The Steelers have not been off to a great start, going 0-4 in their first 4 games. They are coming off of a bye week and the Jets’ starting right guard Willie Colon expects to the squad from the Steel City playing with nothing to lose. Colon, a former Steeler, knows what to expect from his ex-teammates and the mentality coming into this week.
“I see a desperate team and I see a team that, coming off a bye week, they’re kind of like, “Alright, we’ve laid an egg. Let’s start our season again,” noted Colon. “Knowing how those guys think, they’re going to be ready to go.”
Mindful of the fact that Pittsburgh is determined to get a win on the road this week, the Jets cannot take the Steelers lightly, despite their winless record. According to Colon, Gang Green needs to bring a strong mentality and some ‘swagger’ this week to come out with back to back wins.
“I think the biggest thing we have to do is start walking with a bigger swagger,” admitted Colon. “We don’t have to win one and take a step back. Good teams start stacking wins. Why not against Pittsburgh? We have to be efficient, no turnovers, no penalties, just come out and start fast like we did Monday night. We don’t have to drop an egg just so the pressure’s off our back. We’ve got to own up to it. Good teams smile in the face of adversity. We have to too.”
One player that has played extremely well coming off of a poor performance in Week 4 is rookie QB Geno Smith. He showed that he can face adversity, following the nightmarish outing against the Tennessee Titans. He finished the game on Monday night with 199 yards in the air and 3 touchdowns. Despite having the turnover bug so far this season, Geno did not throw a pick in Week 5.
Geno’s composure was very strong and for a rookie, he did not seem rattled in this game. In all three wins, Geno has led his team from behind . The first year signal-caller has shown that he can keep his mind focused on the task at hand, no matter how big the situation gets.
"It's just the way I have been growing up. I don't really get nervous, especially in football," Smith said. "It's just something that I love to do. I just look at it as if I was playing in the backyard playing sandlot, you wouldn't get nervous then. I walk into the game, I feel prepared. I'm never really nervous when I'm prepared."
The expectations from many have been very low coming into the season for New York (3-2), but this is not the case within Gang Green’s locker room. With a quarterback who seems to be on the rise and a team seeming to mesh well together, Colon thinks that his team is on the right course.
“I think this team has high hopes. But we’ve got a long ways to go. Obviously, it was a great Monday night win and we were able to come from behind. Pittsburgh’s no joke. I tell you that from being an ex-Steeler, knowing how those guys think in the locker room. There’s a lot of pride in that locker room, from the organization, from any man that wears a helmet. They’re going to come in here battle ready. We better be ready to go too.”
Heading back home to face the win-less Steelers, this will be a tough challenge for the Jets. They need to bring the same intensity as they did this past Monday Night against the Falcons, in order to walk out with back to back wins.