The Jets have begun the Todd Bowles era by going an impressive 3-1 heading into their bye week, but that's all it is: a start. As impressive as the team may have looked in the first month of the season, they're not getting caught up in the excitement many Jets fans might be feeling in the wake of Sunday's 27-14 win over the Dolphins in London.
"Three and one isn't going to get you where you want to go," linebacker Demario Davis said. "You're not going to know where you are until the end of the season. Everybody knows the real football starts in November. It's too early to be excited about anything."
Evidently, Bowles' message about not getting too high or too low is sinking in. As strong as the Jets' play has been in three of their first four games, their grasp on perspective is equally impressive.
"We're a confident bunch right now, but things can change so quickly in the NFL," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 218 yards, one touchdown and one interception on Sunday. "I think we're happy about rebounding from losing in Week 3 and having a successful trip to London. At 3-1, it was a fun plane ride back for the guys that were able to stay awake, but we know it's a long NFL season and we're looking at it one game at a time."
The Jets beat up on a Dolphins team in disarray, dominating in every phase and hastening the departure of coach Joe Philbin, who was fired Monday.
The Jets are in sole possession of second place in the AFC East, a half-game behind the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. After a bye week, the Jets will resume play Oct. 18 at home against Washington.
"We understand we've only played one quarter of the season, and all we did was get off to a good start," Bowles said. "We haven't accomplished anything and we know we have a lot of work to do, and our mind-set is such."
Bowles said his preference is to have the bye week around Week 8. But given injuries to linebacker David Harris (quadriceps), defensive end Leonard Williams (ankle), safety Calvin Pryor (knee) and running back Bilal Powell (groin), Bowles said the bye "came at a pretty good time."
The Jets will get defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson back from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and Richardson will rejoin a defensive unit that has flourished this season.
The Jets lead the NFL in fewest points allowed (13.8 per game) and are second in total yards allowed (280 per game). The offense has been middle of the pack, averaging 356.2 yards on offense (15th in the NFL) and 23.8 points per game (16th overall).
There's still plenty of room for improvement, but the Jets will take the results so far.
"We're excited about where we are now," left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson said. "We have a lot of optimism as to where we can go as a team, and that's what really captures our attention."
Beating Miami overseas also offered another reward besides the win.
"You travel a long ways, about seven hours," Ferguson said. "Having a victory coming back home is a lot better than losing and sitting in silence for that same amount of time."