Jets Postgame Quotes (Week Fifteen)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On what happened on the fourth quarter touchdown…

Just give up some eye discipline in man coverage.

 

On not calling a timeout earlier in the offense’s final drive…

I’ll look back at it. With three timeouts, I feel like anything in bounds, obviously, you can be aggressive, just trying to save as many timeouts as I can. I can probably look back at it and say we could’ve used one, for sure, but at the same time, when you have three timeouts, time is not an issue whether you use one there or not. But, yeah, I could always, in hindsight for me, call a timeout to settle the guys down. But, as far as from a time standpoint, you still have plenty of time with three timeouts.

 

On Zach Wilson’s performance…

Ebbs and flows of the game. I thought he had a really good first half. Third quarter, hit some adversity, and then I thought he finished strong, gave us a chance to kick a game-tying kick. But unfortunately it didn’t work out.

 

On why the running game didn’t get going…

We’ll watch the tape. Obviously, we’re just not running the ball very well just from a physicality standpoint, mentality standpoint, all of it, we’ve just got to get better.

 

On the defense…

(Detroit is) one of the hottest offenses in football. They’ve got one of the best o-lines in football. I thought our defense did a really nice job for three quarters and 13 minutes. We knew they were going to get yards. We knew they were going to get their opportunities. They’ve been doing it all year. I think they’re a top-five offense for a reason.

 

On who should have been covering Brock Wright on the final touchdown…

I’m not going to get into the details on that one.

 

On if he saw Wilson’s fundamentals improve…

I thought he played well. Like I said, there’s ebbs and flows of the game. There are always going to be things we can nit-pick at, but he moved the ball, created explosive plays. Obviously, we’re going to watch the tape. Everybody can get better from a technique standpoint, not just him. Hopefully that answers your question.

 

On how backbreaking it is when the defense gives up big plays…

It’s backbreaking because we give it up, right? But we’re in the position we are because I think our defense plays its tail off and it’s a back-and-forth game. It’s the NFL, you’re going to have ebbs and flows. From a defensive standpoint, you want to pride yourself on being able to close the game out right there. We had our opportunity on a fourth-and-inch. They threw the ball and there’s no reason for that play to happen, but good for them.

 

On if it takes a certain type of mentality to close out close games in December…

For sure, whether it’s December, September, doesn’t matter. To close another team out in this league is hard, it’s hard to do, especially when you’re playing teams that are playing at the level that Detroit and Minnesota and Buffalo are, the last three teams that we’ve played. They’re playing at a very high level. To close people out, it’s hard. They’re not just going to lay down for you. But we had our opportunities all game, and we missed it.

 

On getting C.J. Uzomah involved…

I thought he played well. Again, we created a lot of explosive plays. We had our opportunities. We had our opportunities for more. They deserve credit too. They forced some mistakes on our part. But I thought he played well.

 

On his message to the team…

Everyone knows that we’ve got to win out. But we’ve got a quick turnaround. We’ve got a Thursday Night game. We’ve got Jacksonville coming to town. They’re another high-octane offense. I think they’re in overtime right now. They won? They’re feeling good about themselves.

 

 

On who will start at quarterback on Thursday…

I have no medical details. I have nothing to give you.

 

On injuries…

Quinnen (Williams), he couldn’t go. As far as (Lamarcus) Joyner, he’s been dealing with a hip and it just wasn’t feeling right on Friday and it just led into the game, thought maybe we could take a couple days and get it back. It just wasn’t feeling right. And then (Denzel) Mims is in the concussions protocol and Jeff Smith is dealing with a knee.

 

On if they will have a different strategy against Jacksonville…

No, everything stays the same. Mentally, everything is the same.

 

On if Mike White will start if healthy…

Again, I don’t know if I’m prepared to answer that question right now.

 

On if Quinnen Williams could start Thursday…

He’s got a chance for Thursday, but, again, we’ll see. He’s got a couple of hurdles he’s got to clear.

Zach Wilson

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On how he thought he played overall…

I got to be better, man. I think you guys saw it, we had explosive plays offensively, but it’s the first and second down, just staying ahead of the sticks. I can think of a number of plays I left out there. You got to look at it like a learning process, just trying to keep improving every single week and that’s the goal.

