Jets Post-Game Quotes (Week 14)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On the play of Jets QB Zach Wilson…

It wasn’t his cleanest game. He was hindered with some drops early. I don’t know if that threw him off or not. He’s played better in the past and he’ll get better from it.

 

On if Wilson’s incompletions are concerning…

No. He had a couple that got away. He also had some that were on the spot. We didn’t help him with making plays. It’s something he has to improve on. I’m not going to hide from that. But, it’s not something that we are concerned about. Just something that we have to keep working on.

 

On whether Wilson should be completing ’90 percent’ of his short passes…

Yeah. He had three of them underneath that were dropped on him today. He had the one in the dirt to Griff (Ryan Griffin) and he had the one on the bubble to (Braxton) Berrios. Their quarterback also had a slippery ball. When it’s cold, it gets slick. Not to make an excuse for him. He has to be better. It’s something that he will be better at. I’m really not concerned about the long-term view of whether or not he can complete a short ball.

 

On the Jets drive to end the first half…

The penalties were killer. We wanted to finish with the ball at half. Even with 30 seconds left, we still had two timeouts, so you have a chance to be aggressive in the middle of the field. You have plenty of time in those situations. It felt like the usage of timeouts was on point. The penalties throughout – anytime we got something going, it would be a dropped pass or a penalty that set us back. It’s something that we have to get better at.

 

On Jets WR Denzel Mims play today…

I’ll speak for him and I’m sure he will echo it: He has to be better. Just from a responsibility standpoint and with the penalties in the first half. It wasn’t his cleanest and something I’m sure he will get better at.

 

On Mims being benched after receiving playing time due to injuries…

It wasn’t disciplinary. He’ll get another opportunity next week. It’s not like anyone is coming back. He’s very capable. Obviously, he missed a couple of weeks and has to hit the ground running. He has to get himself going again with regards to the game plan and the urgency and the discipline he had caught himself up to before he had the COVID stuff. He’ll come back. I have a lot of faith in him. He’s a great young man. He has the right attitude. He’ll be fine.

 

On if absence of Jets WR Corey Davis and Elijah Moore hurt the Jets offense…

I don’t know if it hurt. I’d love to give you a better answer if I felt like we were playing clean ball with regards to just making the routine plays you guys have mentioned. If we’re making routine plays and you see them doing something schematically that’s hurting you, then absolutely. I could give you a better comment on it. I feel like we could have been a lot better today with or without them.

 

On why the Jets struggled against the Saints rushing offense…

Aside from that last run, I think they were averaging 3.7 or 3.8 yards a carry. It was under four a carry. I felt like the run game was fine. They just kept going to it. They were at 43 carries for 160 yards. If you need 43 carries, I feel like you’re doing something right defensively. Credit to them for being patient. The last run of 44 yards makes the stat look a lot worse. Up that point, I felt like the efficiency of our run defense was pretty good.

 

On if the Jets appeared not interested in tackling Saints QB Tayson Hill on his 44-yard touchdown run…

No. Well-designed play on their part using 41 (Alvin Kamara) as a decoy. We got cut out at one spot an ran underneath another block. Guys want to get the ball carrier down.

 

On the Jets receivers struggling to get open…

Credit their defense. They are one of the better defenses in football. Their secondary is really good. (Marshon) Lattimore is one of the best in football. They got (Chauncey) Gardner-Johnson back, he’s pretty freakin’ good. We knew it was a great challenge going in. They are a well-respected, veteran groups.

 

On Austin Walter and Ronald Blair being active and not being able to play….

Non-COVID illness. Woke up this morning just not feeling good. We tried to get Austin going. Obviously, we had Timmy Ward that can step in. Ran out of backs. We were trying to get Austin up, but he could barely stand.

 

On keeping the team positive for the remainder of the season despite the losses…

We’re going to have a good month-and-a-half. Like I said, this league is not going to feel sorry for you. You’re putting tape on. All of these guys understand that aspect of it. As coaches and players, your product is on the field. You’re still expected to go out and perform. People pay money to come watch you perform. Getting these guys up to play has never been an issue. The whole idea that players shut down or are not willing to tackle, I don’t believe in any of that stuff. There is a lot of pride in an NFL locker room. They’ll be ready to play.

 

On the appearance that there is a lack of progress with the Jets…

I’m not getting you on that one. You’re looking at a bunch of guys who are getting first-time opportunities. There is a lot of…I’m good on that one.

