Jaguars Postgame Quotes (Week 16)

Head Coach Doug Pederson

Opening statement…

First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas to everybody. I won’t see you for a while.

 

On his holiday plans…

I’m just going to be home in Jacksonville, enjoying the family. I’ll take some time to reflect on the first 95% of our season and take a look at what we have to do down the stretch. I’m proud of the guys. We set out two and half weeks ago, we had three games in less than three weeks, and we just had to take them one at a time. I think that’s what you’ve seen from this group. There’s no quit in them. They stick together. They hang together. They encourage one another. That’s what it takes. That’s a good football team over there on defense and hats off to Coach Saleh and the group that he has. I’m proud of our guys.

 

On if winning after an emotional overtime game on a short week is the mark of a good team…

I think it’s a start. It’s a mark of a team that’s beginning to play good football, meaningful football at the end of the season. We’ve talked about that a lot, having meaningful games down the stretch. These guys are battling through a lot. They’re battling through their own injuries. You lose Cam Robinson a week ago and Walker (Little) played his tail off today. My hats off to those guys. It’s just a sign of our team coming together at the right time.

 

On if he has an update on Dawuane Smoot…

I don’t. I’ll check with Ferg (Jeff Ferguson) later on the plane and we’ll have an update for you.

 

On only scoring 19 points…

Did you see the weather (laughter)? That was a challenge. The weather was a challenge, obviously. Listen, that’s a good defense. Hats off to our guys, the offensive line. It was going to be one of those days. It was going to be physical. It was going to be tough. We were going to have to run the football because throwing it was going to be hard. But, we were efficient, I think, in the passing game. We made some plays in the passing game. It’s just one of those deals. I’m just really proud of the guys.

 

On Evan Engram solidifying himself as a go-to option…

We game plan for each offensive player. Zay (Jones) and Christian (Kirk) and Marv (Marvin Jones) and (Travis Etienne Jr.) and 17 (Engram). Sometimes you just never know who is going to get the ball. Sometimes in games like this where the weather can be a factor, your tight ends can have bigger games. He’s gotten better with the offense learning the details that we teach. He’s very unselfish. He works extremely hard in practice. He wants to be good. He loves being coached and it shows on the field. He’s a really good teammate to have and leader of the team.

 

On Trevor Lawrence’s decision making…

I thought his decision making was good. I’d rather not see him take that hit at the end and throw it away a little sooner. For the most part, I thought he did a nice job of controlling and managing what we asked him to do. The weather was obviously a challenge with the wind and the rain, but I thought he played tough again, played physical. It was really good to see out of our quarterback.

 

On the defense only giving up three points after the sack-fumble on the first drive…

That’s big right there. It could easily turn into seven, but the defense held them to the three points and really no points after that. They did a nice job of controlling their offense. That was a big boost at that point just to hold them to three.

 

On the defense’s performance without Travon Walker or Foley Fatukasi…

It’s always been next man up mentality. We had Jeremiah Ledbetter up today and he contributed a bit today. Roy (Robertson-Harris) was tough to block in there. You saw Arden (Key) in a couple of times and Josh Allen. It was group effort by those guys. DaVon Hamilton. It’s just a relentless group, a resilient group. I thought they played well in the absence of Foley and Travon. Now, we get some time to heal up and try to get healthy in the next four to five days.

 

On their 96-yard offensive drive…

It just kind of shows what we’re capable of doing offensively. I’m just proud of the guys. There were some key plays in there, third downs and all that. I think it just gives the guys confidence throughout the game that you can build off.

 

On having a strong start in this game…

We’ve started slow, but we’ve finished faster in some of these games. The point of emphasis, especially with the weather, is you always try to get the lead as fast as you can. Then, try to control it from there. I thought today we were able to do that once they got the three points. It is a point of emphasis. We want to start fast, but we want to finish faster. I thought today sort of resembled that.

