The last three seasons have been tough on the New York Jets and Rex Ryan. In Ryan’s first two seasons with the Jets, the team made it to two straight AFC Championship games, both of which they lost. The last three years, however, has seen much less success for the team as they have been unable to return to the playoffs sporting a paltry record each season.
Last year the Jets finished 2nd in the weak AFC East with an 8-8 record. This year, Rex Ryan hopes to see major improvement as he believes that his squad is bound for the playoffs (Courtesy of NY Daily News):
I believe we’re better than that. I believe we’re a lot better than that. Eight and eight would be a hell of a disappointment for us. I’m just telling you that I believe this team is on the cusp of doing some special things. I’m confident we will be a playoff team.
While the Jets head coach may be confident, many fans and pundits alike believe that the Jets are just a collection of talented players that are not actually a team just yet. In fact, many expect the Jets to be just as mediocre as last year. Again, Ryan disapproves of this message:
What they’re missing is — and this isn’t their fault — is they don’t see what I see in the building every day. I think it’s a transition year, but we’re going to bring it to another level. I know where I want this team to go and that’s where I expect this team to go. So, you know, are we a better team? Dang right. . . . That may be a fact that we’re rebuilding this team, but by no means does that mean that I don’t expect to improve on where we were.
Ryan better hope that he is correct in terms of the Jets success or he may find himself out of a head coaching position in the NFL after next season. Although Ryan is undoubtedly a good coach, the NFL is ruthless and demands victories above all else.