Three-quarters of this 2013 season are in the books, and while it’s clear that the execution has been spotty from week to week, our preparation has been consistently where it needs to be throughout, leaving many Jets players feeling a blend of both frustration and optimism.
“I don’t think we lacked intensity, I don’t think we lacked preparation,” WR
“I think the biggest thing for us is that we just have to do our job,” CB
“I feel we prepared very well this week,” T
Having been inactive for all dozen games this season, third-year veteran T
If the team lacked talent, the losses would actually be easier to swallow, he said. With five wins on the year and consistency Monday through Friday, though, Ijalana said “the fact that things aren’t firing on Sundays is a little disheartening.”
“Just based on this week of practice,” he added, “how I felt us vibing, the camaraderie and the chemistry — no disrespect to the opponent — I would have guaranteed the ‘W’. And a couple of hours after gametime now, it’s just like ‘What happened?’ ”
Only time will tell if this truly was a “must-win” game or not. Either way, it’s over and done with. All we can do now is embrace another week of preparation, get ready for the Oakland Raiders and, most important of all, execute come Sunday.
“There’s definitely a sense of urgency now,” T D’Brickashaw Ferguson said. “You recognize there are four games left and we recognize the challenge that’s before us, but all we can do is just keep our heads down and grind right now and focus on our work. We can’t allow outside influences to affect us right now and we’ll just continue to focus on the prize, which is to win a game.”