Originally Posted by palmetto defender
No, it's actually hard to put together a good team. The Jets have not done so. They are consistently one of the poorer teams in the AFC. An above average year or two doesn't cut it. 44 years between appearances is poor - let's be objective.
How many teams are worse?
I thought I'd take a look at how many teams are worse in terms of Superbowls.
If you go by wins - since the Jets won the Superbowl there have been 17 different teams that have won it all. That means that currently there are 14 teams who have a longer Superbowl winning drought than the Jets.
If you go by appearances, 10 of those 14 have made at least one (losing) appearance. That means that currently there are 4 teams who have a longer Superbowl appearance drought than the Jets.
(Obviously not all teams have been in existence for all this time, but you get the picture).
Personally, I'd go by wins rather than appearances - so there are 14 teams that are worse than the Jets in that respect. Not great, but not as bad as it could be.
As an aside - Detroit is the only team that has existed in all Superbowl years that has yet to even make an appearance. Poor Lions fans.