The New York Jets just can’t seem to stop themselves from making ridiculous guarantees. Perhaps it is something in the water in Florham Park. This time it wasn’t Rex Ryan who did the guaranteeing. This time it was the self-proclaimed second best wide receiver on the Jets, cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Cromartie appeared on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” and said, “The Jets will make the playoffs this year.” Tall talk coming from a player for a team that is currently 3-5. “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.”
If the Jets hope to make the playoffs they will need to go at least 6-2 the rest of the way. More likely, they would need to go 7-1 to make the playoffs. It isn’t impossible, just unlikely. The Jets would also need a few teams to take a tumble, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and Indianapolis Colts. That is harder than winning almost all of the remaining on the Jets’ schedule.
The Jets schedule isn’t the toughest in the world but they still have games against the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in two of their next three weeks. The Jets would need to win at least one of those games as well as at least five of their other six games.
Again, this isn’t impossible. However, it won’t be easy given the injuries the Jets have had to deal with so far. Not having their number one cornerback in Darrelle Revis or their best wide receiver in Santonio Holmes is going to hinder the Jets’ chances of doing what is necessary to make the playoffs.
Could Cromartie be just spinning hyperbole or does he really believe the words that came out of his mouth? One thing is certain, the Jets will need to believe, not only in Rex Ryan but also in themselves if they hope to accomplish the task Cromartie has set before them.