grow as a team. ... For the first year, we made some positive strides and we got to build on it."
Now in the offseason, the Jets have several decisions to make regarding high-profile players like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Ivory and Muhammad Wilkerson. All three are free agents, as is Damon Harrison.
Bowles would obviously like to have all four players back in 2016, but given their cap situation, it's unlikely. And because of that, there will be plenty of turnover on the roster.
"You got to reinvent your team and re-create your team, because you're going to have some different pieces," Bowles said. "You try to always get to the playoffs. Your goal is get to the Super Bowl. Any time you don't win it -- and 31 teams don't -- it's a disappointment, but ... you can grow to a certain point even if you don't win it. ... You don't look at it as a boom or a bust, but you're not trying to be .500, either."
The Jets will probably have to find an edge rusher and a running back in the offseason, with one of the two likely coming in the first few rounds of the draft. Ezekiel Elliot out of Ohio State will be a name linked to the Jets fairly often, but he's not certain to last until the 20th pick, where the Jets are sitting.
It will be interesting to see how the Jets approach the offseason. With Bowles in his second season with the team, he'll have more experience under his belt after a great first year.