Jets Post-Game Quotes (Week Ten)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On injuries…

(Brandin) Echols has a quad (and) we’ll see tomorrow. Mike (White) was cleared to play after he got injured to come back.

 

On what he can do to help the defense, which has allowed 45 points or more in three of the last four games…

We’re in there talking about trying to do things the right way and try to see where we can help our guys out. Obviously, it’s not good enough. It always starts with me. We have eight games left and we have to figure it out.

 

On whether it’s beginning to feel like this is the norm for the defense…

Clearly, it’s not good enough. It just hasn’t been good enough ever since that Tennessee game. We played Atlanta alright, but ever since that bye week, we haven’t been nearly as good as we have wanted to be. We have eight games left and from coaches to players, we have to find a way to get better every day. Otherwise, you’re selling yourself short.

 

On what didn’t go right for Mike White today…

Give those guys credit. They’re the number one defense in football. They are a championship-caliber football team. Give them credit. It starts there, really.

 

On the fumble by Corey Davis late in the first half and what happens if they are able to keep the drive going…

When you’re playing a team of Buffalo’s caliber and you have the self-inflicted wounds we had…how many turnovers did we have? Five turnovers…you’re going to put up a number like that. You’re going to give up points and you’re not going to score very many. It’s going to look ugly. Right there, it’s 17-3, we have a chance to get it to 17-6 worst-case scenario. I know Corey is grinding and trying to gain more yards and trying to fight, so it’s not from a lack of effort or concentration. He’s fighting for yards. Credit them – they got the ball out, but to come out in the second half and not be able to get something going is frustrating.

 

On the Jets defense playing a lot of one-on-one coverage on the outside…

Even when we were going single high, certain defenses were still designed to make sure they weren’t able to get it to (Stefon) Diggs. They were working the other side. You’re scooting up to try to take care of the run game and they are throwing go balls and doing a good job. We have to win one-on-one’s in those situations. At the same time, to be able to mix-and-match…you’re going to get caught in certain one-on-one situations. It’s been like that all year. Our corners have been doing a great job. Again, credit to those guys, Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders, who are pretty good receivers. They got the better of it today.

 

On where he is at quarterback next week…

We’ll see with all of the injuries and let that all sort out. I’ll have a better idea tomorrow afternoon.

 

On if Zach Wilson practicing on Friday is an indication that he is ready to go…

No. He is still dealing with stuff. I know we worked him out pretty hard this morning, so we’ll see how that went. He’s getting better every day, so we’ll see where he is at from an injury standpoint again before we make any decisions.

 

On the decision not to have Bryce Hall cover Diggs instead of Javelin Guidry…

Fair question. We’re not a team that matches. Diggs was lining up in certain spots and to start chasing a player when that is not your style, there are a lot of different things that go into play when you start doing that and trying to travel and figure out from an alignment standpoint. It sounds simple, but we’re not just a man coverage team, so if you’re trying to match only when you’re in man, you’re going to get caught up. If you’re trying to match all the time, then your zones become an issue because you’re trying to figure out how to get aligned versus motion and all of the different things that they do. It’s not something that we do. I know some teams do that. In those situations, we were trying to get safeties over top of them. When we did, they threw if off to the other side.

 

On the injury that forced White to exit the game…

I have to check. I know he was cleared. I think he just got dinged up a little bit.

 

On the delay of game penalty and fourth-and-one, and why they did not call timeout…

We felt good with where we were aligned, procedure. We should have got the ball off. We all felt good. We checked the headset and felt good about where we were with the play clock and where we were lined up. The procedure did not go the way we thought it would.

 

On how concerned he is with his secondary…

It’s concerning. We need healthy bodies. As coaches, we have to find a way as coaches to help these guys out a little bit better. We’re going to get to it and get ready for Miami.

 

On if he feels he needs to go back to square one with the defense and reset…

Fair question again. Our system prides itself on being able to get better as the year goes on. Clearly, it’s not happening. To look at the fundamentals and the way we do things all the way across the board – what are we asking our players to do? And players to be able to look in the mirror and see if they are executing exactly the way we want things executed. There are a lot of things to look at. We have eight games. From here on out, we have to find a way to get better.

 

On what he sees when he looks at the Bills and if they are a model for where he is trying to get the Jets to…

It doesn’t look like it, but we run a very similar defensive structure to what they have. It’s not just a 4-3, but our coverages are very similar. They are four years in now and are very, very talented at what they do. They are very precise in what they are asked to do. From that regard, it’s pretty cool to watch those guys play because they are very, very talented. There is a reason why they are number one in the NFL in defense. On the offensive side of the ball, they are talented on the outside. I feel like we’re talented, too, at receiver. The quarterback (Josh Allen) just made plays today and did a really nice job.

 

On improving their play before and after halftime…

First play, two-minute, double move, eyes in the backfield, just bail. Keep everything in front, especially on the first play. It’s shot or run. Those are things that a young group has to understand, understand what teams are trying to achieve in a two-minute situation on the first play. Especially them and the way they operate. It’s why a lot of team defer. You score before the half, you score coming out of the locker room, and all of a sudden, a 10-3 game turns into 24-3 in a heartbeat. You’re like, ‘What the hell just happened?’ We have to be better. A lot of it is understanding situations and clearly getting better in those situations.

