New York Jets confident, talking Super Bowl as Rex Ryan eyes elusive AFC East division title | New York Daily News
Reading through this article, the first impression I got was that various Jet players were trying to convince themselves they had a good team. In other words, it's as if deep down they didn't really believe in themselves, but were trying to talk themselves into it by repeatedly saying things such as 'sure, why not us?'
To me that kind of talk is essentially whistling in the dark: you're saying something that you're not convinced is true.
Consider this: is there any other team that has made it to a conference championship game publicly saying or asking these type of things? I doubt it, and if so it's certainly not to the extent these players are. So why is that? The only conclusion I can come up with is that deep down they really don't believe in themselves and their chances.
I would expect this kind of talk from a team that is rebuilding, hasn't won in a long time, but is improving to the point of contending. I would expect this 'sure, why not us' talk from the Lions in regards to the Packers, or the Texans in regards to the Colts for example.
But from a team that has been in the playoffs each of the last two years?
I'd say the use of the term "confident" in the article's title might just be highly inaccurate. Sounds more like false bravado to me, which is baffling considering how well the Jets have done the last couple of years. Maybe all Rex Ryan's talk about the Patriots the last two years is having a counter-effect: the players see their coach so overly obsessed with the Pats that deep down in their subconscious they really think the Patriots are better than they are.
They may say their confident, but I don't know if I'm buying it.