The New York Jets are 6-8, have been outscored by 121 points on the 2013 season and have lost four of their past five games, but coach Rex Ryan remains unflappable in his belief that he is the right man for the job.
Ryan on Monday outlined to his team a longshot playoff scenario that first required the Baltimore Ravens to lose to the Detroit Lions later that night, but the reality is the Jets are going to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season - and with their third straight losing record.
"Look, I'm a competent guy, even though I know that will be questioned a zillion times forward and backward, whatever, that's fine," Ryan said. "But I know I'm a good football coach. I believe in this team. I believe in this organization and I'm determined to bring a winner to this team, there's no question about it.
"I know and I believe that I'm the right guy for it."
Only three teams have been outscored by more than the Jets this season, and the offense fell to 31st in the league in scoring and 30th in total yards following Sunday's 30-20 loss at the Carolina Panthers. Ryan remains a backer of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who remains saddled with the inconsistent play of rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
"There's a lot of contributing factors. I've always said that," Ryan said of the Jets' offensive struggles. "We're not proud of those numbers but I'm proud of the job Marty's done. I'm proud of the job all these assistant coaches have done."
Whether or not the Jets are still in the playoff picture come Tuesday morning, Ryan insists he's focused on the final two games, rather than his much-debated job status.
"We need to win these two games because we have two games left, that's what we're trying to do," he said. "Again, I've said it I don't know how many times, but this is about we need to get a win. All that other stuff, it will take care of itself down the road. We know what we have in front of us.
"The opportunity to make the playoffs might not be big but I still hope it exists (Tuesday). If it does, again, we still have that and that's what we're playing for, the opportunity to get into the playoffs. Even if not, even if that opportunity is taken away, we have two more opportunities and we're going to do everything we can in our power to play as well as we can possibly play."