Last year's memorable postseason run was not a fluke. Using the underdog and "us versus the world" mentality, combined with a physical and unique approach to the game of running the football and playing great defense. Of all the teams to quality for the tournament, the Jets were the least respected.
Rex knew this. He thrives on it. This mentality gave the jets the will and the completive edge to not want to just defeat their opponent, but to impose their will on them. This mentality was the single most important reason behind their late season success (well, it's either that or Revis Christ, but that is debatable).
Rex's boldness has rubbed off on the entire organization. Mike T has had an absurdly productive offseason. He has dealt for Cromartie, LT, maybe Jason Taylor, shipped Rhodes and TJ, and has just added a Super Bowl MVP for good measure. You would think a team that was 30 minutes away from a Super Bowl would just be tweaking their roster. Even the shampoo-pushing maestro himself, Owner Johnson, has been more vocal. It's contagious, and it fits the attitude of its fanbase perfectly.
This boldness has seized the attention of the league. No longer are the Jets that team everyone already counted out. They're not only the favorites to win the division, but perhaps the AFC entirely. Anything short of a Super Bowl will be disappointing at this point. They won't be sneaking up on anyone anymore.
Yet, it is important for Rex and co. to maintain this underdog mentality. All of this offseason activity is getting every Jet fan to claim a Super Bowl victory in mid-April.
Let's face it, the Jets are terrible when they are "supposed" to win. We all know about that 1999 season. We all remember when the Jets were so cocky about their team that they got a kicker in the second round. It's when we are the underdogs is when we are at our best. The legacy of the Jets is built on that attitude, all the way back to that fateful day in 1969.
My point it is, let's not forget what got this team this far in the first place. Let's not let a bunch of trades make us assume we "deserve" a title. The Jets have to keep their edge, their hunger, one way or another. We must continue to run the football with authority. We must build a great defense. Not a good defense, a GREAT defense. We must draft talent over need. You know, all the things that the great franchises do year in and year out.
I don't mean to go on a soapbox, but I just think it's important to not let all these additions get to our heads.