Jets Postgame Quotes (Week 14)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On the Jets playing complementary football…
Really thought the offense came out of the locker room and I felt like we were doing a god job moving the ball in the first half. We weren’t generating points, but we had some opportunities. The second half, I thought Zach (Wilson) probably played the best game of his career. Just the off-schedule stuff, the timing and rhythm and getting the ball out to where it needed to get to. Being aggressive but smart at the same time. I know he had the scramble {which led to a fumble}, but just the aggressiveness to scramble. He’s out there having a good time. He made a lot of things happen that weren’t there, so hats off to him. I thought he was outstanding today. Defensively, I have high regard for C.J (Stroud), who is going to be a really good player in this league. I thought our front end handled it again. I thought our back end was sticky and made it hard for him. And then special teams did their thing.

On Zach Wilson’s comments earlier in the week about being ‘pissed off’ and if he wished he had done it earlier…
(laughs). I don’t know. Everything happens. The timing and reasoning, who knows. Four more of those and we’ll be pretty good.

On being more aggressive on offensive in the second half…
We were able to convert some third downs in the second half that allowed for drives to extend. I thought (Nathaniel) Hackett was aggressive. I thought there was a really good game plan. It was one of those games where all of these beautifully designed plays were not going to be left in the bag. Just let it out. Let the bag loose and see what happens. I thought (Ty) Conklin made a couple of huge third-down conversions, going up and getting the ball. Garrett (Wilson) was outstanding. Xavier Gibson scored. Cobby (Randall Cobb) scored. I thought the protection held up enough. We can be better there, but overall, the combination of staying on the gas, being aggressive, and Zach was unbelievable.

On the play of the Jets offensive line…
They battled. They battled big-time. There are always going to be things that need to be cleaned up, but overall, I thought they did an admirable job.

On the Jets regaining some confidence…
It’s a week-to-week league. Chaos and euphoria. We just have to take it week-to-week. Don’t get too high. Don’t get too low. At the same time, try to capture what it felt like on the field to be aggressive. Capture what it felt like in the booth to call the plays that were being called. Capture what it was on the sideline and try to capitalize not only on that, but just to build off it and continue to find ways to get better. We have four more of these to make the best of it. There are a lot of young guys getting a lot of playing time. For the most part, I thought we were really good, especially in that’s second half.

On how it felt to end the losing streak…
It’s always good to win in the NFL.

On Zach Wilson’s third-down pass to Garrett Wilson on 3-and-1 to set up the Jet second touchdown…
It’s a fine line. I understand the confusion. ‘Let it rip’ is just trust yourself. Don’t be a hero means knowing enough is enough. Being boring is a whole lot of verbiage. I though he had great balance today. He was aggressive but he was smart. Taking the check downs when he could, being calculated with his opportunities. He was outstanding. Hopefully, he can find ways to build off this one.

On what the Jets did defensively to slow down the Texans offense…
Give credit to Brick (Jeff Ulbrich), the staff, the players. I know it hurt them a lot losing Nico (Collins), but I thought our corners were gloving it. Our d-line was getting after it, but we were sound on the back end. Did our best to try and mix up our coverages and took advantage of whether he was a little bit off or not, who knows? I thought our guys were outstanding up front, just applying a lot of pressure. I think we had five sacks on the day, if I’m not mistaken. Just applying pressure and getting him on the ground. Credit to their offensive line. They do a really good job. They have been protecting him very well. I felt like if we could just touch him a few times, it might change it. Credit to the d-line getting after it a little bit.

On the usage of Jets RBs Dalvin Cook and Breece Hall…
Breece is dealing with a few things, so we are just being judicious in how we use him. This is Breece’s team. He’s a star running back. At the same time, we’re just trying to be smart with him.

On the use of Hall in the passing game…
He was great. How many explosives did he have just coming out of the backfield? He had a touchdown. I thought he ran with purpose today. When he runs the way he does, he’s ultra-hard to tackle and ultra-hard to contain. I thought he was gonna break one a couple of times. He another one who was really good today.

On Jets injuries…
He came back in (Joe Tippman). I know Max (Mitchell) is dealing with something. I will have more for you guys tomorrow, but he should be good.

On preparing for Miami next week…
We just saw them a couple of weeks ago, so there’s a lot of learn off. It has to be about us. Just making sure that we take the things that we have been focusing on, especially over the last couple of weeks, and just continuing to find ways to improve and harness and hone-in on the details that make football special. Just finding ways to improve on what we did today.

On if there is a chance Jets QB Aaron Rodgers plays next week…
He is in rehab, so I really don’t have an answer for you on that one. Like I said before, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

QB Zach Wilson

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On what worked in the second half…

I thought we did a lot of good things in the first half, it was just negative plays, eliminating negative plays, and just doing the same thing, being aggressive and getting into the red zone, scoring, doing what we expect to do. So, it was fun to finally get that going.

