The improbable may be happening as the 6-7 Jets are beginning to look like a playoff team — at least record-wise if not on the field. But when one would think the Jets would turn back into their brash selves, it is all quiet on the big-talk front.
“I’m not going to guarantee a playoff spot,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “The fact that we’re one game under .500, I think you’re probably not in the playoff conversation. For me, we just need to keep our head down and keep winning games. We know the only way we can affect it is to win our games and we’ll see what somebody tells us.”
There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the team hasn’t quit at any point this season. With three games left, one loss would likely mean the Jets’ season would be over. Both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh stand at 7-6.
“Suddenly I’m not worried about anything else but finding a way to beat Tennessee,” Ryan said. “We know one thing, our position is simple, we have to beat Tennessee. Not really focused on anything else.”
Unlike Jets teams in the past, they’re doing it not just with a shutdown defense but also a shut-up attitude.
“As a team, you have to take care of business,” safety Yeremiah Bell said. “Talk is cheap.”
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