 

On the secondary…

They’re playing better. They’re playing more consistent. They’re getting hands on the football. They’ve created some turnovers. The turnovers have also come with the added pressure the d-line has been putting on quarterbacks. Those two kind of go hand-in-hand. Tyson Campbell, what a great play down the field. Darious Williams with a couple of good views. The guys are playing with more confidence. They’re understanding their role. They’re understanding the scheme and just playing better football together.

 

On if he lost his voice on the field or in the post-game locker room…

I think it’s a little bit on the field, the weather, the whole thing. I kind of lost it yelling and screaming last week. It’ll be back soon.

 

On if he was close to going for it on fourth-and-one…

No, I really wasn’t. At that moment before the half, it was a great time to get the three points. Whether you get the fourth down conversion there or not, you’re probably settling for a field goal anyway, so I just opted to get the three at that time.

 

On his message to the team…

The message is just that we haven’t done anything. We haven’t clinched anything. We haven’t won anything. We’ve still got two games left, we’ve got two division games left.  I do want them to enjoy the holidays and enjoy Christmas with their families and friends. It’s time to heal and get healthy for this final two game stretch. I also want them to come back with the right frame of mind next week and get ready for a team that beat us a couple of months ago.

QB Trevor Lawrence

On how the weather changed the game plan…

Just doing whatever it takes to win, I think that’s what it obviously comes down to. This game, we felt really good about our ability. If we can hold onto the ball, if we can put points on the board consistently, our defense is going to step up just like they did. The other offense is dealing with the same thing. And then when our number’s called in the passing game, we made enough plays, obviously it was a little sloppy, there’s going to be a lot of stuff to correct, and the elements played a little bit of a factor but at the end of the day, we made the plays that we needed to make. We left some out there for sure, but we played a complete game just as far as our defense having our back. Even early, obviously ball security is what we talk about, that was the biggest thing. I had a fumble on the first drive, so that was a bad play. Defense stepped up and that was the only points they got, and they got it at the 15-yard line or something. You look at that and our defense pretty much pitched a shutout besides that. Just a big win, just shows that this team is growing, and we can win however it takes. We don’t have to put up 40 points to win, we don’t have to have all these yards, throw the ball, you know what I mean, just whatever it takes to win, we’re able to do and to be able to adjust like this was really good for us.

 

On winning in these conditions on a short week…

Yeah, good teams win games for sure. At this point in the season, you got to and it’s where we’re at. We understand the task in front of us, and I’ve said that the last couple of weeks, every game is a must win for us and that’s how we’re treating it and we understand that, and we love it. That’s the position we put ourselves in good and bad. We love where we’re at, we love the momentum we have, but yeah good teams win these games because you have to. It was a great day, a lot better feeling this time around then when we were here last year.

 

On the belief in the team right now…

I think that makes it even better to be honest. To see kind of what we battled through, the ups and downs. I mean, I’ve said it before, this team lost five straight in October, so to look at just where we were and where we are now, by no means have we arrived, we have two big games in front of us and we haven’t done anything yet. We still have our work cut out for us, but just to see how the team has grown, how we’ve stuck together, especially just the staff, and the coaches, the confidence they’ve had in us. I’ve said it a couple times, I think the staff and especially (Head) Coach (Doug) Pederson has had belief in us, even when maybe we didn’t in the beginning. Things were crazy and I think him just having that confidence in us, we kind of realized we have something special here and we had to kind of figure out what we wanted to do before it got too late, we made adjustments and really started playing our best ball at the right time and it’s about getting better every week. This one isn’t going to carry over in Houston next week, so we have to go back to work, but I just love the momentum and the energy we have right now.

 

On how important the 96-yard drive was to keep momentum going…

Yeah, the turnover early obviously put our defense in a tough spot, they got the stop for us. Then to be able to, I don’t know if it was the next drive, or maybe the one after that, but to be able to put a drive together like that, obviously in a game like this, eat a lot of the clock, have a methodical drive to end in points, a touchdown, that’s huge. Then you also kind of put them in a position, where you go up by a couple scores and they feel like they have to throw the ball more, the elements aren’t great, you can kind of get the ball back quicker and quicker. So, it was big to just answer and to respond and to have a drive like that. That defense is really good, I don’t know how many points they give up per game, but it’s really really low, another top five defense. They played really well, that’s also part of it, the elements but that’s also a really good defense, so I was proud of the guys for executing the game plan and doing what we had to do to win.

