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Robert Saleh thinks the Jets are one of the few real Super Bowl contenders in the NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 11: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Head coach Robert Saleh of the New York Jets looks on during warm ups before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Ravens defeated the Jets 24-9. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Jets currently have the longest playoff drought in the NFL. Since their last postseason birth in 2010, the team has typically been at the bottom of the AFC East. However, head coach Robert Saleh views this current Jets team as a real Super Bowl contender.

There’s a lot for Jets fans to be excited about after last season. The team has the reigning offensive and defensive rookies of the year on top of having a top-five defense. In addition, New York brought in four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers to be their quarterback.

The Jets were first in the division last season before a late-season collapse caused them to miss the playoffs. They lost promising rookie running back Breece Hall to a torn ACL and had inconsistent quarterback play throughout the season. Now, Saleh believes his team is a real Super Bowl contender with the moves they’ve made this offseason.

“Realistically, there’s maybe six or eight teams that have an actual chance to do it and I do think we are one of those teams.”

Robert Saleh

After years of speculation, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers finally agreed to part ways. Rodgers told Pat McAfee he wanted to be a Jet. As a result, a trade finally happened in late April. 2022 rookies Hall, Garrett Wilson, and Sauce Gardner even played a part in recruiting Rodgers.

Saleh believes acquiring Rodgers is what makes his team a realistic Super Bowl contender and has high praise for the four-time MVP and what he brings to the locker room.

“I think he’s one of the more thoughtful athletes I’ve been around in terms of how caring he is about people,” Saleh said. “I’m not just talking about how he interacts with coaches and teammates … he is a very thoughtful, kind person. That part is actually refreshing.”