As the New York Jets 2013 season is about to come to a close, we continue our look back series with the New York Jets 2003 season a decade earlier. The team finished with a 6-10 record and out of the playoffs which sounds familiar to current Jets fans.
Coming off a 2002 campaign that saw the New York Jets make the playoffs and win a wild card game by rolling the Indianapolis Colts 41-0, the hopes were still high in 2003. Starting quarterback Chad Pennington suffered a fractured/dislocated left wrist during the team's annual preseason tilt with the New York Giants. He would not return until 10 weeks later in relief of Vinny Testaverde in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which dropped their record to 2-5. The Jets went 4-5 in their remaining games.
The Jets did have some highlights during the 2003 season, including becoming the first of New York's clubs to travel to Asia to play in the American Bowl preseason opener versus the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately they lost that game 30-14 and also their opening regular season game, a Thursday night affair, with the Washington Redskins, 16-13. The Thursday night games were not a regular occurrence as they have been during the past few seasons and moving forward. Celebrate and remember the Jets highlights with some Gang Green gear.
The New York Jets did send two players to the Pro Bowl after the 2003 season, one on offense, center Kevin Mawae, and on defense, end Shaun Ellis. There may be more parallels between the 2003 season and the 2013 campaign since Muhammad Wilkerson seems likely to go to the Pro Bowl as well, and Nick Mangold is the rock at the center of the Jets offensive line that has been there before.
When we complete out look back series it will be after the 2013 season has come to it's conclusion following the final game with the Miami Dolphins. The New York Jets may be able to win out and finish with a respectable .500 win percentage, or have one final similarity between 2013 and 2003, a 6-10 record.
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