Jets Postgame Quotes (Week 12)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On the play of the Jets offense…

I thought we played an efficient style of football. We ran the ball well. Mike (White) was efficient with the football. I thought (Mike) LaFleur called a really good game. We pushed the ball down the field when we needed to. We broke tackles in the run game. (The) o-Line strained. Just from an efficiency standpoint, it was really good.

 

On the play of Jets QB Mike White…

He did a great job. He didn’t need to be anybody but Mike White. We didn’t need to turn into ‘The Greatest Show on Turf.’ We just wanted him to play within himself and play efficient. I thought he did that.

 

On throwing for 315 yards and three touchdowns while battling the elements…

He made the easy look easy. I thought he did a really good job of that.

 

On the Jets distribution of the football to 10 different receivers…

That’s kind of our system. We have a lot of really good players that are worthy of the ball. It was good to see Elijah (Moore) get some production. Same thing with all of our receivers. We have a plethora of them. I just thought he did a really good job of distributing the ball. Mike did a really good job calling the game and opening up a lot of stuff for a lot of different guys.

 

On if the pass game set up the run game today…

They started running a lot of cover two, two shell. Once the balance started happening, it just opened up. Give credit to Ty (Johnson) and Bam (Zonovan Knight), especially when Michael Carter exited the game. I just thought they did a really good job. They ran really, really hard and broke a lot of tackles. There were a lot of yards after contact.

 

On the decision to have Knight active instead of James Robinson…

Bam, has been doing a really nice job. From a style of running, I think everyone saw just one cut, get vertical. I felt like, over the past few weeks there has been a lot of meat on the bone in the run game. We felt if we could just get vertical and get rolling…with James, he is still learning our system. There are still things he is getting comfortable with. No one has seen the last of him. I just thought this would be an opportunity to get a change of pace with Bam, who gets vertical pretty quick.

 

On this past week…

I’ve said it a million times: we have an unbelievable locker room. Unbelievable coaching staff. Nobody flinched. Took care of their business. The big thing we talk about is just focus on your individual moment. Just take care of your job. Do your job. Do your job to the best of your ability. If we focus on our moment and we try to be the best we can be, we will all be OK. I thought our locker room did a great job and ignored all of the noise. I thought everybody put together a really good game plan and the guys did a great job executing.

 

On the play of the Jets defense…

Started a little slow. Credit to them (Chicago). They created a couple of explosives on check downs. That 32 (David Montgomery) is a damn good back. I thought the defense did a really nice job settling. Obviously, we have to fix this tackling. I will give credit to that kid – he’s a load. But, still a lot of things we can get better at.

 

On if he feels optimistic knowing the defense can start slow and then turn it on…

Yeah. I think we have both. It’s like I said: our guys don’t flinch. There is a lot of confidence on the defensive side of the ball. Buffalo started fast and still, guys hunkered down. I love that group. They play hard. They play fast and they’re very smart.

 

On what he has seen from Moore…

He has always been a great kid. Whatever happened with the trade request, that’s not him. I feel like he has been working his tail off, being patient, trusting the process, and focusing on the things that he has control over. It was good to see him get production.

 

On starting quickly on offense and moving on from last week…

That’s always important. You always want to start fast, finish faster – all of the coaching cliché stuff. It was good to see the offense have that good, methodical drive to open the game. They really kept their foot on the pedal the entire game. I think we punted twice and had two mishaps on field goals, so a lot of scoring opportunities, things that we can all coach off of. That’s always important.

 

On if he learned anything about White today or anything that was reinforced…

Mastering the obvious. He is really good at doing his job. He gets rid of the ball. He gets it to where it needs to get to. I thought our O-Line did a good job protecting him. When he needed to be aggressive, he was aggressive. Any time you have success, there is reinforcement. I don’t think there’s a guy in the locker room who didn’t think he would be able to perform today.

