Locker Room: Kimo Says, "We Don't Accept Moral Victories"

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New York Jets' G Pete Kendall

On Sunday's game being disappointing…
Yeah, I would say it is. It's our job from now until 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday to get it out of our system and be ready to prepare for Jacksonville.

On why the running game was more effective in this game…
We had a lot more opportunities. Everyone's running gets better the more opportunities you have. There was an extra week for our running backs, our wide receivers, our tight ends and the guys who play up front to get used to each other. Chad, being as effective as he was getting us those opportunities, was a contributing factor.

On the offense being entertaining to watch…
That's fine. It is what it is. Whatever the coaches call, whatever they install, we're going to go out there and execute to the best of our ability. Some of the plays work for us, in fact quite a few of the new rentals have worked for us, sometimes they don't (work for us). Then, just like any other play you go back to the huddle or back to the line of scrimmage and call another play.

On how the team has progressed…
I don't think you can project from one week to the other. We played a couple of good ball games and won them. We've come up short in another couple of ball games. We're a .500 football team right now, I don't think that's good enough for anybody here, we'll see how it winds up.

On the team's character…
I don't think that's ever been an issue in this locker room. It wasn't an issue last year. We didn't play well, but we didn't quit. I don't know many locker rooms where it really is an issue, but it's not one here.
New York Jets' TE Chris Baker, 10.2

On the mood in the locker room...
Disappointment, obviously. We put forth a good effort, but we came up short. There's disappointment, but you have move on. The game is in the bank, so that's all we can do now.

On it being frustrating to have success but not get the win…
Yeah, but that's part of every game. Some games you go out there and do things well but still come up short and some games you play a bad game, as a team, and still come out on top. You can't get too high or too low. Anybody can win on Sunday, we just came up short. We played well in some areas and in some areas we just didn't execute.

On facing the Jaguars this week…
They're coming off a loss; we're coming off a loss. I'm sure they're going to be focused going in this week and we have to do the same.

On having confidence against other teams because they played the Colts so well…
No, you can't do that. Every team is different. Obviously, the Colts are one of the elite teams in the NFL, but every week is a challenge; you can't compare it like that. You'll see later in the year, teams that don't have great records end up beating a team with a real good record. You have to be ready every Sunday. Any team can beat any team on any Sunday.

New York Jets' DL Kimo Von Oelhoffen, 10.2

On the defense struggling in the fourth quarter…
We've got to get better.  We've had enough time, guys need to make plays, that's the bottom line and we're going to get a little bit better.

On the Colts running the ball…
That's going to happen until we stop the run; we can and we will.  We all need to see every play, we need to understand what happens out there, and we're working on it and we will get it.

On seeing progress…
There's definitely progress that was one of the better games.  It was a game of missed tackles and opportunities.

On guys thinking instead of reacting…
That's the NFL.  You've got a new group of guys and a new defense, but there is no excuse we all collectively need to see everything so you know where you fit on everything and we're starting to see it and understand it.

On developing trust…
It's part of the progression.  Doing your job first is the bottom line and we're working on it.

On moral victories…
We don't accept moral victories.  We're here to win football games period.  As a professional, your greatest evaluation is production—you don't produce, you don't play and we've got to produce.

New York Jets' WR Tim Dwight, 10.2

On character beginning to surface…
I think this team has a lot of character.  I played against them in '04 and a lot of the same guys are still here.  It's a tough ball club. We're just starting to play together and play smarter, it was defiantly a disappointment yesterday, but we're going to respond.  This team's got a lot of heart.

On playing under a first-year coach…
Well, it's nice that he's 35 and I can talk about Pearl Jam with him, and he likes the Red Hot Chili Peppers too.   Other than that, I don't see much difference.  Eric [Mangini] has his own ways about calling some games. The positives and what we need to improve on are the same all the way through.

