Jets Post-Game Videos & Quotes (P3)

Head Coach Robert Saleh

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On the last few plays of the game and his approach for the next 15 days…

The first part of the question – it was fun to watch those guys compete. It’s important to them. It’s important to everybody, but it shows how important it is to the guys who strapped it up and go play. As far as the next 15 days, we’re going to evaluate the roster and the waiver wire, all of the different things that come into it, and also get a jump start on Carolina.

 

On his decision to not play all of the starters…

From the offensive side of the ball, when you look at all of the things happening on the offensive side of the ball with Mekhi (Becton) being out and shuffling people around, it just wasn’t worth it to bring them out. We felt like we had a productive training camp with regards to what we’ve seen in games. With the practices we had with Philadelphia, we felt we got enough accomplished and we really wanted to give the younger guys a look to give them a chance to etch their spot on the roster in stone.

 

On whether the rain and turf issues prior to the start of the game influenced his decision…

No. We had already decided.

 

On the next few days and communicating with Joe (Douglas) about the 53-man roster…

This is where Joe is phenomenal. We are going to talk about personnel. He’s going to get input from all of our coaches and from there, it’s making the really tough decisions. This part of camp is always the worst part of camp because you have to face a lot of men eye-to-eye and tell them either good news or bad news. Regardless, there’s going to be a lot of communication over the next few days.

 

On how many positions were up for grabs entering tonight…

I’ll keep that one in here.

 

On the play of Josh Johnson and James Morgan as they compete for the backup quarterback position…

JJ (Johnson) hasn’t had a lot of reps, so we wanted to give him a chance to go and compete. I felt like it was a great opportunity for him to go show it. He doesn’t look like he’s in his mid-30’s when he’s running around and slinging the ball. I thought he was very productive. He’s a veteran and knew exactly where to go with the ball. He was decisive with it, so I thought he was productive. Getting J-Mo (Morgan) another opp, I really believe if we don’t fumble that ballhe was going to put us in field goal range, get a kick with (Matt) Ammendola and win the game. That’s the way he was operating and moving. And then to show the grit to get us all the way down there and throw a 60-yard shot into the endzone was pretty cool. I thought they both were good.

 

On the backup quarterback position battle during training camp…

We thought they all got better as entire camp went along. Mike White was getting a lot better. Josh is a veteran and is already fantastic. J-Mo just going through and learning, you guys see how hard he works. For all of the extra work he puts in, for him to have the second half he had was awesome. We’re going to talk about it again tomorrow. I thought they all progressed pretty well and now we go evaluate.

 

On why he decided to dress Bless (Austin) and Bryce (Hall)…

They’re still young corners and they need all of the reps they can handle. With the exception of some of the guys on the d-line, the entire secondary played. There’s still a lot of stuff that we need to get cleaned up back there in terms of communication and technique and tackling. We wanted to give those young guys a look, especially at corner to make sure that they’re getting reps. Same thing at middle linebacker with (Jamien) Sherwood. In hindsight, I’m really happy that we got this game in because he needed it. These reps are priceless for all of them.

 

On the play of Sherwood and his missed tackles…

The first one was unlucky, but that’s why you don’t let go. I think every time he hits the field, he is going to learn something. It will help when he has C.J. (Mosley) flanking him to be able to communicate and talk to him, and obviously Marcus (Maye) flanking him on the other side just from a communications standpoint. I thought it was so important for him and Nas (Hamsah Nasirildeen) to get out there and compete the best they could.

 

On if he or Jeff Ulbrich said anything to Sherwood…

Yeah, simple coach speak, ‘Hold on.’ But, he did everything right, it was a really nice play, just unlucky.

 

On the right tackle battle between George Fant and Morgan Moses…

We’ll talk about it again tonight or tomorrow when we watch tape and all that stuff. I think it cleared itself up a little bit. I’ll wait to tell you guys until we get a definitive answer from everyone in the discussion.

 

On the training camp battle at slot corner between Michael (Carter II) and (Javelin) Guidry…

We’re really excited about the slot corner. When you look at Michael and Guidry, we think they’re two NFL starters with potential to be even more with their youth. They have the chance to grow into the position. Guidry has such good speed and foot quickness, and he’s a lot stronger than you think. Michael is such a good communicator and very smart. We’re really excited about those two. Those are definite starters in this league. They just add to the value of that position.