 

On if the challenge has proven to be more than he anticipated…

No. We have a great group of young guys. I do look at all of the first and second-year players and all of these young kids – even in this second half of the year – that are getting all of these unexpected opportunities. They are getting (opporunities). They’re getting better. Whether it is tangible or not, I can see it. I watch the tape. You would love for…just like from a defensive standpoint, we’ve been getting some continuity. I felt like, with the exception of that last run, we were playing some good ball today on defense. Offensively, we had a rash of injuries, so a lot of new opportunities. So yeah, you’re not going to get the tangible ‘get better’ that you’re looking for. Guys are getting their first opportunity to be on the football field. But, I promise you, they will be better next week. It’s always a challenge whenever you’re going into a building where you’ve had what you had over the last 10 years and you’ve got a lot of guys trying to figure out how not to lose football games and how to win games. We have been getting better. It’s just a matter of sticking to our guns and philosophy and what we’re trying to get done, and trust that we have these four games coming up. We have a lot of things to look forward to.

 

On the takeaway when experienced players don’t capitalize on their opportunity…

They have four games. It’s still not going to define their careers. Mims is a second-year player. Ty Johnson has done a lot of good things for us. He had a fantastic Cincinnati game. Its not like we’re kicking these guys out of the building. They get the opportunity to dress up tomorrow, go back to work. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, go down to Miami and suit up and get ready to play a football game. They’re going to get more opportunities here in the next four weeks. It’s just a matter of keeping the main thing the main thing. Find ways to get better. Make plays when you get your opportunity.

 

On the message to ‘frustrated’ Jets fans…

The same thing that I have been saying. Does it suck right now? Sure. I feel you. Nobody in this locker room wants to lose football games. At the same time, I have said it before, the path is crystal clear on where this organization needs to go and the things that we need to address – as coaches, players, all the way top down. It’s very, very clear. We have to utilize these four weeks to cement what we think that we need to do. From there, we have to attack everything. It’s going to flip. It’s going to flip. This crappy part is part of the process. At the same time, it’s not discouraging in any sense of the imagination because there are a lot of young guys getting a lot of playing time. I promise you; they are learning from all of this.

Zach Wilson

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On his performance…

I thought as far as seeing the field, decision making, I thought I was seeing well. Of course, there are some I want back, but I’ve got to throw the ball better, give the guys better chance to run after the catch. Just right from the beginning, I’ve got to be more accurate.

 

On how disruptive early drops were to gaining momentum…

I mean, it’s part of the game. It shouldn’t affect it at all. That’s when I just needed to move on, just try to do my job, understand it’s a part of the game and just keep throwing it well.

 

On if he felt the loss of Corey Davis and Elijah Moore…

No, absolutely not. I mean, those guys are great players, don’t get me wrong, and they’re part of this team, and we want them back, but the guys we had step up were ready for this opportunity. I had full trust in those guys to do everything today and of course they’re going to want some back, but I’ve got to throw the ball better for those guys. I’ve got to give them a better chance to run after the catch and that’s something that I’m going to work on.

 

On his several missed short throws…

Yeah, the one to (Ryan Griffin) I think just caught me off guard a little bit just because if his guy, he can’t hold him all day. We were looking to throw the ball back across the field, so once I felt his guy release I felt Griff right there so I just tried to pop it to him, kind of similar to the one I hit him later in the game where he actually got a good chunk of yards just like that. So, just short-hopped it to him. I rushed it. The one to Braxton (Berrios) I just didn’t set my hand on the laces very well and tried to get it out too quick, slipped out of my hand. Those are the ones we’ve got to clean up—I’ve got to clean up and improve on. Especially that first one to Griff. He’s doing a great job of doing his job right there and giving me an outlet. I’ve just got to make it easy on him and just drop it to him.

 

On what he and the offense can do to improve his completion percentage…

Yeah, we’ve just got to execute. I’ve got to, obviously, just be more accurate, would definitely help that number. My ability to go through my progressions, and then give those guys a good chance to catch the ball and run with it. I think just with time and everyone just working on their responsibility and getting better, that number’s going to go up.

 

On if he felt he made throws easier like he mentioned last week…

Yeah, I worked on it a lot and that’s why I was frustrated, I think, missing some easy ones. That’s never been an issue for me, obviously, and I think part of it’s going to be just getting used to this NFL game. Probably some of the routes that we’re doing I didn’t do a lot in college. That’s not making an excuse at all, but I’ve got to get better at being able to get those guys a nice, accurate ball over the line, and that’s something I’ve been working on. It’s frustrating when I didn’t hit on some of those. I’d also say that going into this next week, that’s got to be a big focus for me as well. I felt like the end of that game was a big positive, when they’re playing prevent defense and the game’s over, I was able to work a lot of that stuff, getting the ball to Ty (Johnson) and trying to let him run with it. I thought we were able to do some cool things just in the last couple of drives, just trying to improve and get better.

