Jets Post-Game Quotes (Week Thirteen)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On injuries…

Corey (Davis) re-injured his groin. That’ll be day-to-day. LDT (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif) has an ankle. We’ll see what that looks like tomorrow. Michael Carter II is in concussion protocol.

 

On the play of the Jets defense…

The first half clearly wasn’t good enough. Second half, I thought we came out and showed some fight. Lot of self-inflicted wounds on some of those third-and fourth-down calls that we need to be better at – coaches, players, everybody. They were able to sustain drives in the second half, some to their credit and some self-inflicted.

 

On the Jets not getting officials calls to go their way…

I’m not going to get into all that. You guys saw the game.

 

On if the Eagles quarterback change affected the Jets preparation during the week…

No. Obviously, the QB run game wasn’t there, but there were more RPO’s, more intermediate to short game, which we all knew. Their o-line is one of the best in football. They did a great job protecting him. He (Gardner Minshew) was able to sit back there and find time and find check downs as our zones expanded. All around, it just wasn’t good enough in terms of keeping him the pocket and getting after him from the pass rush standpoint.

 

On how much preparation the Jets did for Gardner Minshew…

A system is a system. They weren’t going to change their entire system all in one week. It’s just, what were they going to call more of which we were very more familiar with? Alright, you’re not going to get the QB runs, but you’re still going to get RPO’s. You’re still going to get more intermediate to short game, which is what they did. Everything that they did was expected. It’s all part of their game plan. The plays were all the same, it was just ‘Where’s the ball going to go?’ Where Jalen (Hurts) might be a little more aggressive, we knew Minshew was going to be a little more intermediate, check down. Where Jalen would run, we knew Minshew would hand the ball off or be more RPO-ish, if you will. From a pass game standpoint, where Jalen would tuck it and run, we knew that Minshew would try to bide time. He just sat behind that offensive line and did a good job buying time and finding open receivers.

 

On losing momentum offensively by only having three plays in the third quarter…

To their credit, they possessed the ball. They had the ball at the end of the first half, then came out and had a really long drive – eight minutes, I think – on that first drive. Obviously, we go quick on our drive. Then, they get the ball back and pretty much take up the entire third quarter. That’s big.

 

On Jets kicker Alex Kessman…

We have someone else in the building. We’ll just keep going until something works.

 

On what was difference with Jets QB Zach Wilson today…

His footwork was awesome. His eyes, his tempo, playing within the scheme and not trying to overanalyze. Not trying to make defenses pay just because you might know what they’re in. I thought this was, by far, his best game in terms of just working progression and playing within the scheme. I wish we could have kept him in rhythm in the second half because I thought he was getting ready to have an explosive game overall.

 

On the Eagles receiving four first downs via penalty…

Anytime, you have to look at yourself first. There are some self-inflicted wounds in there for sure. We have to be better in those regards. We can handle the ones we have control over. Those are the ones that are the most frustrating.

 

On the Eagles hurting Wilson’s momentum by holding the ball for eight minutes to start the second half…

They had the ball to finish the first half. Then, they go eight minutes. And then, it’s a quick drive for us and then they have the ball again for however many minutes it was. You’re looking at over an hour of real time where our offense was on the field for just a quick minute. So yeah, it does, especially when it’s cold and you’re trying to stay warm and in rhythm. All of that matters.

 

(follow-up) On how disappointing that is…

It is. It’s disappointing. Our offense was rolling. We scored three touchdowns early in the first half and Zach and the receivers, the run game, all of it was working really well. If we could have gotten a stop early, It felt like our offensive would have turned around and gotten some points. We had some chances there, but obviously, it wasn’t good enough.

 

On what he is most disappointed in defensively in the first half…

Third downs. All of it. It was a little of everything, third down especially.

 

(follow-up) On how he can explain that considering how well they played against the Texans last week…

Philly has a really talented offense. Nick (Sirianni) and his staff do a really nice job with scheme. The frustrating part was, I wish we could have gotten a little more of a pass rush. Minshew was able to buy some time back there. At the same time, we have to cover. We have to find ways to get the ball on the ground, find ways to win our one-on-one’s. Like I said, in that first half, it wasn’t nearly as good as it needed to be. In the second half, it got a little bit better, but some self-inflicted wounds allowed some drives to keep going.

