Jets Post-Game Quotes & Videos
Head Coach Adam Gase
Injury-wise, Kyle Phillips obviously had the ankle. We’re not going to get him back this year. (Breshad) Perriman is being evaluated for a concussion. We’ll see what happens with that.
We gave ourselves a chance. Defensively, I thought there was a lot of good there. We made some errors to where we couldn’t make them punt. They’re kicking field goals or we’re getting turnovers. Offensively, we felt like things were going well and then, second half, we couldn’t move the ball. The defense did a good job giving us one last chance for a two-minute drive and we didn’t do anything with it.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Can you go into detail about the decision to hand the play-calling duties over to Dowell (Loggains)?
I’ve been thinking about it for a while. (I’m) just trying to figure out what’s going on, how come we are not consistent and productive. All the situations you’re looking through every week. Just felt like it was the time to do it and see how our guys would respond, see what our offensive staff could put together. It looked like things were going well in the first half. My big thing was, it allowed me to take a step back and just really focus on every phase of our organization.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Can you go into a little more. How involved were you in the game planning this week? Even today, did you have any input in terms of playcalling or was it mostly a Dowell show?
During the week, we talked trough a lot of stuff. It’s a fine line when you do this, at least from my perspective, I didn’t want them feeling like I was hovering over and telling them, ‘Run this’ or ‘Do this.’ I wanted him to feel comfortable to where he could call it the way he felt like it needed to be called. Obviously, I made suggestions on certain things during the week, at practice, and today. I tried to put myself in his shoes as far as someone chirping all the time. I wanted him to just be able to call the game without worrying about what I was going to say.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Was this the first time since before Denver that you hadn’t called the plays?
Yeah. It’s been eight or nine years.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: What was that experience like for you? I have to imagine it was pretty different.
Its different. I did it one other time in a preseason game, but I don’t know if that really…it was like a fourth preseason game. It’s different. It’s definitely different.
Brian Costello, New York Post: How would you evaluate how Sam (Darnold) played?
I really feel like I have to go back and watch the film. When I watched the beginning of the game, he was seeing things well. He was getting the ball out quickly. He was in great rhythm, In the second half, it just seemed like we didn’t have a lot of plays. I really feel like I have to watch the film just to see big-picture wise, what it was and what happened. It’s hard for me to look at the numbers because it didn’t feel that way when I’m looking at the first half, thinking back on it.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: How do things go from that first half, which is probably the best we’ve seen the offense look, and then have four total yards in the second half.
That’s one of the reasons why I’m interested in watching this, just to see what changed for us. All of a sudden, we were not executing as well? Or, is it just (that) they made better plays than us? I just need to watch the film. Its hard to give you that answer just from watching it from series to series.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: I know it’s hard to do this without looking at the film, but it seemed like the offensive line wasn’t giving Sam any protection, particularly in the second half, not picking up blitzes. What were you seeing there without looking at the film?
They definitely picked up the tempo as far as the pressures went. It went from, we were getting some coverages in the first half and then, all of a sudden, it just kept hearing safety pressure and corner pressure or this backer pressure. They picked up the amount of pressure they were bringing.
Brian Costello, New York Post: The penalty call on Mekhi (Becton) on the third down where you had the completion to (Chris) Herndon, had they given you guys a warning about that before that he was lining up too deep or anything?
They told him that he needed to move up. That’s one of those ones I wish I could have talked to him about, or at least Frank (Pollack) so that we could talk through and explain to him what they were saying.
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: When you switched play-calling duties, was it your intention to do this for the rest of the season or is it something you’re going to evaluate week-to-week?
Right now, I’m really trying to focus one week at a time. I asked Dowell to do it. We talked through it. I’ve been talking to him about doing this for a few weeks now. He did it. We’ll probably have another conversation. I’ll get his opinion and we’ll talk through it. We’ll just see what happens. We’ll figure out next week tomorrow.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Do How do you think Denzel (Mims) played?
Early, it looked like there was some good stuff there. He showed up. He made some plays and made some catches. You can tell his length is real. He uses his body to his advantage. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of things we’re going to want to correct.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: In terms of Mims and the entire receiving group, you really didn’t get down the field at all. I’m wondering if part of that was Sam not getting any time, but did you feel like you wanted to do that a little more, particularly in the first half?
There were a couple of times there were some calls to where I thought the ball was going to go down the field. I know there was one in particular where Sam did a good job seeing the corners soften up and he dumped it down to (La’Mical) Perine and we got a nice little 12-yard gain. There was some intent there, but nothing ever really came about with it.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: Speaking of Perine, he got a few more touches today. He showed his speed on the egde. What did you see out of that today?
