Boston Red Sox general manager Brian O'Halloran is prepared for the front office to take the blame if his team misses the playoffs.

"First of all, hope that doesn't happen," O'Halloran said Thursday on "The Greg Hill Show" while discussing the possibility of the Red Sox missing the postseason.

"But in the end, it's on us. It's on the front office. It's on the baseball operations. Whatever happens on the field, the results, good or bad … we've been given the opportunity to do this job, we have nothing but support from ownership. We have no excuses."

The Red Sox entered the July 30 trade deadline in first place in the AL East but have since fallen 6 1/2 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for top position. They sit half a game back of a wild-card spot after being swept by the New York Yankees this week.