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No holiday cheer in the locker room

12/23/2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the aftermath of a 27-17 loss to the Chargers, many in the Jets locker room dressed quickly and weren’t in the mood for talking. The 6-9 Jets still have one game left, however, even as personnel issues start to swirl around the team.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards admitted it could be hard for the team to focus.

"It's hard, we're human," Edwards said. "You’re sitting at, what, 6-8, 6-9? We’re not going to the playoffs. Guys are thinking about a million and one things as well as the last game. This is a chance for the true professionals to step to the forefront and block out distractions. The true professionals will come to that forefront -- and there will be some guys not in that category."

It is the first losing season for the Jets of the Rex Ryan era, and in fact the first losing season going back to 2007.

"Obviously, it’s been a bad season," Ryan said. "There’s no question about that, but I’m going to keep competing. I want to win. I came here to win a championship. That’s why I came here. Obviously, [if] you don’t make the playoffs, you’re not going to win a championship this year, but we’ll see what happens. I know one thing, I’m always going to keep believing, I’m going to keep working and I’m going to keep trying to search for answers."

But in the meantime, there wasn’t a lot to celebrate on the football front as players left the locker room to celebrate the holiday.

"It stinks," said linebacker Bryan Thomas. "Bad. It stinks plain and simple."

Several players, particularly on the defense, weren’t in the mood to talk. Linebacker Bart Scott declined a longer interview by noting, "This story can write itself."

Safety LaRon Landry also issued a brief assessment before leaving the locker room.

"Turned the ball over too much, didn’t finish," Landry said. "We got our ass kicked."