Rex Ryan met with media after his team’s latest loss like so many other Jets coaches before him, seemingly befuddled at what just happened.
His defense, statistically the best in the league, gave up a long touchdown march to lose a late fourth quarter lead for the third time this season.
In Ryan’s mind, the Jets season was over: “This is tough, because we’re obviously out of the playoffs,” Ryan
said. “We thought we had a great chance to make it to the playoffs.
This is hugely disappointing.”
That’s probably not the message Ryan wants to send to the team since the Jets aren’t, you know, actually out of the playoff hunt. Ryan reminds us of our friends that are Jets fans, not wanting to even hope anymore. Which is a reasonable approach . . . for a fan.
In fact, only four AFC teams are out of playoff contention. (The Steelers have lost to three of them in the last five weeks.) The Jets are one of eight AFC teams with six or seven losses. They need two wins and plenty of help to get in, but so do a lot of teams.
Sunday’s results provided a good reminder that AFC contenders just need to win before worrying about playoff scenarios. Teams usually earn a 7-7 record for good reasons.