Jets set for fight night
The Jets may be out of the guarantee business, but that didn’t stop them from delivering a Beware of Underdog message to the Patriots yesterday.“I feel like we were real loose this week at practice, which is good to see,” Mike DeVito said. “I think a tendency that we’ve had in the past when it’s Patriots Week is to tighten up, you naturally get a little bit tight because you recognize the importance of the game, and how physical and ratcheted up it always is. ... You play this game too tight, you’re not gonna be successful. You play this game loose and with swag and having fun, that’s when you’re gonna do well, and I think guys are happy about that.
“I just know we play well when we feel like this.”
DeVito was asked if he senses that this team is ready to play its best game.“Without a doubt, yeah without a doubt.” DeVito said. “Guys are really confident. We’re gelling as a team, we believe in each other, and I have no doubt that we’re gonna be ready to go on Thursday night.”They respect Tom Brady. He throws one touchdown pass at a time, just like every other quarterback. They respect Bill Belichick. He puts his head in one hoodie at a time, just like every other head coach would.
“We definitely need to win out,” LaRon Landry said.He was seated alone at his locker, a buzz of excitement inside a vibrant locker room around him.“I think we have every piece to the puzzle. ... We just gotta put it together,” Landry said.
Do you sense that this team is ready to put it together ?
Landry was asked what kind of a Jets team Jets fans should expect to see tomorrow night.“A team that’s passionate. ... A team that will give it all it’s got, empty out the tank and do anything ... and when the clock hits zero-zero in the fourth quarter or overtime ... we’re drained, that we left it all out on the field. We won’t give up, no matter what.”It is a mentality that Rex Ryan breeds, especially now, when the desperate Jets are 4-6 with little or no margin for error.“Each individual’s got to dig a little deeper, “ Landry said, “and when your body feels so tired that it can’t go no more, your mind’s got to overpower that, man. There’s definitely a lot at stake if we lose.”They have sealed the borders from outsiders, closed ranks since L’Affaire Anonymous.
“We never split. ... We fixed it, we addressed it,” Landry said.Landry visited the Patriots during free agency before deciding on the Jets. Ryan was at the Jets complex when Landry arrived. Belichick was nowhere to be found during Landry’s Foxborough visit.“It sends a message, to me,” Landry said. “If you’re trying to get a guy to come to your organization, you want to meet everybody ... owner ... the whole nine, man — especially the head coach. There wasn’t as much emphasis that I need to be there. ... I made the right decision.”
The Jets’ three-headed monster at running back gives them optimism that they will have a chance to keep Brady off the field.“I do remember this about our first couple of wins about the Patriots is we controlled the clock because of the ground game, so that is definitely gonna be huge,” Matt Slauson said.What kind of a team would he tell Jets fans to expect on Thanksgiving Night.“I would expect to see a high-motor, high-enthusiasm team. ..We’re gonna be flying around that field.Regardless of what happens in the game, we’re gonna fight until the very end of the game with everything we got.”They have been in this kind of hole before and understand how to dig out of it.“In 2009, 2010, we kind of dug ourselves into a hole, and we battled and battled,” Slauson said.
Beware of Underdog.