FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the first day back from a stressful bye week, the Jets' defense returned to a 3-5 record and some pretty long odds when it comes to making the playoffs. The team is not mathematically eliminated, and safety LaRon Landry, cornerback Antonio Cromartie and safety Yeremiah Bell think the Jets can post a successful second act.
“Most definitely,” Landry said. “Our mindset is to win each and every ballgame to get in the playoffs. We can’t just look at history as made.”
Landry thinks the team has the ability, but he also isn’t ready to just play out the string. There have been too many seasons when his teams limped to the finish line and he doesn’t want to see that happen to the Jets.
“I said we still could be in the playoffs running,” Landry said, “and I feel confident that we will do our best to get in the playoffs. That’s what it’s all about. If we don’t get in the playoffs, man, it’s a boring-ass season.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan addressed the team Monday morning, calling his words, “blunt force trauma, just tell it the way it is like always.” LB Aaron Maybin explained Ryan’s message to the team.
“Our record says that we’re this, and this is what people are expecting,” Maybin relayed, “but look at the numbers, this is where we are. We’re not where we want to be, but we're not as far off as people want to make us. It’s reassuring, it sounds good, but we still have to go out there and do the little things that are keeping us from getting the wins.”
Things looked bleak in 2010 as well, before a late-season run gave the Jets a playoff berth. Cromartie said that if those problems can be fixed, this is the right time to make a run.
“Definitely,” Cromartie said. “I think the months of November and December, that’s when most teams are made anyway. I think the biggest thing for us is just to make sure that we take care of the things we need to take care of one week at a time. Just take it and understand that when we say one week at a time, we have to focus in on that one week and not try to look forward to anything else.”
The Jets are playing in Seattle, a tough place for any team and one where the Jets have not been successful. The team will leave Friday and stay on east coast time. It doesn’t get much easier after Sunday, when the Jets travel to St. Louis for back-to-back road games.
“We’re definitely not where we want to be,” Bell said. “I think we’re middle of the pack somewhere and we want to be at the front of the pack, so in order to get that done these last 8 weeks it’s going to take max effort on our part and a little togetherness back there.”
But do the Jets have the ability to reach the playoffs?
“Yeah, we definitely have the resources to get back into this thing,” Bell said. “We have the players, we have the coaching staff and we have the “want to.” The thing is going to be just us on Sundays just going out there and executing. Like I said, we can’t help teams get a shot here, get a shot there and kind of stretch the game a little bit. So we’re going to have to be a lot more disciplined in that area.”