Whether 2-3 or in the AFC championship game, the Jets have been able to earn the love of many. And the ire of plenty.
They're brash. They're cocky. They're not afraid to say what they want, when they want, to whomever they want. And with a 4-2 record in the playoffs over two years, both times as a disregarded underdog, they've backed up their talk—well, most of it.
With the Jets, the talk isn't isolated. It's everywhere, all the time. They talk when they win, they talk when they lose. There's no filter when it comes to Gang Green.
In today's sports climate, that makes them villains.
Sports fans like colorful personalities. But the Jets aren't colorful. They're not fun. They don't try to be. They're self-assured at best, angry and resentful at worst. They feel they have a massive chip on their collective shoulder, and they're obsessed with pumping up their bravado to project their self worth. It's swagger on steroids, confidence on shots of espresso.
As a result, it's easy to hate the Jets. Whether due to their antics or the personalities on the team, it's easy to dislike any of the 53 players putting on kelly green and white—but these five personalities rise above the rest.