All of the negativity and doubt surrounding the New York Jets hasn't swayed head coach Rex Ryan one bit. An eternal optimist, Ryan hasn't lost faith in his players, coaching staff or his own abilities.
"I know we can get it fixed," said Ryan of getting Gang Green back on the winning track. "I have the coaching staff with me, I have the players. I have that kind of group of men. That's what I'm so encouraged about and that's why I'm so excited about this."
Mired in a two-game slide and losers of three of their past four contests, the Jets are entering dangerous territory for a playoff hopeful squad. While critics are shoveling dirt on New York's postseason chances, Ryan remains assured that his team will bounce back in the face of adversity.
"It's the crazy thing, but the fact that it's there, it can't get much tougher situations than it is," admitted Ryan. "Maybe that's what we need. Maybe that will pull this group together and I don't think we need that, we're there anyway, but here we come. Look, my confidence will never waiver, ever. I'm confident because of the people I'm surrounded by."
Quarterback Mark Sanchez has absorbed a great deal of blame for Gang Green's first half struggles, but despite his poor play Ryan fully supports his franchise signal-caller.
"We know he has the ability," noted Ryan. "There's certainly proof of that - that this is a talented young man and when the protection's there and we're where we're supposed to be, he can deliver the football. We have to do a better job of catching the ball as receivers, protections, I think we've been better but I'd still like to even see if we can't even get better at those areas and then put it on Mark's shoulders. I'm confident if you just put it on Mark's shoulders and all those other things are in place that I'm confident that he can throw the ball with the best of him."