Jets fans may still be rubbing their eyes and wondering if that 14-point collapse really happened Sunday in South Florida. They may be wondering what they did in a past life to deserve a Jets finish like that … another Jets finish like that.

But here is a reason to smile: In Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Dolphins, you saw the foundation of the Jets defense for the next decade coming into its own.

Rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye played with the savvy of 10-year veterans and the energy of a 4-year-old on Skittles. They were all over that horrible field at Hard Rock Stadium.

This is what the Jets envisioned in April when they took Adams and Maye in the first and second rounds of the draft, respectively. Picking back-to-back safeties drew some snickers from the Twitter crowd, and this roster had plenty of holes to fill during that draft. But the Jets identified two players they loved in Adams and Maye and could not pass up on them when they were both surprisingly available.

It reminds me of when the Jets selected D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold in the first round of the 2006 draft. It instantly upgraded the Jets’ offensive line and those two became core players for the next 10 years.

Back in 2006, general manager Mike Tannenbaum knew he had to fix his offensive line after watching Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler walk off the field with their shoulders damaged in the same game. He picked Ferguson and Mangold back-to-back, and they became Day 1 starters.