The New York Jets had a shot to claim first place in the AFC East on Sunday Night Football against the New England Patriots but dropped the game, 37-16, a 21-point loss that puts the season in doubt. It's still early, for sure, so the Jets aren't eliminating themselves from the AFC playoff picture by any means but Jets head coach Rex Ryan recognized, whether it was in jest or not, that the Jets division title chances took a big hit on Sunday night.
It looks doubtful right now. What am I going to say? Maybe I should guarantee the fact that we're out of it. The last time I did that, we made the playoffs. Yeah, we don't have a chance.
Ryan also took the opportunity in his postgame press conference to apologize to Jets fans after he challenged them earlier in the week to make this game difficult for the Patriots.
I thought we'd play a lot better. I thought we had really improved, I really did. I think we did improve, but when you make those types of mistakes - you fumble a punt, you have a poor timeout ... time management was an absolutely critical error. That's my responsibility. I own that one. You make that many mistakes against that team, there's no chance.
Ryan owned up to several mistakes in the game with the most noteworthy one being a timeout Mark Sanchez took late in the first half. Ryan said in a halftime interview that the timeout was one of the stupidest plays in NFL history but returned after the game to say he takes responsibility for that.
The Jets season is far from over -- they're only a game back from New England -- but after hearing this press conference you know the Jets realize they missed a golden opportunity on Sunday night.