 

On what changed at halftime…

Yeah, just the ups and downs of football. In that moment of going out there and throwing a bad interception, I gave up three points, I put our defense in a bad situation there and you see how those three points come back to bite us in the end. I have to take care of the football, but the mindset after that is, ‘OK, move on. It is what it is, it happened. How can I rebound from this?’ You have to be able to move on in this League, and I thought the guys around me did an amazing job of just, they kept fighting, they kept going and the defense put us in a good position to get some drives going.

 

On what happened on the interception in the beginning of the third quarter…

Bad decision. I was trying to locate Garrett (Wilson) across the middle, I had (Elijah) E. Moore on the outside, floated one, the corner did a good job of coming back and getting it. But I forced it, I shouldn’t have thrown it.

 

On if it felt good to lead the team to attempt a field goal at the end of the game…

I mean, you go into the drive and you know it’s a challenge, we have three timeouts with a 1:50, 1:59 I think it was, and it’s tough. I feel like that’s more than enough time and I expect us to go down there and score and I think there’s going to be some of that two-minute that I’m going to want back. How can I just stay poised in that pocket and be able to quickly just say, ‘What am I getting? How can I step up and work this pocket?’ It’s going to be one that I’m going to go back and re-watch and learn from those experiences. I’m going to want some of those plays back and Z’s (Greg Zuerlein) obviously a hell of a kicker, but that’s not on him, we have to put him in a better situation there. With one second left, I think we had an opportunity to go down there and score, and we didn’t get it done.

 

On if he was surprised a timeout wasn’t called earlier during the final series…

No. I mean, to be honest with you guys, so much is going on I have no idea when timeouts are coming, when they’re not. My job out there is we’re rolling until someone tells me that the clock has stopped, so going as quickly as possible until we can’t.

 

On if he felt like the break benefitted him…

Yeah, I think the biggest thing I learned is that you just have to be able to move on. I miss a throw, have a bad interception, you got to move on. You got to for the guys around you, you just have to say, ‘Alright, next play.’ It’s a learning experience, I learned from that one, I have to get better right here and put my guys in the best position I can.

 

On if it was hard to get in a rhythm early in the game…

I don’t know if it’s hard. I mean of course when you haven’t played you’re just anxious to get out there and you want to get going. We had some big plays, but like I said, I have to be more consistent on just the first and second-down plays.

 

On if he thinks the next step for his advancement is finding more ways to be consistent in between plays like the two rollouts…

Yeah, I think it goes back to, we just had some big plays in general. I think (Mike) LaFleur did a great job setting me up outside the pocket and obviously Garrett doing a great job going up and getting some of those. Every play is kind of looked at separately, so for me, it’s just going back to those in the pocket ones, even if it’s a conceded down almost where it’s third-and-20 and I have an incompletion to (Tyler) Conklin, can’t have that. Play the field position, get everyone a good ball, get G (Garrett Wilson) a good ball on the inside one, protect the football and we play the field position. Trust in our defense, those guys do an amazing job on that side of the ball, so we have to trust those guys.

 

On if the team feels like the margin of error is gone for playoff chances…

I think this team does an amazing job of thinking of it as a one play, one game at a time mentality. We’re going to go out there and we’re going to give it our all whether we don’t have a single loss right now or we do, or we’re on the edge of the playoffs or not, whatever it is, this team is going to approach it the exact same way. We have resilient guys in there that are going to go out there, they’re going to battle every single play like you saw there at the end, they’re never going to quit, and we’ll be ready for Thursday.

 

On if he thinks he played well enough to deserve another start…

No, I think that’s not up to me. For me, I think it comes back to how can I watch this film, how can I improve and can I keep trying to put our offense in the best situation to win and I didn’t do that today.

 

On if he thinks he showed tangible improvements from a few weeks ago…

I mean, I think the way we look at it as an offense, is we’re going to go back and watch the film and we’re going to watch each individual play and we’re going to judge each play on how it went. There was good, there was bad, but essentially there’s a lot to learn from. I have a lot of plays I want back, so until I can correct those and make the easy ones, I have to keep learning and trying to improve.

