Jets Postgame Quotes (Week 13)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On the decision to change quarterbacks and where he goes next week…
Just trying to spark the offense. I’m not there yet with regards to next week.

On if Zach Wilson is an option to start at quarterback next week…
I’m not there yet.

On the offensive struggles…
We’re searching. I felt like there was a lot of missed opportunity with possible explosives, potential touchdowns on the field today. We’ve got to find a way to take advantage when we have those opportunities.

On the officiating…
I’m done talking about those guys.

On his team’s discipline…
I thought our guys fought hard. I respect the question with regards to penalties and all that. Our guys play hard. I’m not going to apologize for their style of play at the end of the first half. Borderline comical. We have to clean up the pre-snap stuff on offense with regards to the usage of cadence. It’s obviously fooling us more than it is them. It’s stuff we have to get better at.

On if the playoffs are out of reach…
We have to focus one at a time. I get it. Whether you’re in or out of it, it doesn’t matter. You have to show up. You have to work. You have to find ways to get better and compete.

On preventing a repeat of last season’s six-game losing streak…
Same thing I said. You have to keep grinding. Continue to find ways to take advantage of our opportunities when they present themselves. When you’re backed into a corner, the only thing you can do is keep swinging.

On if he has the guys on offense to improve from these past six games…
We have to find a way to get the guys that we do have better.

On why he is sticking with Nathanial Hackett as play caller…
It’s a fair question. I guess you guys will have a better idea when you see the all-22 from this one.

On if he felt the offense did some things better schematically today…
I do. I thought there was a lot of yardage that I feel like we left out there today. I am going to go back and watch it again, but there were some really, really good opportunities that I feel like we missed out on.

On if the fumble by Dalvin Cook affected his usage…
No, the fumble was unfortunate. I felt like he has been running the ball really well. He looked really good in practice. He’s looking good. Getting those guys more carries between him and Breece (Hall)…you have to convert third downs to be able to give yourselves some extra opportunities in the run game. I think we ran it like 25 times or something like that, but there were so many more opportunities we could have had if we could just a way to be more efficient.

On moving away from Cook after his strong start…
After a couple of carries, you give the other guy an opportunity. Breece had a couple in a row that were pretty good. Bring in Dalvin, same thing, couple in a row. You just have to go by feel.

On if Wilson will be in consideration to start next week…
He is always in consideration. To what level, I am not there yet.

On the play of Trevor Siemian…
I thought he did a good job. Got the first completion to Conk (Tyler Conklin). I’ll challenge him and I think he is going to kick himself when he goes back to that one with an opportunity ball I think to Garrett (Wilson), I believe. I have to go back and look. There were a couple of protection breakdowns, but overall, it felt fine. I have to go back and look. Obviously, still wasn’t good enough.

On injuries to CJ Uzomah, Jason Brownlee, and Perrion Winfrey…
CJ is dealing with an MCL. I’ll get more tomorrow. Perrion is probably done. He is dealing with a foot. That one is pretty bad, really bad. Brownlee is dealing with an ankle.

On why they were unable to get Garrett Wilson the ball…
I’ll have a better answer for you tomorrow.

On keeping the defense playing despite the struggles of the offense…
They won’t stop. Our defense is built the right way. They are not going to stop.

On if he felt like all the Jets needed was one more drive…
Ball at midfield. In the NFL, I always say if you can keep them backed up and they punt the ball and you field it at the logo, you’re supposed to score. We need to expect more from ourselves when we’re in those positions to go score.

On the offensive line appearing to play better today…
It was fine. I am always going to strain them to be 100 percent and to give the quarterback as much time as possible. I thought Wes (Schweitzer) stepped in and did a nice job. I thought Carter (Warren) did a nice job. Not happy with the pre-snap penalties with regards to the offsides and the procedure penalties we had on that side of the ball with regards to trying to get too cute with cadence. Overall, I thought it was something that we can build off with this group.

On if this loss affects the plan for Aaron Rodgers…
No, our plan for Aaron is consistent. He’s in rehab. That’s all he’s doing.

QB Trevor Siemian

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On when he knew he was going into the game…

I think the end of the third quarter. Yeah, end of the third quarter I think it was.

On the process for getting ready to enter the game…

Get loose, this is the situation, couple plays you like, and, yeah, let’s try to win the game.

On his fumble…

Yeah, you can’t put the ball on the ground. I think the last one, it’s fourth down, so I’m trying to do something ridiculous and get the ball up the field. I think I had the ball on the ground too many times. A couple of times I got hit when I was throwing, but, yeah, that’s my job, take care of the ball. Take care of the ball, for sure.

On if he felt good when the offense got the ball back with five minutes left near midfield…

Oh yeah. You’ve got plenty of time, plenty of opportunity to win. I think we had the short field one time. Yeah, we got in to their, crossed the 50 once. Yeah, frustrating.

