The Jets have never been an elite franchise.
The Patriots winning the division every year, winning three Super Bowls, and building a dynasty, that is elite. The Cowboys of the '90s, they were elite. The Walsh 49ers, the 72-73 Dolphins, the Steel Curtain, those were elite teams.
A couple of road playoff wins after backing in to the postseason and then getting clowned on in the championship games does not an elite team make.