On if he was having fun…

Always. Winning is always fun and that’s what we want right there. That’s what we want every game to look like.

On how he felt entering the game and if he got the results he expected…

Yeah, we always go in with the expectation to do that, especially as an offense. Our defense has done unbelievable all year, but that’s the goal every week. I thought everyone did a great job of coming together. I thought everyone battled. We played for each other. The love and respect we have in that locker room for one another is unmatched. We all got each others back. Just proud of the guys for showing up and being ready to go today.

On what he liked best about how he played…

I think the word I gave you guys about being aggressively smart is the key, right? It’s taking shots when you feel like there’s an opportunity there and when there’s not how can you protect the ball and check it down. Having a mixture of both.

On if he thought he had the best game of his career…

We’ll go back and watch. Like I said to you guys, the flow of just playing football today was there and I can’t say it’s been like that a lot, unfortunately, in my career here. That’s what we’re searching for right there is just playing ball, just moving the football, just completing passes. That’s what we’re always hunting for. I thought (it was) an unbelievable job by everybody. I thought Hack (Nathaniel Hackett) called a great game as well. But (there are) always things I’m going to want back. I can think of some in the moment, but we’ll watch the film and see.

On the third-down deep completion to Garrett Wilson…

Yeah, I felt the guy get the edge a little bit on that side, so I kind of was just setting him up to get out the back toward there. I originally flipped my hips to look for Allen (Lazard) and I kind of felt the safety right over the top of him and I knew I had the in-cut from Garrett. It’s one of those you don’t really want to throw the ball back across the middle very often, but I thought I had a pretty good look at it being a clean picture, so just be aggressive and taking a shot

On if that play is what he means by being smart but aggressive…

Yeah, I mean, as a coach you’re always like, ‘Don’t throw those.’ And sometimes they go the other way. So, for me, it’s throw it when you believe it’s there, trust in it. Sometimes bad plays are going to happen, but you’re going to have to trust in those and let it rip. It’s part of football.

On if feels he can have more games like this…

Yeah, it’s exciting, but we’ve still got four left. My focus is on the guys and how we can grow from this and how we can keep pushing and stack this win. We’ve got to use it for next week. We need to understand that this is the standard. But we’re going to enjoy this one.

On if taking chances was something he lost…

I don’t think so. Sometimes you have to get a feel with the flow of the game. When you’re constantly moving the ball, you’re hitting the easy ones, it’s easier to make those big plays when you’re making the easy ones. When your offense is pretty stagnant and we’re not doing a lot and then you start pressing and trying to get those big ones, most of the time it becomes bad things. So, you need to get the easy ones first. You need to show that you can move the ball efficiently first and then the other ones will come.

On if the drives in the first half gave him confidence…

Yeah, confidence because we understand that we can move the ball on them. But frustration at the same time because I was in field goal range and got sacked and I know I’ve got to find somewhere to get rid of the ball. Frustration because I thought we had points right there. But yeah, I would say confidence on every drive that we expected to go down and move it.

On how comforting it is to have Breece Hall as a safety valve…

Yeah, unbelievable. That dude’s an absolute stud. I can’t talk about him enough. The amount of times I just look at him like, ‘Hey, be ready, this one’s coming to you.’ You know? ‘Hey, watch out on this right side, I’m going to get it to you quick here if this isn’t there.’ Whatever it is. He does an unbelievable job of understanding what we’re trying to do back there and what a great safety valve. You give it to him for two or three yards, he’ll take it for 40.

On how he was able to not pay attention to external factors…

Yeah, it’s been three years where it’s been challenging, obviously. But I think it’s focusing on the ones that truly matter, keeping my circle right, understanding that the guys that truly matter are the ones in there battling going through it with me. They’ve all got my back so how can I give everything I’ve got? I play this game because I love to compete, I love to play, I love the thrill of making the big throws and winning football games. That’s truly the reason I play this game and it’s exciting when you’re able to do that as a unit. It’s easy to ignore all of the noise when you’re able to go and do that stuff.

On throwing for 300 yards…

Yeah, obviously I think it speaks to how impressive it was as an offense, no doubt. I think Hack called a great game. I thought he was aggressive. I thought he trusted me to make good decisions down the stretch. And then how many of those throws did I just put up and let guys make plays? I think those guys did an unbelievable job of yards after catch or even just going up and making 50-50 plays, especially in the conditions, it was dumping on us out there, but they did a great job of making some of those plays.

