New York Jets - TeamReport
NFL Team Report - New York Jets - INSIDE SLANT
Head coach Rex Ryan isn't sure of the definition of the word "swagger." Right now, all he wants is for the New York Jets to learn the meaning of "consistency."
Ryan laughed when he was asked Monday - the day after the Jets' rollercoaster season took another upswing in a 26-20 upset of the New Orleans Saints -- if he had his "swagger" back.
"I never really knew what that word meant," Ryan said.
Nor, does it appear, as if the Jets are familiar with consistency. The Jets are just the second team since 1978 -- when the NFL went to a 16-game schedule -- to alternate wins with losses through the first nine weeks of a season.
The first team to do so was the 2005 New England Patriots. But that up-and-down start was an anomaly for the two-time defending Super Bowl champions.
The inconsistency of the Jets certainly seems to be well-established. After generating just one two-game winning streak last year, this year's squad -- which features 21 newcomers -- has followed up efficient victories with sloppy defeats.