 

On what is leading to his accuracy issues…

I don’t think it’s obvious or easy or everyone would play quarterback if it was easy. I think part of it is really just trusting what I see. Throwing’s always been, I feel like, my strong suite my entire life. Throwing the ball has always been easy so I just need to make it easy. I’ve got to trust what I’m seeing. Sometimes out there, like the one to Griff, pops open and flashes, I’ve just got to get it to him easy, not overthink the throw or try to make it too difficult or whatever­, just throw the ball.

 

On the weather conditions…

They were fine. A little windy early on, but nothing I felt like that altered our ability to play football today.

 

On the mood in the locker room…

Yeah, obviously disappointed in not getting the win, but I think guys are extremely excited to take on the challenge of just trying to be better, just trying to work to improve. We understand that this is all part of the process. This is not the end goal. This one season is not the end goal, so we’re just trying to use every single rep, every single game, to the best of our ability to just try to keep getting better and improving. So, guys spirits are up and they understand that we have a good challenge ahead of us for these next four games.

 

On what caused issues going against man coverage…

Of course there’s always going to be more disruption, you’re putting more stress on the o-line on having to navigate the pocket, but sometimes when I can get out, there are some good running lanes, but you rely a lot on guys being able to just get off that. I thought they did a good job for the most part. I’ve got to get them some accurate balls when guys get disrupted, but the offense just comes down to winning that one on one.

 

On how he keeps his spirits up…

I’m a rookie. I just got here. I never once told myself that this was going to be easy when I got here. I never look at it as being down on myself, like, ‘This is how my career is going.’ Everything I went through today was a learning process for the future and I’m banking every single rep I go through. I’m comparing maybe one that I miss and one that I hit, it’s correcting those mistakes. I’m just getting more and more looks and I just feel like I need to understand that, yeah, it hurts sometimes, but it’s all part of the process to improve.

 

On how he grades his performance today…

Yeah, choppy at first. We go three-and-out, I think three times, whatever it was. I’ve just got to hit that reset button, almost treat it like the next series is the next play, like the first play of the game, and come out there and just go through my reads and play football. No matter what happened before that or after that doesn’t matter.

 

On if he talked to Taysom Hill…

Yeah, I did. Obviously, I wasn’t 100 percent watching everything they were doing, but he’s a great player. You can obviously see what he can do with the ball in his hands whether it’s throwing it or stepping up and running it. He’s a true dual-threat guy. He gives a lot of defenses issues. We got to talk a little bit afterwards. He’s an awesome guy. I just wished the best for him.

Braxton Berrios

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On what the biggest challenge of the offense was today…

Lack of execution. I think when we needed to make the plays, I don’t think we did as consistently as we’d like to. And I think it was a decent amount of self-inflicted errors, as well.

 

On how much tougher it is when many errors are self-inflicted…

A lot tougher and give credit to the Saints, obviously. They’re a really good defense and very veteran group. But at the end of the day, it comes back to us and what we’re supposed to do. Especially in those moments where the critical moments, we need to, the small margin of error in the NFL, and we have to keep from losing before we win.

 

On the receiver group performance without having Corey Davis and Elijah Moore…

Obviously, it’s a next man up mentality. We’re going to miss those guys for as long as they’re out. Obviously, CD (Corey Davis) is a season ending injury, but it’s a next man up, everybody knew what they were supposed to do. And you know, obviously there was plays left to be made.

Ty Johnson

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On the dropped passes…

They hit my hands, I dropped it. What else is there to say? I can make those catches, and I believe in myself to make those catches, but I just didn’t give eyes to the ball and look it all the way in. I told Zach (Wilson), “That was completely on me. If it touches my hands, I need to bring them in, simple as that.” That’s what I told him on the sideline, that’s what I told him in the locker room just now. I’ve been catching all year out of the backfield, just couldn’t look them in those first three ones, and then I caught them in the second half, bounced back from it. I feel I ended on a better note. But yeah, simple as that, I dropped them.

 

On the offensive struggles…

We just can’t shoot ourselves in the foot, we got to complete passes, you know what I’m saying, sustain drives. Like I said, three of those were on me, I take 100% accountability for them. You can’t just have three and out, three and out, three and out. Regardless if it’s me, someone else, or anything like that, we’ve got to protect the quarterback when he gets the ball out, we’ve got to catch it when he gets the ball out and just keep the sticks moving.

