Nobody expected the Jets to have three wins all season, much less three in the first five games. The Jets are riding high, riding the wave of proving the doubters wrong. It’s been a preferred stance for the Jets, always playing better under Rex Ryan as the underdog than the favorite.
Has the team embraced the role? Here is what Rex had to say:
We really don’t care what people that don’t believe in us say. We care about what our fans think, we care about what our locker room knows to be the truth. I think it’s interesting. There are different ways to looking at the preseason. I don’t disagree that wins and losses and things like that can definitely be misleading. But if you really look at the games, in particular, I knew that this team was on the right track. I think that’s where it is. I think it shows up in the games, in the preseason games. It also shows up on the practice field. That’s why we knew we were much better than what we were given credit for. With that being said, we’re not even close to where we have to get to, starting this week against Pittsburgh. That’s kind of where our focus is. To say absolutely, what the national media and people like that think about us, the negative comments and all that kind of stuff, to think it doesn’t put a little fuel to the fire, of course it does. With that being said, we know they’re not in the meetings, they’re not seeing what we’re seeing. Again, I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t add something (or it) it doesn’t spark you a little bit.
It’s interesting, they “don’t care”, but it “sparks you a little bit”. The team likes being the underdog, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Keep them as underdogs, world. See how that works out.