Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Jets Mentality

As a long term Jets fan I'm starting to think that I'm gonna have to change my way of thinking around here. However hard it may be, I'm gonna have to cut the cynicism and start believing! It almost rubs against my Jets grain. I've expected the Jets to screw up after decades of mediocrity and ineptitude and a few okay years. It's hard to break the habit of trying to figure out how the organization would blow it on a weekly and annual basis. Now I have to adjust to them being winners. Wow! What an adjustment.

Rex Ryan brought that winning mentality to New York-Jersey last year and continues with it in the 2010 campaign. At first it was entertaining and refreshing but I couldn't believe it yet. Now, after a trip to the AFC Championship Game last season, and an 8-2 record after four 4th quarter or overtime comeback wins in a row, I'm starting to become a believer. It's the only thing I can do! If you can look past the fact that the Jets defense keeps putting them in these situations where they have to come back at the end of games (which I can), then you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is the Big Game at the end of the playoffs.... dare I say it? No, I won't yet.

The NY Jets do seem poised to go in to next weeks game against the Patriots with a 9-2 record after beating the Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving. And if they can beat New England again they can be 10-2 going in to the home stretch four games. But I'm looking too far ahead. First they have to beat the Bengals, who are a much better team than their 2-8 record indicates, with their high powered passing game featuring Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens. First things first. But this NY Jets fan is starting to assume that these New York Jets are going to win (you know what happens when you assume). And with Mark Sanchez at the helm and the Jets offense playing the way they are playing it's hard not to believe; even if it does go against my losing Jets fan attitude. Thanks Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez, you're changing my way of thinking. Happy Thanksgiving! Let's not be turkeys. Win this one without a last minute comeback. Give the kid a break, so he can go home after the game and have some turkey and look forward to a great match up against the Patriots next week. Let's Go Jets!

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