Rex Ryan stood grim-faced behind the lectern Thursday night and admitted his team was as "wounded" as it possibly could be.
"But we're not dead yet," the coach quickly added.
And apparently the Jets -- at least in his mind -- aren't that far behind the Patriots, either.
In the face of defeat, Ryan remained defiant when challenged about the widening gap that exists between his team and the perennial AFC East favorites.
"Oh, please. I'll never say that," he fired back. "No way."
Thursday night's 49-19 defeat was the Jets' fourth consecutive loss to the Patriots since their improbable divisional playoff win over New England in Foxboro during the 2010 season. But since then, the Patriots have trended upward, reaching the Super Bowl last season. The Jets continue to spiral downward, finishing 8-8 in 2011. And now, they are in a free fall at 4-7.
Ryan said he appreciates the Patriots' talent but isn't ready to concede to them.
"They're an excellent football team," he said. "But to say that we'll never catch them, that's ridiculous. There is no chance, there is absolutely no percent of a chance that I believe that in my heart. And I'll never concede that."
Ryan said wide receiver Clyde Gates suffered a concussion during Thursday's loss. Gates lay prone on the field for several moments after being involved in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington. The Jets' wide receiver had to be helped off . . . Wideout Chaz Schilens also suffered a head injury, according to the team, and, as a result, did not address the media postgame . . . Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson disclosed that he suffered a neck injury, though he said he was fine. Ryan didn't provide any injury updates on Schilens and Wilkerson . . . Jets OLB Garrett McIntyre was fined $15,750 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams QB Sam Bradford this past Sunday.