They don't call D'Brickashaw Ferguson "The Politician" for nothing.
The Jets' mild-mannered left tackle typically steers clear of controversial topics, preferring to give toned-down, and sometimes cliched, responses to storylines that generate a lot of buzz.
But during a recent NFL.com podcast, Ferguson let his guard down slightly and took a page from the Rex Ryan handbook.
"We have greatness written all over us. It's just a matter of time," he said Tuesday, discussing the Jets upcoming season on the “Dave Dameshek Football Program."
After advancing to two straight AFC title games, the Jets finished 8-8 in 2011 and missed the playoffs for the first time in Ryan's brief tenure as head coach. But last year's freefall -- which was capped by locker room turmoil -- has no bearing on this season, said Ferguson. With Shonn Greene returning as the featured back and a "great" offensive line (Ferguson's words, not mine), the Jets are "going to do some nice things this year. So the focus should be on what’s gonna happen this year, and what’s in our power to do," he said.
And it seems the left tackle is just as intrigued about Tim Tebow's many offensive roles as the rest of us.
“I think that is the big question and I think that’s what everybody wants to know,” said Ferguson. "We're still in the planning stage and we're kind of making all those decisions. So we just ask that you guys just sit back and relax and watch a great season, 'cause we'll handle that."