"This is tough, because we're obviously out of the playoffs. We thought we had a great chance to make it to the playoffs. This is hugely disappointing." – Rex Ryan following the Jets Week 15 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Rex Ryan has been a walking sound byte since becoming head coach of the New York Jets. He has not been afraid to talk a big game, and his players have been more then willing to follow suit.
Of course, Ryan and the Jets only tend to run their mouths when they are on winning streaks.
The trash talk was very loud in East Rutherford, New Jersey when the Jets started the season with their quick 3-0 start. Of course all that fire and venom quickly dissipated when the team began to struggle with rookie Mark Sanchez under center.
The Jets had an up and down season with their rookie head coach and quarterback, but were able to right the ship and had some fortunate breaks to qualify for the postseason.
With the playoffs just around the corner, and the Jets on a modest two-game winning streak, Ryan felt it was appropriate to cause a stir when he proclaimed that the Jets should be favorites to win.
By win, Ryan does not mean just upset the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend; Ryan feels that his Jets should be the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
“I wasn’t aware of that, but to me we should be the favorites, so that’s fine.”
When asked to clarify this comment Ryan followed with this;
“I mean in the whole tournament.”
Now, of course any fan would want the coach and the players to be confident that the team will perform well during the playoffs, but this is bordering on the insanity.
First, it was only two short weeks ago that Ryan had publicly threw in the towel and told the fans that the Jets would not make the playoffs.
Now, he has the gall to say with a straight face that the Jets should be favored to win the Super Bowl.
The Jets should be commended for being able to rally from that awful home loss to the Falcons and win their last two games to qualify for the postseason.
Having said that, the team was fortunate to draw the Colts and the Bengals when both teams were resting the majority of their starters.
There is no denying the Jets do have some momentum as they head into their game against the Bengals, and personally I would not be the least bit surprised if they won that game.
However, from an unbiased opinion, the Jets are the fourth best team, in the AFC!
While the Jets do own a victory over the Colts, let’s not kid ourselves; that was against the JV Colts. If Peyton and the starters were playing that entire game I think we know how that game would turn out.
The San Diego Chargers are the hottest team in football, and might be the most complete team. Now I understand the Jets have the number one ranked defense, but I just don’t see how they can cover all of the Chargers tall and athletic receivers.
Yes, these aren’t the Patriots of 2007; and yes they did lose Wes Welker for the playoffs. However, Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time and has one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, I still give the Pats the edge if the two teams were to square off.
In all honesty, I don’t think the Jets could beat any of the NFC playoff teams; save for maybe the Jekyll and Hyde Arizona Cardinals.
The Jets do have some talent, and with the number one running game and number one defense in football, the team could win a game or two along the way.
However, to say that the team should be the favorite to win the Super Bowl is more absurd then Tom Brady winning Comeback Player of the Year.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure can’t wait to hear what Rex has to say after the Jets lose.