Why do people want the Jets to fail?
Good morning! ☕
We are crawling towards game day, but tomorrow the NFL season officially starts with the Chiefs and Lions, and I’m pretty intrigued to see how Detroit does this year. It could be the Cardinals and Texans, and I’d still be excited because it’s football.
Steve made a really interesting comment in yesterday’s newsletter that got me thinking. Why, considering the Jets have been so bad for so long, are they getting so much hatred and vitriol, before a pass has even been thrown? We’re going to explore that today in a different style of newsletter.
I’m going to cheat with the Quick Throws today as I want to post a couple of long quotes, one from Tom Brady in full. I know, never thought I’d see the see, but here we are. We also have a quote from Robert Saleh from the Hard Knocks episode last night.
Brady appeared on SiriusXM's Let's Go! podcast on Monday, hosted by Jim Gray who asked Tom about Rodgers's move to the Big Apple.
"Well, it's just, there's a different energy about it. It's a newness," Brady said. "It's a fresh start to try to take where you've been, to bring all the good and then not to bring the tough lessons, you know? Because sometimes the tough lessons always remain unless you work through 'em, you know? So it's like you go through a lot of years at one place and there's a lot of, I would say, mental scar tissue, from losses or relationships or certain experiences. Oh, this guy had said this once, or that teammate, or this coach or that general manager.
"Now you go to a new place and you have none of that. So now you can just hopefully bring your best knowing that you probably didn't do everything right where you were, but you tried your best. And now you get to go to a new place with a different type of emotional energy. And I'm excited for him. He'll be invigorated. Looks like he's having a good time up to this year. I know he has been engaged in the offseason, which is always great, and really trying to connect with his teammates. So I'm excited to see what he does. They have a really good team. They have a really good offense. And, you know, Aaron's been, when he's got good receivers, man, it's pretty dangerous. … I think he's gonna have a great year."
This is a really good quote from Joe Douglas who was appearing on the Chris Long Green Light podcast.
“When we found out we were doing Hard Knocks, Robert (Saleh) immediately texted me: ‘I don't want to show any players getting cut.’ And I'm like, brother, we see it the exact same way. There's no way we’re going to do that. These kids put their heart and soul into this thing every day and we’re not going to exploit one of the worst moments in their life. We're not doing that. Those are brutal conversations ... They have lived and died for this moment for their whole life and we’re going to protect that.”
Finally, here’s one from Robert Saleh and it’s fitting for today’s post.
"This journey, this climb is about to get hard as fuck. It is. That's the reality of it. There's going to be a ton of adversity along the way. And the crows, like we've talked about, they're going to come pecking. They're all talking about how we have to go through this team, this division, this conference, and that quarterback — well, f**k, they have to deal with us to. All the way across the board: I'll take everyone in this room over anybody in football. One of my biggest pet peeves I have as a coach is when you're on a team that's not doing very well and the opposing coach whose team is doing well walks up to you at the 50-yard-line and says 'Man, you guys play hard.' "F**k you. I don't want to f**king play hard. I want to f**k you up. That's the mindset. No one is talking about how we play hard anymore. They're f**king hating. And that's exactly what you f**king want."
Spend five minutes in any NFL community outside the Jets bubble, and you’ll see a lot of hatred for NY.
I don’t tend to dip into general topics and accounts very often (although I probably should), but when I do, the Jets are often a target. But why?
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