Looking forward to playoffs

Losing the final game of the season was disappointing, but Jonathan Vilma is looking forward to the playoffs.

Updated: January 4, 2005, 5:44 PM ET
By Jonathan Vilma | Special to ESPN.com

Vilma diary
Editor's note: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets, will chronicle his rookie experiences in a weekly diary for ESPN.com. This is No. 19 and for the previous diaries, look below.

  • Diary No. 18: Disappointment
  • Diary No. 17: Playoff bound?
  • Diary No. 16: Ready for the Bus?
  • Diary No. 15: Back to winning
  • Diary No. 14: Reed leads Ravens
  • Diary No. 13: Playing McGahee
  • Diary No. 12: MNF spotlight
  • Diary No. 11: First loss
  • Diary No. 10: Coming from behind
  • Diary No. 9: Happy homecoming
  • Diary No. 8: Heading home
  • Diary No. 7: Road trip
  • Diary No. 6: First win
  • Diary No. 5: City Championship
  • Diary No. 4: Playing Peyton
  • Diary No. 3: Finally on the field
  • Diary No. 2: Short week of camp
  • Diary No. 1: Ready for camp
  • Well, I don't know whether to be happy about making it to the playoffs in my first NFL season, or be mad about how we lost our last game of the season to St. Louis.

    Let's start with the bad first. How do we possibly lose to an inferior team? I don't know. Hmmm let me think ... well, giving up 432 yards passing just might do it. I knew they had a prolific passing game, but I never thought it was that good. Before that, we hadn't given up 400 yards of total offense to anyone, let alone just through the air. That's one of those things you want to forget about as fast as possible, but if you don't correct the mistakes it's bound to happen again.

    Don't think I forgot about my first NFL touchdown, or the big hit I had on kickoff. It's just that when we lose, it puts a damper on any personal accomplishments. It's easy for some people to say, "oh well, at least I had a good game." But I'm just not built that way. No one would have ever considered Michael Jordan the greatest if he would've lost four of the six championships. Tiger Woods would be all hype if it weren't for him winning Majors. That's my philosophy and why I always say the bottom line is winning and getting it done.

    Now to the good news. The Jets are in the playoffs. Twenty other teams can't write what I just wrote. Maybe they don't care, but I know I do. Everyone is telling me the competition steps up another notch so I'm actually anxious to play already. Hopefully I can make this a consistent theme each year and win me five or six rings like Jordan.

    Obviously, I'm not going to get overexcited about the playoffs because you set yourself up for failure when you do that. I'm going to do what I've been doing, just more detailed, and get ready to play. It'll be a sight to see if we can get hot. They say anything can happen in the playoffs, so I'll leave it at that.

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