 

On if the play of the defense is disheartening to the locker room after stating earlier this week that they wanted this game and to show the league that they can play good defensive football…

No because every week, you have to step up and compete in this league and prove your worth. It doesn’t matter teams, the whole Indianapolis game – it doesn’t matter. I get it. It was a topic and it came up. Every single week, it doesn’t matter who the opponent is. It’s a battleground, a proving ground every time you step on the football field. What is disheartening is that, I know that when we watch this tape and we sit down together, there is going to be a lot of missed opportunities that we had from a defensive standpoint to get the ball back to our offense, especially when they were rolling. Especially on some of those third downs when we could have been a lot better.

 

On if the defense made progress by holding the Eagles to only field goals in the second half…

For sure. Obviously, they were able to kick field goals, but to hold up in the red zone the way that we did, to hold up in the second half and to make them kick field goals, it showed the fight and the grit and the pride that they have. It was good to see. Obviously, we don’t want to allow any points, but it was at least good to see that when their back was up against a wall, they continued to fight and keep points to a minimum.

 

On making defensive adjustments…

We did. We went to some zones there in the second half. We started to mix in some zone, but when you get in there, their run game is really, really good. They were able to create a lot of third-and-five, third-and-less, third-and-six. You can mix in your zones and man’s, but at the same time, if you mix in too much zone, they will check downs (and) fall forward for the first down and vice versa. And, if you go man, you get all of these crossing routes. It’s a cat-and-mouse game that you try and play. I thought Brick (Jeff Ulbrich) did a good job changing it up. It held up some there in the second half by holding them to field goals, but again, it would have been good to not allow them into field goal range in the first place.

 

On the fourth down encroachment penalty on Jets LB CJ Mosley…

I’m just going to keep it quiet. I’ll address it tomorrow.

Zach Wilson

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On the key to their hot start…

Yeah, obviously it started off with Braxton (Berrios) with a great return. He put us in great field position and right there we had some good momentum. Then, just execution from there. I thought the guys up front did a good job, the running backs ran hard, got us into a good situation. I thought (Mike) LaFleur called a great play for us to get a touchdown on the first drive and it’s just the momentum we needed.

 

On if throwing the ball a little softer was more of a focus this week…

Yeah, I mean especially for the running backs. That one to Elijah (Moore) in the back of the end zone was really just because there are a lot of hands coming through there, it’s got to be a nice, high ball in the back of the end zone. But the one to (Tevin Coleman) and the other running backs, those guys aren’t receivers, their job isn’t to make a bunch of crazy catches. Those guys have great hands, but how can I make it as easy as possible for those guys? So that’s been a goal, just how can I give them a nice, easy ball to catch?

 

On how difficult it was to get in a rhythm in the second half…

Yeah, it was tough. I would say the biggest issue is, obviously, we had three plays and we’ve got to do a good job. I thought it was a good opportunity for us to practice how to come out and play well when we’ve been on the sideline for a long time. Control what we can control and we have to keep our juices up and going and understand that we have to understand, so in that one series we had in the third and going into the fourth, how can we just get right back to what we were doing?

 

On what happened on his interception…

Yeah, I stepped up in the pocket and I was throwing it to Jamison (Crowder), obviously, in the middle and I thought the guy was tight to him to maybe undercut it or whatever it was. I just tried to put some more speed on the ball and just throw it harder to fit it into that tight window and it just slipped off my hand as I was throwing it and it just fluttered back there to the safety.

