If you didn’t know any better, you would think the New York Jets had an unbelievably successful 2013 season.
After beating the Dolphins in week 17 to finish 8-8, Woody Johnson announced to the team that Rex Ryan would return as coach and the Jets celebrated like they just won the Super Bowl.
That 8-8 excitement has spilled over into training camp, and all the Jets have done is talk, talk, talk, despite having missed the post-season for 3 straight seasons.
With all the losing that’s gone on recently, the Jets have no right to talk.
Ryan has gone back and forth about what he thinks about the Patriots, a team that’s won the AFC East 10 times in the last 11 years.
First, he said the Patriots need to worry about the Jets (I’m sure they’re scared), and then a few days later he said all the Jets are focused on is the Patriots. So which is it Rex?
Dee Milliner’s first 3 months in the NFL were atrocious. He was benched 3 times, and was getting beat left and right. However, things came together in the seasons final month and Milliner won the Defensive Rookie of the Month for December.
So how does Milliner build off that momentum? He comes to OTA’s and mini-camp out of shape, and once training camp comes around says, “The best corner in the league? Me. I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”
I don’t have as much of a problem with what Milliner said because I believe the reporter in this case, Manish Mehta, put Milliner on the spot in order to get a juicy headline. Still, there was no reason for Milliner to be as boisterous as he came across based on how last season went.
On the flip side, Milliner is going to have to step up tremendously in 2014, and having this attitude may not be the worst thing.
Finally, Calvin Pace just pro-claimed the Jets have the best defense in the NFL after ranking 11th in 2013.
“(Compared to) the rest of the defenses in the NFL? We’re the best,” Pace said. “You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in, even in a down year.”
I don’t even want to think about who’s going to say something ridiculous next. Right now, the Jets are quickly becoming the biggest laughing-stock in the NFL once again.
Interestingly, the Jets were uncharacteristically quiet last season. Rex’s bromance with John Idzik could be what’s changed his tone.
For once though, can’t the Jets just let its play to the talking? Is that too much to ask for?