Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Jets polishing chip on shoulder
By Rich Cimini
ATLANTA -- The New York Jets didn't say, "We told you so." Well, they kind of did.
In the aftermath of Monday night's stunning, 30-28 last-second win over the Atlanta Falcons, Rex Ryan and a couple of players continued to play the no-respect card. This was an impressive road win, so, yeah, they were entitled to do some yapping.
Ryan was asked if this win will change the perception of the Jets (3-2), who moved to within one game of the first-place New England Patriots.
"Outsiders are going to say what they're going to say, and they have," he said. "They've already spoken. They picked us 32nd in the league, OK? It doesn't matter. We just care about ourselves and we care about Jets fans."
He was referring, of course, to ESPN's Week 1 power poll, which ranked them 32nd.
"For whatever reason, everybody wants to crack jokes on us," linebacker Calvin Pace said. "The Jets are not going to this, the Jets not going to do that. No matter, man. It fuels us."
Guard Willie Colon agreed with Ryan, saying the Jets' 3-2 start won't change anything from the outside.
"We have to be consistent," he said. "We've got to put good games on tape consistently. Our tape is our résumé. If we can put games on tape that show we're legit, maybe it'll change. Right now, people are like, 'Keep winning and talk to us later.' We've got that chip on our shoulder."