Jets Still Learning Their Identity

Posted Sep 18, 2017

Todd Bowles Likes His Team’s Fight, McCown Pleased with Offensive Improvements

Despite losing 45-20 to the Raiders yesterday, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said the score wasn’t indicative of the team’s effort.

“We’re still learning about the identity part, but we have a lot of fight in us. We just have to not make the mistakes that we’ve been making,” said Bowles, who later added, “I know my team and the locker room. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve been around these guys quite a bit and I have the all the confidence in the world in them.”

Positive Slope
After watching the tape, starting quarterback Josh McCown was most pleased with the progress in three areas.

“Third downs, I thought we were much improved,” McCown said. “We have to keep that going and we got the ball downfield, that’s an improvement for us. Those were the two major things. And the running game, just getting that rolling the way we’d like. Those are the three things that we were looking from Week 1 to Week 2 as improvements that we wanted to make.”

The Green & White converted 58% on third down (7-12), wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and running back Matt Forté each had a 34-yard reception and the Jets totaled 126 rushing yards on 25 attempts for an average of 5.0 yards.

“It took us kind of looking at ourselves and realizing that we have to start walking the walk,” center Wes Johnson said. “We want to run the ball and be an offensive line that can put games away by running it. We took ownership of that last week and it paid off a little bit in the game.”

Double Eight
McCown completed a pass to nine different receivers Sunday and he’ll most likely add someone else to the mix this week in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins finished serving his two-game suspension, but he has been around the team as he was able to participate in everything except practice. The four-year veteran could provide a spark on offense as well as provide depth for a position that has dealt with injuries as both Eric Tomlinson (elbow) and Jordan Leggett (knee) did not play Sunday.

“It’s like a regular game plan as far as personnel groupings and stuff like that,” McCown said. “There aren’t all these extra contingency plans in case you lose one guy or something happens. You feel like you have your full complement of people and it’ll be a big positive. Obviously Austin is a good player, so we look forward to having him back with us. It’ll be good.”