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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan Looking to Keep Focus on 2013 Season

December 18th, 2013 at 10:18 PM
By Donald Lappe

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan stepped up to the podium today without any chance of making the playoffs this season, but he refused to look ahead to 2014. Whenever a question about the growth of the team or an individual player moving forward was asked he deflected and wanted to focus on this week's game against the Cleveland Browns. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to being officially eliminated from playoff contention when they take the field for the final two games of the 2013 season.

'New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan greets Darrelle Revis' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan flashed his usual humor at his press conference on Wednesday and avoided questions about the future. Rex Ryan's job is to keep his team focused on the task at hand and finish out the season strong despite being eliminated from postseason contention. Ryan admitted that having the team's slim hope of stealing a playoff berth slip away due to a 61-yard field goal by Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens with 38 seconds left in the Monday Night Football game was heart-wrenching:

"I felt like I got kicked in the head," Ryan explained, even though most were already counting the Jets out of the playoffs. "I know, look, it was going to be a stretch, but you’re hanging on hope and so, we all watched it."

Ryan was asked for his thoughts on Geno Smith moving forward:

"Again, [the part of] his career that I’m worried about right now is on Sunday against Cleveland and that’s where my thought is," Ryan answered, maintaining his focus on the task at hand. "I think the young man will have a very bright future. But, with that being said, it’s all about Sunday and I don’t want think past that."

The Jets are focusing on getting better in the here and now, which is the right approach and the best way to benefit the team moving forward. Two weeks of practice reps and two games is plenty of time to make improvements. Fans would probably rather play for the draft pick at this point, but ever rep is valuable for coaches and players.

Kellen Winslow missed practice today, but it seems to be more of a maintenance day than any threat to his status for Sunday although he is nursing a knee injury. Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, Sheldon Richardson and Ellis Lankster were all limited.

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Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Football, Geno Smith, Justin Tucker, Monday Night Football, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Sheldon Richardson

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