 

On issues with the run game today…

We will look at it. We didn’t do much of anything very good defensively. They hit us on a couple of reverses (and) broke some tackles. They did a couple of good things. They got us on the edge on the first drive of the game. I’m not sure how many yards that broke out for. We have to be better.

 

On throwing on 22 of 30 plays in the first half…

(That is something we are going to talk about tomorrow). I know we have been executing at a high level with regards to the short pass game and the things that we have been asking Mike to do and the offense in general. When you play a team like Buffalo, who is a little bit of a zone coverage scheme, you are hoping for some underneath stuff. There are yards to be had, but again, they are number one in the league for a reason. They are tough, whether its run or pass. They’re pretty freakin’ good at all of it.

Mike White

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On what gave him problems today…

They’re a really good defense. They had a lot of post-snap rotations and gave us a lot of different looks and we just didn’t execute at the end of the day. That’s going to happen. You’ve got to be able to adjust to those things. This is the NFL – guys are good and you’ve got to be able to make adjustments.

 

On if it is tough to have a day like this after several good weeks…

Very tough. It’s not just me personally, but as a team and as a teammate. When guys are out there fighting their tails off for four quarters and you turn the ball over four times, it’s tough. The only thing we can do is get better from it and not let this beat us twice and get into the film room and learn from mistakes, me included and starting with me first. Being able to learn from what happened today and not let it happen again.

 

On what happened when he had to leave the game…

Oh, just kind of fell on the ball, lost my wind, got checked out, I was cleared, but we never got the ball back.

 

On what went wrong on the interceptions…

Yeah, the deep one to Elijah (Moore) I just got a little too aggressive instead of just taking what they gave me. The one to Keelan (Cole) I just left the ball inside and wasn’t able to finish my throw. And the other one was just some miscommunication with Corey (Davis). I’ve got to learn from it, those kinds of things can’t happen.

 

On if he has been able to think past this game…

No, not at all. Not at all. Especially after what just happened. My thoughts are solely on what just happened and what needs to get done to get better.

 

On what the plan was to attack the Bills defense…

Just execute what plays we call and how we thought we could attack their zone defense and just play our plays and our attackers that we thought were good against their coverages. We knew they did a good job of not showing any tendencies and mixing up coverages and I had to go through our progressions and make sure I didn’t make a bad play worse and kept us in a good situation.

 

On if the Bills were overplaying checkdown options…

Yeah, they definitely attached to our underneath stuff and made us earn it down the field on tight-window throws. So, they did a good job of that, but like I said, we’ve got to be able to make adjustments. You’ve got to, in game, be able to see what they’re doing and know that and be able to identify it and attack it.

 

On the distances of his throws…

Yeah, I don’t necessarily think it’s the yardage, I think it’s just the play and the coverage and how it happened. You’ve got to react to what coverages you’re getting and be able to make smart decisions. I don’t think it has anything to do with the distance of the throw, it’s just the decision making itself.

 

On where the team is as a team…

Yeah, I just think there are a lot of passionate and frustrated guys in the locker room right now who, like you said, we have some very good wins and some games that what we put on tape is not who we are as a football team. I think there are a lot of passionate guys in there that want to get better and there’s a sense of urgency to get better because we have put some good things on tape, and we’ve shown that we can be a good football team. We have to consistently do that.

 

On how he keeps his confidence up…

Yeah, you’ve got to learn from it and flush it. Get better from it and not let it beat you twice. I’m a big, firm believer in that, in not letting things beat you twice. So, just got to get better from it and learn from it and know how teams are going to attack you now that there’s film on you and just turn the page and get better.

 

On how difficult it is for a game to snowball away from them…

It’s very difficult. I think it gets tough in this league when you have to become one-dimensional, and I think a lot of that is my decision making. I’ve got to be able to not get so aggressive and think we can score it all back in one play with the deep throw to Elijah, that was the interception, I think, is just on me as a quarterback – any quarterback in a system, it’s on you to be the decision maker and be the cool, calm, collected guy and I just think I got a little too aggressive on a couple of plays.

 

On if the interception on the deep throw to Moore bothers him the most…

Yes.

 

On if the scoreboard affected his decision making…

I think I let the score dictate my decision making and that can’t happen as a quarterback. You’ve got to be able to block that noise out and just never (be) too high, never (be) too low and execute the play call. Every play has a life of its own and once that play’s over, onto the next one, and that’s how you need to operate as a quarterback in my opinion.

 

On how he’d feel if the team goes back to Zach Wilson…

I’ll support him just like the first couple weeks of the season. I want to see him do well. He’s a good kid and he works his butt off. He’s been working his butt off in his rehab and staying engaged and coming to meetings and staying engaged in the field when he wasn’t able to practice. Like I said earlier, whatever my job is, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability, 100 percent.

 

On what the Bills started taking away…

I think like we said earlier, we had to be one-dimensional and that’s tough. I can’t keep reiterating, that’s on me, it falls on me to be able to make the right decisions and be able to move this offense and get us out of situations like that and that’s what needs to be done.

