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Rex on Jets’ playoff chances: “Light a candle”

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The fate of the 2011 Jets will be played out directly in Miami today, and indirectly in places like Cincinnati, Houston, Denver, and Oakland.  ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, reporting from South Florida, has crunched the numbers regarding the Jets’ chances of getting to the postseason:  14.6 percent.

Jets coach Rex Ryan realizes that the odds are long.  “Light a candle,” Ryan said, likely echoing his wife’s words whenever Rex enters the bathroom.

Specifically, the Jets need to beat the Dolphins.  And the Ravens need to beat the Bengals.  And the Texans need to beat the Titans.  And the Chargers need to beat the Raiders or the Chiefs need to beat the Broncos.

It’s really not all that crazy of a chain of events, especially with Reggie Bush scratched for Miami with a knee injury.  And if the Jets once again slip into the playoff field after being left for dead, they easily could beat the Texans in Houston next weekend, which if New England beats Buffalo on Sunday would give the Jets another chance to roll into Foxboro and eff up the Pats’ postseason potential.

With two of the games that affect the Jets’ fortunes starting early and three of them kicking off late, it could be a six-hour roller coaster for fans who have given up on a third straight playoff appearance under Ryan.

So get your popcorn ready.  And your candles.

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36 Responses to “Rex on Jets’ playoff chances: “Light a candle””
  1. trbowman says: Jan 1, 2012 10:33 AM

    Watch them get in. Just watch.

  2. steelerstrut says: Jan 1, 2012 10:34 AM

    see ya next year Rexxie!!!

  3. goblue714 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:37 AM

    I hope they don’t make the playoffs…this year or ever.

  4. TheWizard says: Jan 1, 2012 10:39 AM

    I don’t think the Jets showing up in Foxborough would pose the same problem it has in years past.

    Just a hunch.

  5. joetoronto says: Jan 1, 2012 10:39 AM

    Ya, light a candle to get rid of the stench.

  6. 3yrsnfl says: Jan 1, 2012 10:42 AM

    Everything will happen except…….The Jets will blow it in Miami. I’m a Jet fan with little confidence after they lost to a very beatable Giants team last week.

  7. garyman1 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    “Light a candle,” Ryan said, likely echoing his wife’s words whenever Rex enters the bathroom.

    That’s a great line…. well played

  8. tampajoey says: Jan 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    Nobody wants to see (or hear) the Jets in the Playoffs anyway!

  9. realnflmaster says: Jan 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    Hate all you want, but this isn’t a team you want to play in the playoffs. You’ve all seen it two years in a row, six seed making the AFCCG and were an idiot, boneheaded Schotteheimer goal line series from being in the Super Bowl.

  10. duanethomas says: Jan 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    It will go their way except the Bronco game. They have the best young quarterback in the game who will lead them to not only a win today but the Superbowl. He will be the MVP of that game and will be a cultural icon. Women love him and men respect him. Say his name……..say it.

  11. DubZ480 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:50 AM

    Candle Lit.. Now let’s go eat a snack…

  12. woodman59 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:51 AM

    I loved the line about the candle and Rex’s wife, it gave me a good laugh!

  13. ninefingers9 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:53 AM

    I know Denny green had the moniker “Fat Dumb”…but it should be given to Rex Ryan!

  14. steelersownyou says: Jan 1, 2012 11:00 AM

    Eff the jets & patriots!

  15. richm2256 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:00 AM

    Specifically, the Jets need to beat the Dolphins. And the Ravens need to beat the Bengals. And the Texans need to beat the Titans. And the Chargers need to beat the Raiders or the Chiefs need to beat the Broncos.

    ———————————————————
    Way to control your own fate, Rex; that’s how Super Bowl Champs are born, right, depending on four other teams to lose?

    Ain’t won nothin’ YETS,YETS, YETS!!!!

  16. grogansheroes says: Jan 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    The Jets have horse shoes up their cans. Miami has lost Bush, and Jake Long for the game. I can see the teams they need to lose, losing. Only hope is Miami plays as well as they have been.

  17. worldwidebleater says: Jan 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    Blah, blah, blah. Rex and his fat load of a twin, need to shut their pie holes.

  18. outlawshark says: Jan 1, 2012 11:08 AM

    duanethomas says:Jan 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    It will go their way except the Bronco game. They have the best young quarterback in the game who will lead them to not only a win today but the Superbowl. He will be the MVP of that game and will be a cultural icon. Women love him and men respect him. Say his name……..say it.
    _________________________

    Aaron Rodgers plays for Denver?

