Another Monday after another loss, and Jets coach Rex Ryan was still holding firm in his belief that this team can still make something of a miserable season, even as it spirals with five straight losses, and a 1-5 record.

Pretty much nobody in the NFL world believes much is going to come of this Jets season now, other than Ryan losing his job at the end of it. There are no sure-thing victories in sight over the next three games – a short-week trip Thursday night to New England, a home game against the Bills and a road game at deafening Kansas City.

How deep might this hole get for the Jets? 1-6? 1-8?

They are already on their longest losing streak since they dropped six straight in 2007. They haven’t been mired in a longer skid than that since 2005, when they dropped seven in a row. To find the Jets’ last eight-game slide, you have to go back to the 0-8 start under Rich Kotite in 1996.

But when Ryan was asked to deliver a message to his team’s fans Monday, he did not flinch.

“The message is pretty simple,” Ryan said. “Hey, we might be counted out. We’re not dead. We’re going to fight our tails off. It’s a resilient bunch. As I told our team, a team that doesn’t quit is hard to beat. If you’re fighting a guy that never quits, he’s hard to beat. Our guys, we ain’t quitting. As we say, we’ve just begun to fight.”

After Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, Ryan said, “I know our fans are frustrated, and they have a right to be. You can just imagine what it’s like in this locker room.”

The Jets are 10-point underdogs for this trip to New England, which Ryan and his staff began preparing for Sunday night and Monday morning, running on fumes.

“You don’t get a whole lot of sleep,” Ryan said. “You just move on.”

One Jets Drive is an exhausted, down-trodden place these days. But Ryan believes he does not need to prod his players any extra as they prepare for this game, their first this season against an AFC East opponent.