Despite entering the second half of the season with a 3-5 record two members of the New York Jets franchise are certain that the team will reach the 2012 playoffs following their sluggish start in the regular season. Those two members are no strangers to the spotlight or microphone in the New York media; cornerback Antonio Cromartie and head coach Rex Ryan.
Cromartie was the first of the two to make the bold prediction Thursday morning on the NFL Network‘s “NFL AM” show where the seventh year pro said “The Jets will make the playoffs this year”. Cromartie then went on to follow that statement with “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.”
Ryan then backed up Cromartie when asked about his player’s comments by stating “This team believes that we can right the ship and we’re going for it. 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.” Ryan then went on to say “Nobody wants to hear it, but who cares? That’s really how we feel and that’s our mentality; whether you like it or not, that’s our mentality. And I would think that Jets fans and the Jets community, they would want us to feel that way and we do.”
This has been an eventful week for the Jets fourth year head coach who earlier in the week was voted as the most overrated head coach in the NFL and also on Monday stated “We’re not sniffing the playoffs”.
The Jets are preparing to face the (5-4) Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field where visiting opponents are 0-4 this season. If the Jets want to make good on Cromartie and Ryan’s predictions then they need to be come the first road team to earn a victory in that stadium this season.