Jets coach Rex Ryan  has been abnormally subdued this week, leading up to Thursday’s Patriots-Jets game at MetLife Stadium. Ryan, known for his brash behavior, has been complimentary of the Pats  and said he needs to worry about his 4-6 team that trails New England by three games in the AFC East.
“We can only focus on ourselves and just find a way to punch out,” Ryan said Monday. “We earned where we are, and we just have to find a way to punch our way out. That’s it. I’m not even worried about tweaking New England or anybody else. It’s to the point where we have to focus on us.”
Added Ryan: ‘We put ourselves in this spot. Without question [the sense of desperation], it’s there. Again, it’s not a panic thing, it’s just the fact that we just have to be focused and tight, and whatever the next challenge is, to face it head on. That’s what we’ll do.’
Ryan said he would not tell his players to avoid any bulletin-board material, but he’s not planning to offer any himself, especially considering the limited preparation time this week.
“We’re just trying to punch our way out, so I don’t know how much of that there will be,” he said. “But it’s not something I’ll bring up to the team.”
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace  said his team needs to avoid the errors that have played New York this season.
“We know them. They know us,” Pace said of the Pats. “I’ll say this until I’m not in the league anymore: You have to beat New England, because they’re not going to beat themselves. We’ve just got to limit our mental mistakes and our turnovers. We’ve got a good chance if we do that.”
Considering the lack of headline material, the New York Post created some on its own, taking a shot at Belichick for sending Rob Gronkowski  in for an extra point late in Sunday’s rout of the Colts. Gronkowski reportedly suffered a broken forearm and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Post pictured Belichick as a turkey and referred to the situation as “butterball Belichick’s brainlock.”