Rex Ryan has misspoken a few times before.
So forgive the New York Jets rookie head coach for confusing the authors of "Alive and Kicking" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
One step at a time, coach.
"I've been level the whole season. There's no question," Ryan cracked when asked Monday what his team's emotional state is after a victory over the previously undefeated Indianapolis Colts put them into a win-and-get-in situation at home Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"Yeah, from a guy that said, 'Well, it's unfortunate we're done.' We're right there, alive and kicking. I think I told our team Tears for Fears [or] Simple Minds sang that song. We are 'Alive and Kicking,' so here we go."
Eight days ago, the Atlanta Falcons scored on a late fourth-and-goal play to beat the Jets, and Ryan lamented his team being eliminated from the playoff hunt.
"Every team wants to be in the situation where you control your own destiny," Ryan said. "Obviously, everybody would like to be where the Colts are, to have the No. 1 seed secured. But to have the opportunity to actually play the last game of the season, the last regular-season game, with everything riding on it in front of your fans, I think most teams would take that, would sign up for that opportunity.
"That's where we're at right now. We'll be the fifth seed. If we win the game, we're the fifth seed. If we don't win, we're out. That's the math that I can figure out."