 

On if White is being more aggressive this year and not checking down as much…

Where people get confused is, that’s all that Cincinnati gave him, so he just kept taking it. I think Mike is able to process in a way where, if that’s what you give him, that’s what he’ll take. He will play boring ball with you. He’ll push the ball down the field if he has to. He will make very good decisions with the football and he will make them quick. That’s my take on it.

 

On how important Jets WR Garrett Wilson was today and will be to get to where the Jets want to go…

He is very important. They’re all important. He is still a young pup. There is still so much more meat on the bone for him as he continues to get reps and grow and learn. His success is everyone’s success because it’s going to open it up for everyone else when team’s try to take him away or do whatever they have to. They have all been working their absolute tails off, just staying internally focused and trying to do their best. When you piece it all together, you end up playing a pretty good game.

 

On not knowing who the Bears starting QB would be…

We were preparing for (Justin) Fields. The only difference between Fields and the other two kids is the quarterback run game. All of the pregame stuff, nothing changed. It didn’t matter once Fields was out. We were playing a completely different game.

 

On Jets injuries…

These guys did not finish. Ashtyn (Davis) is dealing with a hammy. We’ll talk and see tomorrow. Chazz Surratt is dealing with a hamstring. We’ll see what that is tomorrow. We’ll check on all of these guys tomorrow. Michael Carter was an ankle. Big Ced (Cedric Ogbuehi) is dealing with a groin.

 

On if he is worried about Carter…

I haven’t gotten anything for sure. I’m understanding (it’s a) sprain, but we’ll see what type.

Mike White

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On how it felt to go play and start…

It’s awesome, just going out there and playing football with your friends and guys you’ve been with for a couple years now. When it wasn’t my time to play, obviously I’m super supportive of them and I’m having fun with them, too, but just to be out there and be a part of it and help the team win is always fun.

 

On the first drive…

I think it was good. I think we executed the openers really well, obviously, but I think it was just good for not only the offense but the team, too, to respond from the week we had last week and get everybody’s confidence going. We ran the ball well. We threw the ball well. Our guys got open. We had that third down in the red zone where I missed that one throw to Garrett (Wilson) and that could have easily been a frustrating moment and let the next play get affected by that and then we’re kicking a field goal. But to be able to bounce back I thought was big.

 

On if the “Mike White” chants were all from his family…

(Laughter) I don’t think so, no.

 

On hearing the chants…

It’s always cool. I’m not going to sit here and give you some quarterback cliché that I’m not focusing on that, which, there are times I’m not. But towards the end of the game, I think it would be a lot cooler if they didn’t do it while we were trying to snap the ball, but no, I’m not going to complain too much about that.

 

On a quarterback quieting the crowd to stop chanting their name…

It is very unique and I’m not going to complain because every time they’re chanting, things are going right for us and we usually end with a win, so I don’t want to give them too much grief.

 

On getting the ball to 10 different receivers…

I think it’s just going through your progressions as a quarterback and taking what’s there. When you get man coverage, then you might be picky to your matchups, but it’s just playing within the offense and executing the play that’s called and guys stepping up. That just shows the confidence that those guys have and we have in them. It’s not so much who, but what route.

 

On how much of a quarterback’s job is making everyone else better…

I think, personally, the way I approach the quarterback position is being a calming presence in the huddle, especially when things aren’t going well, because that’s when things can start to spiral and snowball, but it’s just distributing the ball and letting them be who they are. They’re all in that locker room for a reason. This is the NFL. Everybody that wears pads on Sundays are very good and you’ve just got to get them the ball and get their confidence going and once someone’s confidence is up, I believe, at least, that you’ll see their game go to the next level.

 

On his confidence…

I feel good, obviously. It was a good game for the offense, but I’ll enjoy this one with my friends and family and then tomorrow it turns into Minnesota prep and turn the page and keep going to where we’re trying to go.

 

On if this game feels differently than last year’s game…

I do think it’s two different games, and every game is going to be different, but I thought today was a complete team win. Our defense did what they always do and they dominated and they flew around the field and made big plays, we got a big pick by C.J. (Mosley), that’s always good to have. I think it was more of a complete team win. We ran the ball well when we needed to. Late in the game, we could’ve just kind of hung it up up 21, but we kept the running game going and guys were running hard. It felt like a complete team win.

