Jets Postgame Quotes (Week 16)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On the game being a tale of two halves and the play of Jets RB Breece Hall…
Breece was awesome today, both in the run game and the pass game. Had a chance to blow it open even more, we just let some things get away from us in the second half that kept us from getting in a good four-minute offense where we could run the ball.

On his emotions when Washington took the lead late in the game…
Just keep composure. Still felt like we’d go down and score. It’s unfortunate the way the second half came around. We have a chance to go up 34, possibly 30-7. They get the turnover. Jacoby Brissett comes in. He did a great job sparking their offense and getting them going. Overall, it was a resilient (effort). It was a fight. We were resilient. Obviously, we made the second half more interesting than it needed to be. Credit to the guys, defense getting the ball back in a four-minute situation. Offense taking the ball down and kicking a field goal for the win.

On if the Jets took their foot off the gas up 20 points…
No, it’s not that. We got the turnover. We’re right there getting ready to go score. Give their linebacker credit (Cody Barton), he jumped a quick gain and intercepted the ball. Then, Jacoby Brissett came in and sparks their offense. It wasn’t necessarily complacency or anything. Momentum shifted and we couldn’t grab it.

On the reassurance of having a kicker like Greg Zuerlein…
He’s arguably one of the better kickers in the league. It was almost as if there was no chance he was going to miss that ball. He’s been in that situation so much in his life.

On where he felt they needed to get the ball for Zuerlein…
We were good at the 38, where the ball was the play before. I thought Trev (Trevor Siemian) did a good job getting him five extra yards.

On what was missing from Hall’s game and what he saw today…
It’s not necessarily so much him. Just all of us, starting with the coaching all the way down just with regards to consistency, guys in and out of the lineup. From a coaching standpoint, putting ourselves in position to be successful, be a little more patient if we have to. Finding ways to get him the ball. I thought we did that today. We were deliberate in trying to get him and Garrett (Wilson) the ball. That’s about it. Just getting the ball in space.

On the play of Trevor Siemian…
I thought he did a good job. He did a good job commanding the offense, getting the ball in and out of the huddle, taking what the defense gave him. Getting the ball in and out of his hands quick. There’s going to be a couple of plays he’s going to want back, but overall it was OK.

On how happy he was with the Jets start to the game…
It was awesome. Defensively, got a few stops. Get a punt block and an interception. There were a lot of positives to take out of the entire first half. Even coming out of the locker room, get another takeaway. Offensively, we get another takeaway and had a chance to really blow the doors open and put it to sleep. The interception led to a momentum shift. Jacoby Brissett came in and did a really nice job. We were able to finish.

On the play calling of Jets OC Nathanial Hackett and featuring Wilson and Hall today…
I thought all of them did a great job. There was a good mixture of screens, reverses. One blew up in our face, but at least we giving it a shot. Getting the ball to our playmakers. I thought he did a really nice job.

On his thoughts and emotions on returning as Jets head coach in 2024…
I am always appreciative to get Woody (Johnson’s) support. There are a lot of things that we look back at from the season, a lot of things we know we can do a lot better. A lot of things that we have learned from. We have two more games to finish. With ’24 looming, there will be a lot of excitement to go attack this thing again.

On if Woody Johnson shared those sentiments with him…
Yes. It wasn’t surprising.

On what makes him confident that he can get the Jets turned around…
It’s just one of those deals where, obviously I can sit here and give you reasons why I think I’m the right coach. At the same time, there’s going to be a lot of things that I need to reflect on, acknowledge, and get better at. Not just with myself, but globally. And use this offseason to make sure we’re attacking it in a way that gets us toward the goal that we all believe we can get to, which is a championship.

On what those reasons are…
We can talk about that in the offseason.

On injuries…
(Jeremy) Ruckert has a concussion. He is in protocol.

QB Trevor Siemian

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On what he was thinking on the last drive…

Yeah, I think the 35 was kind of the number that we were trying to get to, but certainly with Greg (Zuerlein) gives you a lot of confidence in the back of your head that we can get close and he’ll give us a chance. So, I think Greg’s one of the best. He’s an even better dude. But yeah, just had to string a couple plays together and found a way.

On what the game was like for him…

Oh man, it was (expletive) fun. It was fun, it wasn’t fun, then it was fun again. But yeah, it’s a blast competing. I wish we would’ve played better; I wish I would’ve played better in the third and fourth quarter. But there’s nothing like it. I mean, competing and playing and finding a way, it’s not always pretty, but finding a way to win is special in this league and those moments in the locker room are the best.

On what stalled in the second half…

Yeah, I think I missed a few throws. We had a couple short fields in the first half thanks to our defense. Just one of those things, fell out of sync for a little bit there. I’m looking forward to watching the tape and seeing what we could’ve done better.

On the interception…

Yeah, starting with G (Garrett Wilson) and wanted to get him the ball and was just late coming back to the other side of the field. You just can’t, I know better, you can’t turn the ball over down there, so you’ve got to find a way to protect it.

On how desperate the last drive was…

Very desperate. That was it, so thankfully our defense got us a three-and-out the drive before because if they get a first down the game’s over there. So, hats off to our defense. They battled, basically gave us 17 points in the first half and then to find a way down there to give us one more chance at it, that’s kind of what they’ve been doing all year.

