The Jets are coming off a mediocre 8-8 season in Smith's rookie campaign, one that sometimes looked worse than the team's final record suggested. But Smith, exuding confidence on Sunday, told the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport he thinks the team can make a Super Bowl run.
"I feel good about our team making a Super Bowl run," Smith said. "We got some really good additions. We are a young team, but we are still growing."
He added: "I know I have progressed in my second year and I think everybody is progressing pretty well. You know, why not us?"
Some might point to the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position as a reason. Smith threw 21 interceptions last year to 12 touchdowns, completing just 55.8 percent of his passes. Smith is competing with the newly acquired veteran Michael Vick for the starting job, though many teammates and even Vick clearly view Smith as the starter heading into training camp.
It seems as if his head coach's swagger might be rubbing off on Smith -- Jets coach Rex Ryan has been no stranger to Super Bowl prognostications during his time at the helm.