On how frustrating the offensive struggles are…

Yeah, it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for everybody I think. You realize the margin for error in this League is so razor-thin that you feel like you could have it, it could be so close, and then it could look totally the other way. I think it’s good being around this group, starting with coaches, wired the right way, got some grit, and we’re going to find a way to get better this week and be ready to play Sunday.

QB Tim Boyle

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On his performance…

Yeah, I didn’t make enough plays. I thought I was seeing it good again, made a couple of plays down field, could’ve been way more aggressive on a few more throws that I want back, but clearly, didn’t get the job done and didn’t score enough points.

On if he was afraid to make mistakes…

It has nothing to do with making mistakes. It has to do with trying to put our guys in a position to make plays. I came out of one play in particular, it was to G (Garrett Wilson), I think, in the first quarter, and I felt like he was kind of out-leveraged, but in hindsight, he crossed the safety’s face, which was a great route decision by him. Just things that I could have been a touch more patient on just to see his angle. I could have pulled that trigger instead of throwing it away. So, it’s just small things like that. I’m not afraid of making mistakes at this point in the season. Our thought process, especially this week, was to try to chuck the ball downfield a little bit and we did a little bit, but I could’ve been a little more aggressive at times.

On pulling the trigger…

G (Garrett) did a good job adjusting the route there. At that point, again, all week it’s been about giving guys chances. I want that one back. That could’ve been a big momentum shift, but I made a decision. I felt like the safety was on top of him, but in hindsight, again, I should’ve given him a chance.

On the first play being play-action…

The first one was a play action, yeah. They did a good job. They covered it pretty well. I could’ve chucked it up to JB (Jason Brownlee) early, but then they covered the check-down pretty good, so it was kind of just one of those get the ball out of your hands, don’t take a negative play on the first play, especially.

On what he saw on the interception…

Yeah, number three (Jessie Bates III) all week has been a conversation point of just making sure you track where he’s at. He’s big off the quarterback’s eyes, so I noticed it man coverage, but then we had this deep crossing route combination and I came off the fake and had my eyes in the middle of the field and right as I tracked G I can’t really see the post anymore, so I’m trying to track G to see kind of see if he won or whatnot, so I kind of felt like he was getting undercut by the safety a little bit—corner, sorry—so I threw kind of a two-ball layer ball and just kind of off angle a little bit and three (Bates) at that point started tracking my eyes and made a really good play. In hindsight, I mean, again, Xavier’s (Gipson) wide open on the other side of the field. Does that happen if my eyes go to G? I have no clue, but something I want back. On that one I’m fine with the decision, I just want the ball flight to be a little different, so it’s not as high of a throw to allow three (Bates) to make a play on it.

On if he had an idea at halftime that Trevor Siemian might replace him…

No clue.

On if the offense was closer to success today…

Yeah, we put together some double-digit play drives, which is also good to see. We’d been struggling just putting long drives together. So, I think that’s encouraging. We need to score seven instead of three moving forward. That’s kind of been our Achilles heel just kind of we get stoned in the red zone and we have to continue to just work on that and make sure that we’re finding opportunities. I missed that third-down conversion to Conk (Tyler Conklin) to move it forward in the red zone, that third-and-short. Just throws I want back, but I think just building off the fact that we were able to move the ball today. Their defense, they did a good job. They had a really good plan for us, but I think the fact we were able to move the ball, get points, ultimately, we have to score seven.

On if today was a missed opportunity…

It’s always an opportunity missed when it’s a one-score game. It’s the thing that Coach talks about is expecting to win, expecting to be in a dog fight, expecting to win the game late in the fourth quarter. We had all three of those opportunities today and just fell short.

RB Dalvin Cook

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On how disappointing the fumble was for him…

It was very disappointing because it was one of those mad fumbles. I thought I was down and one of the legs came up and slipped it out of my arms, one of those crazy things. But I feel great, man, I’m ready to roll. I’m ready to put it on the line for the guys, I feel great.

On the lack of scoring offensively…

It’s down. As an offense, we work our tail off during practice. You get looks, we do things in practice and you expect for it to translate to the game, and we’re just not having that translation right now. So, it’s frustrating. To be honest, I feel like the last two, three weeks, we had the best practices we had all year, and it’s just not translating to the game, so we have to figure out what’s that slim margin of why it’s not translating to the game. So, we got to figure that out.

On if he feels like the offense is being put in position to succeed…

I do. For me, I won’t get into the personnel, I am not going to give you guys any headlines right now. I am not going to get into the personnel and stuff like that. We have the weapons and we have the guys. You saw Trevor (Siemian) come in and make some plays. We believe in Tim (Boyle) and we believe in Zach (Wilson). We just have to find out rhythm. We just have to find ourselves.

