Every team is a Super Bowl contender during training camp, at least that's what the local media in each NFL town seems to think. Puff pieces about teams/players/coaches often read something like, "[Player X] is poised to have a career year because he's getting over [ailment/personal tragedy/weight issues/immaturity]. He will have a key role in [Team Y] making [playoffs/Super Bowl] after last season's [surprise/disappointment]."
To celebrate the brimming positivity being felt by each of the NFL's 32 fanbases, this month Shutdown Corner will take a team-by-team look at the flowery and buoyant prose being written by local columnists and writers, and the hopeful quotes of players and coaches in our daily feature, Camp Sunshine. This morning, the New York Jets:
That is why Buffalo had nothing to do with it:
The offensive coordinator of the Jets and his latest pupil seem like kindred spirits, not friends exactly but men inspired by each other, driven by each other and bonded by a mutual obsession: the finer points of playing quarterback.
The coordinator is Brian Schottenheimer. At his core, he remains a quarterbacks coach. One day, he will probably coach an N.F.L. team, but in January he declined to be interviewed for Buffalo's head coaching vacancy. The major reason? Quarterback Mark Sanchez(notes).
Out of context quote of the day:
Snooki and the gang from ''Jersey Shore?'' They've got nuthin' on Gang Green.
That's Cheeto residue:
"I just know what's going to happen. My crystal ball, I'm seeing a Super Bowl trophy in there. Now, I could be wrong, but that's what I see. But every time I go to work, that's what I look at. I'm not embarrassed to say that I believe that will happen. The great thing is we get to prove it soon. That's the beauty of it."
-- Rex Ryan (courtesy NJ.com)
This headline cuts to the sunshiny chase:
Peter King says: