The Rundown: Do you see what I see?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

In the last few days, the Jets head coach and the team’s likely quarterback have had some exuberant things to say about their team.

Ryan spoke to the New York Daily News about his expectations for the season.  Will 8-8 suffice?

“I believe we’re better than that. I believe we’re a lot better than that,” Ryan told the Daily News. “Eight and eight would be a hell of a disappointment for us. I’m just telling you that I believe this team is on the cusp of doing some special things. . . . I’m confident we will be a playoff team.”

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“What they’re missing is — and this isn’t their fault — is they don’t see what I see in the building every day,” Ryan said. “I think it’s a transition year, but we’re going to bring it to another level. I know where I want this team to go and that’s where I expect this team to go. So, you know, are we a better team? Dang right. . . . That may be a fact that we’re rebuilding this team, but by no means does that mean that I don’t expect to improve on where we were.”

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“I think time’s going to tell how much better we are,” Ryan said. “I believe this football team is a hell of a lot better right now than we were at any point last year.”

Beyond his team, Rex thinks he’s a pretty OK coach too … and isn’t afraid to say it.

Rex’s quarterback and second year player Geno Smith seems optimistic as well.

“I feel good about our team making a Super Bowl run,” Smith said earlier in July to NFL Network. “You know, why not us?”

Meanwhile in New England, Patriots fans and their most disgraced columnist will go out of their way to take offense.

Why not you? Because you play in the same division as Tom Brady.

Why not you? Because you play in the same division as Bill Belichick.

Why not you? Because you play in the same division as the Patriots, who have won 11 of the past 13 division titles.

Why not you? Because you haven’t even won the division since 2002.

Why not you? Well, you.

Apologies to Ron Borges and all of New England for everyone not adopting the Patriot way as the only way to win at football.  I know it’s won the Patriots a bunch of titles, specifically the ones in the last ten years …

Heaping gasoline on a Foxboro dumpster fire, Ryan followed up his comments in an recent interview with the New York Post by saying it is the Patriots who should be worrying about the Jets.

“Somebody asked me if we focus on New England. Bullsh–,” Ryan told The Post. “We’re focused on us. We’re focused on us and how are we going to be better. I have to be honest, I don’t worry about them. They need to worry about us. I think that’s really where we’re at now.”

The Patriots offense still has questions, but the Pats defense might finally emerge from the ashes, led by Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the secondary and a healthy Vince Wilfork up front.

Regardless of what the Patriots might be doing, Ryan told the New York Daily News that change comes from within and for an fanbase and organization that was caught in an spiral before he arrived, a jarring change was required.

“When I came in from Day One, this team was way different back then,” Ryan said of his previous Super Bowl guarantees. “This team just lost Brett Favre, a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. This team had that same moniker, ‘Same Old Jets.’ Well, I wanted everyone to know. I wanted to make damn sure they knew that it wasn’t the Same Old Jets and it was never going to be the Same Old Jets as long as I was here. And so I think that’s why I said what I said. I wanted to make sure my team believed that I believed that we were going to win Super Bowls.”

“Now, it’s more the fact that, ‘Hey look, I know who we are,’ ” he added. “My team is very well aware of who we are. But if (making Super Bowl predictions) will add pressure where we can’t be at our very best and possibly add some fuel to the fire to the opponent, I don’t need to do that. So I’m not going to do it.”

Ryan knew that the team and the fanbase needed to get out of familiar patterns.  His brashness and boldness was the best way to do it and with the team’s talent, Ryan took the team to two AFC Championship games.  As Ghandi famously once said “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Rex toned down the rhetoric some last year for his new GM and it seems he won’t be making predictions about games in Arizona next February, but he believes in this team and isn’t afraid to say so.

He’s not alone, Bill Polian thinks the Jets are closer to relevance as well, but that it will come down to quarterback play … a familiar refrain for the Jets.

