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Jets can't talk their way into playoffs

The bumbling, stumbling New York Jets in the playoffs?

Forgetaboutit!

New York is a 3-5 team which needs to go 6-2 or 7-1 the rest of the year to have a chance at the postseason. There's nothing we’ve seen to suggest the Jets can suddenly become the NFL’s hottest team.

But New York cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn't get the memo.

"The Jets will make the playoffs this year," Cromartie said on the NFL Network Thursday. "We believe in each other, we believe in what Coach Ryan and his staff is putting us to schemes and stuff, so we definitely are going to make the playoffs this year."

After months of being quiet, the Jets have suddenly decided to go back to their brash and boastful ways. Two weeks ago Jets players, like Cromartie and safety LaRon Landry, were talking about how they were going to beat up the Miami Dolphins.

How did that turn out?

Miami pounded New York, 30-9, in what should have been a humbling experience. But the Jets never learn. They could be in for another rough game Sunday on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, who are 4-0 at home this season.

I know I defended Ryan this week when he was incorrectly labeled the league's most overrated coach. But I never said he wasn’t overconfident and prone to making outlandish statements.

“I know Cro had some comments we're going to make the playoffs and all that, and I feel as an entire football team that we should all feel like that and we do feel like that,” Ryan told reporters in New York.

This is another example of Ryan and the Jets not being honest with themselves. If the Jets could talk their way into the playoffs, they would be the No. 1 seed. The good teams do their talking on the field. New York compensates by doing its best talking during the week.