Coach Rex Ryan has a chip on his shoulder heading into the 2012 opener on Sunday. It has nothing to do with making guarantees, it has to do with the outside perception of the New York Jets. Specificially, he is getting tired of the “circus” reputation that the team has. Here is what he had to say on the subject at yesterday’s press conference:
I just think we’re a better football team than people give us credit for. I also think our organization is a lot better than people give us credit for. The circus thing is kind of a little old for me, but if that’s the way it is, I think our record shows otherwise in the three years we’ve been together. I think we’ve done a tremendous job of drafting players (and) developing young talent. I’m not afraid to say it, I think this is going to be an outstanding football team, the best team I’ve had since I’ve been here. How that reflects on our record, I’m not sure, but I think this team, this organization, is headed in the right direction and I don’t know if that’s the national perspective, but it’s my perspective.
Rex is right to be frustrated, because lately, the circus reputation is not of his doing. Oh, the Jets have had the problems in the past, especially in 2011. We have been over and over the locker room situation, but that is in the past. The Jets have shown they are past it, and seem bonded as a team, but yet they still have the reputation. Who’s responsible?