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Rex won't concede he can't catch Pats

Jets head coach Rex Ryan hugs New England

Jets head coach Rex Ryan hugs New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after the Patriots defeated the Jets, 49-19, at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Rich Schultz

Rex Ryan stood grim-faced behind the lectern Thursday night and admitted his team was as “wounded” as they could possibly 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 Foxborough during the 2010 season. But since then, the Patriots have trended upward – reaching the Super Bowl last season.

The Jets, however, continue to spiral downward, finishing 8-8 in 2011. And now, they’re 4-7. But Ryan refused to admit there’s no chance he can catch Bill Belichick.

“They’re an excellent football team,” he said of the Patriots. “But to say they 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.” 

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