NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets surprised the football world last season by going 8-8 despite a relatively inexperienced and young roster.

With the additions of Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Chris Johnson, Gang Green is expected to improve upon last year’s record and make a serious push for a playoff spot.

Head coach Rex Ryan, as always, is confident that his team can return to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 campaign.

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“I believe we’re better than that,” Ryan told the New York Daily News in regard to last season’s record. “I believe we’re a lot better than that. 8-8 would be a hell of a disappointment for us. I’m just telling you that I believe this team is on the cusp of doing some special things … I’m confident we will be a playoff team.”

Quarterback Geno Smith is expected to lead the ship following an up-and-down rookie season that featured flashes of brilliance but plenty of inconsistency. If he falters in training camp or in preseason, Vick is waiting in the wings to take over.

As for those who are doubting the Jets? Ryan isn’t too concerned with their opinions.

“What they’re missing is — and this isn’t their fault — is they don’t see what I see in the building every day,” Ryan told the newspaper. “I think it’s a transition year, but we’re going to bring it to another level. I know where I want this team to go and that’s where I expect this team to go. So, you know, are we a better team?

“Dang right … That may be a fact that we’re rebuilding this team, but by no means does that mean that I don’t expect to improve on where we were.”

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