Ashtyn Davis

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On the disappointment of todays’ defensive performance…

It’s back to business. We have another game next Sunday and we have to do more.

 

On if this will be an easy fix for the defense…

I do. I think, like I said, and I’ll probably keep going back to this, but that three seconds of discipline, we got to lock in and take every play and focus in, and really lock in for those three seconds. We weren’t disciplined enough today.

 

On the Bills to seemingly have gone after Javelin (Guidry)…

I think Jav did a good job. (Stefon) Diggs made a play on the second one. Jav was able to get him on the first one. That happens. Jav came back and fought the rest of the game. People make plays in football and I think Jav battled.

Corey Davis

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On how the team can help Mike White…

Just by making plays and just supporting him. Let him know that if we’re going to be out there, we’re out there together and we just have to make plays for him, help him out.

 

On his feelings throughout the game…

It’s tough. We just have to do our job to stay in the game no matter what the score is. At a certain point, it gets like that, you just have to block the scoreboard out and go play your game for your brothers and that’s it.

 

On what the team has to do to improve…

A lot. We have to do a lot. We just have to start by playing better, lock in on the details and just do that much more.

CJ Mosley

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On what do you see in the Bills and what the Jets are trying to build…

We’re not trying to become anybody else. we’re trying to build our own identity. And when Coach Saleh came here, he had the identity that he wanted, and he still believes in the identity. That’s All Gas No Brake. Whatever phrase you want to use, he’s installed what he wants this team to look like. So, it’s an easy no. Do we know when that’s going to happen, when we’re going to start seeing that success? We don’t know. But, like I said, that’s why we work. That’s why we come to work every day. During the game, I was just thinking about Kobe Bryant, and just all the years, all the work, all the time he put in for 20 years, and only got five rings out of it. So, if you think about it that way, it’s like you put in all this work but you don’t know when it’s going to pay off. But that’s why you do it, and that’s why you fall in love with what you do. You love putting in that work. And when the success does happen, it feels that much better. So, I feel like we built a foundation in the OTAs and all this, and it might have found some cracks here and there in the foundation, but you can’t have a strong house without a strong foundation. So, I feel this character-building moment, this season, we’re going to really see what our foundation is like. And is it going to crack or not.

 

What do you see in the Bills offensively…

They just put they’re play makers in a good position. (Josh) Allen did a good job getting out of the pocket when he needed to and making plays down field. They had a few runs that got out on the edge up for us. So as for the defense, we have to set the edge to stop the runs on the perimeter. But they just did a good job at executing their offense and executing as a team.

Sheldon Rankins

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On what’s happened with the once shining defense these last few games…

In the simplest of terms, lack of execution. Whether it be guys not understanding assignments or just not getting to a place when they need to, a second too late, or whatever. But at the end of the day, lack of execution. It’s showed up over and over and we’re continuing to work to fix it. This isn’t a lack of effort thing. Guys are studying hard, guys are making sure they’re locked in to their assignments and to the game plan. But, for some reason, it’s not coming together when we need it to. So, we’ll continue to fix this thing, we’ll continue to fine-tune, get back to the drawing board, and we’ll get this thing rolling. It’s just been rough so far.

 

On what you took out of Foley’s (Folorunso Fatukasi) talk after the game…

I think he speaks for a lot of guys. Because he’s one of the leaders on this team, and he’s been here a while. He’s experienced a lot of ups and downs here. When a guy like that speaks up and says what he said, guys listen. So, at the end of the day, guys got to look within. At the end of the day, this is your job. You’re paid to come out here and not just be a football player, but make plays. At the end of the day, you don’t just come out here to do your assignment, you come out here to make plays, to help this team win football games. So, I think guys will take heat to that, guys will look within themselves, and then guys will come back locked in ready to work. And, let’s turn this thing around. It can only go up from here. I think we’ve played it, overall, about as bad as we could possibly play at times. So, it can only go up from here, and I think guys will take heat and listen and come back ready to work, fired up, and ready to turn this thing around. Because this isn’t what we want to be known for. This isn’t our standard. This isn’t what we want to put on tape over and over. So, guys will get it fixed and we’ll get this thing turned around.

 

On if the defense is angry, embarrassed, etc…

All of the above. As we should be. Our job is to go out there and stop people and we haven’t done it over the last few outings. So, for us, yeah we’re embarrassed because it’s not our standard. I think, to a man, we understand the kind of players, the kind of men we have in that locker room that line up on defense for us. Every man should be embarrassed, every man should be angry. But at the end of the day, those are our brothers, so we have to go to war with. So, no fingers being pointed. Every man looks at themselves in the mirror and understand that we all have to get better. There isn’t a magic formula or a secret sauce or anything like that. We all just have to get better and collectively be able to execute on Sundays when it matters. Nobody watches practice. Nobody cares if we execute in practice. All they care about is the results on Sundays. So, for us, it’s just got to be about taking what we do in practice and bringing it over to the game. I know people are tired of hearing that, but at the end of the day, sometimes it’s as simple as that. We just have to be able to execute it.

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