The more the New York Jets talk, the more we get the impression that they are a team whose No. 2 goal (assuming winning a championship is No. 1) is to be hated. In fact, it has gotten to the point where I’m fairly certain they’re under the impression that they are hated much more than they actually are. Patriots fans, along with Tom Brady, hate them, but I don’t think the rest of the NFL cares that much. I’d even go as far as to say their desire to be despised has reached the point of desperation. Have a look at some of the things Jets players told the NY Daily News:
Antonio Cromartie: “We’re the Miami Heat of football.”
Mark Sanchez: (Talking about conversations with G.M. Mike Tannenbaum) “He’s like, ‘We’re picking up another one.’ I was like, ‘Geez! What’s going on here? We’re building a dream team.’”
Bart Scott: “It’s much more fun to be the villain than the hero.”
I don’t know if the Jets are under the impression that they’re the New York Yankees or the New England Patriots of earlier this decade, but you can’t just trash talk your way into being despised — you have to earn it with championships. A team with no hardware isn’t even worth hating.