TE Tyler Conklin

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On Zach Wilson’s performance today…

I couldn’t be happier for him. After everything he has been through and then to go out here and do what he just did, throw for 300 yards, put up 30 points in the second half, whatever his QB rating was, I am sure it was pretty damn good. I am just really happy for him. He said he was going to come out there and have fun and just enjoy playing football and I feel like he did that.

On if Zach looked different today…

All week he was just excited to go have fun and then prior to the game, he was very locked in and I was kind of confused. He was talking about having fun but now he is really dialed in and he was out there having a good time, so I think whatever he did worked.

On his third down catches…

I love it. I am always telling him, ‘Hey if you need to go somewhere like give me an opportunity, I will go make a play for you’. So I am happy he trusted me in those situations to go make plays for him. So, hopefully they keep coming through these next four games.

RB Breece Hall

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On getting the offense going today…

It was good. It’s been hard all season. We have been having to plug and play the o-line and they couldn’t really get into a groove this season. Just little stuff like that. We finally got to set a foundation today and get going. It was a good confidence booster for everybody on offense.

On Zach Wilson’s performance…

He’s been the same guy the whole season, it’s just sometimes you’re able to make the plays and sometimes you’re not. It’s the game we play. It was good to see him run around today and throw confident. He was taking some risky throws and making them. You know when quarterbacks are doing that, then they’re on. So, it was good to see that for sure.

On the team still thinking about going to the playoffs…

Yeah, we’re just going out every weekend trying to put the best product we can on the field.

CB Sauce Gardner

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On what they did to shut down C.J. Stroud…

We just denied our man. I love our secondary. D.J. (Reed), MC- Michael Carter II, make sure I put the second on there, J White (Jordan Whitehead), and TA (Tony Adams). They’re just competitive, they’re some ballers. I wouldn’t want anyone else back there. And Ashtyn Davis. Ashtyn Davis, he always finds ways to get the ball, so just being able to have those guys around is great, man. I wouldn’t want to go into the game with nobody but them.

On what it is about them that they seem to play the best against the best…

I don’t know. We don’t try to do it intentionally, but that’s just what happens. When you know people have been dominating, it’s like you know they’re coming into the game like ‘we’re going to dominate Sauce, D.J., we’re going to dominate their whole secondary, so naturally, we just step our game up, but it’s not intentional, because we want to play at the same level, regardless of who it is.

On the conversation between who was the best CB in the 2022 draft, him or Derek Stingley Jr., and if there’s any part of him that paid attention to that today…

He’s a good player, he’s a great cornerback. He’s going to be good, but I don’t really think that. Do they even have the same coaching staff? Yeah, so I don’t really think of things like that. That’s not the coaching staff that had to choose between drafting me or Stingley. I just go out there, I love this team. I love the guys in this locker room, so I don’t think like that when I step on the field. I’m going to do what I have to do. Like Coach M (Marquand Manuel) said, ‘everybody put a helmet on, mouthpiece in, then go click clack’. That’s everybody, so I just do my job.

WR Garrett Wilson

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On how Zach Wilson played…

He balled, he balled. Put it all out there, throwing dots in the rain and those things mess with what they were trying to do on offense. As far as what we were trying to do Zach handled it and that is always our goal, handle it better than them and we did. Zach went crazy today, like I said, he has got all the faith in us in the world. It is great to see him and the just hoop.

On getting the ball a lot today…

It is good finding a rhythm on offense, all the sudden when you are in a rhythm like that everything seems easier, the easy plays get made the ones that are 50/50 balls all the sudden go your way. That is just football, the rhythm of the game and how it can go and I feel like we might have felt that today, I feel like we were making the plays we should have made and all the sudden it is going up top on the through twice, the take downs are going for forty, stuff like that, that all plays in, whenever you get away from playing good offense they kind of disappear and when you are in a rhythm and stuff like that. Hopefully we can carry this over next week.

On the first drive of the second half…

Yeah, he is just playing, just playing. He can make that throw nine out of 10 times which you can’t say about a lot of dudes in this League, a lot of people in the world, he is really a special talent and like I said it is all about confidence and he has got that, he’s got that now. I am excited to keep working, I am going to keep working so I can be open for him and I know the rest of the receiver room feels the same, we believe in him and I know he believes in us and we are just going to keep building.

LB Bryce Huff

On finishing the year strong…

I feel good. I feel like we have a process in place. We just keep executing. The offense did a great job on getting things open today. The special team did their thing. We did a good job playing complimentary football.

On the key to being successful defensively…

Full effort in every play. Sticking to our assignments and working together to accomplish what we had going today.

On stopping the Texans from playing well and potential playoff spot…

Yeah, it feels great just to get a win in general. It feels great, but to come out here and face a team that’s really been putting good stuff on film all year. It feels good to beat another team.

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