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2008 Week 13 Jets Vs Denver Photos

Transcripts of interviews with selected Jets players during locker room media availability Monday afternoon:    


On the Broncos double-covering him…

That is something I've dealt with most of my career. It's not anything that is new. Of course like I told them, they had Dré Bly following me the whole game and basically from the beginning of the game said they weren't going to let me beat him and I have seen that most of my career.

Of course I know when you're at this stage a lot of people really look at the stats, your production and stuff like that, but for me it's one of those things where teams try to take note where other guys can hurt you. Again, you have Jerricho [Cotchery], Brad [Smith], you have [Dustin] Keller, who is coming along, [Chansi] Stuckey. There are a number of other guys that if teams want to bring their defense to us we will have other guys that are going to make plays.

For me it's one of those things where it's good to get the respect, but I know from you guys that you look at the numbers and say, "Well, he's not doing anything," but I think I am doing my part by attracting coverages. Again, that's all I can do week in and week out.

On the game…

I will tell you what, it's a wakeup call. Anytime you get into a situation like this and you lose a ballgame, you are all hurt. You get on the road and you finally get something going and I think from top to bottom again the coaches are going to take a look at themselves and what they are doing. The players need to take a look at what they have been doing and the approach they have been taking to the ball game.

Here we are back at this point again. It's not like our season is over because of one game, but I think it gets us to realize that we can be smacked on the butt ourselves. At this point we need to wake up, get back to the drawing board, figure out what we did wrong and try to correct this week coming up.


On if Sunday was another wakeup call like the Oakland game…

Yes, kind of the same thing. The same things that hurt us in the Oakland game hurt us yesterday — tackling, penalties, turnovers, those little intangible things that lose a game.

On if he thought the mistakes from past games were behind them…

Yes, I thought it was behind us and we went out there from the opening drive it just seemed like we weren't clicking. Defensively, they put us in some formations that we have had trouble with and we didn't adjust fast enough. Those things hurt us, but the thing that we got from the film today was those things are correctable and we will draw it up again and fix it.

On the consecutive injuries by the Broncos…

I don't know what was going on with those guys. It just seemed like every time we had a little bit of momentum or something like that, guys were going down. It's out of my control. I can't tell you what happened.

On if they were surprised at the missed tackles…

Yes, it was bad. [Peyton] Hillis did a good job of running the ball. It looked bad during the game, but when you look at it on tape, the guy made some good cuts and that's one of those things that you have to watch for with the zone blocking. Those guys are going side to side and he just found a couple holes and he hit us. 


On if Sunday's game vs. Denver was an opportunity to get ahead in the AFC East…

Yes, we let that one get away. We didn't finish our drives. We didn't get in the end zone when we were in the red zone and there were things that we have been good at that we weren't good at.

On if some of the little mistakes have caught up to them…

I think as you go along you know we were doing good things, and then to come out and not be able to do them, you kind of wonder why a little bit. After looking at the film you see we weren't executing to where we have been and now it's on us to go back and look at what we did the past week and how we prepared to see what we can do different to make sure that doesn't happen again.

On if they can correct the mistakes…

Definitely, we showed what we were able to do there for a while. You have a little setback here, but you go back in and you keep working at it and the next game is the most important one.

On if last week's practices had anything to do with the game…

I think it's a combination of different things, maybe preparation through the week going into the game and then not being able to execute. When you are 3-for-11 on third down, you are not going to have the long drives that keeps the defense on the field and it keeps us going, and when you can't score in the red zone, you're not going to win too many games. It's stuff that we need to fix up.

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