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.
The New York Jets coach says he ''really likes this team'' and can see it being his best since taking the job in 2009. That would be impressive considering Ryan's first two clubs 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.
He praises his team's understanding of ''complementary football'' and the coaching staff's togetherness. Ryan also believes the defense, which figures to be the Jets' strength, is excited about the offense - even though the Jets were outscored 88-31 in exhibition games.