Sheldon Richardson sat in front of his locker and just hung his head.
The Jets defensive tackle just sat there, hunched over with a towel wrapped around his waist for more than 15 minutes. But to him, it probably felt like an eternity.
Asked if he was all right, he mouthed from across the room: "Nope. Not. At. All." And then, after another few minutes of just staring into his locker, Richardson let out a frustrated groan. "The same [bleeping stuff] every time," he said to no one in particular.
Losing takes a toll on people. And there are few Jets who wear their emotions as visibly as Richardson. That's why he took his time getting dressed before he faced the media.
"I've never lost nine games. That's not me at all," said the former first-round pick and 2013 Defensive Player of the Year. "I didn't get drafted to lose games, period. And if it don't hurt nobody like it hurt me, then they shouldn't be on the team with me . . . I really play with everything I got."
The Jets' 38-3 loss to the Bills -- a team forced to flee its home city because of a snowstorm and make itself feel at home at Ford Field after missing several practices last week -- was an abject failure. Shell-shocked players walked around the visitors' locker room. Many couldn't speak, and those who did struggled to make sense of what transpired on the field.
"It's definitely disappointing," Percy Harvin said. "I don't think any of us in here felt we were going to play that way."
Said Jeremy Kerley: "I think we came out flat. We didn't come out firing for whatever the case may be."
And then there was Richardson, who sniffled periodically as he spoke.
"This is the best preparation we had coming into a game. This was the best we got," he said with watery eyes. "I don't know what we're playing for, but I don't want this organization broke up in no type of way.
"That's what happens when you have seasons like this. They clean house. I don't want it. I play for a lot more. All I am is a number and the name on the back of my jersey. I play with my heart. I don't take L's like this -- especially to the Buffalo Bills. My God, man."
Richardson -- the sole bright spot in John Idzik's 22-month tenure as general manager -- later credited the Bills for being the better team.
"Can't take nothing away from them boys," he said. "They kicked our tails from pillar to post."
Though Rex Ryan asserted that he will be the Jets' coach at least for the next five weeks, Richardson knows he and his teammates are running out of time to prove Ryan deserves to stay despite their record.
"They outplayed us in every aspect of the game, and it ain't nobody's fault but the players," Richardson said.
Asked if the team let Ryan down, Richardson quickly replied: "Yeah. Big time. Big time. That's it. For real, man."
The second-year lineman has emerged as one of Ryan's strongest supporters in the locker room. And even though Monday night's performance could suggest Ryan has overstayed his welcome in Florham Park, Richardson believes "everything about'' Ryan is reason enough to keep him.
"The passion I play with is the passion that he coaches, even in meetings," Richardson said. "For the people that want strict coaching and fines by the book, I guess that's what they want.
"That's my guy. He might as well have a number on, too. For real, man."