FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Steve McLendon sounded part-motivational speaker, part-preacher as he described the vibe around the struggling New York Jets.
Sure, they’re 1-4 and frustrated fans flocked to social media to express their displeasure.
But desperate times aren’t exactly striking fear and pessimism into Todd Bowles’ bunch.
“It’s not to point the finger at anyone,” said McLendon, a nose tackle in his eighth NFL season. “We’re all in this together. We have to keep remembering that we are a team. We are the New York Jets. And if we believe in ourselves, we believe in this team and we believe in one another, we CAN turn this thing around.”
Positivity in the face of despair was the overwhelming theme Monday, 24 hours after the Jets lost 31-13 at Pittsburgh with another uninspired performance.
The criticism from fans and media is widespread, with just about everyone taking the blame from outside the facility.
The list has gotten downright lengthy: Bowles’…