New coach instilling a winning attitude in the team
I've been a Jets fan for over thirty years. There's a photo of me at age four, standing in front of the fireplace in my old house wearing a Joe Namath jersey to prove it. No idea where the picture is right now, but that's not important.
What is important, however, is that long-suffering JEts fans like myself now have a reason to walk around and hold our heads high.
It's not easy, you know. Your team probably doesn't play in a stadium named after it's cross-town rival. You're not competing against a team that is practically the New York Institution that the Yankees are. For whatever reason, the Giants have always been looked upon with old-school respect whereas Gang Green has been the snivelling, ne'er-do-well younger brother who brings shame upon the family.
Rex Ryan recognized this…and he doesn't care one bit.
He revels in being the brash, cocky outsider who can back up spoken words on the gridiron. He brings his magical bag of defensive tricks each and every week. He props up his rookie quarterback as if he is the second coming of…well, Namath.
The team has caught the vibe and are playing smashmouth football designed to ring some bells. The message is “Give us your respect or we'll beat it out of you.”
I like it.
I damn near love it.
You know who else operates like that? Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans.
I can't wait for Sunday.
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Written by Frank Mazzola