Steve McLendon sounded part-motivational speaker, part-preacher as he described the vibe around the struggling New York Jets.
Sure, they're 1-4 and frustrated fans flocked to social media to express their displeasure.
But desperate times aren't exactly striking fear and pessimism into Todd Bowles' bunch.
"It's not to point the finger at anyone," said McLendon, a nose tackle in his eighth NFL season. "We're all in this together. We have to keep remembering that we are a team. We are the New York Jets. And if we believe in ourselves, we believe in this team and we believe in one another, we CAN turn this thing around."
Positivity in the face of despair was the overwhelming theme Monday, 24 hours after the Jets lost 31-13 at Pittsburgh with another uninspired performance.
The criticism from fans and media is widespread, with just about everyone taking the blame from outside the facility.
The list has gotten downright lengthy: Bowles' questionable coaching decisions; Ryan Fitzpatrick's uneven play at quarterback; the leaky secondary giving up big plays every week; the disappearing pass rush; Chan Gailey's offense not being able to get into the end zone consistently; the running game being bottled up the past few weeks.
Still, Bowles said he's not entertaining thoughts of making significant chances.
"Teams that go through situations like this, and we can see this in the past, if they get out on the other side, they're the strongest teams and they are the teams that wreak havoc in the end because they are battle tested," wide receiver Brandon Marshall said.
"That's the positive about where we're at right now, is that the first part of the season has been really tough. It's challenging our relationships, it's challenging our schemes, it's challenging the guys that we have in each and every position.
"If we continue to stand firm and we start putting some wins together, it's always a positive and it can always make your team that much stronger when you go through runs like this." >> Read more
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