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Jets not even 'sniffing playoffs' right now, but Rex still set on postseason

Rex Ryan looks on during a game against

Rex Ryan looks on during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Sept. 16, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Rex Ryan didn’t sugarcoat things. He couldn’t.

“Right now, we earned that 3-5 record,” the Jets coach said Monday morning. “Clearly that’s not where we want to finish. We have work to do.”

In his first press conference following last week’s bye, Ryan highlighted a myriad of issues that plagued the team during a disappointing first-half of the season – but none were more glaring that than their special teams failures and their lack of defense. The coach called the Jets’ third-down defense “poor,” and despite their improvement in their run defense, he graded it "poor" as well.

But despite losing four of their past five games and being 2-2 in the AFC East, Ryan is pumped to begin the improvement process. And in case you’re wondering, no, he hasn’t conceded the season.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” he said. “I know we’re not where we want to be. We’re not even close. We’re not sniffing the playoffs. We’re not sniffing anything right now. But I want to get there, man. I’m excited about the prospects in front of us.”

Though the facility was closed last week due to Superstorm Sandy, some coaches drove in to Florham Park, while others worked from home. Ryan said he and his family are still without power, but he didn’t make a big deal of it. “Same as anybody else,” he said.

Before the team broke for the bye week, the coach challenged his coaching staff to offer up suggestions, both big and small, in order to turn things around. Ryan said he got a lot of suggestions from his staff, but he wouldn’t say whether the changes will be “radical.”

“We will be doing some different things,” he said, before declining to offer specifics. “If there’s an advantage to be gained, then I want to gain that advantage without letting our opponent know. I’m excited about trying to implement some of these things.” 

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