 

On his biggest takeaway from his performance this game…

I think it goes down to we had some explosives, but we have to put drives together. I think at one point I saw we had nine completions for a crap ton of yards, which is great, explosives will win you games, but you have to be able to pick apart a defense and sustain drives, be ahead of the sticks, get that completion on first down to play well on second down and be in a manageable third down. That’s my job as a quarterback, how can I put our offense in a manageable third-and-short situation.

C.J. Mosley

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On what happened on the 4th and 1 play…

They ran what you call a leak play, with a cover 1. Tight end got out, from what I saw, he made a play. Felt like we played really good the whole game, (it) sucks really bad that one play changed the whole game, but that’s just how it works. We got to execute (in) every phase, (and) every down so, we didn’t execute that play and they got a touchdown off of it.

 

On if Brock Wright was the last person they were expecting to make the play…

I mean it wasn’t a particular guy that we were looking for. They just drew up the right play at the right time. Kudos to them for that one.

 

On the lack of takeaways the last three weeks…

I mean it’s a little bit of both. Teams been running the ball pretty good, once you get later in the season, it starts getting colder people are going to run the ball more. They did a really good job with (Jared) Goff getting the ball out fast, so I mean it wasn’t really a lot of opportunities in the area in the backend that much. They threw a few and you know DJ (Reed) made some great plays, MC (Michael Carter II) made some great plays. You know a few tips and overthrows, so we got to get those as we say. But we just got to play, when they come they come, we try to fight for the ball, try to punch the ball out, those things. Just hasn’t happened in a few weeks, doesn’t mean that we definitely not trying but it’s just how it’s been going the past few weeks.

 

Sheldon Rankins

On how he felt about the game…

Missed opportunities, we got to find a way to come up with certain plays and certain situations to help this team to be able to come out on top and we’ll get it figured out but it’s definitely a tough one today.

 

On the last touchdown play…

Yeah, it’s a fourth and one situation. We’re whole heartedly, we’re playing for sneak you know fourth and one they’ve shown on tape to go for it in situations like that, so playing for that and I kind of alluded to it earlier, honestly much rather a team just methodically be able to go down the field on every yard, you know if they beat you that way then you can tip your hat off to it, but to give up that play in that situation, we got to be better, running the back end. I wish I had a better answer, I wish I had something that sounded great, something that sounded super well thought out, great for you guys to type out an article but I really don’t, it’s just a tough one to have to lose one like that and give up a play like that in that situation. But we got three more and then we just got to be able to rebound from that end and get back on track.

 

On the urgency of trying to make it to the playoffs…

Absolutely, the sense of urgency is definitely high. We’re not idiots, we understand the way things shake out as far as the play off standings and different things like that go, so  we understand that these three games are extremely crucial going forward but you got to worry about one at a time and we’ll review this one, we’ll get this one corrected and then you know, short week onto Jacksonville, got to be able to get a win at home on Thursday.

 

D.J. Reed

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On the last defensive play…

Yeah, like credit to their OC, their head coach, whoever calls their plays. They gave the ball to the tight end, who normally doesn’t get the ball in those situations. We’re playing aggressive defense because it’s fourth and one, you have to play aggressive and if we stop the run we win the game. We blocked whoever we blocked for about one to two seconds, which, you know if you see somebody, you seen a man blocked you’re going to naturally trade it for the run and he kind of just squared out the opposite side of the field and was wide open, and they ran deeper, the receivers ran deeper developing routes on the other side of the field, so once he caught the ball everybody else was on the other side of the field. So, he had obviously a big lane to run through and unfortunately you know he scored. Obviously we’re all devastated but give credit where it’s due, that was a good play, but as a defense we put that on us because we want to be in those situations, we’re the top defense in the NFL so we put that on us, put that on our chest, take that to the chin. And obviously we’re going to watch the tape and learn from it, but we got to give credit to them for that play.

 

On how D.J. would assess the defense today…

Without that last moment I thought we played great, but they out executed us when it was time to execute and, in the game, you got to be your best, that’s what our coaches always say and I just felt like all together, offense, defense, special teams today we didn’t play complimentary football. In the NFL you have to play together, you have to work together, and I feel like we didn’t do that this game.

