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Mark Sanchez acknowledged Tuesday that a playoff berth appears farfetched at the moment, but he still believes the New York Jets will make the postseason for the third straight year.
"Until you absolutely can't make the playoffs, we're going to make it," the quarterback said on his weekly spot on 1050 ESPN Radio. "We're going to make it. We've got to win on Monday. ... It might sound crazy at 2-3, but this team is going to be just fine. We'll be good."
The Jets (2-3) have lost three straight and face the winless Miami Dolphins in a huge game Monday night at MetLife Stadium. It's a stunning fall for the Jets, who considered themselves Super Bowl contenders at the start of the season.
Coach Rex Ryan's oft-stated goal was to earn a home playoff game. At this rate, they'll be home for the playoffs, all right.
"It'll be difficult, some teams are going to have to lose," Sanchez said, discussing the possibility of securing a postseason game at home. "Some teams are going to have to mess some things up for themselves and we're going to have to just control what we can, and that's win the next game on Monday -- and maybe not worry about the playoff picture as much."
The Jets are drawing inspiration from 2009, when they became the first team in history to make the playoffs after two three-game losing streaks in the same season. But there's a difference between then and now: The upcoming schedule is a lot tougher than it was two years ago.
In 2009, the Jets snapped the second losing streak with consecutive wins over teams that were 4-6, 4-7 and 1-11 -- the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Bucs, respectively.
In the coming weeks, after the Dolphins (0-4), the Jets play the San Diego Chargers (4-1), Bills (4-1) and New England Patriots (4-1).
"We'll be just fine," Sanchez said. "We'll win some games here. This whole thing will turn around and we'll be able to look back and smile at this three-game skid. It'll be nothing for us. ... I'm confident this will turn around and we'll be one of the best teams at the end. We just need to rip off a couple of wins here quick."
Sanchez backed embattled offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, saying the team is behind him.
"We're ... I'm totally behind Brian, I know that," he said. "I know the coaches are, and the players as well. He's done a great job for us."Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.