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Mark Sanchez believes Jets are 'built' to make playoff push

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez talks with reporters during

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez talks with reporters during training camp. (Aug. 2, 2013) (Credit: Hans Pennink)

CORTLAND – For Mark Sanchez, there are no “ifs” when it comes to reaching the postseason. Each summer, regardless of their roster, the playoffs are within sight.

The fifth-year quarterback has felt that every year. And 2013 is no different.

“I think you have to [assume that],” Sanchez said Wednesday, responding to quotes he made about the playoffs in a recent Los Angeles Times article.  

“You have to have that mentality that this team is built to last; we’re built to make a strong run and get hot at the right time; to sustain some injuries and then move on from it and get guys healthy as soon as possible. I mean, it’s natural. It happens every year. But I feel like we have the talent to make that happen and right now it’s about realizing that talent on the field.” 

On paper, though, the Jets don't look like a team destined for the playoffs -- let alone .500 football. But that's the beauty of July and August: Hope is at an all-time high.

Rex Ryan admitted he's using the comments of their detractors as ammunition.

The Jets rank last (32nd overall) in ESPN's power rankings for 2013 -- behind the Jaguars, Raiders and Browns. (Newsday's Bob Glauber has the Jets ranked No. 30.)

But those slights have been used as a rallying cry.

"If you're a competitor, how does that thing not get to you?" the Jets coach said last week, referring to the Jets' dead-last finish in ESPN's NFL power rankings. "How does that not motivate you? It's almost like, well, we're going to show you. Because we don't believe those are true."

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