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6 Takeaways from Coach Bowles' Conference Call

Jets Head Coach Discusses QBs, Defensive Performance and Injuries


New Man Under Center?: During Monday's game, head coach Todd Bowles went to QB Geno Smith as a "reliever" for Ryan Fitzpatrick. But during his conference call Tuesday, Bowles said the staff will discuss all starting spots leading up to the Ravens game, as the group does following every game.

"First of all, after the game that's always going to be status quo because I'm never going to tell the media anything before I meet with my coaches, my general manager and the rest of the staff," he said. "So, everything is status quo until we have our meeting on Monday evening. But he (Smith) did show some promise when he was in there. He understood the game plan. He did good for the drive he was in there for."

The Young Guns:QBs Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg have yet to be active for a regular season game and the pair has split scout team reps in practice. Coach Bowles said there's a possibility down the road they could receive game action, but there's still "some stages to go" before that becomes a viable option.

"Well Petty's only been back for about a week, so he's still got some ways to go from his injury," said the head coach. "Hackenberg's been throwing the ball with a lot more confidence on the scout team, and he's been getting some valuable experience."

No Changes on the Staff:The Jets offense has struggled the past two weeks, converting four of their last 24 third downs and failing to score a point in the second half. With that being said, Bowles still has confidence in his offensive staff, a group that led the players to a franchise mark in total yards in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's first season.

"It's no different than what's making me stand firm with the players," Bowles said. "We've had success with the coaches and players that we have. We're not having success right now, the past four weeks. Some people get rid of people and have success, but some get rid of people and have failure. You have to know what you have and you have to navigate it through and work towards getting better as a team. I think we have those people to do that."

Uncharacteristic:Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed for 111 yards Monday Night Football, including a 58-yard TD run on the first play of Arizona's second drive. The Jets' rush defense, which was No. 2 in the league entering Week 6, had not allowed an 100-yard rusher this season.

"I thought they started gambling a little too much in the second half and I thought people tried to over compensate and make plays," Bowles said. "So we let some runs out in the second half at the end of the game, especially that we shouldn't have let out. But the effort they're giving is fine, we just have to clean up some small things."

The Yin and the Yang: While the Jets did not surrender any big plays in the secondary, the unit was flagged for six penalties.

"On the plus side, they didn't give up a big play on the deep ball. On the bad side, there were too many hands in the penalty department," Bowles said. "They competed harder, they played harder, but the penalties can't happen back there. They let two drives sustain and turn into touchdowns where we off the field, so from that standpoint they really need to be cleaned up."

Injury Update:WR Eric Decker underwent hip surgery today...ILB Darron Lee (ankle) and RT Brent Qvale (stinger) are undergoing further tests tonight.

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