Locker Room Sound Bites: Jets-Falcons

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Selected quotes from the Jets and Falcons locker rooms following the Jets' deflating 25-20 loss in the rain at MetLife Stadium:

Head coach Todd Bowles on the Jets' performance...
"We played hard, for the most part. It's disappointing not to win. It's disappointing we didn't close it out. Too many mistakes in the fourth quarter. Can't happen. Can't put the ball on the ground, can't have timely mistakes. Everybody has to play their brand of ball. Hard enough, not good enough."

QB Josh McCown on if the Jets' recent problems are attributable to a "killer instinct" issue...
"I don't get caught up too much in that. For me, it's more of as you grow together as a team, the fabric of your team gets stronger and stronger and you find ways to put teams away. ... To play at this level, quite frankly, I believe everybody has a killer instinct. I think that's how you become a professional athlete. We just have to find a way to collectively do that. It's not every guy, grit his teeth harder. It's in the moment."

McCown on the conditions throughout the game...
"It was about as tough as you could play in, just because of the wind and the rain. Cold, heat, snow, different things like that, they don't really bother you. It's the windy game and it's the wet ball, and you kind of get both of them together and that's the one that makes it the toughest."

WR Robby Anderson on not letting the rain affect him in recording the first 100-yard receiving game of his Jets career...
"It's kind of a mind thing. Growing up in Florida, that's frequent, thunderstorms and sunshine, a mixture throughout your games. It's just a matter of blocking it out and focusing on the ball."

Anderson on the mood of the Jets' locker room after another tough loss...
"Just tired of that feeling."

Lachlan Edwards on his career-best 52.4-yard gross and 45.8-yard net averages on five punts...
"That was a miserable day. Going into the game, I thought it would've gone a whole lot worse than it was. With weather like that you really just need to focus in and do everything technically sound and not try to make up for a heavy ball or something and kick it too hard."

K Chandler Catanzaro on if the conditions contributed to missing two of his four field goal tries...
"There's no excuse. My teammates are counting on me to put it through the two yellow pipes and I didn't do that today. ... I actually hit them pretty good on contact. They just hung out there to the right and didn't come back for me. So like I said, no excuses. I have to do better."

LB Demario Davis on failing to close out games the last three weeks...
"I don't think it's the same thing week in, week out. They're different teams, they pose different challenges. I don't think you can look at it and say it's that simple, that it's the same thing over and over and over. We just have to find a way to make those big plays, whether it's defense, offense, special teams or whatever the case. We have to find a way to make those plays down the stretch. ... I like our group. I like our resilience. We just have to find a way to turn those things into our favor."

WR Jermaine Kearse on the quick turnaround for Buffalo at home on Thursday night...
"Each game, we have to treat it like a championship game, and that starts on Thursday. We can't look further than what we have coming up, because that's when you start losing yourself, losing your vision and losing your focus."

Falcons QB Matt Ryan on the way the game unfolded...
"That was a tough game against a good team. It was a tough game in some tough conditions. I was proud of the way our guys battled for four quarters. Nothing's going to go perfect, especially when you're playing in those type of situations, but nobody flinched the entire day."

Falcons coach Dan Quinn on returning to North Jersey, where he grew up...
"I've reminisced because of the youth coaches and high school coaches that were such a big part of my life. ... I always think of that — not on third down, you don't think of that, but maybe walking out to the stadium or arriving here, you definitely have an attitude of gratitude for coming up in this area for my love of football, where it began here."

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