After three consecutive playoff-less seasons, Rex Ryan is desperate to get back.
Ryan, entering his sixth (and perhaps last) year as the Jets’ coach, told the New York Daily News he’ll do “whatever it takes” to qualify for the postseason.
“There’s nothing like it,” Ryan said. “You got to earn your way to get there though. And that’s the thing that I miss the most. I know we haven’t earned it these last three years. So, like, damn. Whatever it takes, man. We got to find a way to get in there.”
The only way to get in is to navigate through a difficult and crowded AFC, which boasts a slew of teams that will be fighting for the same spot. That, or topple the rival Patriots and win the division, something Ryan has yet to accomplish in his tenure.
As usual, the glass is half full to Ryan. His squad has improved its talent level this offseason, bringing aboard notable additions such as Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and Michael Vick.
He’s setting his expectations accordingly, preparing to better last year’s 8-8 record.
“I believe this football team is a hell of a lot better right now than we were at any point last year,” Ryan said.
The Jets reached the AFC Championship game in Ryan’s first two seasons. If he’s as great of a coach as he claims to be, he should find a way to snap the drought. His job may depend on it.
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