To most of the sports world, the Jets are the longest of shots, but the feeling in their locker room is that the coach might be onto something.
"Nothing beats a parade," Jets tackle Damien Woody said. "That's what we're trying to achieve. We've got a little ways to go, but we're trying to march towards that. Maybe people think we're just here to pacify a team or something. We're trying to win the whole thing. That's our mindset. I know everybody is like, 'They're going to get destroyed by the mighty Chargers,' but we're a professional football team, too. We're in the playoffs, too."
Some might say Ryan's boasts about his team could have a negative effect by inciting the opposition. At the very least, the Jets' coach certainly provides plenty of bulletin-board fodder for the enemy.
"If he doesn't have confidence, who does?" said Woody, defending his coach. "He just laid it out there for us and showed it's right there for the taking. Why not us? Why can't we do it? It doesn't matter how we got in the playoffs. Let's win the whole thing."
As for whether Ryan might fire up the Chargers, Woddy said, "That's fine. At the end of the day, that stuff can only take you so far. You've got to play between the white lines. We're going out there on a mission to win a football game. If that's the motivation they need, so be it."
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