C.J. Mosley isn’t used to being on a group nobody believes will win. After years of sporting Baltimore Ravens purple and being called to make the playoffs, the linebacker took a massive pay raise to combine with the perennially downtrodden New York Jets.
Throughout offseason workouts, Mosley liked what he saw, and believes the football literati is underestimating Gang Green’s opportunities in 2019.
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“Now that we have got a new small mix-up, got some new people around and a few new faces, we’re all eager and we are all prepared,” he said earlier this offseason, through the group’s official site. “We know the entire NFL is sleeping the Jets, so we’re all set to show them erroneous.”
The Jets overhauled the training staff, bringing in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and trainer Adam Gase. Gang Green also added the likes of Le’Veon Bell, Mosley, and Jamison Crowder in free agency, and snagged mammoth DT Quinnen Williams in the first round of this draft. The vital part of the equation is quarterback Sam Darnold making a leap in Year two.
“I believe we are eager,” Mosley said. “Definitely young, and we all know that. However, as a group and collectively, we know the people who are here, the coaches which have been here and all they’ve heard because they have been here is we’ll lose.”
The Jets have won 14 joint games within the past three decades, finishing in each of those campaigns in the basement of the AFC East. Stretching back farther, since last making the playoffs in 2010, the Jets have only 1 period in eight with greater than a .500 record.
Mosley said he signed in New York to direct the turnaround.
“They always have been (doubters),” he said. “Even I was when I was not here. You have got to be honest. That is another reason why I came here, I’m always about fantastic tradition and what better city and what better condition to enter and develop a fantastic business around and be champions.”