 

On what it does for his rhythm when they get quick perimeter passes early…

It’s just explosive plays on layups and that’s what the guys have done a great job of this year. Just getting the ball in space and our yards after catch have been really good and just guys in the perimeter blocking for one another, guys in the perimeter blocking in the run game, just optimizes what the team’s about. Everybody’s unselfish, we want to win, and no one really cares about who gets the credit, who gets the yards, who gets whatever, it’s really just about doing whatever it takes to win and that’s what you see from those guys out there.

 

On what Evan Engram has done for the offense over the last three weeks…

Just, he’s a guy that can really do anything. He’s a really good blocker, obviously has a lot of speed, so you can use him a lot of different ways on the perimeter, in the passing game, you can move him from inside to outside, motion, you can just do so much with him and adds that element and that stress on the defense of it’s a tight end, but you can’t just put anybody on Evan. You have to really think about that match up and I think that adds some difficulty to teams that we play and just the way he’s so good after the catch too, so physical and I mean, I guess that’s it. There’s a lot of things but he’s been playing great and happy for him.”

 

On if the last hit he took the hardest one he’s taken…

Nah (laughter). No, I’m good. I don’t know, didn’t hurt the worst but he got me pretty good. I saw it on the jumbotron, so he got me. Not really what you want in that situation, so I need to probably just throw that one away a little earlier.

 

On how many Christmas sweaters he has…

I have a couple. This is actually Foyesade’s (Olukon) brand right here. So, shout out Foyesade. I told him I’d wear it, he said to make sure I got the pitch. I haven’t even washed it yet, I told him it’s pretty comfortable.

 

On Travis Etienne Jr. getting to 1,000 yards for the season and his growth throughout the season…

Yeah, just how he’s bounced back. Obviously, he had a big injury last year and not being able to play and just the way he’s just came to work every day, been consistent. It’s been awesome, it’s kind of like his rookie year and I think he’s just handled himself great, really mature, just done a lot of good things for us. He’s really changed our offense as far as just explosive runs, just the big play ability that he greats. If he has a crease, he can take it to the house. What he’s been able to do for us, he’s been great, just keep building off of it. The guys upfront are pumped at the end of the game they’re like, ‘We got to get him to 1,000.’ They knew we were close, so it’s cool to just see everybody rooting for each other. That feel has been really cool.

DL Josh Allen

On winning three games in 12 days…

What a great feeling this is to just do what we said we were going to do. Now we just have to finish these last two. Well, finish this next one. Houston is a divisional game for us, must-win game. So the attention to detail and sense of urgency is still up high. We just know we’ve got a little time to rest and get our bodies back right. That’s the only thing we can do and get ready to go back to Houston.

 

On how important it was to get the lead considering the weather conditions…

It was huge, but I think for us though, we prepared for way worse. We were looking for the Philly game weather and when we knew it wasn’t that, this is beautiful weather. So it was great football weather. We enjoyed it. We stayed warm. We stayed hot. We stayed ready to go and this situation was going. We’ve got to continue to stay hot.

TE Evan Engram

On playing at a stadium he’s been at a lot of times before…

I don’t think I’ve ever had a 100-yard game. I’m thankful. All my glory to God. This week was a challenge and the most challenging week fell on coming back here. Tonight, means everything and I want to give him all the glory. I’m really thankful.

 

On the toughness in playing through these conditions…

It honestly was a lot easier than we were expecting. Philly, early on in the season, caught us off guard for sure and we kind of knew all week what we were kind of headed into this time. We were all ready for it. We were all physically prepared, mentally prepared. We did wet ball drills during the week, just prepared for it. We were preparing. Took care of the football. Moved the ball, scored the points that we needed, we wanted to definitely score more points, but we handled it properly.