On coach trusting the team…
Well, he's giving us confidence and that's important in a coaching staff.  To beat a team like the Colts, you've got to come to play and special teams isn't just a "go get your hot dog and soda" play.  It's a play in the ball game; it's a big field position change.

On coach's goal line call…
To beat the Colts you've got to score touchdowns.  There was a lot of ball game left at that point and they are a great team, so you've got to go for things like that.

On growth since training camp…
I think there's always growth here, it's just on a more consistent basis now.  Guys are starting to understand that you've got to take your job home with you at night and also work on Tuesday. You've got to be more professional.  It's always been there, I just think it's more of a cumulative thing.  The younger players are starting to learn and pay more attention.  We play a lot of young guys and they are starting to understand that this is a job and you need to do some extra work, but you can also have that fun of playing football.

New York Jets' S Kerry Rhodes 10.2

On his thoughts on the game…
We kept them at bay for pretty much three quarters, but it's a four quarter game.  They made more plays to win the game than we did.  It's an explosive offense with Peyton Manning, they're used to that situation, they do it all the time and they pulled another one out.

On putting your finger on what happened in the fourth quarter…
I don't know if it was more on us, or more on them.  Like I said, they're a good team.  We had a minor breakdown, but you can't have that against teams like that, especially Peyton Manning; he's going to make the plays and get them where they need to be in the right situation.  They did a good job.

On the game's positives…
There were a lot of positives, we lost and obviously that's not one of them, we were down after the game because we put everything into it and just came up a little short.  We have things to work on for next week and that's what we move on to now.

On being 2-2 instead of 4-0…
We have things to work on, we know that if we work on those things, the minor things we did wrong, and then it's all progress from there.  We can move on and win some games.  I don't dwell on the fact that we could have been 4-0, it's in the back of my mind of course, but we're moving on.  We're through with the first quarter now and moving on to the second quarter, the next four games, and see what we can do from there.  Hopefully, it will be positive.

On the game plane during the last drive…
We had the same game plan on the last drive.  It was late in the game.  It's kind of hard to say but, we had the same game plan, there wasn't anything changed.  They just made plays.

On the lack of stops during the two losses…
On defense, you want to make a lot of stops.  The offense put us in a position to make one stop and it was tough.  They have one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and he made plays and his receivers made plays, it wasn't just us. 

On the possibility of being satisfied by moral victories…
Trust me, we don't have any false sense of security about anything right now, as easily as we could be 4-0, we could be 0-4 and you've got to look at it that way.  We're going to come out and work, like I said work on the next four games.  We have a tough game coming up against Jacksonville, so we've got to start from there and see if we can get a win

New York Jets' G Brandon Moore, 10.2

On watching the tape from a tough loss…
It was as hard as any loss; there are always things you could do better.  We lost to a good team, but any loss is tough.

On the running game…
I don't know what we came out with as far as yards, but it was a decent game on the ball.  Even then, there were a lot of plays where yards were left out there; the offensive line may not be doing certain thing,, but collectively, everybody is doing the right thing.  It's just like all the other games, we've seen things that need to be cleaned up.

On number 79 with the fourth-and-2 play…
A little bit of leverage there, he was a little wider than we like him to be to seal off the edge and get Chad [Pennington] one-on-one out there, but it didn't work out.

On Mangini's "gamble"…
I wouldn't call it a gamble, I'd call it aggressiveness and confidence that we were going to get it.  You could see his play calling and his decisions are going to be aggressive with the on-side kick and the other fourth and one with Leon [Washington] getting the extra yards, making a big play.  I'm not calling them gambles, but he's going to be aggressive and that's how he wants us to play and he's showing us how he's going to coach.  I like it.  I don't like that we didn't back him up on it, but I like it.

On practicing aggressiveness…
We don't do fourth-and-ones with the game on the line [at practice].  I haven't really gotten that impression from practice that he's going to be an aggressive coach, but then at games its showing up and it is what it is.

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