Aug 1, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
The New York Jets and Willie Colon have a lot in common. As we know, not a lot is expected out of the Jets in the upcoming season. After a 6-10 2012 campaign, and a pretty sizable facelift of the roster, it’s expected to be a rebuilding year in New York. It’s got the Jets and their coach pretty amped to prove the “experts” wrong in 2013.
Then in walks Willie Colon. He isn’t thrilled about Pittsburgh not wanting him back, and wants to prove that he has something left. With that, he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder as does his team. He gets that the Jets are large underdogs for the upcoming season, and knows how the Jets need to handle it:
We just have to start winning. Winning brings teams together, when you’re able to be successful and you’re able to kind of be the team that everybody looks to, like, “Oh, these guys are doing well, what’s their recipe for success?” You know, it takes away the naysayers. We just have to start winning, we have to shut our mouths, we have to grow closer as a team and we have to be as hard-nosed as we can be. I’m pretty sure a lot of teams already have us checked off on their schedule. That’s the bottom line. We have to show up on Sunday and punch a lot of people in the mouth and wake them up.
He also is comfortable leading the team vocally:
Coming from Pittsburgh, that defense out there is known to be bullies on the field. I think this defense is trying to get that identity and starting to get it, but the buck stops here. As an offensive lineman, you have to stand up and be boisterous and sometimes you have to bang your chest. A lot of that comes with bringing your pads and just being a ball player. I try to do that to the best of my ability.
You have to love a guy like Willie Colon. He has been doing this a long time, and wants to show the world he still can. He has the attitude of a guy that is ready to lead. This group needs leaders. The line led by Brick, Nick and Willie could be quite the force in 2013.