Jets-Dolphins: Locker Room Sound Bites

Selected quotes from the Jets' and Dolphins' locker rooms at Hard Rock Stadium after the Jets' 27-23 loss in South Florida this afternoon:

Jets head coach Todd Bowles on where he feels his team's season is at after the loss...
"Right where it is, 3-6, half of what we want to be as opposed to 6-3. And we've got to be better in a hurry."

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on if he feels hope is now lost for the playoffs this season...
"That's tough to even think about right now sitting at where we are. That's a difficult thought, to think that far in the future. We're just really trying to win the next game, trying to get this thing figured out heading in the right direction."

Fitzpatrick on what happened on the interceptions...
"The first one, they dropped a defensive tackle I didn't see. And then the second one, I have to be on the same page with everybody. ... It was just a miscommunication."

Dolphins CB Bobby McCain, who made the end zone interception, on if he was surprised there were no Jets players near him...
"Yes, I definitely was. I was kind of nervous. I was like, 'Hold on, is somebody coming from behind me?' But at the end of the day, I caught the ball, made a play, and got us off the field."

Jets WR Brandon Marshall on his emotions after the loss...
"I'm always fighting myself not to say anything stronger. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, I'm a transparent person — that's never going to change. But obviously when you get older, you have to learn how to deal with emotions. This is a very volatile game. Everyone in this locker room, in this organization puts so much into what we have to do to be successful, and it can be really hard 30, 20 minutes after a game, getting up here and answering questions, especially in this circumstance when our season could be done, you know? That's not the case. There's still hope. You never know. But I'm just disappointed in the offensive performance. So disappointed."

Marshall on what he was saying to CB Byron Maxwell during the game...
"Everything. 'Stop holding,' pretty much, 'Stop holding.' He gets paid way too much money to play like that. He needs to believe in himself, and he needs to practice. That's what I was saying."

Maxwell on what he was saying to Marshall...
"I don't really say anything. I don't say anything. I don't. He was talking. I'm here. I'm focused. I'm locked in. What you say doesn't matter, to be honest with you. It's like, all right, let's go. Nothing is going to change. I'm going to still be here."

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson on what head coach Todd Bowles told the team after the game...
"We gave them the game, they won. We gave it to them and they took it. It's just like that."

Rookie WR Jalin Marshall on his first pro touchdown and how unsatisfying it turned out to be...
"Especially being my first one, you can't really enjoy it like you want because you didn't win. It's a bittersweet feeling. It's hard, man, it's hard. But I think we have a close group of guys that won't shy away from each other. We'll stick together."

CB Darrelle Revis on the Jets' early penalties and specifically Calvin Pryor's unsportsmanlike-conduct after a tackle for loss of Jay Ajayi...
"I remember him coming back to the huddle dancing. From my point of view, I don't see it being taunting. He was dancing, celebrating, and he had his back turned from their huddle. I don't know, usually when it's that type of penalty, the guy is usually ... turned around, faced towards the huddle or player and taunting. I didn't see him do anything like that, so I guess that flag came because of the first incident between Buster [Skrine] and [Jarvis] Landry and I think they were just on high alert."

Ajayi on running against the Jets defense...
"They showcased why they're the number one rush defense today. They did a lot of good things, getting good penetration here and there. But what we did on the sideline and talking with the O-line, we just kept it steady. We knew we were going against a good challenge today. All credit to what they were able to do, not letting us get to 200 [yards] and all that. But I still think we had a good game on the ground, still tried to create creases. ... We were able to finish strong with a good four-minute and seal the game."

Miami head coach Adam Gase on the go-ahead kickoff-return TD by Kenyan Drake after the first kickoff return by Jakeem Grant was nullified by a Jets penalty...
"That was obviously a game-changer for us. Probably that penalty, that offsides penalty, and us getting our guys another shot at returning it. Jakeem, it probably tired him out a little bit. He covered about 80 yards and gained 4."

Drake on how he was feeling after the game about his big return...
"I'm just a little sick after that. I kind of had to run back and forth, like from kickoff return, then kickoff, then punt. Just a little winded still. But hey, that win makes it a lot better, I guess."

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