That’s what we were hoping for, to give him some opportunities to see if we could get some explosive plays. He can also get the tough yards as well. We’re just trying to get him going as much as possible, (to) put him in the best positions possible to where he can keep growing.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: Why didn’t it work for you in the red zone early and how much could that have changed the game if you guys were able to score there?
We went for it on fourth-and-one. I thought it was good that we were put in that position considering the play before was a third-and-long. Sam made a good decision. We were close to getting the first there. We went for it on fourth-and-one. We just have to find a way to get that one yard.
Brian Costello, New York Post: What happened with (Jamison) Crowder? You sounded optimistic on Thursday about him.
He tried to go in practice on Friday and wasn’t feeling right. He didn’t feel good enough. We just thought it was the right decision.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: On the play-calling decision, was that entirely your decision or was that suggested by someone?
No, I’ve been talking about this for a while now.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Sam, I realize you probably have to watch the film to get a full grasp of this, but what do you think changed first half to second half for you guys offensively?
Yeah, they made some good adjustments. I think we’ve just got to adjust to their adjustments and we’ve got to beat man coverage and protect, I’ve got to throw accurate footballs and that’s it.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Did you feel like your shoulder was bothering you at all today in some of those throws?
No, not at all. My shoulder felt great and I didn’t really take any hits on it, didn’t really land on it at all which was good.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: It did seem like you were under some pretty significant duress particularly in the second half there. What was happening offensive line wise and what were you seeing there?
Yeah, I think they were just adding guys and bringing seven-, eight-man pressures depending on who was out on the routes, so they were just playing man coverage and suffocating the box, so we’ve got to adjust to that better next time.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: Was there any rust for you or any sort of time to adjust to kind of get back into the flow of things?
No, no. It was great to get back out there, especially that first half, I felt like we got into a rhythm, obviously we’ve got to execute a little bit better, hopefully put some more points on the board. Yeah, I felt like besides the late second quarter turnover that I had, I felt like I played pretty well in that first half.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: What was your reaction to—obviously Dowell (Loggains) called the plays—what were your thoughts on that and then did it change at all, the dynamic, for you?
No, I think, obviously, we practiced it all week so I was comfortable with it and then with Dowell calling plays, it was just going out there and executing. It’s the same thing for us as players, it’s getting the play call and going out and executing, that’s it.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: Sam, what did you see out of (Denzel) Mims today? Obviously, you’ve seen him in practice, but first NFL game, first half you seemed to have a little bit of a rhythm there and then why couldn’t you get him the ball in the second half?
Yeah, Denzel did some really good things out there for us. He’s a big body, fast dude, who can make plays, make contested catches, which is always really good for us. We’re going to continue to use him in ways that provide us opportunities for that and then I just feel like in the second half it was just a total offensive thing, it was not being able to run the ball and then when we did pass it getting too much pressure and for me not making some of the throws when I was able to have time and step up and make them. So, again, the second half was kind of a combination of a lot of things. But again, we’ve just got to adjust to their adjustments better and we’re going to go back tomorrow and learn from it.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: Staying on the rookies, just one follow on that with regard to (La’Mical) Perine. He got around that edge pretty well which you haven’t really had that much. What did you think of him in the first half?
Yeah, LP did a good job just being very consistent for us running downhill. We’re just going to continue to look for him to make plays but also just stay consistent in the run game.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Is it demoralizing at all that you guys finally got your weapons back, you had no (Jamison) Crowder, but you had (Breshad) Perriman in there, you had Mims in there, you switched up the offensive play calling, yet the offense still seems to struggle and things are still wrong and the protection breaks down despite Mehki (Becton) being back and just the four yards (in the second half)? When you guys try to fix all these things and none of the fixes work, how tough is that to swallow as an offense?
Yeah, when you look at it that way it’s tough, but for us we looked at the first half, I feel like we got in a really good rhythm, we can definitely build off of that. We’ve got to look at the second half and learn from it. I know it’s not necessarily what people want to hear, but that’s just how it is. We’ve just got to continue to get better week after week and look ourselves in the mirror and figure out what we’re doing wrong and how we can get better.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: Sam, what are your early thoughts on next week in Kansas City against the defending Super Bowl champions? You’re going to be massive underdogs, what’s the mindset going out there?
Yeah, we’re just excited for the opportunity. Got to prepare really well for them and, yeah, we’re just excited for the opportunity.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: You alluded to the interception, can you just walk us through the interception at the end of the first half and what you’re looking for?
Yeah, should have moved on in the progression but I tried to force one in there and it just didn’t work out for me.
Bob Glauber, Newsday: In that first half when it’s 10-0, the offense, you’ve got it going and it kind of seemed encouraging at the time. What was the vibe when things were moving, when you were scoring points?
It’s always good when that’s happening, so, again, we’ve just got to build off of that.