The bottom line is this, the teams that make the playoffs win the required amount they win in that particular year to qualify for the playoffs. Whether we start 0-7 and win the last 9 or start 9-0 and lose the last 7 if we get in we deserve it and have earned it.
There's no such thing as backing in.
AFC EAST W L T PCT S.B Wins Super Bowl Appear. Playoff Appear. New England Patriots 139 53 .723 3 5 8 New York Jets 99 93 .515 6 Miami Dolphins 92 100 .479 3 Buffalo Bills 76 116 .395
In the Dolphins worst 12 years and the Jets best 12 years, the Jets only have 7 more regular season wins, and 3 more playoffs apps. The Jets barely made it at 9-7 (X2) and 10-6 (X3) while Miami missed at 9-7 (x2) and 10-6. The Jets have barely made the playoffs several times (2001, 2002, 2004, 2009) and the Dolphins just missed out several times. A play here or there, another win or loss by another team (that the Jets or Dolphins had nothing to do with), and it very well could be the Dolphins (in their worst 12 years) who have more playoff apps than the Jets in their best 12 years.
And the Jets are not in the conversation of being one of the best teams of the last decade.