I agree with most of what you’ve said. I also think they’re nervous about a rebuild but I know Jets fans love this team and will stand behind it. There are far less stable markets doing rebuilds. Ottawa is just coming out of one and they’re hardly the most stable market. Arizona is in one but we also all know why they’ve survived.
I think Bowness played veterans over younger players because Dallas was in a playoff hunt. Capfriendly users overrate young players. Most of them are not useful in the postseason.
I think there's less and less Jets fans willing to stand behind this team which is a scarythought, was plenty of empty seats last season and after the disaster that was last season to have an offseason where essentially nothing was done isn't going to bring confidence back to fans. As I said it sounds like Chevy has tried but if they do go into next season without anyone new signed or no new faces brought in via trade it won't make fans happy, most were expecting some big changes and a long term extension for "captain material Dubois", so far they've gotten neither and bad news about Dubois.
To be clear I'm not criticizing Chevy for doing nothing, what I'm getting at is I don't think many fans will be as accepting of no change to the lineup. Guess we'll see how fans react after seeing the crowds at the first 5-10 or so home games. The offseason isn't over yet though, theres teams that will have to make some moves to get cap compliant and still some serviceable UFAs looking for a job so maybe there will be some lineup change yet.
I really don't know if they fear a rebuild or if they really believe in this group, probably a bit of both.
After this offseason I'm genuinely fearful for the long term viability of the Jets and see them as one of the most unstable markets, its just dark cloud after dark cloud over this team and they've failed to build a good team culture. For an organization that already has so many obstacles working against them that they have no control over to seemingly create more for themselves with poor roster/lineup management is baffling.
Meh, the Stars were desperate for goals and Gurianov looked great against the Jets, crazy to not get that guy higher in the lineup imo.
Some veterans are still useful and I have time for them when utilized properly or provide a needed element like physicality, speed or a tenacious forecheck but these guys that are nothing but time wasters are useless.
Too many coaches overrate grindy veterans that are no longer useful at any time of the season, too much or the wrong use of veterans is why some teams don't qualify for the playoffs.