NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh was understandably disappointed by his team's 20-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 14, but that loss wasn't enough to shake his confidence.
Saleh spoke to reporters after the game and made it clear that he doesn't believe this is the last the Jets will see of the Bills this season. He plans to meet them again in the postseason.
"Obviously I love our guys, they fight their tails off. I think I speak for everyone when I say we missed an opp. We’re gonna see these guys again."- Robert Saleh
Saleh was asked to clarify if this means he believes the Jets will make the playoffs to which the second-year head coach confirmed that is the case. He believes in his team and insists that his team believes in themselves.
The Jets' path to the postseason didn't get any easier following their Week 14 loss to the Bills, but they're very much still in the thick of a playoff race. At 7-6 and with four games to go, Saleh and the Jets are focused on ending a decade-long playoff drought for the organization.
Robert Saleh believes the NY Jets will end their 12-year playoff drought
The Jets currently boast the longest playoff drought in the NFL, having not made the postseason since the 2010/11 season. Their 11-year drought is twice as long as any other team in the league.
They have a golden opportunity to snap that streak this season, however. That said, they'll realistically need to win three of their last four games to solidify a spot in the postseason.
Home matchups against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars await followed by road trips to Seattle and Miami. If the Jets can win three of those four games, especially the Week 18 finale against the Dolphins, they should be able to clinch their playoff spot.
That's easier said than done, however, especially after losing two straight.
This Jets team has shown resolve. They've collected receipts and silenced doubters all season long, mostly because they never stopped believing in themselves. That mentality has been passed down from Saleh himself.
Robert Saleh believes that the Jets will have a chance at revenge. He believes the Jets will cross paths with the Bills in the playoffs. Only time will tell if that belief manifests itself into results.