Getting to the Super Bowl is hard enough, even imagining the Vince Lombardi Trophy is tough; unless, of course, you’re Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Call it what you may, I will call it crazy. His personality, however, might be just what the doctor ordered in the Big Apple.
Staking a claim on the Lombardi Trophy will always draw some sort of attention. Looking at what the Jets did last year, it was hard to buy into Rex’s prediction. Do Jets fans remember when the Colts laid down and handed the game to you? Yes, handed it. Now I realize you can’t blame the Jets for playing the games on their schedule, but you can bring people back down to earth a little bit, especially New York sports fans.
After a week one loss to the Ravens, the Jets have flown high into their week seven bye. Their record reads 5-1 and comes with a spot all alone atop the AFC East. Mark Sanchez has thrown nine touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Sanchez has been doing most of his passing duties without the Jets’ speedy Santonio Holmes, a 1,200-yard receiver a year ago in Pittsburgh. Holmes missed the first four games of 2010 after being suspended for substance abuse. In his two games he has caught seven passes for 88 yards and, most importantly, giving Sanchez an extra target outside of Braylon Edwards, Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery.
LaDanian Tomlinson has been just as good, if not better, as Sanchez. Tomlinson has surprised football fans with his 490 yards, which currently ranks him seventh in the NFL.
But the season is still young: injuries happen and expectations aren’t lived up to, especially in sports, and, more often than not, in New York. But maybe this is the Jets year. Sanchez might not be Joe Namath; Rex Ryan’s prediction might not be the guarantee. We have seen this play out before when Favre had the Jets soaring to an 8-3 start.
With the history of these Jets, it is hard to jump on the bandwagon. But with the first-class ticket through week seven, I will board this plane now.