Thursday, November 8, 2012

Antonio Cromartie guarantees Jets will make playoffs

The New York Jets are sure flexing their bye-week muscles.  

First, it was head coach Rex Ryan who pumped up the 3-5 Jets' self-confidence by saying the team has the ability to make a last ditch run for a wild-card spot.

Now, it is Antonio Cromartie who is doing his best Joe Namath imitation by making a long-shot guarantee.

"The Jets will make the playoffs this year," the Jets cornerback told NFL Network's "NFL AM on Thursday.

"We believe in each other, we believe in what coach [Rex] Ryan and his staff is putting us to schemes and stuff, so we definitely are going to make the playoffs this year."

A lot of people have said the Jets were dysfunctional but is being delusional being passed around the locker room as well?  Anything is possible.

Ryan later backed up Cromartie's boast.

"At 3-5 you're not where you want to be but this team believes we can right the ship," Ryan said.  "We're going for it. I know Cro had some comments, we're going to make the playoffs.  I feel as an entire football team we should feel like that and we do feel like that ... Nobody wants to hear it but who cares."

The Jets are currently sitting two games behind a couple of surging 5-3 teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts — for the final wildcard position.  They travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Sunday.

A loss in the hostile confines of CenturyLink Field this Sunday would probably knockout any Jets playoff hopes but not if Ryan has the last word — and he usually does.

"We're going to keep swinging till we're out," he said.

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