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Using outside noise as extra motivation is key

By Luis Tirado Jr.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Jamal Adams of LSU reacts after being picked #6 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Jamal Adams of LSU reacts after being picked #6 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Most fans, analysts, and writers have all written off the New York Jets before the regular season has even begun. The franchise using it as extra motivation is key towards dealing with big obstacles ahead.

It’s no secret that many, including myself, feel that this upcoming season will be a complete disaster for the New York Jets. They have huge question marks almost everywhere on the roster and well, hope doesn’t always equal reality.

The truth of the matter is, when you get knocked down and everyone is telling you that you won’t get back up, it can help motivate you to rise and continue fighting. That’s where the Jets are at this point in time.

Yes, training camp is officially underway but just because quarterbacks, defensive backs, and receiving targets are seemingly doing great doesn’t always mean winning football games that actually matter. There is a plethora of hard work ahead for the Jets but the good news is, the locker room and leadership are using all this criticism as extra motivation.

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Head coach Todd Bowles enters his third year with the Jets and has dubbed all these statements, articles, and opinions as “outside noise” to his team. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what he had to say about using it as motivation:

It’s extra motivation. It’s not the motivation. Obviously, you’re motivated and we’re trying to win a Super Bowl anyway no matter what. When you have adversity and people say you can’t do things as an athlete or as a competitor, you love challenges. You come to work every day intent on getting better and proving everybody wrong. That’s not why we’re trying to win. Is it extra added incentive for some people? Yes, it is. But motivation is because we didn’t play well and we’re trying to win anyway.

At the end of the day, Bowles should get credit from keeping the message the same every season about trying to win the Super Bowl. That’s what it’s all about and regardless of how the Jets look heading into Week 1 of the regular season, Bowles must make sure every single player on his roster understands that is the main goal.

Extra motivation is key for the Jets to stay the course and even more so if things do end up getting out of hand. Winning fixes everything and silences even the harshest of critics but more importantly, if the Jets have losing streaks in 2017, using all this outside noise as extra motivation can prove to be what this team needs to endure and get right back on track.

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