Antonio Cromartie: Jets will make the playoffs this year

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A 3-5 record over the first half of the season hasn’t killed the Jets’ confidence.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said on NFL AM that he still believes the Jets are a playoff team, and his teammates are confident and buying into what coach Rex Ryan is doing, too.

“The Jets will make the playoffs this year,” Cromartie said. “We believe in each other, we believe in what coach Ryan and his staff is putting us to schemes and stuff, so we’re definitely going to make the playoffs this year.”

Realistically, it’s hard to justify Cromartie’s confidence: The Jets are two games behind the Patriots and one game behind the Dolphins in the AFC East, and they’re two games behind both the Steelers and the Colts in the wild card race. It’s not impossible to overcome a 3-5 start and get to the playoffs, but it’s awfully hard, and the Jets haven’t done much in the first half of the season to suggest that they’re on the verge of a turnaround. This looks like a prediction that’s based more on bravado than on a realistic assessment of where the Jets are heading.