 

On his second touchdown to Wilson…

I saw they were in man coverage, so the guy I needed to beat was that linebacker and I just felt as if I could get it over him and get it to Garrett and Garrett got open, which Garrett seems to do a lot, and then made the play when the ball was in his hands.

 

On the Elijah Moore touchdown…

It was awesome feel by Elijah. It was an out-breaking route but he had the feel to kind of slow up and get in that soft spot. That was a big one. Third down in the red zone, scoring coming out of the half. To get it to that two-score game, or whatever it was, it was big. That was a big play for Elijah.

 

On if he is more comfortable this year than last year…

Yeah, I think going out there you have the experience to draw on from last year, but every game is its own game and you’ve got to play to such, but having the experience of being out there and having the highs, having the lows as well, you can’t just learn from the highs, you’ve got to learn from the lows, and drawing upon that and using that to help you however you can.

 

On having experience playing in the rain…

Yeah, growing up in Florida, we definitely get rain pretty much every day.

 

On the difference in the team compared to last year…

Yeah, I think just the second year in the system is always helpful for guys, on both sides of the ball, and I think that’s going to show. It’s nice knowing we have one of the best defenses in ball, and you can fall upon them if you need to, but it’s a new team, new year.

 

On how he keeps the mindset of taking what the defense gives him…

That’s part of playing quarterback. That’s part of handling the successes and turning the page and moving on. I think that’s where I got in trouble in the Buffalo game last year and I learned from that. Like I said earlier, you’ve got to learn from your lows and build upon that and just keep playing smart, winning football.

Tyler Conklin

On how he would describe Mike White’s performance…

I think he’s a baller, obviously. I just really appreciate the way he works. He’s an even kid, never gets too high, never gets too low. I just think that’s huge for a quarterback. In football, there’s so many ups and downs. We all have good plays, we all have bad plays, I think that was a huge thing for him today, was just the way he keeps chopping wood and doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him. We all know he can play ball, so.

 

On Saleh’s comments about White “making the easy look easy”…

I think he’s just so well prepared. You know that he’s going to go through his reads, he has a good feel for the game and I think it really just comes off of preparation. If it comes to light when you get an opportunity out of nowhere to go and start, those opportunities don’t come all the time, so when you get that opportunity, you have to make the most of it. The ones that are prepared, make the most of it, and the ones that don’t, usually doesn’t go as well for them. So, obviously super prepared, he always is and I think that’s why he makes the easy look easy because he’s prepared out there.

 

On how much of a boost it was to finally score a first-drive touchdown…

I didn’t know that stat, so it was obviously huge. Knowing that stat, I guess it makes it even bigger. But after the performance we had last week and not getting in the endzone, I think that was a great way to start the game right. It’s a good time for that score on the first drive to happen was this week.

Zonovan Knight

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On getting to play today…

It was a blessing. It’s been 11, 12 weeks since I’ve played, practically since preseason. So, it was honestly a blessing just to even be back out there and even be considered to be back out there.

 

On if he expected to get as many touches as he did…

I did not. I didn’t even know he was out. I was wondering why I kept going back out there. Yeah, I mean everything happens for a reason, so I’m glad that I was able to make the most of those opportunities and play.

 

On finding out he was going to be active this week…

Coach (Taylor) Embree had me stay after Monday and he said there was a chance I could be up this week, but I didn’t find out until Wednesday. Even then, he said it still wasn’t  a for sure deal. So, I didn’t really know for sure until yesterday during the walk through when he said, ‘You’re good, you’re going to be up.”

Elijah Moore

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On what his touchdown meant to him…

I didn’t know what to do. I was just filled with joy and I started running. I was just thankful.

 

On what made the difference for him and the offense in general today… 

I feel like when we’re in a game where everything is flowing, they don’t know who to go to, who to cover. So, that’s how I feel like every game should be. Everybody was making plays and that’s a slight sight of what offense could be with bad weather. I’m proud of these guys and I’m thankful for the whole situation.

