Monday, December 30, 2013
Rex Ryan looks forward to playoff run in '14
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On Sunday, it was wet and emotional. Coach Rex Ryan was doused with a Gatorade shower after beating the Miami Dolphins, and later he got teary in the locker room when owner Woody Johnson announced his intention to retain Ryan.
On Monday, Ryan was dry and business-like as he addressed the team for the final time, according to players. Well, there may have been a couple of light moments, but his focus was on the offseason and 2014.
"He basically said, 'Next year, we don't want to be in this position. We want to be getting ready for a game this week,'" wide receiver David Nelson said.
Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said Ryan's theme was "come back and be ready to make a run at the playoffs."
Said quarterback Geno Smith: "First of all, he told us that we didn’t reach our goals, but we got better as a team and we’ve got to go into the offseason with the right mentality. Every guy has got to be accountable, not get into any trouble and then just come back ready to prepare again and go after it next season."
The Jets finished 8-8, falling one game short of the playoffs. But they closed the season on a two-game winning streak, taking satisfaction in eliminating the Dolphins. The Jets ended up in second place in the AFC East.
Ryan didn't address the media. He and general manager John Idzik are scheduled to hold a season-ending news conference at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday.