The playoffs are a ‘realistic goal’ for the Jets this season

The playoffs are a ‘realistic goal’ for the Jets this season

The Jets hold the longest active playoff drought in the NFL, a streak that CJ Mosley expects to end this season.

“I really expect playoffs or failure,” Mosley, an Alabama native, told AL.com. “Obviously that’s my goal every year, but I think it’s something that’s a realistic goal for all of our team and our coaches.”

The Jets finished 4-13 in 2021, last in the AFC East, a position in which they have finished five of the last six seasons. The disappointing season was the team’s first under head coach Robert Saleh, who came to the Jets after Adam Gase was fired. With Saleh in his second year, Mosley said he thinks the Jets are much more comfortable with his plan than they were a year ago.

“Last year, everyone was kind of learning the system and learning from each other,” he said. “This year, heading into the offseason, you can tell the guys already know that, and we’re two steps ahead of where we were last year in terms of the playbook. We know what we need to do the guys are comfortable and now it’s about going out there and making plays and executing so I think that’s going to be the biggest step for us this year.

Upon his return in 2021, Mosley amassed a team-high 168 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Upon his return in 2021, Mosley amassed a team-high 168 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
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Mosley, who spent five seasons with the Ravens after being drafted 17th overall in 2014, signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Jets in 2019. The four-time Pro Bowler was immediately sidelined with a groin injury two games into his freshman season and then pulled out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 situation.

“Being out for about two years put a lot of things in perspective,” Mosley said. “Everybody’s human, so when you’re out for that long, a lot of things come to mind about how long you want to play, how old are you, who’s the next guy, that kind of stuff. But in the end of the day, I had to come here on my own and work hard, and it paid off last season.

Mosley’s hard work paid off last season, when he amassed a team-high 168 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Mosley signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Jets in 2019.
Mosley signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Jets in 2019.
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Nonetheless, the 30-year-old said he believes there are still areas where he can improve.

“[I’m] I just can’t wait to step up to another level as a player and a leader and try to get us to the promised land,” Mosley said.

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