WR Garrett Wilson

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On being open a lot in the first half, the ball not coming his way and if there’s anything he can do to to try and get the ball…

Yeah, I can do a better job communicating what I’m seeing out on the field. I could do that for sure.

On how he stays locked in when the ball isn’t coming his way…

I love this game. I want to prove something every time I’m out there. My legacy is on the line. My family’s legacy is on the line every time I take the field, every rep, that’s how I look at it. So the plays got to show. It’s got to show in your play and that’s got to be my mindset. I love my guys and I would never even think about losing, I forget what the word that you’d use, but losing that on them. Losing my faith in them, losing whatever it may be.

On how frustrating it is when it’s a tight, one position game, and the team keeps shooting themselves in the foot…

Yeah, losing, no matter how you get there is frustrating and especially when they’re self-inflicted wounds, and we’ve had a fair share of those. We got to fix it. We always had to fix it. We got to fix it.

DL John Franklin-Myers

On if the calls during the game were surprising…

I mean, nothing surprises me, honestly. It is what it is. Those guys get paid to do a job. Who am I to question them doing their job. That’s just part of it. I don’t want anyone questioning me doing my job especially the refs telling me how to it and I haven’t been to ref school, so I don’t know what the hell they’re supposed to be calling. It is what it is. We play the call that’s called and if they call that, then that’s what it is.

On the keys to holding the Falcons offense to 90 rushing yards…

Just getting off the ball and playing physical. Understanding the team wants to come and run the ball and wants to be physical. That’s what we like to do. We like to be physical, play violent, play with effort. So, between physicality and effort I think that’s what changes the game.

On the defense not letting the external issues get them frustrated…

I just spoke about it, but with us, our standards are our standards. So, whether they score 45 points or zero points, we got to go out there and put product on the field. We’re proud about it that we can leave this building and look in the mirror and be happy about it. You turn the tape on, you’re going to see a dominant defense, play in and play out. Obviously wasn’t dominant enough. We put up the points we did, and we didn’t win the game. So, we could say we’re worried about offense, or other team defense, but that defense helped them get points. We want to do better.

LB C.J. Mosley

On what his message to the team going forward is…

I’m not sure honestly. I can only speak for my room and our defense. Our message for this week was control what we can control and that’s defense and special teams, and I felt like the guys that were on the field that were on defense and special teams did the job that they had to do. The result is what it was. Not much you can do about it. There’s always going to be ways that we can correct ourselves as a defense, individually. You can always point out the penalties, getting off the field when we need to. That’s all we can control, so just have to keep pushing, keep working.

On how he handles the fact that the same things that held them back last year are holding them back this year…

It’s out of my control. I can’t do anything but have the right mindset and come to work and do what I have to do and play the right way on and off the field. When it’s time to work out, it’s going to work out. Every single year it feels like this is the time, this is the push, but so far, that hasn’t been the issue for us, so we just have to keep coming to work. My job is to be a defensive captain, a captain for this team, so mindset will never change, no matter what the result is, and my mindset as a defensive player will never change, and the way I play the game will never change no matter what the score is.

On if it’s exhausting…

I’m going to say no. It can get annoying, we’re human, you’re going to be upset, you’re going to be mad, you’re going to be mad at yourself, you’re going to wish you could take a play back, but I really believe I’m here and I’m a New York Jet for a reason. I really believe we have the right people. If you have enough of the right people doing the right things, that’s just going to trickle down the whole facility, upstairs and downstairs, so all I can do is keep believing and keep coming to work, and when that switch finally switches, it’s going to be all worth it.

CB D.J. Reed

On the team’s record…

Yeah, for sure. We were 3-3 in the bye. Two game win-streak, it definitely is a shocker to say the least, especially with all the work we put in day-in and day-out. It is frustrating, I’m not going to lie to you, but we got the right group of men. We’re going to keep working and right now we’re going to focus on the Texans, that’s our challenge next week.

On his thoughts of the losing streak after beating the Eagles…

Me and Sauce, we don’t need to play (Laughter). We didn’t play, that’s the key. I’m just joking. No, but seriously, yeah, it definitely looked like we were going places. Like I said, all we can do is control what we can control, take it day by day, and that’s the only way I feel like I know how to live. Just taking it day by day and preparing like it’s a championship week, like it’s a Super Bowl.

On only allowing one reception to a receiver…

I definitely thought we played great defensively. Obviously, we got to get the ball. We didn’t have any turnovers, so that’s definitely an emphasis. We had a couple calls. I had mine that got called back which was unfortunate. Cordarrelle Patterson knocked it out which was smart by him. So, I wouldn’t say we got a turnover, we got a safety. I wouldn’t consider that a turnover, but talking about in the field of play, but we definitely pride ourselves in getting the ball, so we have to figure out ways to get the ball more.

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