Jets Post-Game Quotes & Videos
Head Coach Adam Gase
Injuries: Frank Gore is in concussion protocol; (Greg) Van Roten went out with a foot; (Ashtyn) Davis went out with a foo; Bennett Jackson went out with a hamstring. The rest of the guys that that kind of got injured in the game ended up coming back and finishing the game. Obviously, everybody is disappointed. To lose a game like that, our guys work way too hard to go through this.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: I know it was Gregg (Williams’) call, but can you just go over the decision…it looked like it was a pretty heavy blitz when (Henry) Ruggs ended up scoring a touchdown with no safety help, just a man on the outside.
We were trying to create pressure. (Derek Carr) hadn’t done well with it all game. That’s what happened. We had a couple of free runners, but we didn’t get there.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Is pressure even needed in that situation? All you have to do is stop the play from getting to the endzone. Even a shot completion would have been OK.
We ended up pressuring.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Have you talked to Gregg since the game ended about this?
I just talked to him.
(follow-up) Rich Cimini, ESPN: Did he explain his thought process?
He explained his thought process.
Brian Costello, New York Post: What do you say to the team after this?
There is not much you can say. We have to go back to work. These guys battled the whole game. We just have to finish it.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Can you talk about the way Sam (Darnold) rebounded from some early turnovers and got the offense moving in the second half.
He did some good stuff. I’m sure when we go back and watch it, we can clean a few things up, put ourselves in better position. It was good to see the run game get going. It’s unfortunate that we had the two sack fumbles. The pick, we definitely can clean up. There was a lot of good stuff, good drive to get us in the endzone late in the game when we were down. We just have to finish the game,
Brian Costello, New York Post: What gave you guys so much trouble with (Darren) Waller?
He’s just a really good player. It’s hard for us to match up with him. We were trying to find ways to get multiple guys on him through some of the zones, but they were finding him. That’s his guy, that’s (Derek) Carr’s guy to begin with. It was really tough to take him completely away. We gave him way too much, though.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: This was the first time we saw Mekhi (Becton) get beat pretty good on the outside for two sacks. I know you probably have to watch the film, but was there anything right off the bat that you saw?
No. The first one was the only one that I really saw that one the entire time. He got beat off the edge pretty quick. He just couldn’t get the guy pushed past the quarterback. The second one, I was watching (Jamison) Crowder, so I didn’t see what happened.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: You’ve experienced some tough last-second losses throughout your coaching career. Have you ever felt one like this where it seemed to be in the bag?
Yeah. You’re in this league long enough, you see games like this. You don’t want to be a part of them, I know that.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: When something like this happens, does it almost feel like there is nothing you guys can do to catch a break? You come back from 10 down, you get the lead, you have the fourth down stop, and then lose this way?
To me, at this point, these players deserve better than going through that.
Bruce Beck, NBC New York: What did you think of your team’s effort, rallying with the 17 unanswered points?
That’s all these guys have done all year. They’ve put the work in. They give us everything they have.
Brian Costello, New York Post: What did you think of what you got out of (Ty) Johnson and (Josh) Adams today?
I think they did a great job. We were looking to rotate all three of those guys. Those two guys did a really good job of going in there and being ready to go. There were some good holes and we hit them. It’s nice to have a guy get over 100 yards rushing. We had 200 yards rushing on the night, but it wasn’t enough.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Lamar (Jackson) is an undrafted free agent, playing as a rookie. That’s a tough spot for him, tough to give up that touchdown. What do you say to him after this one?
The good thing about Lamar is you have to have short-term memory playing that spot. You play the call and do the best you can on it. He’s just going to have to come back next week.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Sam, can you just go over the emotions of the locker room after a devastating loss like that?
Yeah, I mean, we’re just upset. Some guys were kind of at a loss for how to feel. Lot of emotions going around the locker room, but obviously we’ll let this one sting today and tonight, look at the tape, learn from it tomorrow, and move on to our next game.
Otis Livingston, WCBS: Sam, we saw your teammate Tarell Basham on the sideline on the bench after the game, long after it was over and everybody had cleared the field. Just how emotional is this loss? You had a rollercoaster of emotions from getting out to the early lead to coming back to taking the lead and then having it snatched away at the end.
Yeah, I mean, we should have won. We’ve had a few games this year where we haven’t had a chance and so to be able to have a game like that that you should have won at the end, those ones definitely hurt more than any.
Otis Livingston, WCBS: Sam, what does this say about the resiliency of this team though? You guys, it looked like you were dead in the water, seemed a little lifeless there for a while, and then you rallied back on defense and on offense taking advantage of the opportunities that you were given by the defense and taking the lead. What does it say about the resiliency?
Yeah, I mean, we played really good football there at the end—just complimentary football, special teams, defense, offense all playing together, and it was great to see. We’re just going to continue to look for that and use that as momentum going forward.
Chris Ryan, NJ Advance Media: Sam, what happened on the turnovers and how were you able to kind of bounce back from that in the second half?
Yeah, obviously the turnovers hurt us. Just got to take better care of the ball and then continue to, when I feel pressure, get away from it or get the ball out of my hands.
Bruce Beck, WNBC: Sam, do you find yourself saying, “What else can happen?” after a game like this?
Yeah, I think for a lot of guys, like I said in the beginning, it’s hard to fathom losing a game like that, so, again, as players we’ve just got to go in tomorrow, look at the tape, learn from it and move on.
Otis Livingston, WCBS: All season long it’s kind of been a quest to get to that first win of the season. Now you’re 0-12. What do you guys do? I know you said you’d let it sting for a little bit and then get back to work, but how do you guys go from start to finish and nail down that first win of the season?
Yeah, I mean, we have no choice, we have to move on, we have to learn from it and continue to get better. I really feel like this group is getting better as the season goes on. We’ve just got to continue to do that.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: In that scenario that (Derek) Carr is in at the very end there, if you’re in his position and you’re seeing a blitz, zero coverage, are you licking your chops there when you have a speedy receiver like (Henry) Ruggs getting one-on-one coverage?
You know you’re going to have a chance to throw it up and after that you kind of see what happens.
Brian Costello, New York Post: What did you think of that call, Sam, the defensive call, the blitz, there?
It is what it is. Obviously, as players, whatever the call is you’ve got to go out there and make plays and the guys are going to watch that and look at it tomorrow and learn from it.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Could you describe from your vantage point on the bench how the play unfolded? Did you get a good look at Ruggs breaking into the clear? What kind of thoughts were flashing into your mind?
I was just kind of watching it. Obviously, I was watching our defense to see what coverage they were going to be in. They had a couple times there at the end where they went deep and almost had a chance. So, saw us go all-out blitz, and at that point it was just kind of I saw, obviously, Derek throw it, and so at that point I was just hoping that the DB would be in a good position to be able to make a play on it.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Sam, I know you’re probably not going to answer this, but as a player, you guys played your asses off and you’re in a position to win there and that defensive call makes no sense, to blitz there, especially with a rookie cornerback, how can you guys not be pissed off at Gregg Williams right now for making that call?
It is what it is. Again, as players, we’re going to go in tomorrow and look at the film and see how we can play better.