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Jets not lacking in confidence

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reacts to

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reacts to a play during the second half against the Washington Redskins. (Dec. 4, 2011) Credit: AP

Sure they've needed late-game heroics to pull out their last two wins, which of course includes yesterday's 34-19 victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field.

But as one might expect, Rex Ryan's conviction in his team remains strong.

“This team has plenty of confidence,” Ryan said this afternoon. “We don’t lack for confidence one bit. We think we can beat any team in this league. Obviously we lost five games this year so that’s not always a fact, but we believe going into every single game that we’re going to win.

"We’ve had a recent history of being able to do that. So that builds into that confidence.”

The Jets find themselves in a virtual four-way tie with Cincinnati, Tennessee and Oakland for the final wild-card spot. This after nearly seeing their season crash and burn when they were Tim Tebowed in Week 11, thanks to the Broncos QB engineering that 95-yard drive and scoring on a 20-yard run to pull it out.

“We’re a team that just wants to win and get in the playoffs and see what happens,” Ryan said. “That’s what we try to do. Our goal’s in tact. It looked really bad a few weeks ago. It was a devastating loss that we had to Denver. We can’t focus on that. We got to focus on improvement and finding ways to win games. We don’t have any wiggle room. We got to get it done. We understand that. We also have a great deal of confidence in ourselves.

"We’re not worried. We’re not focused on other teams in this league. We’re just focused on getting better and finding ways to win. We’ve been there and done that. Our first year here we really struggled to make the playoffs, but we always believed that if we can get in there, we can do some damage and that’s what we plan on doing this year.”

That's why Ryan's mantra hasn't changed.

“My message is usually pretty clear to our players,” Ryan added. “We know that it’s in front of us. We know we’re a better team than how we played in some of these games earlier this year. We also know that we have to get better. We have to work at it. You can’t just assume that it’s going to happen.”

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