Jets Postgame Quotes (Week Three)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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Opening statement…

Real quick, two guys didn’t finish. George (Fant) is dealing with knee. Quincy (Williams) with an ankle. Both will be reevaluated tomorrow.

On what he could have done to help the offense convert their field goals into touchdowns…

You have all those third-down opportunities. Those are the ones you have to find a way to convert just to keep drives alive. Credit to those guys (Bengals) – they did a good job getting off the field. We could not convert third downs in crunch time to get those points whereas those guys, in the first half, were able to convert third downs into points.

On how frustrating it is making the same mistakes…

It’s frustrating. It’s part of everything that I keep telling you guys about. It is frustrating, but any time you turn the ball over four times and only one takeaway, you’re never going to win a football game. We had opportunities in the second half to try to change momentum and they tried to help us with momentum – going for it on fourth down and missing a field goal – and we just have to be able to take advantage of those. It just wasn’t clicking. You had the personal foul penalty that negates what should be a touchdown drive. It wasn’t good.

On the personal foul penalty accessed to Jets WR Corey Davis…

Two guys jawing back and forth. (You have to) keep your hands down and nothing would have happened, but I think because he grabbed the other players helmet, that drew the penalty. It’s two guys jawing at each other, and he has to be smarter.

On if its more frustrating because some of the mistakes are being made by veterans…

Our vets made critical mistakes at critical times. JFM (John Franklin-Myers) had the critical third down foul which, ticky-tack or not, he just doesn’t have to. And then Corey with the penalty he had. It has to get fixed.

On the Bengals first drive of the game…

They did a good job. They came out (throwing). Still had a chance on third-and-goal from a pretty long distance. We had a chance to get off the field and he’s (Burrow) able to get out of the pocket and find somebody at the goal line who scores a touchdown. We still had our opportunities. Same thing – we had three third downs on that drive and couldn’t get off the field. That was the story of the first. On the second drive, we got the turnover. Third drive, same thing. We get that third down opp from JFM, get a couple more third down opps that we just don’t get off the field. Their third touchdown, same thing. There was a third down opp after the turnover where we couldn’t get off the field. We have to figure out our third down defense.

On if Jordan (Whitehead) has to know better than to go for the big hit on Bengals WR Tyler Boyd…

He’s got to wrap up. You can big hit and wrap up at the same time. He knows that.

On the play of Jets QB Joe Flacco…

He didn’t get much protection. Up and down, it’s no different than Baltimore. I’m sure there’s a lot of plays that he wants back. I’m sure he’ll say himself that it wasn’t quite good enough.

On if he considered making a chance to Jets QB Mike White…

No.

On the play of Jets QB Sauce Gardner against Ja’Marr Chase…

I thought he did a good job. They tried him a couple of times early. They got one of them. He was in really good position. He just has to go find it. If quarterbacks keep trying (him), he’s going to find it. I was really pumped with the way he played, especially early.

On if he expects Jets QB Zach Wilson to be cleared for next week’s game…

We’ll evaluate it all tomorrow. Expecting, but again, until the doctors say so, I’m going to just say that he’s being evaluated.

On if he was disappointed in the Jets pass rush…

I was disappointed that we allowed him to get out of the pocket when he did. We were surrounding him and he found a way to slip out a couple of times in that first half to create off-schedule opportunities for himself and for his team. Good job by him to stay alive, but those are the ones we have to finish, when his head goes down, find a way to get off a block and make a play. It could have been a very disruptive day from the defense if we could have just finish off those third downs that we didn’t finish.

On what happened on the sidelines with Jets DL Quinnen Williams and DL coach Aaron Whitecotton…

It was after we sent a pressure which led to the 56-yard touchdown. Quinnen is a competitor and was challenging for a four-man rush. He just wanted to rush four so he would have an opportunity to win his one-on-one. I love the fire. I love all of it. Obviously, we don’t need them to go jawing at each other, but he is being competitive, so he was fine.

(follow-up) On the play in question involving Quinnen Williams…

Quinnen wanted a four-man rush. He was challenging us as coaches to give him his four-man rush so he could move into one-on-one which, deservedly, he’s not wrong. He’s fine.