 

On if he feels it was his best game playing within the scheme…

Yeah, there were definitely improvements. I thought I had some good plays as far as just putting my team in the best decision that I can make every single time and just processing as far as getting through guys. Now, the next step comes from finding that balance from how I can now go out and use my playmaking ability and also stay within the offense 99 percent of the time. I still think there is a lot of improvement that I can make into next week, but I thought this was a good game to be able to learn, especially there at the end. I’d say the game’s over, obviously we have a two-minute drive. I thought that was a really cool situation just for us young guys to say, ‘Hey, we get it, game’s over, whatever, but let’s take advantage of this two-minute drive, we need the reps.’ I thought that was really good for me to go out there and have to throw the ball into a bad situation, really, is all it is and you’ve got to go out there and play well and function and get the guys set up. You have to have good communication, so I thought it was a good opportunity for us to take advantage of that.

 

On the biggest difference in playing well in the first half…

Yeah, I think just everyone getting going coming out right from the beginning. I thought the coaches put us in a great situation and obviously, like I said, with Braxton getting us in a great situation, I just felt like I don’t have to put a huge emphasis on starting better. I need to do the best I can on every play no matter if it’s the beginning or end of the game. So, I thought that was the mindset all day today, even the interception, it was tight. My mindset was there, take what the defense gives me, be smart with the ball, and play within the offense.

 

On his chemistry with Moore…

Yeah, it’s crazy because I feel like obviously, he’s a great player, he’s doing a great job, and it’s not like I’m necessarily out there saying, ‘Where’s E-Moore?’ He’s doing his role as far as just taking advantage of his opportunities, getting open, coaches putting him in the right spot, and he’s coming down with the right plays, and so I feel like our connection is going to get even better. I still feel like we had one in the second half, I’ve got to feel how he’s coming out of his route, there was one I missed a little off to the left. That’s a connection throw right there. That’s going to be something with time that we’re going to fix. It’s cool to go through this whole thing together because we both see that – we both see the emotions that come out of this game, and how much it means to both of us. It’s good to have those reps.

 

On if he feels bad for Alex Kessman missing two extra points…

No, I don’t feel bad for him. He’s a professional. He’s going to get right back and he’s going to do his thing. I don’t need to feel sorry for anybody. He knows what he’s got to do better and we’ve got to control what we can control. Not a single guy on the offense is thinking, ‘Oh, we missed field goals.’ No one’s thinking that. That has nothing to do with us on offense. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do, and the rest takes care of itself. He’s going to do his job and he’s going to learn from this whole thing just like the rest of us.

 

On if it’s harder to focus on progress in a loss…

I think you’ve got to understand the process, right? I think after a game it’s okay to be frustrated and it’s okay to wish you played better and do things differently. But I think when you get into the film room tomorrow and you’re able to watch that, you pull those individual plays that you feel like had progress to them, and how can you apply them and make them even better for the next week? Especially in the situation we are as a team with young guys, you’ve got to let the wins take care of themselves. Everybody’s got to do their job and think to themselves, ‘How can I be the best player I can be on this play?’ and nothing else matters. The score doesn’t matter, everything else doesn’t matter. If I do my job the best I can do it, 11 guys on offense, 11 on defense, we’re going to take care of it on the scoreboard eventually once everyone does that.

 

On what he wants to work on in preparing to play the Saints…

Yeah, I really would think just making some of the easy ones easy. I had one to T-Cole (Tevin Coleman). We’ve got to watch it on film. I’ve got to make that easier on him, the one that kind of hit him in the helmet. It’s an awkward angle for him. I would say just making some of the easy ones. I had one on that fourth down where I was in between both. I thought he was wide open, he could run for the first down, but then a part of me wanted to hold it back because I was in between. I’ve got to get it passed the sticks. I’ve got to be decisive there. Things to improve on and learn from the film, just making some of the easier throws easy and then of course just getting better at the process of just getting through everything.

 

On his philosophy on moral victories…

I feel like we all go through everything together and I would say this hurts but we’ve just got to look for the growth in all of this and we’re going to experience this all as a team, so we’ve just got to understand there are five games left and we’ve all got to just have each other’s back and understand it’s going to be a dog fight for the rest of the year. We’re going to bring it every single week.

Jamison Crowder

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On how they felt in the first half offensively…

Yeah, I thought we got into a rhythm. It started with (Braxton) Berrios, obviously, with a big return in the return game. That kind of got us going, got us some momentum. Then I thought in the first half we took advantage of the opportunities that we had out there.