 

On where he feels the team is right now…

I think anyone would be disappointed with any loss, regardless if you’re in playoff contention or not. Simple as that. It sucks to lose, no one wants to lose, we don’t go out there and practice every day to lose. It’s disappointing, but I’d be disappointed about any game. I don’t care if we’re in playoffs or anything like that, a loss is a loss. I hate losing, love winning, but that’s what it was. Yeah, it’s disappointing, but no matter what it’s going to be disappointing, no matter what.

CJ Mosley

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On defending against the run…

I felt like for the most part, we had a pretty solid game. Like we said, we knew what they were running based on their personnel. They showed us a few different runs. I think, on the sideline, we made good adjustments. Obviously, in the second half, and on the last play at the end, they did a good job of scheming us on our defense. We didn’t have our extra guy in the box and they were able to get that big explosive run. So, obviously at the end of the game, you don’t want that. Just like every week, the things that we were good at, we try to get better. And the new things that we see and the things that we didn’t do well, we got to look at it and try to correct it for next week.

 

On making the Saints one dimensional…

I would say that, and also the Saints, they tried to run the ball, at the end of the day. It was every man for themselves, who can win their one-on-one’s. Some plays we got them, some plays they got us. But like I said, for the most part, I think we had a decent job in the run game. There’s always going to be things we need to get better as far as scheme, gaps, things like that. So, we just got to watch the film tomorrow and get ready for next week.

 

On if this game was a setback…

Whether it’s a win or a loss, you have to find a way to get better. Obviously, when you lose, the things that you need to get better on are heightened, and when you win, it’s not as much. You got to look at it as an opportunity each time you get out on the field, you have to find a way to make your game better which is going to make the team better. When every guy is looking at one thing they can improve on, ultimately that’s going to build up and the team will get better. Easier said than done, obviously, but we just got to find a way. That starts tomorrow. Honestly, I’m excited to get back to work tomorrow. I felt like I let the team down last time we played Miami giving up that touchdown, that last touchdown play. So, I got a chip on my shoulder going into this game, and when you have records like this, when you have seasons like this, you have to find a way that you can talk to yourself like, ‘What can I do this week to improve my game? What can I look at this week? What little thing can I find this week? How much more film can I watch because I know my opponent might be watching more than me when I’m hanging out?’ It’s just little mind games like that that you just got to try to just make yourself try to improve and it turns when you’re doing those things, when your players, when your teammates looking at you that they want to get better, they want to talk to you and ask, ‘Alright, what are you looking at? How do you see this?’ Just those little things start to add up.

Sheldon Rankins

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On the trouble they had against the Saints’ run game…

I think for the most part we did a solid job. Obviously, Alvin (Kamara) is one of the better backs not only in the league but when it’s all said and done, probably one of the better backs to ever play the game. He’s able to break a few but with that type of guy, he’s going to make some plays. But overall, we crowd him pretty well. Obviously can’t have that last run, but overall listen, we knew coming into the game there’s a quarterback with a messed-up finger. His best attribute is also being able to run the ball. They were going to lean on the run, short passes which are extended runs. We’ve just got to be able to remain consistent in our detail and level of play throughout four quarters. There were times where we were able to stop it, get some good stops, run stops behind the line of scrimmage, get them in negative yard situations. Overall, when we needed some stops, we just weren’t able to get them.

 

On the difficulty for the defense when the offense is struggling…

At the end of the day, we just got to be able to get stops. I think there’s going to be times where our offense is rolling and we’re getting breaks and we’ve experienced that. There’s been times when the offense is rolling, and we’ve been getting breaks on the sideline but there’s going to be times when they struggle. Zach (Wilson) is still growing in this league. He’s going to have times where he struggles a bit, but at the end of the day we got to be pick him up. We got to be able to get those stops and get him the ball again so he can continue to create his rhythm, continue to get more comfortable with everything out there. So, it’s just on us. We got to be able to get those stops when we need them.

 

On what this team has to do to become a playoff team again in future seasons…

Got to continue to get better. I think I spoke on that, we got to continue to play consistent football through four quarters. We can’t play good for a quarter and a half and then give up things going into half time, and then come out slow or anything like that. We got to be able to continue to play consistent four quarters of football, because that’s what the good teams do. At the end of the day, the good teams are able to sustain the level of consistency, the level of high play for four quarters, no matter the situation. So, we’ve just got to be able to continue to do that, and we will. We’ve just got to continue to get better. Guys got to get reps, guys got to continue to push and learn and continue to want to get better. And we’ll get there.

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