Head Coach Robert Saleh, 12.3
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Alright, I’ll start with injuries real quick. Corey Davis is going to give it a run today, we’ll know more tomorrow. (Sheldon) Rankins, he’s not looking good for the weekend.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: What’s your feeling on Corey Davis’ availability for Sunday?
It’s going to depend on what happens today. He’s going to give it a run. We’re more optimistic than we were last week, but at the same time, it’s going to come down to work today, see how he feels tomorrow.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: Did Rankins have a setback?
No, we’re trying to get him going. It just doesn’t look like it’s going to make it. We’ll see today, but less optimistic on him than Corey.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: You had talked about Mekhi Becton doing field work this week. Can you just give us an update on where he’s at?
Same. I’ve been focusing on this. Usually that update doesn’t come until Monday, so I’ll have more for you guys in the Monday press conference.
Greg Joyce, New York Post: How has Denzel (Mims) looked this week in practice?
He’s looked good. He’s got that big smile running around, he had a lot of energy. It looked like he had fresh legs. We’re excited to get him out on the football field to give him an opportunity to make some plays.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: How big of a loss will not having Sheldon be against the Eagles, who kind of run a similar scheme to how the Colts ran?
If he’s not able to go, obviously he’s a big piece to that puzzle, especially inside. If he’s not able to go, we’ve got Jonathan Marshall who is more than capable to step in there, big body, and he’ll get an op. Obviously, we’ll see today, but we feel confident in the group we got.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: Yesterday, (Jeff) Ulbrich talked about going up against a similar scheme to the Colts and Eagles, and obviously the Eagles have had a lot of success running the ball lately, and it being kind of a chance to, not a redo, but to put better tape out there. Just how do you view the challenge that you guys face this weekend and framing it that way?
Obviously, every time that you step onto the field, it’s an opportunity for you to put on good tape. There are similarities, but it doesn’t change the mindset of what every week needs to be with regards to your stepping on the field and there’s 31 other teams and your peers who are all going to watch this tape, and obviously the fans and family and all that. Every week is redemption week in terms of proving that you belong in this league. This week, without exception, Philadelphia is a very, very powerful offense. Very strong running game and it’s going to be a tremendous challenge.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: What do you like to see from Zach (Wilson) as he builds on from last week’s performance?
You know what, it’s finding ways to get better, get more comfortable, be great with your footwork, be great with your eyes, keep the main thing the main thing, get the ball to the open guy, go through your progressions. It seems simple, but getting comfortable earlier in games, but that just comes with time. So, just improve every game and really improve on the simplistic part of it. And he is. He’s got such a great mindset to him, especially for a young man. We know he’s going to get better every time he steps out onto the football field, so we’re looking forward to it.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: He talked about being hard on himself, do you ever have to tell him maybe don’t be so hard on yourself?
No. The best individuals are their own worst critic, or greatest critic, if you will. I never look at somebody being too hard on themselves. You’re supposed to be hard on yourself. If you can’t expect yourself to be great and be perfect, then who will? He’s internally motivated, and that’s all you can ask for out of these young men, that internal motivation, be the best version of yourself every single day and that’s something he strives for every day.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: When you mentioned the simplicity, the Eagles run a lot of zone, obviously, they’ll run something else but they run way more zone and they kind of takeaway what Zach’s strength in, which throws the ball deep down the field and they force you to take what defense gives you. How much of a challenge will that be for Zach to continue to be able to learn simplicity and execute that part of offense?
They’re similar. They don’t want to allow explosives. They’re going to allow you to take some stuff, but they are aggressive too. They got a really good front, they make it hard on you, they’ll match coverages and they’ll make you roll to the top. But at the same time, there is a discipline in this style of offense where you go through your progression and if whatever number you are in the progression, if it’s open, let it rip. If it means number one is open, then let it rip. If it means the checkdown is open, let it rip. For Zach, just to have the discipline to work through his progression as quickly as possible, get rid of the ball in a timely manner and trust that the offense will continue to work for us, for him. But at the same time, don’t be a robot, if the play breaks down and you have to go make a play, make a play.
Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: What are your thoughts on Ronnie Blair? Last week, got a sack on Tytus Howard and it’s been a long road back for him. I know you’re very close to him and really admire the player. What are your thoughts on that breakthrough sack for him in his road back?
