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Goal No. 1: Run the table
The Jets weren't shy about their playoff aspirations, despite their record and despite time running out.
They clung to words like "believe" and "faith" each week to explain how they would overcome their latest loss. And after their most recent -- and most embarrassing -- loss of the season, Rex Ryan stood firm in his season-end goal. The Jets coach wouldn't go out on a limb and proclaim a playoff berth, as cornerback Antonio Cromartie did two weeks ago. But Ryan made it clear that, even though his team is 4-7, he hasn't wavered from his goal of finishing strong.
And that means, running the table.
"Oh, heck yeah. That's your goal," he said Monday morning. "There's no question. Absolutely that's what you're trying to do. Our goal was to beat New England also, but that never worked out. But of course you want (that)."
Their 30-point defeat (49-19) to the Patriots Thanksgiving night was, in many ways, less egregious than this mind-numbing stat: 21 points in 52 seconds on three Jets fumbles.
But despite their dire situation, Ryan still believes it's still possible for them to win out.
"That's why you play, you try to win every game that you're in," he said. "But I'm saying right now, I'm not going to make a 'Ryan guarantees playoffs' (headline) or something like that deal. We have to get better. And it has to start right now obviously. You can't look down the road. ...We have to win this game and I think that's where the entire focus is."
But before they can think about finishing the season on a positive note -- or (gasp!) an unlikely playoff appearance -- the Jets' focus must be solely on Arizona (4-7).
"Our thing is just, get back and get better," Ryan said. "That's what we have to do. And if we don't get better, obviously we're going to struggle."