True to his prediction, Rex Ryan isn’t backing off his belief that his Jets are Super Bowl-bound. Not that anyone would expect that.
“I can guarantee that we’re going to chase it. That’s for sure,” Ryan told reporters Thursday. “Do I think we’ll win it? Absolutely.”
Funny thing about predictions, though. Time has a way of making them look brilliant, or downright awful. The Jets haven’t looked anything close to a Super Bowl team through five weeks, but that doesn’t mean the bandwagon is completely empty, either.
“The Jets, you know, that in five weeks Rex Ryan is going to get this team where it needs to be,” NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest said Wednesday night on “No Huddle.” “I’m not saying they’re going to run off 10 games in a row, but this is a good football team. They have good players. They’re well-coached. I know he’ll get them on track.”
The most interesting aspect of the Jets this season might be that no one quite agrees on which direction the team is headed. NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin is firmly in the camp of non-believers.
“The Jets are done!” Irvin said. “I feel so sorry for the Jets. I said this before the season started, I have never seen a team under this kind of pressure that the Jets were going to be under this season. Satisfaction will only hit you when you get to a Super Bowl. And, there is no way.”
And right there is the dichotomy in how these Jets are viewed. Regardless, anything that doesn’t reach Ryan’s extreme expectations doesn’t seem to matter in the end.