After Sunday’s game, Rex talked about what he said to the team the night before. It’s the end of the quote that caused me a bit of pause:
I just gave them the normal coach jargon (joking). I think that’s the way I usually speak to them. Our message has been the same since day one and that’s about staying together, building a team, just keep getting better, keep working, taking those steps forward, and at the end of the day, we’ll see where we’re at. We have a lot of talent on this football team and when we pull all this talent together, we definitely want to be a team, and I think we are a team that is better than the sum of our parts. I think that’s it. I think that’s what we want to be, a team that nobody wants to play and I think we’re on our way that way.
He needs to be careful with the “we’re on our way” comments, based on the Colts game. That can spill over to the team, and that might cause a problem.
Don’t get me wrong, the Jets played a terrific football game against the Colts. I was at MetLife to witness it, and it was a thing of beauty. But the Colts are a team that the Jets are supposed to beat. They are better than that team, and they showed it on Sunday. When you look at it, all the Jets have done so far is beat teams they are supposed to beat. They have beaten the Dolphins, Colts, and Bills, all teams that the Jets have a leg up on. They have lost to all of the teams that have been a challenge talent-wise, the Steelers, 49ers, and Texans.
This is what teams that finish .500 do. They beat the teams that they are supposed to beat, and they lose to all of the tough teams. With all due respect to Rex, beating a team with a rookie quarterback does not make you “on your way”. It means you won a game you are supposed to win. We will be on our way, when we beat a team that is tougher than that, and we will have that chance on Sunday.
Remember, the Jets don’t do so well after they beat up on a team that they are supposed to beat. Remember last year? The Jets were high as a kite after the win to open the year against Dallas, and beating Jacksonville 32-3. What happened after that? Three games against tough teams, the Raiders, Ravens, and Patriots, and 3 losses. Just like that, the Jets thought they were better than they were and they were 2-3.
And don’t forget the confidence in 2010 leading up to 45-3.
Be confident, Jets. Just don’t get too overconfident. It can, and has, come back to bite you in the rear end.