Originally posted on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 10/7/11

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I was out a bar last night watching the New York Yankees have their season come to an end. When I was approached by a friend from my town who is a “Jets” fan. I put that in quotes because it is hard to actually consider this individual a fan. He has never said a positive thing about the team and truly believes they are always some combination of awful and overrated. Rex Ryan is an idiot. Mark Sanchez is terrible. And on and on…every season, regardless of how the team is doing. He offered me some strong criticism for having any type of optimism about the team and for not having packed up this season already, even though the are Jets 2-2 and there is 14 games left.

Let me repeat this fact to all Jets fans who have given up on the season. They are 2-2 and there is 14 games left. They are 2-2 and there is 14 games left. They are 2-2 and there is 14 games left.

My favorite thing about Rex Ryan and the past few years? The identity. I can’t stand the damn negativity around this team and talk about a cursed franchise or the “same old Jets.” Nobody on this team has anything to do with the 1998 AFC Championship Game meltdown and or the Rich Kotite Jets. You can “root” for this team without your ongoing misery. Can we face the reality that the Jets have been a successful franchise since that dreaded 1-15 season? They have been a consistent playoff contender, won their share of playoff games and been to the AFC Championship Game three times in the past 13 years.

Of course we all want a Super Bowl and they are headed in the right direction. I can tell you that cutting ties with Sanchez, Ryan, or the direction from the previous two years isn’t the appropriate way to get that Super Bowl.

Am I being unrealistic by saying the season isn’t a lost cause because it isn’t week 5 yet and the Jets have made the playoffs the last two years and had a winning season 5 of the last 7 years? Or are the negative fans being unrealistic and petulant by giving up on a season 4 games in? I like it better my way.

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