A day after his club's 24-17 loss to the Patriots, Jets head coach Todd Bowles delivered a final, clear message when asked about tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown that was ruled a touchback after replay review.
"It doesn't matter today. We have to move on to Miami," he told reporters on a conference call. "It's not going to change, so it really doesn't matter. It isn't worth talking about for me."
Bowles said he discussed the play with his team today and the players echoed his sentiments regarding the fourth quarter reversal.
"At this point, it doesn't matter," said QB Josh McCown. "We're moving on. I feel the same way I did yesterday. It's frustrating, but refs are human. They're going to make the best decision they can. It's not like the league isn't putting resources to get these calls right. It didn't go our way and we're moving on. It's time to go on. I'm frustrated, but more focused on the other plays to win the game than that one for sure."
One at a Time
When asked to assess his team through six weeks, Bowles said any talk of playoffs wouldn't be valid at this point and maintained the Jets will have to stay in the moment.
"We're .500 right now and we have 10 games to go," he said. "We have to get above .500 if we want to make any noise, but you can only play them one at a time. We've had some spurts and some things we need to get better at, but we need to put it together."
The offense had some success on third down against the Patriots on Sunday as the unit converted 53% of its third down plays (9-17), their second best rate of the season (Week 2 vs. Oakland, 58%). However, McCown still sees room for improvement.
"We were 3-for-9 on third and fourth downs for four-or-less yards," he said. "To get yourself in third-and-short and to be 3-for-9, that's not good. We have to be better there and better in the red zone. There are different things when you look at the tape that we can improve upon."
Stop the Run
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams leads the Jets with six quarterback hits, but he has yet to record a sack in 2017, along with the rest of the defensive line. In order to create more opportunities to get to the quarterback, the third-year DL said the team has to do a better job against the run. Through six games, the Green & White have the NFL's 28th ranked rush defense and are yielding 138.8 yards per contest.
"We aren't getting the offense in a true rush situation," Williams said. "They're in a lot of third-and-shorts because they've been able to run the ball more. We aren't making them one dimensional like we want to. We want to be able to shut down the run, so we can truly pass rush. It really comes down to a few seconds here or there where guys will get right there and the ball is coming out."
Jalin Marshall Joins Practice Squad
Last Saturday, the Green & White waived second-year WR Jalin Marshall and activated undrafted free agent CB Xavier Coleman to the active roster. Playing behind Buster Skrine, Coleman played three snaps at nickel in Sunday's game. And on Monday, the Jets signed Marshall to their practice squad.
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