 

On if they had seen that play in film when scouting them…

Not from our film study, unless you can show me that play, I know that number eight is their guy on fourth and one where he gets the ball in those situations. That’s where he likes his money, that’s his bread and butter. Like fourth and one he’ll act like he’s blocking but he’s a receiver, so I was anticipating a receiver doing that, I wasn’t anticipating a tight end doing that, I don’t think anybody was, so, like I said, you’ve got to give credit to them for doing that play.

 

C.J. Uzomah

On how he views his performance this week…

Yeah, I’m just being honest, it doesn’t matter because we lost. So all that, two touchdowns kind of gets zapped just because we lost, and the way that we lost it kind of sucks. Yeah.

 

On how Zach Wilson performed and handled himself…

Yeah, he was good. I think, man it’s crazy, I don’t want to say too much but like it’s crazy because everything is going to fall on him. Everything is going to fall on Greg (Zuerlein), and shoot you guys were interviewing Greg, people wanted him up there and I’m like why the heck is Greg up there? Greg is like a franchise leader in kicks, and the quarterback is always going to get the brunt of it, and he knows that. But on the sideline, we’re looking at these still frames and I’m like damn I could’ve done this, and I hear somebody else say damn I could’ve done this. It’s like alright well an accumulation of us, we just didn’t execute. And so I think he did well, I think he played well, I think as an execution standpoint, from all of us through everyone that played on offense, we didn’t get the job done, we didn’t play well enough. When we watch film, we’re definitely going to see that we left a lot of plays out there.

 

On the missed opportunities in the last few weeks…

Yeah, we’re just not executing, we’re not. Like explosive plays, whatever, it’s like we had a two-yard run and we’re looking at it and we’re like well that should’ve been an explosive, that could’ve been a touchdown, should’ve been a touchdown. So yeah, when I said like we’re not executing, it’s that, it’s just that. It’s we have opps out there to not get two, three, four, five yards, to break a 20, 30, whatever. You get it back on the secondary, I’m taking our backs all day, so yeah that’s from an execution standpoint, that’s the way I’m looking at it.

 

Garrett Wilson

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On the emotion he shared with Zach (Wilson) after the game…

We felt like we left one out there. It was more just hugging each other and telling each other that we got to bounce back. That this is what it is, we just left one on the field and didn’t play the way we wanted to, but we got to bounce back. We got each other’s back regardless. Regardless of what goes on, we got each other’s back and that’s really what that was.

 

On Zach’s play today…

That boy battled and anytime you come into a game and see the speed of the game, you know when you’re getting man coverage and like you said, you haven’t been in that position in three weeks, it’s going to be tough on you. I thought he handled it really well. He showed a lot of perseverance, especially at the end of the game. Making some of the throws he did and setting in there, it gave us a chance to win the game and that’s all you can ask for. You give us a great chance to win the game. We definitely, all of us, feel like we left some plays out there and that’s just the reality of it. They’re a good team and they had no way to stop it. So, I thought he played well.

 

On if today felt like a missed opportunity…

For sure. We started 5-2 and now we 7-7. There’s been a lot of missed opportunities throughout this season and hopefully we can look back on it and be in the playoffs and feel a little better about it, but we have to earn that. Up to this point, we haven’t earned that and we got to. Like I said, we started fast and none of that matters. Finish the way you’re supposed to.

 

Greg Zuerlein

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On his range per game on that side…

You know there’s always a lot of wiggle room, so I don’t think there’s any blame to be passed. I should’ve made the kick, no matter the distance. I didn’t hit it well and that’s life.

 

On if he knows as soon as it comes off his foot if he hit it well or not…

Oh, yeah. I mean sometimes you can hit it bad if you’re close and you can get lucky but most of the time I’ll know whether it’s good or not as soon as I kick it.

 

On if he usually warms up for his kicks…

Not really, I just move around until I feel comfortable and warm and it’s just whatever from there and in a situation like that, you’re going to kick it no matter how far or close you are. You just got to go out there and make the kick.

 

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