Jets coach Rex Ryan says that if there’s a view outside the team that the locker room is a circus, that view couldn’t be more wrong.
Ryan said on a conference call with New England reporters in advance of Thursday night’s game against the Patriots that he thinks the Jets have a close, upbeat team that is feeling confident after starting the season with a win.
“I think I know what the general consensus is out there – but it’s not even close,” Ryan said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “We’ve had nothing but positive vibes inside our locker room.”
Ryan says Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers built on momentum the Jets already had from the preseason, and that they feel good about where things are heading.
“We have way more positive momentum than people give us credit for,” Ryan said. “We were 3-1 in the preseason, I think that’s good. Inside our building it’s been nothing but positive. We’ve had probably as good an offseason as anyone in the league when it comes to the amount of players here for voluntary work, the type of work they’re doing at minicamps and then our training camp, we had great competition at several positions. We have a close football team.”
The question now for Ryan is whether the Jets have a competitive football team. If the Jets upset the Patriots on Thursday, Ryan will be able to say he was right, and that the predictions about the Jets were not even close to accurate.