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Todd Bowles and Darrelle Revis Talk Turnovers, Leadership and Resilience


Turnover SparkIn Thursday's press conference, head coach Todd Bowles said the lack of takeaways is his biggest concern for the defense. Entering Week 7, the Jets have totaled just four takeaways.

"We have got to get our hands on more balls, where there are tipped passes, turnovers, anything," Bowles said. "Last year we got a bunch of turnovers. This year, we haven't gotten them yet."

They Come in BunchesThrough six games, the defense has forced only three turnovers — two interceptions (Marcus Williams) and one fumble recovery (Sheldon Richardson).

"You can try everything —  blitzes, dropping in coverage," Bowles said. "You can practice turnovers until you are blue in the face. I've practiced a ton of them where they have not worked, and I've practiced a ton where they have worked. It's just a matter of them coming in bunches and let's just keep working at it."

CB Darrelle Revis, who led the team with nine takeaways in 2015, echoed similar sentiments to his head coach.

"You can't force plays," said Revis. "You just got to let them happen. They haven't happened for us in the start of the season, but at the same time we still have to focus, do our job, and when they come, they're going to come in bunches. We're waiting for that, and hopefully we can start doing that this coming Sunday."

Flag FootballThe Jets committed ten penalties Monday night in Arizona and they want less laundry against the Ravens.

"Those penalties did rack up on us, and it is a lot of hidden yards getting all of those penalties," Revis told reporters.  "That did kill us on Monday night. Only thing we can do is move forward from there."

Avoiding the Black CloudAfter an offseason full of high expectations, the Jets are off to a disappointing 1-5 start. But the team isn't ready to throw in the white towel with 10 games remaining.

"You just keep working, you just keep fighting, you keep grinding. As a competitor that's what you do," Bowles said. "We know what this business is all about, and it's not going to be sunshine all the time. You got to take the good with the bad. Right now, we are 1-5."

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Take the ReinsThere are currently 20 active Jets on the roster with less than two or less years of experience in the NFL. With the slow start to the season, the Green & White's veterans are especially needed to lead in the locker room.

"A couple of us leaders on this team need to lead by example," said Revis. "There's a lot of younger guys that are looking up to us and watching our every movement. You just got to continue to keep working hard and continue to be positive…Nobody is pointing a finger at anybody. We are just trying to work hard and get better and that's all we can do right now at this point."

Injury UpdateBowles announced that rookie ILB Darron Lee (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Ravens and that it's unlikely RT Brent Qvale (neck) will suit up.

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