TEN Post-Game Quotes (Week Four)

Head Coach Mike Vrabel

On the Jets defense….

(Inaudible) against a front like this. (We) talked about it all week, talked about it being a key, and they impacted the game and we didn’t get open enough and we didn’t protect long enough.

On if QB Ryan Tannehill needs to get the ball out quicker on some of the sacks…

We’re going to look to see if anybody is open – maybe.

On if the Jets defensive front was blitzing or running stunts…

Yeah, I mean they blitzed, and we got down in the red zone and didn’t convert. It wasn’t like we didn’t move the ball, we just weren’t able to finish drives early in the game and kept them in it. And then kicked three field goals and gave up big plays on defense – young football team, give them a reason to go out there and play. Give them credit, and hopefully we can play better next week.

On how he accounts for some of the big plays the Jets were making…

I mean guys are there. At least we tried to actually cover them this time. Seattle, we chose not even to put a guy on him, but we’ll try to go make the play when the ball is in the air and see if we can tackle the quarterback and not let him scramble around.

On the momentum after getting the pass interference and allowing the Jets to score quickly in the fourth quarter… 

Well, there’s a lot of momentum, I mean it was a big play. Normally, drives on defense are going to be a result of a penalty, a big play or both and that was a large chunk of field position throwing it up there and getting a call.

On how frustrating the problems were in the protection…

We talked about that at the beginning, Jim.

On if guys were surprised at how much Jets QB Zach Wilson could do out of the pocket…

Surprised? Who? I mean I knew we needed to try to affect him and he was athletic and could avoid the rush. I thought guys were going and we just didn’t get him down. We had some pressures and he stayed alive and extended the play and got out on the edge. No different than the play against Carolina that just went off of Corey (Davis)’s finger that looked like the same thing – he was just going out there to his right, this time it was (Jamison) Crowder and he hit him this time and in the Carolina game it was a foot overthrown.

On why CB Kristian Fulton was playing in the slot more…

There was a reason there, there’s always a reason that guys move. Chris (Jackson) was unavailable, so I felt like it was best to try to get Kristian Fulton in there.

On how important it is to get this corrected…

Well, that’s what this league is about, whether you win or whether you lose. Hopefully we can get back on the right track and get back to where we’re healthy – get healthy. Looked pretty beat up, made about 10 trips out there so we’ll see where we are health wise. I’m sure it’s not great.

On how much missed opportunities early on hurt the team’s momentum…

When it’s a key to the game and it’s something that they’re really good at you can flip it on them if you’re able to score. It’s usually just one thing down there in the red zone. It’s one block, one route, making sure the spacing is good, finishing a block so that Derrick (Henry) can score on a run. So, I know we can do it, it’s just early on in the game we weren’t able to today and they kept making us kick field goals.

On if he was happy with the week of practice leading up to the game…

I’m never really happy, Joe. I think that it’s practice, right? There’s going to be mistakes, there’s going to be corrections. I thought that Friday was good. It doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters is Sunday and what we do and perform on gameday. We’ve had weeks that probably practice wasn’t great and we won and said, “Oh man, we had a great week of practice and got beat.” So, we have to play better when it counts. There was a lot of opportunities out there that we left out there, coaching and playing perspective, it’s just what happens when you lose.

On if the team came out juiced enough…

I was just really looking for execution. You don’t get any points for energy or jumping around, you get points for execution and being able to score. There’s a lot of ways that guys get ready to execute. Not really sure what that would mean, some guys need to have a lot of energy to go out there and do their job, some guys can go out and function in a different way. The most important thing is that we’re ready to go, that we’re prepared, we’re focused and then try to execute.

On the lack of execution being held to three field goals… 

When you don’t convert in the red zone, it’s hard to come running off with juice, as you say. What usually leads to energy is positive plays, successful plays, and we had many of them on both sides, just not enough there at the end and too many big plays on defense.

On how concerning it is to be this banged up after Week Four…

I’m not concerned. We’ll find somebody. We’ll find 22 guys, 11 guys on offense and defense and special teams. It’s all part of it, it’s all part of the job, but I’m not going to sit there – nobody is going to feel sorry for us, nobody.

On how much health was a part of the protection issues…

All these million excuses are all going to be valid, but we’re not going to use them. We’re going to have to understand how we have to try to play the game based on who’s available and how they feel. They fight, guys are fighting, guys are going back in there. I appreciate that, it’s just unfortunate that we suffered some of those things.

