For some reason, the word “Guarantee” has become so common in New York Jets land that is has practically lost all meaning. From Rex Ryan guaranteeing Games to Super Bowls, we’ve heard it all.
Now it’s Dustin Keller’s turn.
When the Jets tight end was asked if they were going to defeat the New England Patriots Sunday night, Keller was all guarantees.
“We’re ready. We’re playing our best football, I feel like at the best time.”
But it wasn’t over there. Linebacker Calvin Pace took a turn.
“It’s going to be pretty physical, man, but I think it’s going to be a controlled physicality, too,” Pace said. “Guys are going to be finishing their blocks, guys are going to be tackling to the ground super hard. … It’s going to be a situation where the team that imposes their will first, that’ll be the winner.”
Pace smiled and in Spanish said: “The team wearing …. verde [green] and blanco [white].”
So how much do these Jets want this game?
“More than anything,” Keller said. “We haven’t really been in this situation for a long time, to be in first place in our division, and we have that chance now, and nobody’s going to let it slip through their fingers.”
“The Evil Empire … I see them as our arch-nemesis,” Keller said. “If the Jets shave a villain, it is the Patriots.”
“We don’t like the Patriots. We for sure don’t like the Patriots — but we love to play them,” Keller said. “That’s a chance to get up there and get to fight the guy that you always legally wanted to. And when you get on the field, you can legally do it. So, this is our chance. We get two chances a year, and this is our one at home, so we get to do it at home in front of our fans. So, nothing would be better to us than whip them at home.”
There should be some good material in there somewhere for Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick to use Sunday night, don’t you think?