On what Nathaniel Hackett was like at the end of the game…

Yeah, Hack called an awesome game. A ton of poise. I mean, you’ve got one voice in your head, so you’ve got a lot of crap going on, but you’ve got one voice in your headset, so having somebody that’s got poise that’s walking you through things, giving you enough information but not too much, I can’t tell you how important that is. Hack did a heck of a job, kept me straight the whole way. Yeah, did an awesome job.

On what this win means to him…

It’s fun. Those moments, I think winning the game, winning for your teammates, your coaches, and those hugs, those things, maybe I took for granted early in my career, but there’s nothing like that. It’s a rush. I’m just happy for our guys, happy to be part of the team. Yeah, you always remember these and hold on to these for awhile.

TE Tyler Conklin

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On the emotions in the second half as the lead seemed to start to slip away…

Yeah, it’s obviously not the way you want to finish out a game. A win is a win in this league, obviously they’re hard to come by, but to play the way we did in the first half, and then to kind of put ourselves in that situation in the second half was stressful, frustrating definitely at times, but we found a way to win. Which also means something too, right? To put a two-minute drive together and get down there and give Greg (Zuerlein) a chance, and obviously you know how well Greg can kick the ball, so obviously that was a positive from it, but you don’t want to put yourself in that situation.

On what Breece Hall did…

I was just talking to Trevor (Siemian). Breece and Garrett (Wilson). You get the ball in their hands, and they can turn something into nothing, and that’s huge for us as an offense right now, to be able to check it down to Breece or something and a five-yard catch becomes 20, 30, whatever it is. Obviously, he’s a special player, we know that, and we need him to keep doing that.

On how much he wanted that touchdown in the end zone…

Oh man, I obviously need one, huh? Yeah, just need to get a touchdown, it is what it is.  Plays like that happen all the time, but I do want one, so it’ll come.

RB Breece Hall

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On how he was able to be so effective today…

The coaches were able to get me in good spots to get the ball in space and they stayed with me the whole game. It’s a blessing that they still have faith in me after having a big knee injury and everything and still believe I’m the guy. It means a lot to me.

On how big the hole on the first touchdown was…

It was a perfect play. I kind of knew just from the front they were in and everything, I was like, ‘Ok, this should be.’ I knew it was going to be a good play, I didn’t know if it was going to be a touchdown. It was just cool to see how Hack (Nathaniel Hackett) drew up a perfect play and how we were able to execute it.

On the feeling when the Field Goal went in…

GZ (Greg Zuerlein), he never misses, so I wasn’t suspired at all. Literally as they snapped the ball, I was already walking onto the field ready to shake everybody’s hand, because I knew he was going to make it.

DE Jermaine Johnson

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On the emotions in the second half…

Frustration on the defensive side. That’s not our standard. So, I got to go watch the tape, we all got to watch the tape and figure out what went wrong because that’s not the standard.

On if it felt like they got a lift when Jacoby Brissett entered the game…

Props to Brissett, props to that team. I personally just feel like that was us, that was on us because that’s not our standard. We got to watch film and see what happened.

On if he thought the team had something on the blocked punt..

Actually, we put in a call where I can go block it because I always tell special teams coach (Brant Boyer), ‘Let me go block one.’ Then, he’s like, ‘Okay.’ He sent me a text earlier in the week and he said, ‘Are you ready to block one?’ I said yeah. So, he put that call in and then it was funny because I wasn’t even supposed to be on the field during that. My call didn’t get called for me to block it. There was a miscommunication and someone didn’t come get me off and I was like, oh well, I’ll just stay in and try to block it. Then whatever happened, happened, and then made a play.

WR Garrett Wilson

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On his takeaways from today’s game…

Yeah, it’s kind of been the other way around. It’s more familiar. I feel like when we get to these interviews, it’s like we finished strong, started slow, so we have to figure out how to pull it all together and take it into next season. We have to find a way to get better in these next two games all around, and them bottle it up and next season come out firing.

On what caused the momentum to change…

Yeah, they made good adjustments, Coach Rivera is a good defensive coach and has been doing it for a long time, and I think they made some good adjustments. They got rolling, we made some turnovers that put them right back in the game as far as point swings. It made it tough on our defense, and that’s what happens when you don’t keep your foot on the pedal. We have to finish these things.

On what was going through his mind when Zuerlein was going out to take the game winning kick…

Never a doubt. I don’t feel like he even thinks about it. I think he’s just going out to do another kick. Just from getting to know him and spending time with him the last two years, never a doubt, it’s like ‘alright, let’s get it to the 40 and let’s let GZ do what he does.’

K Greg Zuerlein

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On how he felt leading up to the last drive of the game…

It felt like the same thing as any other drive, really. I just get my kicks into the net and wait for the opportunity.

On what the feeling was like kicking the game winning field goal…

It’s a good feeling, it’s better than the alternative.

On Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas…

It’s awesome, they are a big reason of why I came here, so you would like to see that. I love them both, I think they do a great job. For one way or another things haven’t worked the way we have wanted them to at the start of the season, but we got the win today. I think, going into Christmas, high vibes, everyone can be happy.

 

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