If you're counting offseason media reaction, the New York Jets were kicked around a lot the past few months. Last year's implosion and the acquisition of polarizing backup quarterback Tim Tebow had a lot to do with it.
But Jets owner Woody Johnson ensures this team should not be taken lightly this season.
"We're deadly serious about what we're doing here," the Jets' owner said sternly, according to the New York Daily News.
The Jets can prove how serious they are in Sunday’s season opener against the Buffalo Bills. Both teams share the “contender or pretender” label. You’re not quite sure which team is serious and which team is all hype.
"Well, I just think we're a better football team than people give us credit for," Jets coach Rex Ryan said this week. "I also think our organization is a lot better than people give us credit for. The circus thing is kind of a little old for me. But that’s the way it is."
Like it or not, the Jets created their own circus atmosphere last season. Adding Tebow behind Sanchez didn't help.
New York has a tough five-game stretch to open the regular season. So, in many ways, Sunday's game against Buffalo is as much a "must win" as Week 1 can get. If the Jets allow the Bills to come into MetLife Stadium and leave with a win, the questions will continue.