On why RB Derrick Henry was off of the field on third and one…

We got a late spot, literally from upstairs. We’re getting information that that’s a first down, it’s down in the red zone. We did think it was first down, we were trying to go on the ball, and just unfortunate that Brew (Aaron Brewer) was a little high on that one. But we thought that the spot, looking at one of the line judges coming in, that he was past the line and then they move it back and you’re a little hamstrung when you get down there under the clock. No different than when they stopped it to measure or stopped it to decide if it was a first down or not, they just left the ball in the alley and then just wound the clock and stared at the ball and didn’t move it back. So, you’ll have to talk to Adrian (Hill) and his crew.

On the delay of game with 20 seconds left…

Didn’t have any timeouts left. Yup, that’s tough. Not much we can do – I mean other than trying to spot it. They were up there 11 guys at the line of scrimmage. I’m sure Ryan (Tannehill) is doing his best to try to get us into a protection that’s going allow him to at least have a chance to get the throw off, and we got down there underneath and there was nothing that we could do at that point in time. Obviously, being at your best in the critical situations that we show them every week – and that happens every week in his league – is really critical.

On K Randy Bullock’s miss at the end of the game…

Just missed it.

Ryan Tannehill

On what his thoughts are after this game…

Yeah, I’ll have to go back and look at it, but obviously we didn’t execute well enough in a critical situation. Didn’t score when we were down in the red zone, that obviously hurt us. Moved the ball early well and then fell out in the red zone. We have to be able to score when we get down there. Battled back, proud of the guys the way we battled through. In the second half we were able to go tie it up in a critical situation. Defense got a big stop there in overtime to give us the ball back, to give us a chance and we didn’t executive well enough as we got down into field goal range.

On why the offense isn’t as efficient in the red zone this season…

A couple of reasons, tough to pinpoint one area or one group, or anything. It’s been one thing here, one thing there, you know, bad snap, missed opportunity, bad thrown, drop. It’s been everything. We just have to as a group be able to clean those things up, come together and all execute and make plays.

On if he anticipated the protection issues that they would have today…

I mean you never anticipate that. Obviously, I had a ton of respect coming in for this front, the way they played on tape showed up. The way they pushed the pocket and got after the passer. Knew it was going to be a physical, tough game up front, but you never go into a game thinking they’re going to take a bunch of hits, or anything like that.

On how important it is for the team to find consistency regardless of who’s available to play…

Yeah, of course. That’s the name of the game, right. You want to be consistent week in and week out, it’s a long season and we have a lot of football in front of us. But (we) have to be able to play consistent football week in and week out, no matter who’s out there. Which we’ve done at times, but not consistent enough, so I think that’s the key. Being able to find that consistency.

On if he thought the pass to TE Anthony Firkser may be the winning play…

Yeah, when I let it go, I thought we had a good shot there, but obviously we weren’t able to make that.

On if it’s been hard to find consistency with players in and out of the lineup…

I mean it’s football. Obviously, it’s tough whenever you lose guys out of that starting lineup but every team in the league is going to face that at some point. Guys are going to get injured and not be able to play so have to be able to go play consistent football when you do have guys kind of rolling in there.

On if he could have gotten rid of the ball quicker on some of the sacks…

Definitely, there was one early in the red zone it was totally my fault. They were in man pressure look. Typically, they peel the pressure with the back, coming out of the backfield and it was wide open on the flat. They didn’t peel, so that’s where the ball has to go. I anticipated them peeling but have to make sure. That was 100 percent on me for sure.

On what was making the RB Jeremy McNichols screen affective…

Their pass rush was getting up field. I think that’s one thing you want to hit whenever the pass rush is coming off the football like that is hit a screen behind them. We definitely made some big plays there.

On the last screen, did the Jets figured it out or was it just a good play…

It’s tough to say. For me, you know, I’m setting in and drifting and then trying to find the back. It looked like it was a backer who just ended up making a good play.

On the feeling going into overtime after losing the coin toss… 

I had total confidence in our defense that we were going to get a stop and get the ball back. Even as they marched down the field, just kept that faith that we were going to get a stop and defense they did. They load up on the one-yard line and got us the ball back. As an offense we have to find a way to execute and put points on the board there.

On the overtime drive and the level of urgency…

Yeah, we had four minutes to go so we didn’t need to be in a two-minute mode there. We can runup full offense at that point and we did. We were able to hit some runs to Derrick (Henry), pick up some big first downs and move the ball. I don’t think timewise we’d go into two-minute at the four-minute mark or anything like that. We had plenty of time to run our offense, we just didn’t execute as that drive got down the field.

On the delay of game during overtime…

I gave the leg, I don’t know exactly what happened up front, didn’t see it. They were making a change of the call or something and I didn’t see him not see it. So, I thought I’m waiting for the football, and we didn’t end up getting the snap there. So, we have to have cleaner operation.