 

On Zach Wilson’s success in the first half…

I thought he took what the defense gave us. Like I said, we started with short field first, but he was able to make the right reads, put the ball where it needed to be, and we were able to pick up yards and go down in the first half and produce points.

 

On what it does to the offense when you’re not getting on the field…

Obviously, we were off the field for a long time, but we still have to rally and go out there and take advantage of every opportunity we get. Their defense was on the sideline for a long time, so it wasn’t an excuse. Like I said, we got to take advantage of every opportunity when we’re out there on the field.

Bryce Hall

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On if anything changed for the Jets defense when they learned (Gardner) Minshew would be starting…

Nothing really. Or, not really, honestly. I feel like they’re similar quarterbacks in the sense that they’re mobile guys and we knew that they were going to try and run the ball. And so, I don’t think that really changed the game plan much at all.

 

On explanation of not preparing for Minshew…

I think what that means for us, is we kind of saw them as similar. I mean obviously we don’t know; we didn’t get the information who is up or who is down, and things like that. But, in terms of the preparation, had we known ahead of time, I don’t think it really honestly would’ve changed much at all. And so, we still knew we had prepared for what they were going to do. And I think, in terms of running the football, and all the stuff that they did, it really didn’t change whether it was Minshew and Jalen (Hurts). They did pretty much the same things that we were expecting them to do.

 

On Coach Saleh’s message after the game…

Just the importance of being detailed and precise in everything we do. And, it’s in all phases, offense, defense, and special teams. We’re a better team than what we showed tonight, and it just comes down to execution and doing our job at a high level. And it’s important, when we get into these situations just to not beat ourselves up.

Alex Kessman

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On what happened on the extra points…

I don’t know, I just got to make them. It’s what I do for a living. I got to make those kicks, there’s no excuses.

 

On if he thinks nerves played a part in the missed kicks…

Just a combination of excitement, little bit of nervousness, but nothing that I haven’t felt before. I’m doing the same thing I’ve always done. I’ve got to make the kicks.

 

On how it’s been in practice in recent days…

It’s been good, it’s been real good. I mean I’ve been hitting the ball well; it’s going where I want it to go. In warmups, I was hitting the ball well. It just didn’t go where I wanted it to go.

 

On the mindset of a kicker when you miss two extra points…

I got to control what I can control. If they send me out there to kick, I go out there and kick. It doesn’t matter where from, what time, I go out there and do my job and I didn’t do my job today. Plain and simple, and I’m going to work Monday and do my job, move forward and continue to grow and learn from this. I’m not going to let two kicks define me and the kicker I am and the person I am.

CJ Mosley

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On how he feels about the defense’s performance…

It’s not hard, it frustrating. I’ll go back to my first answer, execution. I’ll take 10 points and include the extra point. I gave up a touchdown the first quarter. I had a very ill-advised encroachment, that luckily only was three pints, but that could’ve kept them out of field goal position. So, at the end of the day, they executed more than we did. And that’s what it came down to.

 

On if it’s tough for the younger guys to grasp the need to take respect…

I don’t think so. I feel the people that we have here are built that way. There’s been times where we’ve all been on the same page and we’ve seen what that looks like. And the times when we’re beating ourselves or we’re not executing the right way, we see how that looks. Every great player, every hall of famer, everybody starts at the same level. So, to say that just because we have guys that are not as accomplished or don’t have experience, I don’t really believe in that, because at one point I didn’t have any experience and I had to learn on the fly, I had to learn through my mistakes, I had to learn through the leadership and the coaches that I had. And so, every player is going to have to go through the same thing. Some get it quicker than others, some shine more than others in their position as far as young players, but we all hold ourselves accountable, we all hold ourselves to the same standard. So, we have to make sure that we’re always on the same page, and when we see things on the field and when we see things off the field, we have to communicate and talk to each other and that’s from top to bottom.

 

On if the defense prepared for Gardner Minshew…

It didn’t affect us at all, they ran the same offense. We ran our same calls, we did our same defense. But like I said, they executed better than we did and they made the plays when they needed to make them.

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