I always tell anyone who is willing to listen that if you had the opportunity with the injuries we had in San Francisco a year ago, to be on the field, he would have gotten double-digit sacks. So pumped for him and being intimate in the sense of knowing exactly what his struggle’s been over the last couple years with trying to get back on the football field, for him to have that breakthrough and get that sack was one of the cooler moments that no one really talked about. It was awesome.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: For you guys as a defense, obviously Sheldon is a question mark this week, but you’ve had a few weeks here where you haven’t had to shuffle around like crazy.
Knock on wood, right? Continuity, especially when you’re dealing with such a young group. I try to compare to, and I don’t like comparing, but a year ago in San Francisco when we had all those injuries, the veterans were stepping on the football field, people who knew the system where they could step in so there was continuity. This is a first-year system and a lot of really, really young guys to begin with and a lot of young guys are replacing each other. There is, when you do get that continuity and like we’ve had, you can start playing more consistently. The communication pre-snap, post-snap, the recognition of what’s happening from an offensive standpoint and how to react gets faster. Elijah Riley has done a really nice job stepping in there and creating some stability. Ashtyn Davis has gotten a lot better since the first week he stepped on the field. I think it was Atlanta when he stepped on, so he’s gotten a lot better. Then obviously Bryce (Hall) and (Javelin) Guidry and (Isaiah) Dunn and (Brandin) Echols at the corner spot, Michael Carter (II). Really, really young group, but all of them have been, now that they’ve been working together, they’re hearing each other, they’re playing off of one another and they’re seeing it all the same which is helping them a little bit better.
Andy Vasquez, The Record: And one more thing with Zach, Mike LaFleur talked about how he liked what he did pre-snap, before the snap in the last game. How much have you seen him grow in that aspect and how much can that help him moving forward for these last six game?
It’s about getting comfortable. You know, you have your pre-snap indicators and your post-snap reactions, so you recognize things, but it doesn’t mean that things can’t flip when he ball gets snapped. But having trust in your preparation, having trust in your teammates, having trust in if you maintain good tempo, maintain good footwork, maintain good discipline with your eyes, you can play as fast as possible and the more he can put himself on repeat, the quicker he’ll get better. And it’s something that he’s working for.
Greg Joyce, New York Post: It seemed like Quinnen (Williams) had a pretty active game last week. Where do you feel like he’s at right now? And kind of learning in the system?
Quinnen is awesome. He’s been great this entire season. I think he’s a Pro Bowler, personally. He’s a fantastic young man, his work ethic, all of it. His numbers are up there with some of the best ones in this league, and he shows up to work every day. When he steps on the football he absolutely, whether it’s practice or the game, his effort is as good as anyone and his production is as good as anyone. So, he’s moving along really good and just stay the course and find ways to get better and get more production.
Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: How big a challenge is this offensive line that the right tackle, Lane Johnson’s one of the best in the league, the left tackle is almost 400 pounds. What does this do as far as create a challenge for you guys?
400 pounds with like a percent body fat. They’re very talented. It’s probably the most talented o-line we’ll be facing this year. Their o-line coach is one of the best in the business also, and it’s a challenge for sure.
Greg Joyce, New York Post: How much do you sense that Quinnen is itching to get that Pro Bowl?
You know what, that’s probably a question for him. But even if he doesn’t get it, he’s a Pro Bowler in my mind.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: What is the mindset of your defense facing this offense, which is kind of like the Oklahoma offense that Jalen Hurts played as. There’s a lot of college elements to it. How big a challenge is that as far as not going for a lot of the play fakes and chicanery that they present?
There’s a discipline, I think obviously Nick (Sirianni) and his staff do a phenomenal job game planning, but their pass game is much more advanced than a college offense. That’s what kind of makes it unique and why it’s pretty darn good. They can run the ball if they want to. Just being here, when they were here in the summer, I was actually shocked at Jalen’s (Hurts) ability to throw the football. He was a lot better than I thought. And he’s a very, very talented young man. And the whole offense kind of stems off of his abilities. And just all the different things they can do from RPOs, to zone reads, to just a power run game, and then to be able to drop back and throw the football, and then his off-schedule stuff, it’s a tremendous challenge. Something that you can see that they’ve been getting better from the beginning.
Jeané Coakley, SNY: Your shirt?
My shirt. So, I know they’re not in New Jersey, but I’m recognizing Oxford High School in Michigan. I grew up an hour from there. And obviously everyone’s familiar with the shooting. And I wanted to recognize Madison Baldwin, Hannah St. Julien, Justin Shilling, and Tate Myre. Tate obviously played for the football team. An absolute tragedy. And through that tragedy, there’s a lot of heroes that take place.