On if the injury to Fant is what he has been dealing with…

Yeah.

On Quincy’s injury looking serious and if he believes its season-ending…

I’m not sure. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow. I just know that, as of now, it’s an ankle.

On Jets RB Breece Hall’s involvement in the passing game…

He’s really good in the pass game. We need to find some more opportunities for him. He’s a dynamic back. Just get the ball into his hands somehow and he can make something happen.

Joe Flacco

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On not getting things going early…

Well, I thought we had a couple of opportunities early. They tried to come out and plan man against us a little bit of times. We hit Garrett (Wilson) across the middle of the field. We had Breece (Hall). We just had to settle for field goals early on in that game. I think it was the second quarter that we kind of just stalled out a little bit. They started mixing things up on us. You’ve got to give some credit to them (for) just kind of making it difficult. From then, yeah, shoot, it’s a two-score game. So, obviously it wasn’t going great for us, but it’s a two-score game and we gave ourselves opportunities getting down in there, we kind of stalled out and didn’t capitalize on any of it.

On the offense stalling with Wilson going out…

Yeah, I tried not to think about it. You could tell it was his ribs. I was hoping that it was nothing crazy, just kind of got the wind knocked out of him, so we’ll see what ended up going on there, but I’m not sure how much guys thought about that once he was kind of off the field. You’re so in the zone at that point when you’re on the field and you’re going through a drive, you don’t really have time to think about it.

On veteran mistakes…

Yeah, listen, any time you lose a football game and you’re not able to get going as much as you want to it’s tough. So, I think just as any football game goes, you have to look yourself in the mirror and make sure you’re doing all you can to pull the team forward. At the same time, you don’t want to press and try to do too much and do other people’s jobs. I think the message from veterans, because we’ve been through so many different football games, is that it’s just about doing your job and being there for the guy next to you and as long as we all do that together, that’s when it works well. So, that’s what I would say.

On hearing boos…

Well, listen, when you’re not winning football games and you’re losing and you’re struggling a little bit, fans want you to go out there and win football games. They’re here to watch football but they’re here to watch their team win. So, you get the frustration, but at the same time, like I said, it’s a two-score game and if we put one in the end zone there…we have more important things to worry about than listening to that stuff. It’s our job to go play football and that kind of stuff, it’s going to happen here and there.

On the one-dimensional run-pass ratio…

Yeah, obviously, it’s tough to talk about, the one dimension of it, and things like that. You want to be able to run the ball, but when you run the ball you want to be able to make sure that you’re getting chunks, and I think in the second half when we did start getting into some of those drives, we were getting a little more movement in the running game and doing some of those things. In the first half, I think we would want to get a little more out of that so we could kind of get into the flow of the game a little more and put some pressure on those guys with our run game and our pass game combo as opposed to having to drop back and do those kinds of things as much as we have been.

On what happened on the first interception…

I probably got greedy. I was trying to force the ball down the middle of the field. They played Tampa Two, I thought I could get it over that guy and just be able to get it in. The safety was obviously over top Braxton (Berrios) too by the time the ball got there. So, like I said, it was third and, what 11, something like that? I think I just probably got a little bit too greedy and probably just should have just continued what I normally do which is move on down the field and end up maybe checking it down, live to fight another day and a lot of the times on those check downs guys end up getting first downs, you never know. That’s what I would say.

On if he expects to start this week…

Well, we’ll see. Maybe you guys know more than I do. So, I’m just going to keep my head down and keep working and keep doing all I can to do for this team, whatever that may be.

Corey Davis

On how he feels about the penalty he caused…

It hurts, it’s not like I did it on purpose, I just lost my cool. I know I can’t let that happen.

On falling back into a loss after the win last week…

I think it’s highs and lows. One week you’re up, one week you’re down, you know that’s how it is, it’s any given Sunday. Win or lose we got work to do next week, so we got to get ready for Pittsburgh.

John Franklin-Myers

On taking us through the penalty….