David Long

On how much they will be kicking themselves over missed opportunities…

We’re not going to kick ourselves at all. We’ll lick the wounds (and) get in there and watch film as soon as possible. (We’ll) correct the mistakes and move on.

On Jets QB Zach Wilson…

He was nice. He made some plays with his feet. He extended plays. Two big plays changed the game. I feel like he did what he is capable of out there.

On if they are playing to the level of their opponent…

I wouldn’t say we played to the level of our opponent. The Jets are good. We came in knowing they had playmakers, especially on defense. They made plays and we didn’t. It’s the NFL and that’s what happened today.

Josh Reynolds

On being back on the field…

It definitely felt good to be back on the field. Like you said, I left a couple of them out there that I wish I had back, but I was able to contribute a little. I was just happy to be out there.

On if they’re shortcomings early in the game came back to haunt them…

It definitely did. We should have executed more in the red zone. Ultimately, that was our biggest problem right there. A lot of three points when we needed the six. That’s what it was.

On his feelings going into overtime…

I didn’t get the feeling that we were out of the game at any point in the game. In overtimes, I knew defense was going to come in clutch for us. All we had to do was do our thing on offense. A couple of penalties brough us back and that was the story.

Kevin Byard

On what went wrong today…

We just didn’t make the play we needed to make. I felt like that was the biggest thing. We had some really good drives, don’t get me wrong, but the consistency just wasn’t there. Hats off to the Jets. Zach Wilson is a great quarterback. I think he’s going to be a great quarterback moving forward in this league. We just didn’t make the plays we needed to make. We have to be more consistent. We stopped the run.  We got an early turnover, but we didn’t get enough of those going into the game. In these types of games we have to play well. We have to play better than their defense and we didn’t do that.

On if he’s surprised they couldn’t make a stop after they went up 17-10…

It’s not surprising when we give up big plays. That’s the overall theme of today for our defense: Big plays. We talk about this all the time, it’s not like this is things we don’t talk about, we just didn’t do it today. We’re not going to sit up here. We’re not going to make any excuses. We just didn’t make the plays we needed to make to win the ball game.

On their timing issues…

Us as a defense, or us as team, we’re just not understanding how to play complimentary football right now. When the offense makes a big play, we have to go out there and make a stop. When you don’t do that, things aren’t going to go well. Just because they are 0-3 doesn’t mean they are a bad team. We saw what happened last year against Cincinnati. We didn’t come out here and play well enough on the road. That’s the bottom line. We even talked about it in the locker room. This team is 0-3, they may be going through some struggles. You want to come out and get on them early because if you don’t, you give them hope and that’s what they did. They built up confidence, started getting the momentum going and you end up losing.

David Quessenberry

On what happened on the drives where they settled for field goals…

When you get down to the red zone, you have to come away with touchdowns otherwise you let teams linger and stay in the fight. When we get down to the red zone, we have to put it in the end zone, we can’t be settling for field goals.

On Ryan Tannehill…

Ryan is probably the best leader I’ve been around. He’s incredibly positive and gets everybody going. If something goes wrong, he doesn’t dwell on it, he just tries to find a way to fix it and move forward so we can win the game.

On how disappointing it was for the offensive line to not be able to carry the team for a win…

It’s disappointing. We have very high expectations for ourselves and this offense. To go out there and not execute to our standard is disappointing.

Jeremy McNichols

On how this loss feels…

Losing always hurts, no matter what. We just have to execute, not just in overtime, but the whole game. When we get the opportunities, we have to capitalize and obviously just finish the game.

On settling for field goals…

Anytime we get into the red zone, we want to score touchdowns. We want to be 100 percent. Early on, I think we could have pushed some of those into the end zone and got some points up. We’re just going to get back to practice on Monday, tomorrow, get back to it, watch the film, put it behind us and find ways to get better next week.

On having an impact on the game with his big gains…

When those opportunities come, you have to make them. I’m all about winning. Whatever it takes to win at the end of the day, that’s my job and that’s why I’m here.

Derrick Henry

On how frustrating the lack of success in the red zone was…

We have to be better. We have to get points when we get down in the red zone with touchdowns. We weren’t able to do that.

On how difficult it has been to manage the changing personnel due to injury…

We just have to play better. We’re not looking for excuses or pointing fingers. We have to play better. We have to finish drives as a unit and play better. That’s all it is.

On putting this loss behind them…

It’s over with. All you can do is learn from it, watch film, grow as players, grow as a team and move forward.

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