Monday Player Interviews

Transcript of interviews with selected Jets players during the locker room media period Monday afternoon:      

RB THOMAS JONES

On the loss to Buffalo …

It is tough to have a game like yesterday. It was just a tough game in general. We didn't win and we didn't execute and do the things we did in practice all week. We watched the film today and made the corrections and are getting ready for the next game.

On the lack of consistency from the running game …

It's a long season. We have only played four games and we have 12 games left. All we can do is focus on each game individually and that's what we're working on this week, not only with the running game but the whole team in general. We are trying to be as consistent as we can be. We are starting that today and getting ready for the Giants on Sunday.

On the Bills' rush defense …

They did a lot of different things with their defense. We had to make some adjustments. They bring a lot of guys to penetrate the gaps. They had the safeties and corners down, which made a difference.

On the Jets' nine penalties indicating a lack of concentration …

Anytime you get a penalty, that's usually what it is about. It's about not being focused on that play and thinking about what you're going to do before the play starts and anticipating it. That is how guys jump offsides and things like that.

On the Giants' defense …

They have some great defensive players over there. They play well as a team and they have some guys that have played together for a while. They have a tough defense.

On the 1-3 start …

It's a long season. We have a lot of things we can correct. A lot of situations we've been in, we've done a lot of things to hurt ourselves. Penalties and not taking advantage of opportunities are things we can correct.

LB JONATHAN VILMA

On Bills QB Trent Edwards …

He did a very good job for them. Their offense had a very good game plan for him with his ability to get out of the pocket and his ability to throw the ball. They did a really good job of making it easy for him and helping him out.

On rushing the quarterback …

We got two sacks this past game and one the game before, so hopefully we keep improving and getting better at it.

On the 1-3 start …

A loss always lingers until you get going for the next week. One-and-three is not down-and-out. Is it tough? Yes, it's very tough, especially in our division and conference. It's an uphill battle that we will have to face, but we are definitely not down and out or out of it. We have to keep grinding.

T D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON

On the lack of consistency in the running game …

Schematically, there are ways that defenses can stop runs. It's not always as clean-cut as "I will just do this." It's important for us to try and develop plans and try to execute those plans. A lot of things have to go right for things to be successful. Sometimes, you miss a block here or your technique was off here. It's not that the running back or the line did a bad job, it might just have been one bad play that a particular player didn't carry out the assignment. There is a lot that goes into it.

With time, if you keep running the same things, try different things and tweak little things, it pops. When it pops and that momentum comes, you are an unstoppable force. I just feel like it's a time situation. Every week we will try and have the same approach of looking at the tape, developing a plan and analyzing the plan. Execution is key.

On the Giants' 12-sack performance against the Eagles …

It lets us know as a team that they are fully capable and able to make sacks and pressure the quarterback. As a player on the line and as an offense, we will take note of that and be able to develop some type of scheme or plan to prevent that from occurring.

On facing Miami's Jason Taylor, Buffalo's Aaron Schobel and the Giants' Osi Umenyiora in consecutive weeks …

They try to bring the best and as an offensive tackle you have to go out and execute. The team helps, so it is always a team effort.

WR JERRICHO COTCHERY

On Chad Pennington's 15 consecutive completions against Buffalo …

At that particular time everyone feels it. You feel it but you're not aware of what is going on as far as a completion streak. You feel the groove and everyone is feeling fine. It's one of those points in time in the game where you're trying to keep that groove going. We had points in the game where penalties stopped the grooves and we can't have that.

On the 1-3 start …

We know we have good players in this locker room. We know the character of these guys. We know these guys are going to come in and continue to work each and every day. The coaches understand that and that shows that we have a great staff. They understand they have guys that are willing to come in and work every day. They didn't come in today, beat everything into our heads and say, "We have to do this," and make everyone go into the dumps. They know the caliber of guys they have in this locker room, so it's more of an encouraging thing to get this thing turned around. I think we will be able to do so.

On his second 100-yard receiving effort of the season …

A lot of guys say they don't care about the numbers, but they're really lying to you. I really don't. I don't care about the numbers at all. That is the way I've been my entire life. I really want to win. All I want to do is win. If I don't have any catches and we go out and win the game, I will be the happiest guy in the locker room. It is tough at this point of time, but we are confident. We are a very confident team. We are confident in the guys we have in this room.

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