 

On whether either could be moved to outside corner if the starters are struggling…

For sure. For sure. Good question.

 

On Ty Johnson…

The emphasis for him this year since we walked into this building has been to get those tough yards. Third and one, lower your shoulder. It’s not about finding the crease, it about moving piles, sticking his foot in the ground and getting violent with his running, run his feet on contact. I thought he did a really good job there on that touchdown drive. He converted a third and short and was moving piles, lowering his shoulder and getting tough, aggressive yards. That was a great plus for him. The thing about it is, he still has so much more in the tank. I thought that was a great step forward for him. He did a really nice job.

 

On does the start of the season feel like it’s coming fast or distant…

It’s coming quick. It’s exciting that it’s happening. We have to get on Carolina. We’ll start prepping and get going.

 

On whether Zach spent any time lobbying to play tonight…

He always lobbies. He wants to play. He wants to be out there., they all lobbied to be honest with you, but the decision was made.

 

Josh Johnson

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Rich Cimini, ESPN: Josh, what were your thoughts just to get the start today?

Blessed, excited. These are things that honestly, I prepare myself for daily, just going through the journey that I’ve gone through, I try to just train my mind, my body, my soul every day to just be prepared for moments like this and so you can just try to go out there and present yourself properly.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Josh, what’s this like been like, this experience with the Jets where you haven’t gotten a lot of reps? We’ve seen you just kind of waiting your turn so to speak.

I’m human, it’s an up and down process. It’s good days, bad days. But I’ve been doing this long enough, I can figure things out by how things are going, just understanding the situation. I honestly try not to focus on that, I try to focus on being prepared for the moment and today was the moment I found out that I was going to play. And to me, I don’t focus on the circumstances because we’re all presented with different circumstances. My thing is being focused on trying to make the best choices with that circumstance that I just had, and I felt like we were able to do that as an offense. I would’ve liked to finish that last drive but, was able to put some points up and then James (Morgan) and the next group came on and finished it.

 

Rich Cimini, ESPN: I guess Tuesday is the final cutdown day so, what are these next two, three days going to be like for you? You’ve been through it a lot, is it like edge of your seat, is it wait from the phone ringing, how do you approach it?

As I’ve gotten older, like I’ve said plenty of times, I’ve gotten stronger in my faith to understand that I’m not in control. If I’m not in control of these situations, I just pray on it and leave it up in God’s hands. So far, He hasn’t let me down, He’s challenged me consistently to make sure I stay strong in my faith and I’m getting better at that daily, not perfect but, when the time is needed, He shows up for me. That’s kind of what I’m going to do again with this situation, enjoy the victory with the guys because this is why I play football. Even though I wasn’t on the field, just to experience that whole situation is very exciting. Very happy for James and Kenny (Yeboah). Those two young guys, just to have that moment, a lot of guys don’t get to experience that. This is why, to me, I play the game as long as I can because once it’s over, it’s over.

 

Andy Vasquez, The Record: You’re the only quarterback in this quarterback room with experience so, what’s it been like being in a room that’s so young and what have you tried to offer to these guys?

To me it’s refreshing, they keep me young. Me and Zach (Wilson) joke all the time he’s closer to my daughters age than he is to me. I remember being in those guys seats and so I just try to bring another perspective as a guy that has seen a lot of football, been around, having my opportunities here and there. But I’ve always been a sponge and I understand this game and I try to just bring them that perspective, unlike a coach, but understanding what the coach wants but also as a player and understanding the value of how they may see things. I think we got a real good group, we’ve all kind of meshed and with our own different personalities and different backgrounds. I can say we’ve all, in the game, when we’ve got our opportunities, we’ve done well and that’s all we can really ask for.

 

Andy Vasquez, The Record: What are your impressions of Zach, just overall, in terms of what he brings on the field?

He’s the number two pick for a reason, I would say that. The kid has a chance to be really special, but he has all the makeup to be special. He takes it seriously every day, he focuses on his craft, he doesn’t take things for granted, he’s always learning and he’s really humble to me in how he goes about his work. I think it’s just a matter of him stacking the chips and learning every day. I think he’ll be just fine.

 

Ty Johnson

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