Jets fans think they are cursed. It’s starting to feel like they’re right

Jets fans are lamenting the team’s perceived “curse” after a new injury in Monday’s game leaving starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely out for the season.

Driving the news: During Monday’s game, quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured his Achilles tendon, most probably sidelining him for the season after just four plays into his debut with the New York-based team.
* Zack Rosenblatt, who covers the Jets for The Athletic, describes a somber atmosphere among fans after the incident.

The Backdrop: This incident fuels existing sentiments among fans who believe the team is under a “curse”.
* The Jets have not won or played a Super Bowl since 1969, and since Joe Namath, who led them to their only Super Bowl victory, left in 1977, they’ve only made the playoffs 12 times.

The history: Rodgers’ injury is the latest in a line of season-ending injuries to Jets quarterbacks.
* In 1999, Vinny Testaverde also tore his Achilles tendon. In 2005, both starting quarterback Chad Pennington and backup Jay Fiedler faced season-ending shoulder injuries.
* In 2008, Brett Favre was impeded by a torn bicep, although his career improved after leaving the Jets.

Fan reaction: Fans are showing signs of grief, moving from disbelief to acceptance.
* Rosenblatt suggests that fans can attribute some problems to mismanagement, bad coaching, or poor roster building, despite feeling positive about the current coaching staff and roster.

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