Honestly, I thought I got there in time. I didn’t finish him by any means. Again, even Joe (Flacco) was like, what? Like surprised that they called that. It was just, I mean, it is what it is, hindsight is 20-20. I could’ve not touched him at all. I could’ve tried to stay off the ground. He was falling on the ground already, but just a mistake on my part and I have to do better in that sense.

On what contributed to the late start defensively….

I honestly don’t know. I think we have to take it to the film to kind of figure it out, but we do like the way we finished the game because we kind of settled in.

On it looking like he was trying to avoid Joe Burrow as they were both falling….

Exactly, that’s why I was like I can’t believe they called that, but it is what it is. I have to be better about it and it’s completely my fault and I will be better.

Sauce Gardner

On if he felt like he could build off anything after getting targeted early in the game…

No, I didn’t feel like I was struggling, you know what I’m saying? I feel like I did what I had to do. They get paid too, so the one little play Tee (Tee Higgins) had, it was a decent play. Coaches already knew he was pushing me off which he was, but that isn’t an excuse, he gets paid, that’s what they do, so yeah, just besides that play, I feel like I did what I had to do.

On his snow angel celebration…

I don’t know what made me do that, it’s not even snowing outside, but it was just something I naturally did. I’m not a big celebrator like in terms of doing dances and stuff like that, I’ll just be jumping around, something just made me do that. I don’t know what it was, but it just happened.

On how tough it was facing the Bengals WR trio…

It wasn’t really tough to me and I don’t think it was tough for the rest of the secondary. I was just thinking about going against Ja’Marr Chase the whole time. Everybody says he’s the best, that’s what I was ready for, he didn’t have any catches, so I feel like I did what I had to do, but it’s not about me, it’s about the team, so we have to be able to do what we have to do as a collective team. We have to be able to communicate and execute on defense.

Quinnen Williams

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On the discussion he had with Coach Aaron Whitehead on the sideline…

In the game, you just get heated. It’s one of those real shouting matches, like everybody making a scene. I love my coach man; my coach loves me. We are competitive like that, we got dogs in our room, all of them, and everybody in the staff knows, everybody in the organization knows, and I just trust my d-line and trust the d-line so much that put it on our back to win this game. That came out of me to just challenge my d-line coach like, “Put it on my back coach, you know what we’ve got in this room, four-man rush, we don’t need all this extra blitz and stuff like that. Let’s put it on our backs and let’s go out there and rush.” I feel like once they did get settled and we started the four-man rush, the whole defense got settled. We were hitting the quarterback, getting to him, getting sacks and different stuff like that.

On how hard it was seeing his brother, Quincy Williams, get injured…

It was hard, but I know he’s strong. I know God’s got him and different stuff like that.

On being there and talking to Quincy…

I talked to him, I talked to him to make sure he’s in good spirits and different stuff like that. I didn’t really talk to him about the injury or nothing like that. I just wanted to get him laughing and just talking about, like on the play that he did get injured, that was an amazing tackle first and foremost. It went to fourth and one and we stopped them on that fourth and one. So, I was just laughing with him and joking with him like, ‘We stopped them because of you,’ different stuff like that. Just making sure he’s in good spirits, because I broke my foot before and I’ve been there, down and having guys come to talk to me and guys come and make sure I’m in good spirits, stuff like that. Whatever he’s got going on, I know that God’s got him.

DJ Reed

On if the miscommunications are happening because the defense is still getting to know each other…

I would say a little bit of both. I would say we have to communicate more. I think we’re not communicating enough, we’re not overcommunicating, it’s loud out there and I think that starts at practice just being extra loud because when we’re on the field, sometimes somebody can say something to you and you can’t hear it, but we have to look at each other, we have to have hand signals, we have to communicate so stuff like that doesn’t happen, not just on the backend, but the linebackers, we all work together we all have to be on the same page and right now, we’re not doing that and feel like we’re not overcommunicating.

On if it’s still early enough for the defense to gain chemistry and start communicating more…

Absolutely. I think we have to like I said overexaggerate. It even may be a pain in the butt to be screaming out it at practice, but we have to do that so in a game we can be able to hear each other because right now we’re not communicating loud enough to hear each other.

 

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