Kitna: We've Got Character

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Williams was held to two receptions and 29 yards

The Jets raced out to a 14-point first quarter lead Sunday over the Detroit Lions.  Quarterback Jon Kitna eventually threw three touchdowns and the Lions scored 24 points, but that opening quarter proved to be the difference.

"Well, it took us a little bit to get going and kind of figure out how they were going to play us," Kitna said.  "They played us a little different than what we've seen on film. For the most part, it took us a few series to adjust, but once Mike figures out what a defense is trying to do, he'll typically get you into the right play calls."

Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna

On the offense's strong performance…

Well, it took us a little bit to get going and kind of figure out how they were going to play us. They played us a little different than what we've seen on film. For the most part, it took us a few series to adjust, but once Mike figures out what a defense is trying to, he'll typically get you into the right play calls.

On playing from behind…

We've got to start a little faster. We let them beat us to the punch a couple of times on the first couple of series and they got us into situations on third down that were a little predictable. They made some good plays, but we have got to start faster on offense.

On the Jets double-teaming Roy Williams…

That's how the system works. If they are going to try and take away one guy, commit two guys to one guy, we're going to run for 100 yards and we're going to hurt you with other guys. And Mike Furrey has been that guy for us this year. We've had some other guys make some catches, and make some big plays for us, this year and in this game, too.

On being 1-6…

I've said it all year. We just can't finish. We are not finishing games right now. We are not starting very good in the first quarter, we are not finishing very good in the fourth quarter, and that makes it hard because you get behind and then in the fourth quarter you've got to be able to hold onto leads or make that push. We played good in spurts and have had some very positive things. There are a lot of positive things pointing us in the right direction. But unfortunately, we are not getting a lot of rewards for the hard work and the things that we are doing. But we don't have anyone to look at but ourselves for that.

On the bye week…

Any time you can get some time off in this league, you take it. Especially, with how beat up we've been all year, the injuries we've sustained, and losing so many starters to injury. If we can get a week off and maybe get a couple of guys back, that will do nothing but help us out. We've got character in this locker room. I don't know what it was like here before. I've been on some teams where there has been a lack of character in the locker room, been kind of divisive, but the great thing is we've got some guys with character in this locker room – some veterans that step to the helm and focus on the positive. It sucks being 1-6, but who says we can't win nine in a row. That's the mentality I have, and if you don't have that mentality, you don't need to be here.

Detroit Lions WR Roy Williams #11 On getting double covered today…

They doubled me today, it was fun and challenging out there, but Mike (Furrey) did a good job taking advantage of those things. We're going to expect teams to do that, but we have to get back to the drawing board. We have to find a way to win. Two against one, that's fine. I can't wait to get back to football again. Our bye week is coming up, and we need it. But I can't wait to get back on the field.

On Furrey's Touchdown…

They tried to double cover, but I beat the corner and had one on one with the safety. I've been scoring on the deep corner route, so I gave him that move and he ran inside.

On moving backward instead of forward…

This was a very winnable game. Once again we were our own worst enemy today; penalties and turnovers. Like I said, I feel like there is no defense in this league that can stop us, and I thought their defense was okay.

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