Posted August 31, 2012 on AP on Fox

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets stands on the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
An 0-4 preseason record with a first-string offense that never reached the end zone doesn't seem like a source for optimism. Rex Ryan is optimistic. ''I really like this team,'' the New York Jets coach said Friday. ''I don't know if we are as strong in this one area or that area, or whatever, specials teams, whatever it is. But overall in my opinion, I think this has a chance to be the best team that I've had since I've been a coach here.'' That would be impressive considering Ryan's first two clubs in 2009 and 2010 made the playoffs as a wild card, then advanced to the AFC championship game. While many observers see the Jets struggling to match last year's 8-8 record, Ryan sees the glass as full. Perhaps overflowing. ''I think we understand complementary football,'' Ryan said. ''Sometimes your offense is going to be rolling, sometimes you're going to ask your defense, that old hockey term, to have to stand on their head. Certain challenges that teams present out there, I think...
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