 

On his journey from a few weeks ago to now…

I just really put my head down. At the end of the day, everyone is going to go through something and this is my story. I’m just thankful that this is how it’s been for me. We have another game, we got another weekend and I’m ready to put my best foot forward for that week, too. If I scored or not, I’m just glad I was a part of the win. It feels good to win. I’m proud of everybody out there. We did our thing and that reflected in the score. I’m just grateful I get to stand up here today and be the person who I know I am and to contribute to a winning game. I’m really just blessed.

 

On his connection with Mike (White)…

I just feel like he executed his job. Whatever quarterback’s in, I feel like if you execute your job, whatever receiver’s in, if you execute your job. If I’m open, throw it and he did his job today. I’m proud of everybody on the field.

 

C.J. Mosley

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On prepping for two different quarterback options…

Zero, we prepared for (Justin) Fields the whole time and we were ready if he didn’t play, to be ready to execute our game plan. So, we were definitely expecting Fields to play, just knowing him being a franchise quarterback, being a young quarterback, wanting to be out there with his team. It didn’t happen, we heard about the injury thing outside in warmups so at that point, we were just ready to execute our game plan. We prepared for Fields, but we were ready for whoever stepped on the field.

 

On why they had a slow start on defense today…

Sometimes it takes a couple plays to adjust, could’ve been the weather, could’ve been the rain, but nonetheless we got it going in time. We had that one Red Zone drive where they scored, you know D.J. (Reed) was there, the guy just made a great play, but I feel for the most part we really executed our game plan.

 

On the offense scoring on the first drive…

It was fun. It was fun to watch, fun to see the guys ball. They’ve been preparing like this every single week, it just didn’t happen when we all wanted it to, but nonetheless it still happened. Guys really executed, the run game was going well. With these types of games, with the weather, you definitely want to make sure the run game is going really good so it can open up the pass game and, like I said, everybody’s out there having fun and going to first downs and celebrating so that you love to see it. As a defensive player, that keeps us off the field for a little bit, so you see that clock ticking, so that’s always good.

Laken Tomlinson

On what this week was like for him leading up to the game…

You understand what kind of league this is. The decision that was made, you just got to roll with it. I thought guys throughout the week handled themselves really well. Everybody, offense, defense, special teams. Attention to detail throughout the week in practice and it showed today out there on the field.

 

On what it is about Mike White that players gravitate towards…

We love everybody. If you’re out there on the field, fighting with us, we’re all brothers out there and to see him go out there and handle himself really well, I’m extremely proud of him, and I know everyone else is really proud of him, as well.

 

On if the veterans felt a spark with rookie RB Zonovan Knight having a big day…

Oh yeah, that positive energy is contagious. When you have a guy come in like that and able to spread that positive energy, guys are going to feel that, especially on the field. When you feed that to the other guys on the field, you create positive energy that just goes around not only the offense, but to the defense and special teams, as well.

Garrett Wilson

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On what caused the offense to look the way it did today…

The way we practiced this week. We obviously put a lot of stuff we didn’t want to put on tape on film last week. It’s hard to watch, but you got to go watch it and you got to find where you messed up. As a receiver, we put it all on ourselves to be as detailed as possible and I feel like this started on Wednesday at practice. To see it bleed into today and shine through, even with the bad weather and all that, it was a good win for us.

 

On if things came to fruition between last week and now…

It’s good to bounce back the way we did, but we still got a long way to go and we got to keep getting better every week. The thing is with this week, we put that on film, so what are we going to come back with next week to keep the next team on their toes? Obviously, it’s a great opponent.

 

On Mike White…

That’s how he’s been coming in and preparing since he was a third string quarterback earlier this year. He comes in and prepares, goes about his business the right way and goes about his preparation the right way and you do things like that consistently, you’re going to get it back on the back end. I think we saw that today. That’s a really good talent, really good mindset and when you have things like that, that’s what comes up.

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