Personally?  I like the high hopes coming from the Jets.  It matches my feelings about this team.  It doesn’t bother me that the team’s coach and quarterback have lofty goals for this team and are willing to share them.  I’d much rather have players and coaches who expect the best from themselves than players who are resigned to something else.  I’ll never knock a player or coach for thinking they can win on any given Sunday.

I’ve always asserted that I don’t care whether the Jets coach is a media darling for his transparency or a Napoleonic despot.  All I care is that they can put together the best football team possible with the talent they were able to procure, know how to coach those plays and (most importantly) win.  If Ryan goes for his fourth straight season without a playoff berth, then all the questions that raised themselves last December are likely to come up again.

Ryan is positive and has good reason to be.  The team is deeper than it has been in three years.  The team filled the most crucial positions on offense through free agency.  The team has a potential quarterback of the future in Geno Smith along with a ripcord in Mike Vick.  The team’s 2013 rookies finished the season on an encouraging note.

Why not us?




37 comments
mrblint
mrblint

Can't wait to see this season start. And PLEASE  no more Pats talk. I already hate them so much its unhealthy . Most of you guys don't have to listen to the Boston media everyday gush over the Pats. (and I mean the whole media NOT just the sports media). And you know Rex has had his share of nice wins over the Pats but you would not believe how the media here goes quiet when that  happens - Pats losses are usually followed by a week of relative silence which is hardly satisfying for those of us who literally dream of Sheldon Richardson delivering a hit on Brady so hard that it makes him forget his hero W Bush. 

Around here during the year the Pats ALMOST went undefeated (2007-8)-- during the run up to the superbowl, every Network affiliate had a Tag line for what they blatantly described as the inevitable Win that was coming in the superbowl,  that was used before every news cast and in commercials all week . Like "Patriots date with destiny" or Patriots - countdown to immortality". Talk about counting your chickens, every single sportscaster here with one exception was acting as if the superbowl was a mere formality and that the unbeaten season was a done deal (I am not doing this justice either - it really had to be experienced). So when they lost, the Giants (whom I really dislike) delivered what was for me one of the top 10 finest  evenings of sports news in my life. Since it was the superbowl, and since they spent a fortune to send teams of reporters to the cover the immortal moment - all the local news stations had extended news coverage after the game. I remember Bob Loebel - crying on the air....and various reporters and news anchors basically whining and trying to figure out how to fill the time that was allocated for the expected celebration. Even my wife enjoyed it.

That being said I really would prefer to be a Jets fan rather than a Pats Antifan- last year we came tantalizingly close to sweeping the Pats. Until that happens or we win the division I would prefer we stick to talking about the Jets. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Pats vs. Jets overall record including the Brady years.


58-52-1    So Chow'dheads  look forward to many years of more losing football.

McGeorge
McGeorge

I like that Rex gets under their skin, but I still think he'd be better off not talking as much.


When Brady declines and leaves, what will Belichick do if he can't get a new QB?  What if Bortles is mediocre?  Will Belichick stick around or retire?


The Jets need to draft well to be prepared for the Patriots demise.  Lets hope Geno, Milliner, and Winters all improve a lot, and that a few of this years rookies become good players.

John Kix Arale
John Kix Arale

As soon as those two retire .the pats turn into the doormat to the nfl so enjoy pat fan while you still can.can not wait for that day .

harvlis
harvlis

All they have to do is start beating teams with authority and, they can say whatever they want. Right now, we are all potential and talk. I feel that they improved offense, defense, and special teams, and added some great players, this off-season. Can't wait for Jet football.

s.clancy
s.clancy

the patriot-centric article in response to Geno's "why not us?" question is utterly ridiculous.  It could have just been "why not?  because your team sucks."  No need for all the pats, stuff...

williamg1
williamg1

So basically, what he's saying is the Jets won't win a Super Bowl because Geno Smith was a rookie last year. 

idothis2
idothis2

It looks like Manish is trying to get back in good graces. his pieces are more positive lately. I hope the Jets made him grovel for the interview with Rex. I wonder if giving the interview to Manish was a F U to Cimini for that Memorable Moment nonsense he cosigned. 

jaym
jaym

YAWNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!

