In the middle of a busy offseason marked by a drastic roster renovation, Mike Maccagnan insisted that the New York Jets would be competitive.
The general manager repeated that early in training camp, right when doom and gloom was being predicted for the team - with many fans and media wondering if there would be any victories to celebrate this season.
Well, so far, the Jets already have two, and most of Maccagnan's less-than-popular moves have worked.
"I think we've surprised some people outside," cornerback Buster Skrine said after the Jets' 23-20 overtime win over Jacksonville on Sunday. "But inside, we're not surprised that we're winning games."
It's that defiant approach that has made the Jets' ragtag bunch of veterans, no-names and inexperienced youngsters an intriguing opponent. Coach Todd Bowles has stressed a "One Team, One Goal" mantra - and the players have talked about an overwhelming sense of unity since the offseason.
"I would say the chemistry is high," quarterback Josh McCown said during a conference call Monday. "I've felt that since I've been here and we've done nothing to take away from that. It's probably one of the better places, for me, that I've been in 15 years."
Winning can certainly breed that feeling, and there's a chance for more next Sunday when the Jets take on the Browns (0-4) in Cleveland.
"We've said it all along, for us in the building, there's an exterior narrative that goes out," McCown said. "And then there's the story that goes out that we're trying to tell and that we believe in - and I do believe those are two different things." >> Read more
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