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Jets' Robert Saleh: 'Thinking Playoffs Is Farfetched' After Loss to Jaguars

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 23, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 22: head coach Robert Saleh of the New York Jets looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh did his best Jim Mora impression following his team's 19-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.

Saleh told reporters immediately after the game the Jets' focus isn't on the postseason right now with New York sitting at 7-8.

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Robert Saleh was asked about the Jets' chances of making the playoffs: <br><br>"It's not about playoffs right now, it's not. We played 4 consecutive teams that are in the hunt for the playoffs and we battled, we battled 3 of them. I'm just really disappointed with this showing today" <a href="https://t.co/voQM9mk3fN">pic.twitter.com/voQM9mk3fN</a>

His tone remained the same Friday.

"Thinking playoffs is farfetched, but we've done a lot of really, really cool things this year," he said. "The most important thing now is finishing strong and that starts with Seattle."

After the Jets dropped their opener to the Baltimore Ravens in September, Saleh said he was "taking receipts on all the people who continually mock and say that we're not going to do anything."

His confidence was justified when New York turned things around and headed into its Week 10 bye with a 6-3 record. A first playoff appearance since 2010 certainly looked attainable.

Then the Jets dropped five of their next six games. They could potentially fall two games behind the Miami Dolphins for the AFC's final wild-card spot by Sunday, and FiveThirtyEight gives them an eight percent chance of reaching the postseason.

In the event New York's playoff drought extends for another season, Saleh and his staff have at least provided some hope for the future. The Jets are 10th in overall efficiency, per Football Outsiders, and an offseason quarterback change might do wonders toward raising their ceiling in 2023.

The franchise's entire history is a testament to how landing a franchise QB is easier said than done, but it's pretty encouraging the team has performed reasonably well with literally anybody other than Zach Wilson under center this year.

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The rest of the Jets season should just be an experiment to see what quarterbacks do not instantly make the Jets a better team when they replace Zach Wilson. <br><br>Joe Flacco ✅ <br>Mike White ✅ <br>Chris Streveler ✅ <br><br>How low can we go??

Saleh might be waving the white flag on the playoffs, but New York's seven victories are already more wins than it totaled across 2020 and 2021 combined. The team is firmly headed in the right direction.