Start training camp

Brendan
Brendan

Rex is just echoing what many of us fans have been saying for months. This team, like last year's team, will be undervalued until it starts hitting people in the mouth. 

BenNevis
BenNevis

F the Pats!

F Bellichick!

F Brady!

F Revis!

F Boston and the Boston press and the Boston fans!

Here's to Mo & Boss Hogg & Coples ripping little girl Brady's head off!

J E T S JETS JETS JETS!

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Does Brady still have it?  Will Revis fit in and be all world there?      I do know not only was New England’s last Super Bowl win during the 2004 season, but Belichick’s team is just 8-7 in the playoffs since then — including an unsightly three postseason losses at home, all in the past four years.


Maybe we can do some good things?

williamg1
williamg1

I guess this is when some fans start complaining that Rex is providing other teams "bulletin board material.'' Whatever.....


The ONLY person Rex is putting pressure on, is himself. And, besides, after going 8-8 with rookies at key positions, shouldn't the Jets expect to make the playoffs?

jetlife
jetlife

@McGeorge  "When Brady declines and leaves, what will Belichick do if he can't get a new QB?  What if Bortles is mediocre?  Will Belichick stick around or retire?"


What does Bortles have to do with Brady and Belichick?

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@s.clancy Yet we beat the Patriots last year.    But there's the Red Sox........oops.


Gotta love the haters who'd rather see the Jets lose than their team win.


└╥┘GO└╥┘ NEW└╥┘YORK└╥┘JETS└╥┘


Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 No, it's also partly because they haven't won a division title since 2002, despite the fact Geno only played in one of the 11 seasons since then.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer


I'm fine with the swagger...Rex isn't Rex without it, but he's got to be careful not to cross the line separating swagger from audacious boasts and foolish guarantees.  


In the end, the team, not the coach, has got to do the talking.   We'll soon find out if Idzik and Rex have picked the right guys to play the rugged, smash-mouth game on both sides of the ball they seem to be envisioning. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@idothis2 It looks like Manish is trying to get back in good graces


Why not?

Better management.

Cleaned up roster

Potentially good draft

The ship is no longer rudderless.

bob
bob

@Lloyd Jay Reife 

A look back at grandpa  Brady,s  3 super bowl rings sponsored by Sony hide a camera.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@williamg1

That Sunday-Thursday part of the schedule vs. the Broncos and NE  , with travel and TWO gameplans will be a killer.  

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@bob


NE has the most wins since 2010, but when playing these teams in the playoffs, , they are 3-5.

anthonya
anthonya

@Lloyd Jay Reife @williamg1 We did the the same thing last year and lost to NE by 3 points when geno threw 3 picks in the 4th quarter on potential game winning drives. Its not exactly impossible to pull out a win.

levi
levi

@Lloyd Jay Reife   I like how you say "killer" when you talk about what we will do to those QB's. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@anthonya @Lloyd Jay Reife @williamg1


All good points.  NE has made some good additions, but so have we.  Glad to see fellow fans with "sane and reasonable confidence".    Geno will never throw 3 picks in any quarter is my belief.   

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@levi


"If only".


Nice for us to be cheerleaders, but facing Peyton and Co.  and four days later going to Foxboro....well just giving a dose of reality.  My dreams still sustain regardless.

harold
harold

@Lloyd Jay Reife @levi 


Good thing a division rival is the 2nd game.  So we don't need much time to prepare.  We should be able to compete well.  While I still respect the Pats I really think we have shown we match up very well with them.


The key in the Broncos game will be ball control and pressure on Manning.

anthonya
anthonya

It's also a West Coast team coming east and playing an early game, which tends to favor the home team  pretty heavily.