KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Jets T D’Brickashaw Ferguson says he’s happy to be here. And who wouldn’t be?
But he went through this last year, and if you could hear it in his voice, you’d know that deep down inside he wishes he was back at Jets headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., preparing for next week’s Super Bowl.
Losing to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, not meeting coach Rex Ryan’s lofty expectations set way back in the summer… it stings.
“Rex came in and said, ‘Hey, we’re here to win the Super Bowl.’ So when we don’t reach that achievement, we feel bad,” Ferguson said after Wednesday’s AFC practice. “It’s good that we had a great season and made it to the AFC title game back-to-back years, but not getting it done still bothers us. This just gives us something to keep fighting for.”
Just missing out on the big game for the second-straight year makes his first trip to Hawaii (last year’s Pro Bowl was in Miami) a little tough to accept. It’s probably that way for Darrelle Revis, too (travel issues have delayed his arrival), although being on the island isn’t a bad consolation prize.
“It’s bittersweet, but I’m happy about what we achieved as a team,” Ferguson said. “And I’m happy to be here. It’s cool, it’s positive. But this just gives the motivation to keep fighting and not just being content with where we’re at. We can just keep working.
“If the next step is the Super Bowl, that’s not too bad. That means we’re right there. We’re knocking on the door.”
I’m sure we’ll hear soon if Ryan believes — or guarantees — his guys will knock it down on the third try.