  19. jdandcoke says: Jan 1, 2012 11:11 AM

    actually, that was a pretty good response by rex….and an even better joke by you…..pretty darn funny.

  20. tommytd says: Jan 1, 2012 11:11 AM

    So we went from “we’re gonna win it all” to “light a candle” all in the same season and all from the same fat boy yap! The football gods don’t like big mouths who can’t back it up on the field…send the memo along to your brother Rexy.

  21. bullcharger says: Jan 1, 2012 11:13 AM

    realnflmaster says:
    Jan 1, 2012 10:44 AM
    Hate all you want, but this isn’t a team you want to play in the playoffs. You’ve all seen it two years in a row, six seed making the AFCCG and were an idiot, boneheaded Schotteheimer goal line series from being in the Super Bowl.

    ——————-

    The Jets are not anywhere near the team they were the last two years. They can’t win in the playoffs even if they get in on a fluke.

    So far the Jet’s have no division titles, no AFC titles and no Super Bowls under Ryan. Only Jets fans will remember AFCCG appearances within a few years. If the Jets don’t make the playoffs today then Ryan will be on the hotseat.

  22. 3yrsnfl says: Jan 1, 2012 11:17 AM

    Big Texans Fan! …. And Chiefs Fan!…

    And Ravens Fan!

  23. zerosubscriptionfee2012 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:18 AM

    It’s all on you, Rex!

  24. gdeli says: Jan 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    Finally! the big boy gets humble. I love humble.

  25. nflfan1 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    The best thing for this team is not to make the playoffs so they don’t think they have everything figured out.Watching NFL network and Sapp just said “Jet’s would be the scariest 6 seed.” Why? They are horrible THIS year. This is not the same team that they’ve been the last 2 years. The Jets made the playoffs IN SPITE of Mark Sanchez. Enough already!! They spent too much time trying to get a certain DB from Oakland when they should have been pursuing defensive players and a viable running back. No more of this ‘he’s only been in the league for 3 years’. Sanchez has neither regressed nor progressed. He is what he is. He is an AVERAGE quarterback who cannot and will not EVER be able to carry a team on his back.

  26. apatfanforever says: Jan 1, 2012 11:28 AM

    Everyone knows Rex has a big mouth and a foot fetish . So its no surprise that time and time again Rex has opened his mouth and shoved his foot down his throat . Now you know why they have to light a candle.

  27. rcunningham says: Jan 1, 2012 11:32 AM

    I’m shocked he didn’t guarantee a Super Bowl for the 100th time.

  28. dolphindad says: Jan 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    “Jets coach Rex Ryan realizes that the odds are long. “Light a candle,” Ryan said, likely echoing his wife’s words whenever Rex enters the bathroom.”

    that’s pretty cold and unprofessional.

    funny as hell though. and probably true.

  29. wikidpissah says: Jan 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    If they fail to make the playoffs, Rex can serve as as ESPN commentator, pointing out how many Super Bowls he’d have won if he coached the teams that are still playing.

  30. boblavoie says: Jan 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    MF says
    Jets coach Rex Ryan realizes that the odds are long. “Light a candle,” Ryan said, likely echoing his wife’s words whenever Rex enters the bathroom.
    #######
    Nice Mike, I like it!

  31. backindasaddle says: Jan 1, 2012 11:54 AM

    Rexy probably produces as much methane as any cow could. I think his brother Rob probably produces more. Lighting the candle might not be the best idea.

  32. randomguy9999 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:02 PM

    Rexy sayings are hilarious…. superbowl, better team, just the way I am, little brother, and now candle…..

    The one that takes the cake though is him saying Sanchez is his guy as long as Rexy is there….

    The one thing you can count on…. nothing that comes out of Rexy’s mouth will happen……

  33. vincentbojackson says: Jan 1, 2012 12:13 PM

    By the end of the day we won’t have to hear from either Ryan brother until next season.

  34. dolphinatic13 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:22 PM

    This is two weeks in a row that we’re forced to deal with a fat man sneaking into our homes. But unlike the guy in the red suit that leaves gifts for us, We’re going to give the fat guy in green a gift of his own, a free flight back to NY and a big bowl of disappointment stew. Ho Ho Ho…

  35. test2402 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:26 PM

    Tim Tebow has candles.

  36. nesuperfan says: Jan 1, 2012 2:11 PM

    Is it really any surprise that Rex Ryan can stink up a place? He does that by just opening his mouth every week, let alone when he is on the can.

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