 

On how hard it was to have three games in 12 days…

It’s definitely tough, it’s definitely tough. Doug (Pederson) does a great job of preparing us and really talking to us and really kind of laying out, letting us know what we’re going into is not going to be easy and that was a big focal point, the three games in 12 days. We started talking about that at the beginning of it when it hit that window. Coach got us ready, Coach kept challenging us, kept working. We all responded. The defense was playing lights out. We’re feeding off them and they’re feeding off us. We are just playing really good, complimentary football and we were all really together back there in the stretch. This weekend is going to be really nice.

RB Travis Etienne

On whether the weather impacted the Jaguars…

We definitely felt the weather, but I feel like it’s more of a mindset when you’re out there. You only play the game for so long, so you go out there and just be focused and you’ll be straight.

 

On whether there is pressure being in the playoff race…

We can’t put added pressure on ourselves. We have enough pressure going into the game and just focusing on ourselves. I feel like we’re at our best whenever we don’t take anything for granted and just play as another one honestly.

 

On what the key to the win was…

Running the ball. We were able to run the ball early in the game and get some points on the board and our defense played great. They were out there just doing what they do, week in and week out, and I’m just thankful for them.

DT Davon Hamilton

On whether he felt like the Jaguars dominated up front…

Definitely. I felt like we executed our game plan to the fullest extent, and we really played hard out there today.

 

On whether the Jaguars are reenergized…

Yeah, I mean I felt like we just know what our goals are in front of us and we just got to keep on playing as hard as we possibly can.

 

On winning three games in 12 days…

It’s been a while since we’ve done this and I’m just so happy for our team that we’re finally bringing it together, we’re finally taking a stride forward. Like I said, I’m just so proud.

 

S Rayshawn Jenkins

On shutting down the Jets offense on the road…

It feels great, man. It was just another obstacle we had in our way to what we wanted to do and finish toward the end of the season. It was just another obstacle, like I said. Just like next week is the biggest game of the season just because it’s the next game.

 

On what’s changed for the defense…

Honestly. we’re just doing our stuff better than offenses are running their stuff, you know what I’m saying? This League, a lot of teams run the same stuff over and over again. Honestly, it’s the first person to make a mistake.

 

On whether he felt like the Jets were going to have to make a quarterback change…

Yeah, absolutely. We knew after the first half, well I thought (Joe) Flacco was going to come in, honestly, but they decided to go with number 15 (Chris Streveler). He did a pretty decent job for them when he got in there, but we ultimately were able to shut them down and keep them to three points.

 

On what challenges Streveler presented when he entered the game…

That surprised me, I’m like, “Dang, this dude gets in here and is running QB powers all day,” so that was crazy, because we did not expect that, but we were able to really just settle down, play our defense and honestly, it was a lot of the crowd noise. They weren’t doing what it seemed like, but he did a decent job for them when he came in.

WR Christian Kirk

On the team’s winning streak…

Pretty good one. Just taking it one week at a time. We knew coming into tonight, a short week there would be some challenges. The weather wasn’t the best the first half of the game. We knew it was going to be sloppy. There was a bunch of things that we couldn’t control and we didn’t let that get to us. We just came out here and played our style of ball. Everybody believed from the second that whistle blew that we would come out with a win.

 

On the team’s mentality during this winning streak…

I am a firm believer in manifestation. When Doug (Pederson) came in and put those three games up in the next 15 days and said, ‘This is what we have in front of us. We can decide how we want to attack it and what we want to do.’ Everybody bought in and nobody blinked. Nobody flinched. There was not a doubt in our minds that we weren’t capable of going out and doing what we are doing so far.

 

On the team’s emotions following this win…

This is great. Everybody in this locker room deserves it. There have been so many guys that are battling through injuries and adversity. Nobody lost hope or hung their head. Nobody felt sorry for themselves. We just came to work every single day. We know the type of people we have in this locker room and the type of talent. Just having it paying off right now, especially when it matters most, is just a great feeling. I know guys are still going to be hungry and we can control our own destiny.

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