New York – Geno Smith isn’t the least bit impressed with the talent evaluators who aren’t the least bit impressed with him. Learning that a recent ESPN survey rated the New York Jets passer as the league’s worst quarterback, Smith on Saturday promised that he wouldn’t man that spot for long. “The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith told ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top five.”
New York – Dee Milliner has inserted himself into the ongoing debate over the NFL’s top cornerback. Looking past the likes of Richard Sherman and the iconic player whose shoes he’s trying to fill in New York — Darrelle Revis — the Jets second-year cover man claims he’s the ultimate at the position. “The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told Manish Mehta of the Daily News.
New York – Consider this post the third and final installment of what we’ll call our Gang Green Braggart Trilogy… in which pass rusher Calvin Pace declares to the New York Daily News that Rex Ryan’s defense will overtake Seattle’s as the NFL’s finest. “(Compared to) the rest of the defenses in the NFL? (Expletive), man, we’re the best,” said Pace. “You ask anybody around the league, we’re not the team you want to see coming in, even in a down year.”
It’d be natural to assume I’m laughing at the Jets or I think they’re delusional dickbags in love with the smell of their own farts. But I have to admit, I kind of admire them. The ability to think you shit ice cream and piss rainbows when you’ve never actually accomplished anything is a gift. And a rare one at that. Most highly competitive people are relentlessly self critical and obsess over their failures. But being a New York Jet means you simply feel good about yourself just… because.
Let me make a comedy analogy. When I first broke into the Boston stand up scene, there was this one kid who was, to be kind, terrible. Just not the least bit funny. But every time you talked to him he was just coming from a show the night before where he said he crushed. Then one time I was doing a showcase show (ie a dozen or so new comics doing short sets) at the Kowloon in Saugus that was just awful. Just before the host brought me up he said the crowd was dead and I was going to have to “go up there and eat your own dick just like the rest of us…” And I did. Flop Sweat City. Well then this terrible comic got up and he was so bad, he got a negative amount of laughs. As in, everyone in that room that night would some day hear something funny and not laugh because he took that laugh away from them. But he came off stage and said to me “Well at least I got the crowd going…” And that’s when it hit me. He was delusional. He saw the world entirely different than reality where he was Chris Rock or somebody. And I envied him because having a bad set would haunt my every step for days.
Well the Jets are him. He is the Jets. While the whole Patriots organization is doing all sorts of self-loathing because they’ve lost in the Super Bowl and two AFC Championship Games the last three years, Geno Smith (37th in Passer Rating) thinks he’s Drew Brees, Dee Milliner (a Top 10 pick benched for ineffectiveness) is Darrelle Revis and the Jets defense (14th most points surrendered) is the best in football. And so once again the Jets are winning the Super Bowl in August, if only in their own feeble minds. Make fun of that if you want. But when your reality sucks as much as theirs does, it only makes sense to live in a fantasy world. @JerryThornton1