FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Clasping his hands together in front of him, Jets coach Rex Ryan expressed faith in his team's ability to hang together despite the pressures of a 3-6 record and a quarterback controversy.
"I believe our team is like this," Ryan said. "I think we're close. This team wants to find a way to win and is willing to work as hard as it takes to get it done. I believe that in my heart."
Former Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody, speaking in an interview Monday on ESPN New York, said Ryan could lose control of the locker room because players see quarterback Mark Sanchez performing poorly. At the same time, it's questionable whether backup Tim Tebow is the answer.
Current offensive lineman Brandon Moore, who spoke to media at the Jets' complex in a teleconference, said the Wildcat offense isn't to blame for offensive inconsistency. "I don't think it's hindering our offense," Moore said. "I think we have other issues."
Moore identified turnovers, penalties and the injury problems faced by running backs Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell as contributing factors to the lack of scoring.
If there's one thing the Jets learned from last season when they fell to 8-8 amid team-wide bickering revolving around the offense, it's that pointing fingers does no good. "On defense, we always joke that the more time on the field, the more TV time we get," defensive tackle Mike DeVito said of pressure on the defense. "You can't worry what the other side of the ball is doing.
"There is plenty of blame to go around. The second you go blaming other people, that is how you divide the locker room."
Ryan was emphatic in his insistence that won't happen. "I know one thing," he said. "We're going to get this done or die trying."